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Brian’s Very Simple Potato and Corn Salad

  “Making potato salad,” Suzen said to me a couple of weeks ago. It was a statement, not a question. And, it was pretty obvious. I had emptied out half the pantry and the refrigerator. Vinegars, two of them. Pickles, real ones and jalapenos. Mayo, mustard. Bacon was cooking. Eggs were being hard boiled. I…

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Setting the Table: A Lovely Centerpiece for Your Holiday Table

People often bring things to a holiday party. For post-Thanksgiving party, Cynthia Beckman brought the centerpiece. It would be an vast understatement to say Cynthia is a decorating genius. It help, of course, that she simply loves making anything she is around beautiful. Cynthia’s centerpiece concept here is elegant, rich, and simply. First, get some…

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Size Does Matter: Substituting Round Pans for Square

“I looked,” I said. “I can’t find one.” Suzen turned and looked at me. She began to say, “That’s a load of …” But she stopped. “I’ll look,” she said. “We have one.” “Oh, I know we have one, Suzen. I just don’t know where.” We needed an 8” square pan. We were in our…

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Brian’s Ginrita: A Really Simple Cocktail

Part of the trick to entertaining is to maintain balance with the stages of the evening. When guests come to our house — which really means when they come to our kitchen where every party seems to focus — we always have an array of appetizers ready and waiting. As people gaze at that party…

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