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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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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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The Masters: Pimento Sandwiches & Azelea Cocktail

I distinctly remember being mortified as a teenager when I caught a glimpse of the Masters Golf Tournament on TV.  Who in the world would wear that awful green jacket to any event that was televised, and why is something as boring as golf on the television anyway?   Now that I am older and …

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