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Poussin en Cocotte

The baby chickens called poussins by the French are often tastier than large supermarket chickens because they are not mass-produced. If you cannot find poussins for this recipe, use Cornish game hens, which are about the same size as poussins but more widely available. (Look for Cornish game hens in…

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Design your own Converse Sneakers

You already know that my very favorite shoes for the kitchen are Converse hi-tops (they’ve been in the Sara’s Pick’s archive ever since this site launched.) So you can imagine how excited I was when Bill Nichols, a viewer who is also a Converse fan, e-mailed me that the company…

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Moravian Cookies from Old Salem

The North Carolina community of Salem was founded in 1766 by a Protestant group known as the Moravians who had come south from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1753. In 1950, work began on Old Salem, an authentic restoration of the area. One of the highlights of a visit to Old Salem…

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Mashed Potatoes

From Sara Moulton Cooks at Home Everyone loves mashed potatoes, particularly if the meal includes simple gravy. My husband (admittedly an extremist on the subject) swears that he’d be content to make a whole meal out of nothing but mashed potatoes and gravy. There are two main candidates for the…

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A Seasonal Tip

Last week I learned from a new friend how to make a deliciously different eggnog. He has two secret ingredients. To commercial alcohol-free eggnog, he adds Maker’s Mark bourbon in place of rum and pumpkin pie spice instead of nutmeg. I can’t wait to serve it during the holidays.

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Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Truffle Vinaigrette

Posted with permission of author, from Girls at the Grill by Elizabeth Karmel The flavors of fresh lemon juice and white truffle oil are the perfect compliment to grilled asparagus. I didn’t think grilled asparagus could get any better until I created this “truffle lemonade” to dress up my favorite…

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Finding the Right Cooking School

I am frequently asked how to find information on cooking schools around the country and occasionally around the world. I usually recommend picking up a copy of The Guide to Cooking Schools or Culinary Schools and Programs by Peterson’s. Both are available on line and in bookstores and it is…

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Green Bean Casserole Moderne

Ever since I developed this update of that sentimental favorite of yesteryear, the Green Bean Casserole, with fresh ingredients in place of the canned green beans, canned mushroom soup, and canned crispy onions, I have had a flood of requests for the recipe at this time of year. A favorite…

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Turkey Roasting Discoveries

Let me explain. First the dry brine idea. Cook’s Illustrated, the magazine that has been in the forefront of brining (because many years ago Pam Anderson, their food editor, ran a recipe for brining a turkey after she discovered it in one of Jean Anderson’s cookbooks. Jean had learned this…

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Fried Sweet Onion Rings

My favorite beer batter is the perfect coating for these crispy, deep-fried, sweet onion rings. You’ll find the recipe in my cookbook, Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals (Broadway Books, October 2005). Make sure you don’t skip the step where you dust the onions with flour because the batter will slither…

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