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Quick Cassoulet

  Cassoulet is a charming word and a most delicious dish, filled with layers upon layers of flavors. Of course, making cassoulet is rather like running the marathon. It’s a journey. I began life as a “quarter miler” or 400 meter sprinter. When I took up marathoning, which is at the opposite of the “how…

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Roast Spareribs with Toasted Garlic

  Pork and Sons was a brilliant book devoted to the noble pig. Now author Stephane Reynaud has written Rȏtis: Roasts for Every Day of the Week, an encyclopedia for those who grew up where the main meal for every day was themed. In this lovely book, the days of the week are each given…

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Really Simple Homemade Croutons

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but a trip down the aisle of a megamart has left me no choice. There were dozens of varieties of croutons. All nicely boxed up, all manufactured with enough “additives” to let them last for years. They tend to be rock hard with distinctively chemical tastes. For example, if…

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Orange, Tomato and Chive Salsa

I don’t work at Barnes and Noble but I do shop there. When you first enter the store, there is often a rack of “special” books that you may overlook. They always have modest prices. They always have a distinct size or cover. You might pass right by, but if you see The Complete Mexican…

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