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Caramel Sauce

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Can you run the grocery store gauntlet? Zola and I do it several times a week.

First a little background: British fighting men had a form of corporal punishment in which the accused had to run between two rows of soldiers who whipped and beat him as he passed by. The beatings were severe, and the victims often died as a result. That was called ...Read more

Baker a viral sensation for life-sized deer cake

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A cake decorator at the famed Shady Maple Farm Market in Lancaster County, Pa., is now a viral internet sensation thanks to one amazing, life-sized creation.

Pam McNeal, a cake decorating supervisor at the market in East Earl, Pa., created a deer cake complete with antlers. The cake is so life-like the animal's front legs are ...Read more

How to make the best biscuits and gravy, the easiest brunch ever if you follow these steps

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What's white and lumpy and hails from the American South? Besides me, I mean.

That's right. It's our old pal sausage gravy, the dish for which the adjective "mucilaginous" was invented.

Sausage gravy is so much more than the spackley white glop of our misshapen youth, and today, we plumb its sublimity.


What, I didn...Read more

How to make low-sodium dishes taste great

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This is actually true: If you go to the Food Network website and look for low-sodium recipes, you will find one for Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Corned beef? Low sodium? The word "corn" in corned beef actually refers to the salt that is used to cure it.

The dish that Food Network promotes as being low in sodium contains 2,172 mg of ...Read more

Apple snack cake from new baking cookbook

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Food writer Samantha Seneviratne believes that cooking is a necessity but baking is a choice.

In her latest cookbook, "The Joys of Baking," she writes about how baking has become a powerful form of therapy for her, helping her deal with the challenges in life. "The recipes tell the stories of how I fell, how I rose, what I baked and what it ...Read more

Today's Special: Salt crust enhances savory salmon dish

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This recipe is adapted from "A Year of Everyday Cooking & Baking 365" by Meike Peters, Prestel Publishing ($40).

Pinot noir's light red, fruity flavor serves as a perfect counterpart to salmon's strong flavor. Bonterra 2016 Pinot Noir ($17) has aromas of strawberry and raspberry, with notes of oak spice and vanilla that bring out the savory ...Read more

Port moving from the fireside after-dinner drink to pre-dinner cocktails.

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When you think of drinking port, does your mind go to a) a sessionable and sparkly aperitif (the refreshing porto tonico, or white port and tonic) that's enjoyed before dinner all over Portugal, or b) a pink spirit that's perfect for rose-tinted cocktails? Or do you think of c) cigars and smoking jackets and autumnal colors -- those traditional ...Read more

Best Bites: Pop-Tarts Bites

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Pop-Tarts Bites taste better than the original Pop-Tart. The bite's smaller shape allows the pastry to hold more filling than the original Pop-Tarts can. Because they come in portable pouches, you can eat these on the go. Pop-Tarts Bites come in frosted strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon flavor.

Size: 1.4 ounces per pouch

Price: $3.69

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Try these pumpkin pancakes this fall

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If you're going to eat pumpkin pancakes, this is your window to do it.

Of course, you could eat these flapjacks spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg anytime, but there's no better time than these few weeks before Halloween when we start to gear up our palates for a whole season of festive eating.

Malika Ameen, whose new book "Sweet ...Read more

Easy-on-the-host pork chops get a tangy twist

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People often tell me that when they invite friends over for a dinner party, they realize too late that they've been overly ambitious, planning elaborate menus with too many ingredients and too much preparation. Even if the food turns out great, as it usually does, the hosts find themselves exhausted the next morning and swear that they'll wait a...Read more

Sauteed pork medallions full of contrasting flavors

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Sweet maple syrup, spicy mustard and tart balsamic vinegar make an unusual sweet and sour glaze for sauteed pork medallions. The medallions are made by cutting pork tenderloin into slices and then flattening them to about 1/2 inch thick. This shortens the cooking time for the pork.

The yellow potatoes and broccoli take only minutes to make in a...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Eating to prevent cancer

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Environmental Nutrition

According to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime risk of cancer in the United States is 1 in 3. But many people may not realize that more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthier food ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Easy tiramisu, a fitting finale to an Italian inspired meal

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Author Gemma Stafford has written a baking book that has scores of easy and tasty dessert recipes. The title sums up her philosophy pretty well: "Bigger, Bolder Baking: A Fearless Approach to Baking Anytime, Anywhere." Here she shares one of her mum's staple desserts, tiramisu. She enjoyed this frequently as she was growing up, and it is a true ...Read more

EatingWell: No tricks, just treats for Halloween

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This healthy caramel apple recipe has just enough caramel to give a nice hit of salty-sweet flavor in each bite for a tasty dessert.

Caramel Apples

Serves 6

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup agave nectar

2 tablespoons butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such...Read more

The Kitchn: Tonight we veg: Roasted Falafel-Spiced Tofu with Whipped Tahini

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My relationship with falafel is complicated. When it's good, it's good -- few things compare to biting into a freshly fried falafel's deep brown crunchy coating, revealing a creamy center of garlicky, herb-packed chickpea goodness. And when said falafel is smothered in tahini sauce or ...Read more

The Kitchn: One of the easiest Halloween treats of all time

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Hershey's Kisses were invented in 1907; how long do you think it took some bright witch to realize that the Kisses plus a cookie made the absolute easiest Halloween treat of all time?

You hardly need a recipe for these classic treats, in which chocolate cookies are ...Read more

Wisdom of the Somms

When the Sommelier Challenge was conceived in San Diego more than a dozen years ago, the profession was undergoing a renaissance. The image of a snobby sommelier full of condescension (never really an accurate portrayal) was melting away as a generation of young, eager wine professionals embraced the quest for advanced and master sommelier ...Read more

Italian Green Bean Salad

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Brain Gunk

As a youngster, I attended a Catholic grade school. In those days we gathered for morning Mass every day. When I was in second grade I was allowed to receive Communion, but that meant I had to fast for three hours in advance. So no breakfast at home for me before I hopped on the bus. Instead I took my breakfast to school ...Read more

Slow-braised fresh lima beans are ready when you are

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As a pantry staple, you can't beat dried beans. They're cheap, store well for a long time, and are filling and hearty. But the thing is, I just don't have the patience for them. I often get the hankering for beans as soon as I'm hungry, and well, there's no time for that critical step of soaking them overnight.

That's why I often used canned ...Read more

Pulse Drinking: Bala Perdida hits the spot

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Take aim and grab hold of third generation winemaker Toni Arraez's bottle. You can't miss the eye-popping label. But don't worry, you won't lose an eye. So calm down, Ralphie, and bring home a bottle.

Your fist sip of Bala Perdida will be right on target. This is a Spanish wine made from Alicante Bouschet grapes, which also are called Garnacha ...Read more