Tag Archive: What’s Cooking

Nov 26 2020

What’s Cooking: Pan Gravy and Carving the Bird

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner is the gravy made from the pan drippings. Here are Alton Brown’s directions for making a smooth, not greasy dressing. It’s actually pretty easy. Now the last task is carving the bird, for which you’ll thank yourself for investing in an electric knife. It really makes it …

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Nov 23 2020

An Anthology of Turkey Day Helpful Hints and Recipes

Republished from November 18, 2012 because it’s that time of year again. Over the last couple of years I’ve shared some of the recipes that I served at the annual Turkey Feast. There have also been diaries about cooking the bird, whether or not to stuff it and suggestions about what to drink that will …

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Nov 22 2020

What’s Cooking: Thoroughly Modern Meatless Mince Pie

Mince pie is a old holiday tradition that can be traced back to 13th century when European crusaders returned from the Middle East with recipes for meats, fruits and spices. Mincing was a way of preserving meats without salting or smoking. The pie has been served at royal tables and, at one time, was banned …

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Nov 22 2020

What’s Cooking: Turkey Technology

Oh dear, it’s that time of year again when you invite all the family members and friends whom you haven’t seen since last Thanksgiving to partake in the great American traditional gorge. Only this year is different. Because of the pandemic, the Center for Disease Control and many health department are urging people to keep …

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Oct 28 2020

What’s Cooking: Carrot Cake

No one knows where of when carrot cake originated and there are as many stories as there are recipes for this favorite moist cake. It may have originated with carrot pudding, in the Middles Ages when sugar and sweeteners were hard to find or too expensive. Carrots have been long been used as as sweetener. …

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Sep 12 2020

What’s Cooking: Tsimmes – A Jewish Tradition

Summer is coming to a rapid close. Autumn begins September 22nd at 9:30 AM ET. The first religious holiday of the season is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which literally means the “head of the year.” It begins at sundown on September 18th with the blowing of the shofar marking the start of 10 …

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May 05 2020

What’s Cooking: Cinco de Mayo Quesadillas & Margaritas

Adapted from diary originally published on May 5, 2012, the 150th anniversary of defeat the French forces by the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla. It’s May and it’s getting warmer here in the northeast. Tomorrow is Cinquo de Mayo, the only battle that the Mexican army won in their war with the French. …

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Mar 14 2020

What’s Cooking : Pie for Pi Day

I now know how MSNBC host Rachel Maddow feels when she has to scrap a well prepared program for the latest insanity coming from the madhouse in our nation’s capitol. However, I am determined to get to some lighter postings. Tonight starts the beginning of March Madness, also know as the NCAA College Basketball Championships, …

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Dec 24 2019

What’s Cooking: Crème Brûlée French Toast

Here’s something special for Christmas morning breakfast or brunch, Crème Brûlée French Toast, that can be prepared the night before and tossed in the oven with a pan of bacon at the same time.

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Dec 21 2019

Visions of Sugarplums Dance in Their Heads

This is one of my favorite for the Holidays to bake for family and friends. Republished from 12/11/2011 from the What’s Cooking Archives at The Stars Hollow Gazette In Autumn, the appearance in grocery stores of stacks of candied fruit and mountains of nuts in all their wonderful variety is a sure sign of the …

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