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how to: basic pie crust

Posted on Nov 25th, 2013

I've been in charge of making the Thanksgiving pies for the past 3 years. I usually make either 4 or 5 pies depending on the amount of people who are…

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how to: candied walnuts

Posted on May 13th, 2014

I usually have a bag of walnuts hiding out in the back of my pantry partially used from some long forgotten recipe. I recently came across a bag of…

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how to: caramelizing onions

Posted on Jun 18th, 2013

Almost nothing bugs me more than when recipes say that caramelizing onions takes 10 minutes. You can burn onions in that time frame, but proper…

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how to: freeze peaches

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2013

Shortly after we moved to New Jersey we were out for a drive and passed a farm that had pick your own peaches. We decided to stop and ended up with…

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how to: homemade butter

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013

When I was in elementary school we learned how to make butter. It involved shaking a baby food jar full of heavy cream until it turned butter. I…

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how to: homemade pasta

Posted on Nov 5th, 2013

I love pasta. It used to mean opening up a box, but after eating fresh pasta at some of New Jersey's excellent Italian restaurants, I decided that I…

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how to: make chicken stock

Posted on Sep 19th, 2013

On Monday I posted about roasting chicken. After I make a chicken, I usually make stock. It is super easy to do, and I find that it is so much better…

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how to: pesto

Posted on Jul 15th, 2014

After the birds stopped using my window boxes as their own personal feeding/nesting boxes, my plants have been doing extremely well. My basil has…

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how to: refried beans

Posted on May 1st, 2014

I used to stay away from recipes involving beans because they usually require you to soak them overnight. I would always forget and then I would be…

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how to: roast sugar pumpkins

Posted on Nov 4th, 2013

Now that the season of roasting everything is upon us, I decided now would be a good time to show how to roast sugar pumpkins. I came across some…

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how to: roasted chicken

Posted on Sep 16th, 2013

When I first started cooking I was completely intimated of roasting a chicken. It seemed so out of my league that I never even attempted it. It…

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how to: scrambled eggs

Posted on Feb 18th, 2014

Poor, poor scrambled eggs. They are usually the saddest part of a breakfast buffet - all overcooked and dried out, or they are an afterthought while…

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how to: simple pan gravy

Posted on Nov 14th, 2013

Has anyone else had a huge craving for Thanksgiving food? I blame all of the articles and blog posts on delicious Thanksgiving food. A couple of…

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how to: weekly menu planning

Posted on Aug 26th, 2014

  I started menu planning because I was tired of running to the grocery store every time I wanted to make dinner. A trip to get one item…

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pizza dough

Posted on Dec 9th, 2014

There are many things that I miss about New Jersey, but at the top of the list is the ability to get delicious pizza no matter where you go. You can…

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