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This category is designed for the home cook that likes to explore all of the cooking techniques, from simple stovetop skillet cooking to slow cooking to indoor grilling to dehydrating.  The recipes cover the range of cooking techniques popular in different cultures and cuisines, and include:

Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies: Nutella & Dulce le Leche Fillings

Thumbprint cookies are one of the easiest cookies to make along with being one of most flexible and festive. Change out the chocolate sprinkles for a different color and change out the filling to your favorite preserve and poof, you have thumbprint cookies that will match any holiday. These are filled with nutella and with …

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Savory Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies: Holiday Baking

Cornmeal gives these cookies a whole grain crunch, similar to a cornmeal biscuit. Adding the lime jelly (or other flavor of jelly or preserve) adds sweetness without the predominant sugary taste of many cookies. These rustic, savory thumbprint cookies make a beautiful addition to the holiday cookie platter or a creative cookie to include in …

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Ginger-Spiced Thumbprint Cookies with Champagne Jelly

Thumbprint cookies are iconic around Christmas time and no other cookies can compete with the simplicity and amount of flexibility in flavors they offer. These ginger-spiced thumbprint cookies can be filled with endless possibilities, but using a jewel-toned champagne jelly makes them shimmer and sparkle for the holiday cookie tray. Jump to: RECIPE | Best …

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Savory Thumbprint Cookies with Hot Pepper Jelly

These savory Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for family or friends that don’t care for traditional sweet cookies. They are made with cheddar and parmsan cheese and then filled with hot pepper jelly or your favorite preserve. They are a festive way to enjoy holiday cookies that are not so sweet. This post may contain affiliate …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate and peanut butter is a combination that never gets old. Add a raspberry jam filling to these soft chocolate thumbprint cookies and you have a trifecta of flavor! Simple, loved by old and young and a hit around the holidays. This post may contain affiliate links, and you can read our disclosure information here–  These …

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Thumbprint Cookies with a Lemon Filling

These shortbread thumbprint cookies are filled with a bright, citrusy lemon filling and then dusted with powdered sugar. The lemon filling can be store-bought lemon curd, lemon marmalade or even an orange jelly. The shortbread cookie part is easier than making a pie crust, so they come together quickly for holiday gatherings. Jump to: RECIPE | …

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Homemade pumpkin butter in big batches for holiday gifts

There is no better Fall breakfast than rich, velvety pumpkin butter slathered on toast with a cup of coffee. This homemade pumpkin butter is made with apple cider, aromatic spices, sliced ginger and a bit of orange liqueur. A video of how to can it for holiday gift giving is included. Jump to: Recipe | …

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How to Use Tortilla Press in Making Homemade Tortillas

There is no doubt that it is easier to buy corn tortillas rather than make them, but homemade tortillas are 100 times tastier! A tortilla press is helpful if you want the perfect thickness and size, but the ingredients themselves couldn’t be simpler: masa, water and salt. Watch how mi amiga from the Bajio region …

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Traditional Pork Pozole Rojo: Pork & Hominy Stew

This traditional version of pozole rojo is a luscious slow-cooked stew made with pork, hominy, Mexican spices, and a blend of mild to moderate chile peppers. It is simple to make without a lot of hand-on time, but to develop the full flavors it should be simmered for a couple of hours. Make a big …

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Best Heirloom Tomatoes for Sandwiches: 12 Slicer Varieties

Summer picnics or beach outings often involves packing up hearty sandwiches, and the last thing you want is a tomato that makes your sandwiches soggy when you unwrap your carefully made sandwich. The key to not having soggy sandwiches is to choose the right tomato, one that is meaty instead of juicy. These 11 heirloom …

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Harissa Baked Salmon – Low Carb Dinner

Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse. especially for people on a low carb or ketogenic lifestyle.  It also lends itself wonderfully to any range of sauces or rubs.  This harissa baked salmon is one of my favorite Pesco Mediterranean recipes and can be a quick 10-minute weeknight dinner or a fancy-schmancy dinner party dish! What is …

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Easy Carrot Tart with Goat Cheese & Ricotta

This vegetable tart featuring carrots, a puff pastry crust and a tangy lemon-ricotta filling is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day or Spring picnics. It’s easy and the ingredients are flexible enough to suit a range of tastes. Make ahead and keep in the refrigerator. It will keep perfectly for several days. Easiest Way to Make …

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Italian Strawberry Tiramisu Cake: No-Cook Desssert (dolce di fragole)

Italian tiramisu often involves coffee and/or eggs. This light no-cook version is made with fresh strawberries, layered on top of Italian ladyfinger cookies and topped with whipped cream and chilled in the refrigerator. Jump to: RECIPE | What is Tiramisu? | Ingredients & Substitutions | Step by Step Photos | Common Questions What is Tiramisu? …

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Harissa Hummus Taste Test: Canned Beans vs Dried Beans?

Have you ever wondered if it really makes a difference in flavor or texture to use cooked dried beans in recipes over canned beans? The answer seems to be…sometimes. It depends on 1) how old the beans are 2) what kind they are (i.e., garbanzo beans benefit more than smaller beans), and 3) what you …

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