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The Lasagna Tart from 101 Cookbooks isn’t quite as hearty or cheesy as most lasagna variations. It doesn’t even have any noodles in the recipe. But it does have are all the traditional flavors of lasagna packed into an elegant tart crust. Instead of the noodles, it uses thinly sliced zucchini to give it some layers, and it still has lots of ricotta cheese and ... Read More »

How to choose fruit for grilling

Grilled fruits, pineapple and peaches

Cooking outside when the weather is nice is very appealing, and it’s nice to be able to make dessert while you’re outside – and without heating up the house to bake – so one of the best summertime desserts out there is grilled fruit. Grilling can make fruit sweeter, as it caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit, and can make them seem even juicier ... Read More »

Mario Batali Chianti Pizza Stone

If you don’t have a super-hot pizza oven installed in your kitchen, it’s hard to achieve that pizzeria-quality pizza because most regular ovens can’t achieve that type of temperature. On top of that, they don’t have a stone floor on which to place the pizza. The problem of the stone is easily solved with a pizza stone, which holds a lot of heat and simulates ... Read More »

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins

English muffins don’t come in with too many flavor options beyond plain and sourdough, although whole wheat do seem to pop up more and more often these days. The one real flavor that english muffins come in is cinnamon raisin – and it’s a good one. When the spicy muffins toast up, the cinnamon scent and flavor is released from the bread and the raisins ... Read More »

Wiliams-Sonoma The Kid’s Cookbook

When you look through kids’ cookbooks, you tend to see a lot of the same recipes over and over again, like macaroni and cheese, chicken strips and chocolate chip cookies. You’ll also see lots of dishes that have silly names and have cartoon-ish illustrations to go along with them. These books are fun and appealing – but I tend to think that kids are just ... Read More »

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you’re all out celebrating with some good food, friends and fireworks. I recommend grilling, especially if you live somewhere hot. Nothing beats a hot day like standing in front of a hot grill – and then being able to appreciate the temperature difference once you step away from the grill to eat! These patriotic cupcakes are just simple ... Read More »

Blueberry Apricot Muffins

Blueberry Apricot Muffins

When all kinds of fruits come into season at around the same time, I end up trying to cram all kinds of things into each dish I make. It takes a lot of editing to pick out one or two fruits to include in the final result, but it’s necessary editing as no one really wants fruit salad muffins regardless of how delicious a fruit ... Read More »

CI rates Ice Cream Scoops

One of the most important pieces of kitchen equipment to have on hand during the summer – excluding a working refrigerator/freezer – is probablyt an ice cream scoop. That may be a big of an exaggeration, but when the weather is really hot, ice cream is a fantastic way to cool down quickly. A few months ago, Cook’s Illustrated ran a review of ice cream ... Read More »

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