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Author: Sharon MacGregor

Essential cooking spices every at-home chef should own

You mentally scan the contents of the refrigerator and freezer and hope to come up with a plan. But, it is the well-stocked spice cabinet that makes the final determination. And, having the right combination of spices in your kitchen allows you to create personalized flavor blends rather than using prepared seasoning mixes and packets that may contain ingredients you don’t really need or enjoy.  

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6 Recipes using Hot Sauce

Spicy, zippy, peppery, and fiery heat are all very different experiences – especially when asking folks who truly love spicy foods versus those who have delicate or highly sensitive palates (and maybe even stomachs). And, asking for “hot sauce” at your local restaurant may mean one very recognizable tabasco, or the one with “red hot” right in the name. Hot sauce aficionados often have their favorite based on which ingredient(s) provide the heat, whether the sauce is vinegary, and if it is just adding so much powerful punch that it blows out one’s taste buds so they cannot appreciate the food.

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Guide to Picking The Best Olive Oil

When I first started dating my now husband of many years, I was often fascinated by the differences in his mother’s Italian cooking based on her heritage and experience. Her father was a first generation Italian immigrant who owned and cooked in his own restaurant in New York City. The food was not fancy. But it was always delicious and often accompanied by a story or explanation. Tossed salad was always served with dinner and eaten after the main course. On the table were two glass decanters with stoppers, one with ruby red liquid, the other a distinct green-gold. Yes, red wine vinegar and olive oil. 

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What is Cloud Bread and How to Make it

Cloud Bread. Named for its fluffy, softness, Cloud Bread is a unique baked creation with elements of pita, biscuits, and rolls, but without flour, yeast, or traditional dough ingredients. Cloud bread is often a staple by those on Keto friendly diets who want to keep their carbohydrate intake as low as possible. However, this baked good is also a wonderful alternative for those who are avoiding gluten. Three key ingredients are all you need to get started!

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Master Mashed Potatoes plus 5 other Comfort Food Recipes

When comfort food is what you crave, this is really no time to cut corners. It is likely that it is the entire experience is needed – the stirring, simmering, spooning, and sitting down with real dishes. Make some time for yourself and take a fresh look at some classic comfort food recipes that can be prepared any time of year. Custom options are often included for modern twists or for those who are avoiding gluten or dairy but still want to indulge in a bit of soul soothing deliciousness.

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