It’s time to go blondie (butterscotch bars)

It’s time to go blondie (butterscotch bars)

I love bar cookies. Not because they taste good, though they almost inevitably do. No, I love them because they are easy and quick. True, cookies bake faster — 8 to 12 minutes in most cases — but cookies also make the baker stand in front of a mixing bowl with tempting batter as she scoops, and scoops, and scoops for sheet after sheet. Bar cookies don’t demand that kind of attention. A few swipes of the bowl and the whole shebang is in...

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From Scratch: Chicken soup recipe

From Scratch: Chicken soup recipe

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti Something done without much effort is said to be as easy as pie. Though pies are not difficult, they do require a bit of practice. I think a better expression would be as easy as soup. Soup is a very forgiving type of dish. You can put almost anything in it, and it will be delicious — and be even tastier the next day. When you make it from scratch, you won’t have to worry about the...

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An easy Easter dish: Pork and pears recipe

An easy Easter dish: Pork and pears recipe

We’re on the cusp of Easter weekend, which for many families means a big gathering, an egg hunt and a spiral cut ham. If your family is a bit smaller and a ham, a roast chicken or a leg of lamb feels like overkill, a pork loin that serves four might be the way to go. Creamy pear sauce adds a harbinger of summer sweetness to this dish. It’s a mix of savory and sweet best accompanied by some unobtrusive sides — plain, fluffy biscuits and...

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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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From Scratch: Red Pepper Pesto recipe

From Scratch: Red Pepper Pesto recipe

From Scratch is a regular guest column by Julie Falsetti If spaghetti with jarred pasta sauce is part of your weekly dinner repertoire, try thinking outside the tomato. One of my favorite pasta sauces is made with a sweet red pepper. It has no visible vegetables, but it’s loaded with vitamin C and a host of other nutrients. The best part is that it requires no cooking and can be made in the time it takes the water to boil for the...

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