From Scratch: Give Swedes a chance (mashed rutabaga recipe)

From Scratch: Give Swedes a chance (mashed rutabaga recipe)

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti My Thanksgiving dinner is fairly traditional: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and broccoli or cauliflower. I like it to be a dinner that celebrates the vegetables of fall, so I skip the green bean casserole. One dish my family loves is a creamy, golden puree that at first might be mistaken for mashed potatoes. One bite, though, will tell you this is tastier than any...

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From Scratch: Rich, spicy gingerbread tastes like autumn

From Scratch: Rich, spicy gingerbread tastes like autumn

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti I like to eat with the seasons. When the weather turns cool, it’s time for foods that remind me of autumn. Lately I’ve been craving gingerbread. It’s been a while since I’ve made one, because the full-bodied flavor just doesn’t seem right for summertime eating. If you’re a gingerbread fan like me, this is one cake you won’t want to make from a box...

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From Scratch: Variety is the spice of rice

From Scratch: Variety is the spice of rice

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti Many years back, my mother came to visit me when I lived in New York City. She enjoyed shopping immensely but wasn’t much of a restaurant person, so I cooked every night. Even though we were in the restaurant capital of the U.S., she claimed I cooked “gourmet” and she would rather eat at home. As she was leaving, she thanked me for the visit and the delicious meals, but...

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From Scratch: Redeem zucchini with these cakes

From Scratch: Redeem zucchini with these cakes

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti My groundhog and I are in agreement on one thing — zucchini is not our favorite vegetable. In fact, he (or she) won’t touch them. I look upon them more favorably. I have already gotten more than 50 pounds from my garden this year. I put in a few extra plants in anticipation of losing some to the squash vine borer, but so far all of the plants are healthy and producing like crazy....

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From Scratch: Red Beet Eggs recipe

From Scratch: Red Beet Eggs recipe

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti No one had ever told me I talked funny until I moved to New York City. I was teased constantly about how I pronounced certain words. The teasing got so bad that I avoided all mention of a certain big, round, autumn fruit known in York County as a “punkin.” I thought I had the problem solved until I mentioned to a friend my fondness for red beet eggs. “Red beets?”...

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