A Guide to Balsamic Vinegar

A Guide to Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is a slightly sweet, dark, richly flavored vinegar used to enhance salad dressings, marinades, and sauces. It can be reduced to a glaze and drizzled over strawberries, stirred into a risotto, or tossed with Brussels sprouts or red onions to let its sugars caramelize in the oven. But what is balsamic vinegar, really? How is […]

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Balsamic-Glazed Red Onions

Balsamic-Glazed Red Onions

Onions are too often the supporting actors in the kitchen when they should be the stars. This stunning dish gives red onions their own glamorous role at the table. Roasted and glazed with balsamic vinegar, these onions can accompany a vegetarian main course or a succulent roast chicken without skipping a beat. Even better: the recipe […]

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Three Bean Baked Beans

Three Bean Baked Beans

When it comes to baked beans, you can go the full monty starting with dry beans and cook them completely from scratch (like Boston Baked Beans), which takes all day. Or you can start with already cooked canned beans or pressure-cooked beans, which reduces the cooking time to a little over an hour. This recipe is for […]

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Cowboy Beans

Cowboy Beans

Let’s be frank. If you are of a certain age in this country, and you don’t live on a ranch where there are, say, actual cowboys, if I mention the words “cowboy beans” to you, what comes to mind? Uh huh. You too? Yep, can’t escape it. The cowboy bean scene in Blazing Saddles. I […]

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Apricots!

Apricots!

Is there anything so wonderful as a fresh apricot, picked right from the tree, so ripe that it literally bruises in your fingers if you don’t hold it with the lightest touch? You can’t buy apricots like this; they are just too fragile. The commercial growers pick them still hard and let them ripen off […]

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Apricot Berry Cobbler

Apricot Berry Cobbler

My friend Suzanne has been coming over a lot recently, helping my mother and me raid my next door neighbor Pat’s Blenheim apricot tree (with Pat’s blessing of course). Suzanne has 3 growing teenagers to feed, so she can put those apricots to work! This week she walked me through her steps of making a […]

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Apricot Riesling Jam

Apricot Riesling Jam

Please welcome Garrett McCord, who shares with us his latest jam recipe. ~Elise I’m surprised that the food obsessed don’t consider Ernest Hemingway a proper food writer. Go pick up a copy of A Farewell to Arms or “Big Two-Hearted River” and pick any random page and the characters are either drinking or eating, though […]

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