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How to Cook Perfect Rice on the Stove

This is it – the foolproof recipe for cooking perfect stovetop rice. If cooking rice makes you nervous, know that you are not alone.  Even really accomplished cooks get intimidated by plain old rice.  My mother had a friend who made extravagant, authentic Chinese meals, and then sent her husband to go pick up rice …

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Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie

Holy mother of summer, it’s been HOT. My dog is sleeping in out shower because the tiles are cool. I’m testing recipes in the morning because I ‘m not so inclined to have my oven cranking all afternoon. And (this is how I know it’s really hot), I may be coming close to drinking my daily recommended amount …

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Classic Vinaigrette (aka Salad Dressing)

Salad dressing is somewhat of a hot button for many of us. We either have a little fear of it and keep hitting the bottle (bottled dressing, of course), which is often pretty gross, or we get stuck in a one-dressing rut. First of all, vinaigrette is just French for oil and vinegar. Okay, no, that’s not quite …

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Spinach-Parsley Pesto

I love pestos for their versatility.  Having a little jar of pesto in the fridge means you can perk up a soup, make an appetizer, dress up a simple piece of chicken or fish, all in seconds.  The most basic, traditional pesto usually involves basil, Parmesan, olive oil, sometimes nuts, and salt and pepper.  But …

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Caramel Chocolate Frappe

The definition of Frappe (or Frappé, to be accurate) is a bit contentious, especially in terms of how it differs from a milk shake. Wikipedia says Frappé or Frappe may refer to: Food and drink Frappé coffee, an iced coffee beverage made from instant coffee originally from Greece A milkshake in New England A drink …

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Sriracha Mayo

A sentence I have never said, nor thought I would say:  This recipe is inspired by Guy Fieri. I’m far from a food snob (how far is a little embarrassing sometimes.  Put a bowl of Cheetos in front of me and watch), but I did not imagine myself getting culinarily inspired by someone who wears …

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Roasted Garlic

We’ve all ordered things made with roasted garlic in restaurants,  but it’s highly possible that making it at home seemed daunting.  But it’s really so, so easy. Not like “oh soufflés are so easy!”. Like if you can drizzle something with olive oil and wrap it in aluminum foil you can do this easy. Preheat …

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