Caroline Pierce

Caroline Pierce

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Slow Cook: Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Toasted Almond

May 18, 2019

Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Cook Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Rice pudding is a dish found in myriad iterations all over the world. The premise is simple: rice cooked in liquid and sweetened. The natural starches in the rice thicken the liquid to create a rich pudding. While many rice pudding recipes are as simple as that, we wanted to bring a few extra ingredients to the table to really make this dish shine. In our recipe, we call for..

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My Cook: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

May 15, 2019

Serves: 6

Total prep time: 25 minutes

Total cook time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Ah, carrot cake. Is there any better way to consume vegetables than in a sweet, spicy and fragrant cake topped with tangy cream cheese frosting? I think not. This recipe brings together all of the elements that make carrot cake so wonderful without overwhelming your palate with spice. We wanted cinnamon and ginger, but only enough to complement the taste of the carrots..

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Slow Cook: Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas and Collard Stew with Cornbread

May 14, 2019

Serves 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Cook TIme: 5 hours and 40 minutes

This recipe is our vegetarian adaptation of Hoppin’ John, a southern dish traditionally served on New Year’s Day to bring good luck and wealth in the year ahead. The black-eyed peas, vegetables, and collards are simmered until saucy and fragrant. The stew is served over perfectly cooked white rice and alongside fluffy, rich cornbread. All these delectable elements cook..

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My Cook: Meatballs with Marinara and Garlic Bread

May 7, 2019


Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

We’re making dinnertime quick and easy with this classic meal. Our simple meatball recipe comes together in a flash thanks to meatloaf mix (a blend of pork and beef), which is convenient and flavorful. Garlic and parmesan cheese add depth of flavor to the meatballs, while egg and panko breadcrumbs act as binders to hold all that deliciousness together. The meatballs are..

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My Cook: Breakfast Sausage Casserole

May 2, 2019

Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes

We wanted a savory breakfast that packed eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns all into one easy-to-make dish. Better yet if it required minimal prep so that we could assemble it the night before and have it ready to go in the morning. Instead of peeling, shredding, and draining raw potatoes, we call for frozen, shredded hash browns to speed the recipe along. To save on clean up,..

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My Cook: Kerala Fish Curry

April 12, 2019


Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2 hours

Kerala is a state in the southwestern portion of India known for its spice trade, which dates back thousands of years. Located on the coast, Kerala’s cuisine is also rich in seafood. Our recipe for Kerala fish curry exemplifies these two facets of Kerala: its historic spice trade and its seafood-rich cuisine. An aromatic blend of onion, garlic, and serrano chili provides the backbone..

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My Cook: Halibut with Cilantro-Lime Butter

April 5, 2019

Serves 2

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Halibut is a giant flatfish (the largest one ever recorded weighed over 500 pounds and was 8 feet in length) with a delicate flavor and low-fat content. With such a lean fish we wanted to pair it with a rich compound butter packed with cilantro, lime zest, serrano chile, and ground coriander for a zesty, bright, and aromatic finish. Be sure to take the butter out of the refrigerator before..

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My Cook: Banana Bread

April 1, 2019

Serves: 8 - 10

Total prep time: 10 minutes

Total cook time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Banana bread is a warm and comforting breakfast option that has the added benefit of being quite portable - perfect for busy mornings. We recommend baking a batch early in the week so that you have breakfast planned for a few days (if it lasts that long). The key to a successful banana bread that is steeped in fragrant banana flavor is the use of overripe bananas...

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My Cook: Glazed Lemon Cake Bars

March 14, 2019

Serves: 8

Active Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Lemony, sweet, and tangy, these lemon cake bars are bursting with bright flavor. We use lemon peel as well as lemon juice to pack as much citrus flavor as possible into this dessert. Not only do we use lemon in the cake, but we also call for it in the syrup that’s brushed onto the hot cake and the glaze that’s poured onto the cooled crust. We didn’t shy away from..

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My Cook: Manicotti

March 13, 2019

Serves 2

Active prep time: 15 minutes

Total cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Traditional manicotti recipes call for rolled, homemade crepes instead of store bought pasta. While homemade crepes stuffed with ricotta and topped with marinara sound delicious, we wanted a recipe that wouldn’t take hours to make. Our version only takes about 15 minutes to assemble thanks to the uncooked manicotti tubes, which are a breeze to fill. The filling for the..

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