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Banana Salsa with Pepper Zing

It’s a Red Flag day upstate. The temperature will be in the 70’s, for the first time in six months. But the winds will be high, perhaps 35 mph. That’ll scatter all the fall leaves that remain. Mine will blow away, but I’ll inherit my neighbors’. The net effect is that the ground will still…

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Bannock Bread from Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven

    How do you judge a cookbook? Look? Pictures? Comfort factor of recipes? Excitement of new recipes? Suzen and I use all those techniques but we also apply the “first recipe in the book test.” We open a book to the very first recipe and we make it. What better way to begin to…

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Cookbook Review: Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven

Yvette van Boven is an author, restaurateur, and recipe developer of excellence. Her first book, Home Made, appeared in 2011, followed by Home Made Winter in 2012 and Home Made Summer in 2013. 2014 was a year of pause for this busy author but later this year we will all welcome Home Baked, appearing in…

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Cookbook Review: Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen

You probably eat apples — yes, pie counts! But what do you know about them? And how can enjoy them oh so much more? There is a wealth of insight and inspiration in Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen. A wealth presented with great entertainment and substantial education. I’m not sure where to put…

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