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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:

Cuisinart Griddler - best indoor grill

Cuisinart Griddler – best indoor grill

Homemade Corn Tortillas made with wood tortilla press

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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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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Best Mexican Beef Birria Stew with Consommé

Beef birria stew (Birria de Res Con Consomé) is rich stew that is traditionally made with either goat or lamb, but beef is becoming the preferred meat in the U.S. The meat is always slow cooked in a richly-flavored broth until it is melt-in-your-mouth tender. When served as a stew it is simply ladled into …

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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. There is no better dessert for Spring or Summer! What is Tiramisu? Tiramisu is a classic Italian no-bake dessert typically made with …

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Easy Low Carb Chicken Piccata without Breading

Chicken piccata is one of the most popular restaurant dishes arounds the world but it can be a very easy and inexpensive recipe to make at home. This version is a low carb version without the flour and it comes together very fast for a weeknight dinner. It is the perfect balance of creaminess from …

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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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Easy ways to tell soft peaks vs stiff peaks in whipped cream

Recipes that include whipped cream or beaten egg whites often tell you to beat to “soft peaks” or to “stiff peaks”. What exactly does that look like and how long does it take before you see soft peaks? This is where a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words. Watch the short video below …

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Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Casserole – without marshmallows

Sweet potato casseroles are often way too sweet for many palates, especially when they are served around the holidays with an abundance of other rich dishes. This casserole, or side dish, gets all of it’s sweetness from the sweet potato itself and enhances the flavor by roasting it with ginger and fresh lime juice. It …

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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies without packaged mix

There are tons of brownies recipes, many of them excellent, so how do you choose? These brownies are special because they have a burst of raspberry flavor throughout the brownie, and there is no better sweet pairing in my opinion than chocolate and raspberry. The cream cheese addition means these brownies are soft and creamy …

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