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“How can I keep chocolate chip cookies from spreading during baking. I love a plump cookie” 🍪 is a question from Karen McCarthy Pratt addressed to my website column, “The Kitchen Shrink.”

My answers are based on the assumption that you used the original Tollhouse cookie recipe. There are several reasons why your cookies might be spreading: The dough is too soft. It might have sat out too long on the counter before you baked the cookies, or you might have let the…

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My buddy, Chef Rick Bayless, has started an online video subscription; you should sign up.

I bet you could use a few quick Mexican cooking classes to perk you up. My buddy, Chef Rick Bayless, one of the best teachers on the planet, has started an online video subscription as a way to raise money to pay for his workers.  You should sign up! Here are more…

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#mymomsdollhouse 

Here is a before and after shot of the miniature couch I found in my Mom’s dollhouse which I am renovating – My brother- in- law, John Murphy, just retired from his very intense job as the President of Rhode Island Hospital, is quite the woodworker! (who knew?) When I…

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What is the easiest way to Roast Peppers?

There are a number of ways to roast peppers; all are easy. I have used roasted red peppers in all of my books and here are the instructions I’ve included to help readers make them: If you have a gas stove, turn on one burner to a low flame for…

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Need an all-purpose salad dressing ready to use in your fridge? Here’s the recipe for my favorite homemade vinaigrette with variations.

I frequently get requests for a good homemade salad dressing and now that we are all cooking more at home it seems like a good time to remind you of my favorite vinaigrette. My refrigerator is never without it. It is good on any basic savory salad and can be…

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo and Greens

Soup for supper!  Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo and Greens — it’s so easy to make.  No chorizo around?  Any pork product will do:  Canadian bacon, pancetta, Italian sausage, regular bacon, kielbasa…heck, even hotdogs.  Don’t eat meat?  Just leave out the pork and add a generous sprinkling of smoked Spanish paprika.  Serve…

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Vegetarian Tortilla Pizza

You can make this Vegetarian Tortilla Pizza in 25 minutes with mostly pantry ingredients! I love black beans and the way they play so nicely with other ingredients. In this recipe, those ingredients include garlic, onions, and chipotles. Spread on cumin-and-oregano-scented tortillas, you end up with little Mexican pizzas. When…

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Love biscuits but don’t have biscuit mix on hand? Here’s how to make your own.

These days we are all baking a bit more than usual and if you love biscuits, you can get them in the oven a lot faster if you have homemade biscuit mix on hand. You will find a number of recipes on line for a homemade substitute for commercial biscuit…

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A year ago my husband wrote a story for Smithsonian Magazine celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin’.” More here.

Back in the Eighties, The Husband was the director of publicity for Def Jam Recordings and Rush Artist Management.  A year ago he wrote a story for Smithsonian Magazine celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin’.”  Now Music Arkives has published an expanded version of that story as a 35-page “fanzine.”  If you are a student of…

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After this year to end all years I truly believe we could all use a well-crafted cocktail.

After this year to end all years —not to mention the uncertainty of what is going to happen next year —I truly believe we could all use a drink. Of course, I mean a well-crafted cocktail. With the end of year and colder weather approaching, I decided to find an…

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