Your kitchen needs a silicone injection

Your kitchen needs a silicone injection

Sometimes, you don’t realize you need something until it arrives in a box on your doorstep. And then you wonder how you ever lived without it. (No, we are not talking about storks dropping off babies. Everyone knows they arrive in baskets, not boxes.) I’m talking about silicone. The love affair started with a gift of two silicone cookie sheets from my mother-in-law. Fast cooling, easy cleanup, nonstick without using cooking sprays or...

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Need a nudge? 4 recipes for using fresh herbs

Need a nudge? 4 recipes for using fresh herbs

The Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival suggested several recipes for home cooks eager to sample fresh-herb delights. (See the main story for more on the festival.) I made the Rosemary Corn Muffins as a side to spinach-and-feta-stuffed chicken breasts, and they turned out delicious (ask my co-workers, who devoured the extras). The kitchen fills up with the rosemary fragrance as the batter is mixed, as the muffins puff up in the oven and as the...

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Butterscotch Almond Bars offer super-sweet crunch

Butterscotch Almond Bars offer super-sweet crunch

Hold on to your sweet tooth. We’re diving into the kind of gooey, oozing cookie bars that can only be accompanied by a glass of milk and followed by sugar shock. These Butterscotch Almond Bars are adapted from a recipe for Double Chip Toffee Bars on the Food Babbles blog. With no toffee chips on hand, I improvised. I added chopped almonds for a bit of crunchiness and butterscotch chips for their melted sweetness. The almonds I used were...

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Doughnut muffin recipe, because why not?

Doughnut muffin recipe, because why not?

Doughnut muffins being an overly long name for such an adorably tiny snack, my co-workers and I dubbed these treats “duffins” (because the other name mash-up option sounded vaguely inappropriate). If you own a mini-muffin pan, these bite-size treats are a must. Be warned, you’ll find yourself eating four or five at a time. I doubled the recipe the first time just so I could have 36 cinnamon-sugar duffins and 36 blueberry-topped...

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Irish Bread Pudding: Whiskey turns something stale into something stellar

Irish Bread Pudding: Whiskey turns something stale into something stellar

Guest column by Amy Peiffer Every March my husband likes to pretend any vestiges of Irish lineage he can trace through his bloodline allow him to claim absolute Emerald Isle ancestry. He adamantly points to his red-tinged beard as further proof and insists that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, despite it largely consisting these days of convincing our two children that the boiled cabbage he’s serving is really just “funny-looking”...

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Meatball Mash: A meal for kitchen slackers

Meatball Mash: A meal for kitchen slackers

Shepherd’s pie isn’t a hard meal to start with, but let’s get real here: Some days, even browning the meat is too much to ask. But the nice thing about shepherd’s pie is how forgiving it is. Toss meat in a dish, slap mashed potatoes on top and heat it up and you can get away with calling almost anything shepherd’s pie. So here’s a shepherd’s pie for the slackerist of slackers. The recipe begins with...

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