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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar

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I love the fall not just for fall fashion layering, new fall boots and family holidays. I love it for the cooking and the baking! Like Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies or Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cupcakes. Although I love sweets (a lot!) I enjoy simple and savory sides like Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar. I’ve used a lot of roasted brussel sprout recipes and have even cooked down balsamic vinegar into a syrupy sauce, but found that the below recipe makes for a quick, easy and tasty roasted brussel sprout recipe. To cut down on the roasting time, I peel…

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Recipe: Baked Kale Chips

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So, oil-pulling is so 2014, and kale is so…2013? Not in this household. Instead of going out and spending $8 on ready-made kale chips, we spend about $4 on a bunch of a kale and make our own baked kale chips with this quick recipe. It’s so easy and the flavors are that much better when it’s homemade. It’s as easy as chopping up some kale leaves in a bowl (minus the thick stems and ribbing), and then sprinkling some olive oil and sea salt over it until it glistens. For the next 20 minutes, while the kale gets…

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Dinner Party Menu: Spanish Supper (from Food Network Magazine)

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I was not compensated in any way for this post. All opinions expressed are mine. Or of my guests.  We are trying to get back into entertaining and having friends over for an intimate dinner party—with kids. The Hubby and I take turns inviting friends over. He’s in charge of the wine and beer and I’m in charge of the dinner party menu. Last weekend, friends of ours and their two boys trekked over from Brooklyn for some good food and laughs. Below is the dinner party menu that I (thankfully) came from the September Issue of Food Network Magazine.…

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Easiest Way to Make Bacon

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I’ve been cooking bacon for a long time.  And I’ve always cooked bacon in a skillet with a bunch of bacon slices crowded in a circular pan, while standing over the stove making sure that it doesn’t burn. Several years ago, I watched one of my favorite cooking shoes on the Food Network, Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa, and she showed the easiest way to cook bacon —and it was SO easy, I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of it. And Ina didn’t show how to cook bacon, but really, how to Roast Bacon. I have taken liberties from her original recipe…

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{Guest Blogger} Gotham Home Table: The Slow Clap Cauliflower

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Thanks to friend and neighbor Triple Threat Mommy for asking Gotham Home Table to appear today! Long time reader, first time guest-poster. I’m here in the city with my wife and daughter, and I blog about life and cooking in Downtown Manhattan. Today we’re making cauliflower craved by the whole family. This isn’t a depressing boiled mushy mess you have to drown in melted cheese to make vaguely appetizing. We’re talking a tricked-out, caramelized nutty something-something.  It’s all very 80’s movie slow-clap makeover.  Think Breakfast Club/Can’t Buy Me Love. Let’s go there: The Goods: Two heads cauliflower. Olive oil. Salt, cracked…

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Friday Food: Using My Cuisinart to Make Apple Potato Latkes

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For my birthday, my awesome mother-in-law and sister-in-law gave me my very own Cuisinart Food Processor. It was like I won the cooking jackpot. I can’t believe I’ve cooked this long without one. I christened my food processor with the New York Times Apple-Potato Latkes recipe which was published in December. You may wonder why a Filipino girl like me would want to make latkes…? Well, my step-father is Jewish and he and my mom have been married for almost 30 years. I grew up celebrating Hannukah and Passover along with Christmas and Easter. My mom, the amazing cook that she is,…

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Easy Recipe: Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan Cheese

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Summertime is so perfect for easy cooking. This is one of my favorite side dish recipes. It comes from one of my best oldest friend, Faye:   she is an AMAZING cook. Not only is the recipe super quick and easy (you can even enlist the help of the kiddies), but it goes with everything, especially a summertime BBQ! Prep Time:  5 minutes.  Cooking Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 bunch asparagus Drizzle of good olive oil Salt and Pepper Juice of 1 lemon Wedge of fresh parmesan cheese Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Snap of the ends of…

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Katie Lee’s Recipe: Lamb Burgers with Olive Tapenade, Pickled Onions, Tzatziki and Bibb Lettuce with Succotash Salad

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Since we’ve had our two girls, the thought of having a civilized “dinner party” was never part of our weekend repertoire.  First off, dinner is usually held at the early-bird special time of 5:00 p.m., and usually consists of Chicken Fingers, Annie’s Stars, Mac & Cheese or anything of that ilk.  Now that the girls have “grown up”, we’ve decided to bring back the civilized dinner party back — at least to our apartment.  Every month, we’d invite a couple of our friends: one month, my friends; the next month, his friends. For this month’s dinner party, I found two…

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