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Vanilla Julep from Infused by Susan Elia MacNeal

Ah, the photo grabs you, doesn’t it? The photos in Infused were taken by Leigh Beisch and reflect great skill. The hardest things to photograph, besides kids, are liquids: cocktails and soups. The photos in Infused will entice you. And then there are the recipes. We always speak about mint juleps because the two words…

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Chili-Rubbed Brisket Tacos from Quick Slow Cooking by Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw’s Quick Slow Cooking is devoted to letting you make the most of your slow cooker. In the process, she lets you have some real-world cooking experiences. We think of tacos as the ultimate fast food: some ground meat, a package of “flavorings,” some quick time on the stovetop and you are done. You…

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Maytag Blue Grapes Redux from Just a Bite by Gale Gand

Suzen and I wish you happy Memorial Day. This is a day to trigger memories for many of us, to reflect for even a brief time on the sacrifices made by so many for us. And this is the day that for most of us trumpets, "Summer is here." Forget June 20 and the the…

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Polpette al Forno from Hog by Richard H. Turner

In his survey of cooking pork from every part of the pig and using every possible cooking technique, Hog author Richard H. Turner presents recipes from around the world. This Italian-inspired recipe features sausage cooked over a bed of grapes. With grapes available year round, this dish does not have to wait for the fall…

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