Fresh cranberries are the best for this recipe, but it’s fine to substitute frozen cranberries if you can’t find fresh. Just be sure that the cranberries you buy are uncooked and unsweetened. Let them thaw a little in a colander or strainer before mixing them in the filling. Cranberry Tart Serves 8 – 12 1 recipe Basic Pie Crust or Sour Cream Pie...

I love a good poached egg. However, my poached eggs turn out far from pretty. Now I know why: I should have left them in their shells! Try this trick from Bon Appetitfor perfectly shaped poached eggs.   Technically, slowly cooking an egg at a low temperature doesn’t exactly constitute poaching. But the results are pretty close. Imagine cracking open an...

Posted on Apr 3 2012 - 1:27pm by YSC
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What’s the most important element in a home? According to Hope Alexander, the owner and designer of this airy, modern kitchen, it’s the “relationship to the outside…to the garden…the sun’s trajectory and the wind direction”—all of which you can see implemented in the kitchen, with its wall of windows, open wood shelving,...

Posted on Apr 3 2012 - 1:22pm by YSC
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If you enjoy Earl Grey and hibiscus teas, then try this mash-up of the two. It’s simple to make, with stunning results, and can be served chilled as a not-too-sweet and non-alcoholic accompaniment to a meal. Hibiscus-Earl Grey Iced Tea Serves 8 2 quarts water (preferably filtered) 6 Earl Grey tea bags (or 6 teaspoons looseleaf tea in an infuser) 1/2 cup dried...

Posted on Apr 3 2012 - 1:20pm by YSC
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Healthy cooking does not mean you have to be gourmet cook. You just need to use basic food selection and cooking techniques that will turn fresh food into healthy meals. It is wise to try to get all the nutrients we can from every morsel of food we eat, but is that realistic or necessary? Studies show that based on the daily nutritional requirements, if we get 50-75...

Posted on Apr 3 2012 - 1:15pm by YSC
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Great swoops of glossy frosting make this a wonderfully exuberant cake with a dark backdrop for birthday candles. But this cake is just as suitable for afternoon snacks or a Sunday supper. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pans 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans 1/2 cup boiling water 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 tablespoon...

I’m always surprised when people tell me that they do not like to cook. Admittedly, this is coming from someone who has worked in several professional kitchens over the years (I actually take pleasure in chopping an onion). The fact is that most people are intimidated by cooking. Believe me, I’ve heard some creative excuses for avoiding the kitchen: “I...

Who doesn’t love weekends?  Long stretches of time (well, in truth, never long enough!) to fill up as we please – spending time with friends and family, staying out late, sleeping in, morning cuddles with no time limit, 3-hour lunches with wine, impromptu jaunts, dressing up, dressing down, naps!  You time and your rules. So anyway…thank goodness for the...

Zen enthusiasts say that we need to live in the moment more.  Focus on the present.  Shut out extraneous noise.  Feel the air on your skin.  We are always rushing around.  We need to stop, live, exist, feel the right now. I am no expert on Zen, nor on meditation, but I do appreciate the benefits of hitting the pause button and just…being.  Looking back, I...

Posted on Apr 3 2012 - 1:00pm by YSC
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Continuing on my breakfast cup recipes, I recently tackled Bacon Egg McMuffin cups.  English muffin + bacon + egg = Yum. The English muffin develops a nice crispy exterior similar to if you had toasted it. The bacon doesn’t quite wrap around the entire muffin, but it does seem to fit right inside the muffin cup. Inside the crispy bacon wrap is the egg. I used...