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Woman In A Sweater Eating Soup

What? No recipe?

Cooking by the seat of your pants can be liberating. All you need to do is open your fridge or freezer, pull out the items that inspire you and just go! Sam Sifton from NYT (New York Times) Cooking is a true cooking maestro and renegade. He pens a no-recipe recipe every Wednesday. He creates and shares his recipe in paragraph form. No list of ingredients, no specific measurements, and no step by step instructions. He wants you to improvise,…

Steak Prepared In A Bag For Sous Vide Cooking

Do you Sous Vide?

What is Sous Vide? Don’t be intimidated by the French words. The literal meaning of sous vide is “under vacuum.”  According to Bon Appetit: “At its most fundamental level, sous vide cooking is the process of sealing food in an airtight container—usually a vacuum sealed bag—and then cooking that food in temperature-controlled water. …The water never comes to a boil. Yeah, it's pretty low-key. A sous vide machine uses a heated metal coil to warm water to a constant temperature,…

Walnuts On Maple Syrup On White

Maple Pecan Bourbon Blondies

It’s October and fall is in full color. Each year, I try and convince myself that I can actually bake. This year was no exception, but the outcome was near catastrophic. I decided to make a healthy Cranberry Orange Bread made with Greek yogurt, vanilla Stevia, and wheat flour. Notice my use of the past tense… made. This ‘thing’ was a brick- inedible and seriously dangerous. If I wrapped it in a sock and swung it like a “sweeney,” I…

Italian Ingredients

Blond Puttanesca, with a twist.

I love the New York Times Cooking website. The authors and chefs inspire me to think outside of my cooking comfort zone and as a result, I have explored foods and regional recipes that I may have never thought to do. While the recipes are fantastic in their own rite, I feel compelled to amend and alter them…I cannot help myself. I strongly suggest you subscribe to the daily/weekly emails for fun and inspiration.  The nominal subscription fee is well…

Nice Melons! Summer Melon Salad.

Summertime smells rival the smell of apples and cider in the fall. Fruit is so plentiful right now and walking through the Troy Farmer’s Market on Saturday it was almost intoxicating. Melons, berries, and peaches are so plentiful. When the temperatures get high and the desire for quick and easy meals are imperative, I look for something I can make and use in multiple ways. This is one of those recipes- Melon Salad. What you need: 1 honeydew melon -…