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Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Spoon Bread

Homemade Spoonbread

Dinner rolls usually make an appearance at the Thanksgiving dinner table, along with a variety of other side dishes. I enjoy breads of all kinds with a big dinner, from whole wheat rolls to sourdough bread to spoon bread. Spoon bread is a souffle-like cornbread that, as the name suggests, should be scooped and served with a spoon, rather than sliced like regular bread. I’m ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Croque Monsieurs

Homemade Croque Monsieurs

A croque monsieur is a classic French dish: a grilled ham and cheese sandwich topped with a layer of creamy b├ęchamel sauce. Adding that sauce – and subsequently toasting the whole sandwich under the broiler for a few minutes – is what takes this sandwich from good to great. While you might think of ham sandwiches as a lunch item, these are hearty enough to ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread

I enjoy soups all year round. During the summer, I tend to lean towards gazpacho or salmorejo, and other cold soups. Throughout the fall and winter, I prefer hot soups. No matter what type of soup I’m enjoying, I always pair it with a good bread that I can dip into the soup. On days when I want something a bit heartier than bread alone, ... Read More »

6 Wonderful Recipes for Watermelon-Lovers

6 End-of-Summer Dishes for Watermelon Lovers

Watermelon is a summer fruit that makes many appearances in my home during the season. Every bite of the juicy melon practically screams “summer.” The end of melon season is bittersweet because it means that I’ll have to wait several months to get my hands on a fresh crop – but I make the most of it by enjoying watermelons as often as possible as ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Grilled Artichokes

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables. Not only are they beautiful to look at – cooked or uncooked – but they are delicious. I find that many people only eat artichokes when they are out, rather than cooking them at home, because they are slow to cook and can be a bit intimidating to work with when you haven’t cooked all that many. Let ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Baked Beans

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Baked Beans

Baked beans are a wonderful addition to just about any barbecue or cookout. They pair well with everything from roast chicken to hot dogs – and everything in between. Most of us eat baked beans that come out of a can, though occasionally we dress them up by adding in a few additional ingredients, such as peppers or bacon. If you have a lot of ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Make Chicago-Style Dogs at Home

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Make Chicago-Style Dogs at Home

Chicago-style hot dogs are hot dogs that you could mistake for a sandwich, since they are so loaded up with toppings. The first time I had one was on a trip to Chicago, where they won me over with their delicious combination of flavors. A savory all beef hot dog contrasts with sweet and tangy pickles and relish, flavorful tomatoes, sharp onions and slightly spicy ... Read More »

Cook’s Cuff

Cook's Cuff

When I’m in the kitchen, I sometimes find myself consulting conversion tables to double check my measurements, especially when I am scaling recipes up and down for different serving sizes. How make teaspoons are in a quarter cup? How many cups are in a quart? The Cook’s Cuff is a lovely piece of jewelry that has some real utility to it – in addition to ... Read More »

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