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It is almost time to enter the Create Cooking Challenge

And I am a judge!!!! Create is looking for our next culinary star! The Create Cooking Challenge is back, and this year’s theme is Easy Peasy. Show us your best recipe with six ingredients or less ‍‍⁠ The Challenge is a contest open to lay and professional chefs to create…

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Cheesy Baked Grits

A kind of carbo-licious porridge made from dried and coarsely ground corn, grits are to Southern cuisine what potatoes are to Northern cuisine – a deeply satisfying staple. These days we’re starting to see grits all over the country.  Oftentimes, they’ll show up at breakfast seasoned with salt and pepper,…

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Milk Street Radio: Dwight Garner’s Obsession with Word and the Table

We’re joined by New York Times book critic and author Dwight Garner. He presents food quips from his favorite writers, as well as John Updike’s lunch routine and Hunter S. Thompson’s party tricks. Plus, anthropologist Manvir Singh helps us digest the world of “meat-fluencers” and their all-meat diets; A Way…

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Clam Tomato and Bacon Stew with Grilled Garlic Bread

Cooked hard-shell clams are an unbeatable two-for-the price-of-one delight – you get the clams themselves and the clam liquid they give off as they cook, which creates an instant sauce with astonishing depth of flavor.  And it’s simple.  You just combine the clams with some liquid (and aromatics, if you…

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Milk Street Radio: Jacques Pepin – The Art of the Chicken

This week, we’re celebrating French cuisine. Jacques Pépin offers a masterclass in deboning chicken and recalls his early days tending the coal stove at the Plaza Athénée. Plus, Aleksandra Crapanzano provides tips for effortlessly Parisian cakes; Alex Aïnouz puts a very French spin on the classic American burger; and we…

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Butterscotch Pudding Cake

When I was a kid and we visited Cambridge, my parents used to take me to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor in Harvard Square. They served a butterscotch sundae made of coffee ice cream, hot butterscotch sauce, and whipped cream. Boy it was good! This pudding cake reminds me of…

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Holiday Recipe Collection

Each year as the Holidays approach, I get requests for many of the traditional recipes that everyone wants to make for entertaining. Here are a few of my favorites. Links to the recipes for the Collection appear below. Appetizers: Crispy Zucchini Sticks with Olive Dip (recipe) Oven-baked Rosemary Potato Chips (recipe)…

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The Smoothest Mashed Potatoes

I’ve made mountains of mashed potatoes in my little life by faithfully adhering to the method I learned in cooking school. And I’ve always been reasonably happy with the results. But really, how far wrong can you go with potatoes, butter, and cream? Who cares if the mashed potatoes are…

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Very Very Crispy Chicken Thighs

This is a loose technique recipe. You can make 2 chicken thighs or 8 chicken thighs following these instructions and then top the thighs with a sauce of your choice or no sauce at all, perhaps just a squeeze of lemon. Skin on, bone in chicken thighs Kosher salt Freshly…

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Milk Street Radio: Best Cookbooks 2023

This week, Pierre Thiam will change the way you cook with his secrets for mafé (peanut sauce), Senegalese barbecue and his favorite ingredient, fonio. Plus, journalist Jen Doll helps explain a puzzling new trend of dinner party hosts charging their friends; Adam Gopnik and Christopher Kimball reveal their favorite food…

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