Nutter ‘Yer Butter: Nut Butter at Home

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This week as I was pondering a creative spin on PB&J for my bonus daughter, I thought it would be nice to try cashew butter in place of peanut. I knew I’d seen and slammed on cashew butter before, but when I got to the market I couldn’t find it anywhere. They had peanut, of course. And almond. And peanut-almond. …

Traditional Slavic Kolachis

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These little filled, fold-over cookies have been in my family for a long time, and they’re much different than the Czech kolaches popular in Texas. This recipe is a combination of my Great Aunt Clara’s and one taken from “The Original Cookbook of Favorite Slavic Recipes,” a vintage cookbook of my grandmother’s. You can use any pre- or homemade filling …

Home Flavored Coffee: Way More than Hazelnut

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A lot of coffee aficionados cringe at the mention of flavors. True that you’ve got to enjoy a bean unadulterated to really taste it, and that the best tasting brews stand on their own. But there’s something to be said for a spicy cinnamon café de olla or cardamom-laced Turkish coffee. Personally, I love adding a bit of fresh spice …

Roasted Romance: Pan-Charred Tomatoes

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On Monday, we talked about the lovely, swoon-inducing roasted tomato, and how to make its traditional oven-browned incarnation. Today we’ll look at its less-popular (but no less seductive) cousin, which is rotated over high heat to give it all of the same caramelized goodness, with a distinct char and much more retained liquid, ideal for roasted salsas or sauces and …

Roasted Romance: Tomatoes in the Oven

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Might there be a method more romantic than the roast? Slow, sweet, deep and intense; roasting seems to bring out the inner charm of any protein or vegetable. I’m especially a fan of roasted tomatoes. Now that the season is winding to a close, you’ll find that treating your tomatoes with a little dry heat is a fantastic way to …

Do the Stovetop Pop: Popcorn in a Pan

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Ahh, popcorn. So light, so versatile, its starchy fluffiness and soft crunch make it a blank canvas for any number of flavors and, of course, our favorite movie time snack. In the convenience of the modern age, many of us have forgotten the simple, wallet-friendly pleasure of stovetop popcorn, as it has instead become all too closely associated with that …