York County man’s sugar cookie recipe with kick lands in Taste of Home

York County man’s sugar cookie recipe with kick lands in Taste of Home

As a volunteer field editor for Taste of Home magazine, Michael Vyskocil belongs to an army of home cooks nationwide. The Manheim Township resident relishes the opportunity to share meaningful recipes using easily accessible ingredients with other home cooks at any point along their culinary journey. “It’s designed to create this conversation about food,” says Vyskocil, 31. “These are recipes that are designed with home...

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From Scratch: Baked beans recipe

From Scratch: Baked beans recipe

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti I confess that I love beans. Pinto, kidney, lentil, chickpeas, cannellini — you name it, I’ve cooked them all using packages of dried beans. They are an excellent source of low-cost protein. Unlike canned beans, they don’t have that tinny taste and can be salted and flavored the way you like them. The only exception to my self-imposed rule was baked beans. For some reason, I was...

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From Scratch: No-knead Bread recipe

From Scratch: No-knead Bread recipe

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti Before my epiphany, I had been baking bread for about 40 years. I thought my loaves were tasty, but my husband still snuck off to the bakery to buy the crusty artisanal loaves he preferred. I knew in principle how they were created, but no matter how many ice cubes I tossed into the oven, I could never develop a comparable crust nor duplicate the taste. This all changed in 2006 when Mark...

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Cinnamon Rum Rolls: A baker’s delight

Cinnamon Rum Rolls: A baker’s delight

Homemade breakfast pastries are a decadence often reserved for lazy weekend mornings. For these cinnamon rum rolls, you’ll have to plan about three hours in advance to let the dough rise. If you aren’t an early riser and your crew can’t wait for brunch, the rolls can be made the night before, refrigerated overnight and re-heated before serving. The recipe comes from the Daily Dish Recipes blog. I’ve included the original ingredients...

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Red Land library cookbook for chocolate lovers

Red Land library cookbook for chocolate lovers

Red Land Community Library in Newberry Township takes the “community” in its name seriously. The repository for books and knowledge is a gathering spot for all ages — and, on one special Saturday every February, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream. “Chocolate Fest is a fun way to check out the library and see what we have to offer,” says branch librarian Mary Beth Long. “People will find we are not a quiet...

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The King of desserts (Elvis Blondies: Bacon, bananas, peanut butter and chocolate)

The King of desserts (Elvis Blondies: Bacon, bananas, peanut butter and chocolate)

Cooking with bacon is a lot like cooking with wine: The first rule is to start with more than you need, because the cook will be sampling the goods throughout the process. So although these bacon blondies only call for 12 ounces of bacon, I started with a 16-ounce package of thick cut bacon to ensure appropriate munchies. Creator Meseidy of the blog The Noshery calls these beauties her Elvis Blondies. Inspired by the King’s love of fried...

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