Take a Lesson from Dr. Seuss: Green Mac and Cheese

Green Mac and Cheese recipe

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I was recently cooking for a family where I was instructed not to use anything green in the food for the kids “because they won’t eat anything green”.
Since I’d been asked specifically by the parents not to use green, I resisted the urge to sneak something in, but I couldn’t help but wonder if the kids would eat green food if it were framed the right way.

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How to Make Pan Drippings Gravy

Pan Drippings Gravy recipe

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Everything is better with gravy. And I mean, everything! I always put gravy on the stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey and even bread. It’s the quiet star on the Thanksgiving table that makes everything it comes in contact infinitely more tasty.

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Impress Guests with Grilled Almond Shrimp

Grilled Almond Shrimp recipe

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Whether it’s Paella or Cioppino, one sure way to impress a table of guests is to bring out a platter of whole seafood. These grilled whole shrimp are no exception. Seasoned with garlic, smoked paprika and olive oil before being grilled, they’re finished with a sauce made of oil-roasted almonds.

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Make Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey for Thanksgiving

Citrus Brined Turkey recipe

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Have you ever been in charge of making the turkey for your Thanksgiving Day feast? If so, I bet you might’ve been a little stressed, especially if it was your first go. There’s a lot at stake! Turkeys aren’t the cheapest; everyone is starving and excited; and we hardly ever cook turkeys throughout the year so there’s no time to practice!

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Gomoku Chahan Features Rice and Seasonal Ingredients

Gomoku Chahan recipe

Similar to the culture of American-style Chinese food we have in the States, Japan has wafu-chuuka or “Japanese-style Chinese”. Along with dishes like Ramen and Ebi Chiri, Gomoku Chahan or “Five Ingredient Fried Rice” is a great example of this pseudo-cuisine.

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Make Pumpkin Waffles for a Fall Breakfast

Pumpkin Waffles recipe

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Last weekend was a weekend that’ll go down in history as one of my most relaxing, ever! There were flannel pajamas, no alarm set and when I woke up, I had everything in my kitchen so I could throw together these waffles. As I sat in bed and ate them (yes, breakfast in bed!), I watched the documentary, Soul of a Banquet. Have you seen it? It’s all about Cecilia Chiang’s life and work with her very famous (but now closed) restaurant in San Francisco, Mandarin.

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Enjoy Light, Crisp Corn and Crab Fritters

Corn and Crab Fritter recipe

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These corn and crab fritters may not look like much, but one bite and I promise you’ll be hooked. With a golden brown shell made of caramelized cheese on the outside and crisp sweet corn and flavorful crab on the inside, it’ll take more than a little willpower to stop at just one of these light crisp fritters.

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Bake Pumpkin Spice Biscotti at Home

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti recipe

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In summer my weekends usually revolve around being outside, eating brunch in the sun or going for long hikes. But when the temperatures shift, and the light turns that golden autumnal color, my weekends consist of setting time aside to bake. And bake. And bake again.

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