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Smoky Black Bean Bisque from My Perfect Pantry by Geoffrey Zakarian

In My Perfect Pantry, Geoffrey Zakarian uses simple pantry elements to forge wonderful, full flavored dishes. He has a list of 50 pantry ingredients that he employs in appetizers, side dishes, main courses and desserts. Here the simple ingredient is black beans. Beans can have a bit of punch on their own, not heat but…

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Asparagus in Cider Sauce from Edwardian Cooking by Larry Edwards

“You’ll like it,” my wife said. It was Season 3 of Downton Abbey and I had avoided Seasons 1 and 2. I watched one episode and was hooked. Suzen and I are, of course, intrigued by the food: the basement kitchen where it all begins, the main floor dining room where dish after dish arrives…

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Cookbook Review: Blue Chair Cooks with Jam Marmalade by Rachel Saunders

Five years ago, I posted about the best cookbooks for the fall [you can see it here]. One of those five was The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders. Blue Chair was, and of course remains, a thick tome sharing the new jam perspectives of Rachel, an author and a very successful jam entrepreneur.…

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Chicken Normandy, of Sorts from Bacon 24/Seven by Theresa Gilliam

First the credits. The photo is by EJ Armstrong from the cookbook Bacon 24/Seven by Theresa Gilliam. The photo is a work of art. The chicken is something you are simply going to adore. One bite at a time. It’s ideal for a cool spring night or early fall dinner when frost threatens. Offer mashed potatoes…

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