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Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas: Mashed Potatoes with Root Vegetable Puree

I don’t know about you, but for me Thanksgiving is about everything but the turkey.  Every Thanksgiving is the same.  You grab a little turkey, a little stuffing, some cranberry sauce, and your essential mashed potatoes with gravy.  Then, you stare at all the other sides – macaroni and cheese, perhaps some roasted brussel sprouts, … Continue reading

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Honey and Ginger Glazed Carrots

Carrots are such a sadly overlooked vegetable.  Although they are a kitchen staple, their flavor is so often lost in making stocks, soups, and braises.  We rarely appreciate that good fresh carrots have a sweetness and aroma all their own.   You may be able to find many different varieties at your local farmer’s market – … Continue reading

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Haricot Verts with Glazed Pearl Onions

Glazing is an excellent technique for bringing out the flavor of firm root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and pearl onions.  Here sweet glazed pearl onions are paired with haricot verts – thin and tender french green beans – for a fresh, light alternative to green bean casserole for Thanksgiving.  It’s so quick and easy, … Continue reading

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Summer Round Up #2: Dill Cucumber and Green Tomato Pickles

We’ve just had a freakishly early first snow here in Queens.  Temperatures are already in the mid 30s, and summer is clearly long gone.  How could I be surprised though?  It certainly has been a record year for natural (or should I say unnatural) occurrences here in New York.  Remember that one week in the … Continue reading

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