What the Heck Is Gnudi?

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I thought I’d seen and made it all --- rigatoni alla carbonara, lasagne di carciofi, crespelle alla fiorentina --- you know, all the great Italian recipes. But right there in my new Italian cookbook was a recipe for gnudi. Gnudi? What?? A search …
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries (and Yes, They’re Crispy!)

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I've used a lot of different ingredients when it comes to making baked sweet potato fries --- I've gone a little sweet with a little sugar and cinnamon, savory with salt and basil, and spicy with chili powder. But the one thing I always strive for is …
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Jicama, Carrot and Apple Slaw with California Walnuts

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Everybody is allowed a mistake now and again, but the fat-free trend of the 1990s was a doozy! The consumption of any fat was discouraged and foods labeled low- or non-fat were in high demand --- even if they contained oodles of refined grains and …
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A Picnic Classic: French Potato Salad

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It’s the time of the year to dust off those wicker baskets and head to the great outdoors for our eats! It’s picnic season and today’s lesson will be on that picnic classic: potato salad. As always, there are a variety of ways to prepare this …
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I Vant to Suck Your Blood … Oranges

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The first time I ate a blood orange was entirely by accident. I picked up a halved citrus on a friend's breakfast bar, thinking it was a small grapefruit. Boy, was I wrong. And boy, am I glad. Blood oranges are wicked cool. Many people have heard …
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How to Cook Perfect Rice

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Boil, cover, simmer, fluff. The instructions seem basic enough, something even a novice could handle, but the perfect pot of rice often eludes even the most accomplished cook. For the record, impeccably cooked rice should be tender (think al dente …
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