Erin Fife


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Six apple-icious recipes to use up autumn's bounty.

September 18, 2017

Ah, autumn. The smell of freshly baked bread mixed with pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon. How I've missed you. The apple tree in our backyard, seemingly dormant for the last 6 years, sprang to life this year, and I suddenly found myself with five large bags of home-grown Macintosh apples sitting in my basement. My kids don't like apple pie (crazy town!), so here are six easy non-pie recipes we've found to use up our harvest. A few are somewhat..

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You can't make a quicker breakfast than the instant kind. Instant oatmeal, that is.

September 18, 2017

Over the summer, I wrote about my favorite cold breakfast, overnight oats. Cold, creamy, fruity, and delicious, it continues to be my go-to make-ahead summer morning meal. But now the leaves on our trees are starting to change color, and I've moved from iced coffee to hot tea in the mornings. It's time to replace my cold oats with some super fast, super hot oatmeal, customized exactly as I want it. Here's how to make your autumn morning start..

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How to make a perfect hardboiled egg, every time.

September 10, 2017

As the seasons change, so do my breakfast preferences. In the heat of the summer, I was all about overnight oats. But now it's chilly when I walk downstairs in the morning and the leaves are starting to turn colors, so it's time for a new breakfast routine: hard boiled eggs with a side of toast. I hard boil six eggs at the beginning of the week so the only thing I have to do in the morning is peel the egg while my bread is toasting.

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Husk cherries could be your new favorite produce

September 10, 2017

Last summer, I discovered husk cherries (also known as ground cherries) at my local farm stand. The farmer convinced me to buy a pint of them, and they've been my new favorite Northeast late-summer/early autumn produce ever since.

Husk cherries are in the same family as tomatillos. They have a paper-like husk on the outside and a small yellow-green berry on the inside. They taste like a cross between a cherry tomato and a grape, or a tomato and..

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Unusual pizza toppings that will knock your socks off

September 1, 2017

Ah, pizza. Everyone's favorite meal. We have pizza night almost every Friday in our house, and I sometimes find myself in a rut. Cheese, pepperoni, peppers, and maybe some olives. Chopped-up deli ham if I'm feeling adventurous. While these toppings make for some delicious pizza, it's nice to spice things up every once in a while. Here are a few of my favorite outside-the-box topping combinations.

Parma and Ricotta Pizza

Skip the mozzarella on..

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Homemade biscuits: easier than you think

August 31, 2017

Can we all agree that biscuits are delicious? Plain, slathered with butter or jam or honey, or as part of a breakfast sandwich, biscuits are versatile and a delightful way to start your Saturday morning. Biscuits also have a reputation for being something difficult to make at home. But that's not really true. We've been using the Joy of Cooking's biscuit recipe for years, and it's quite straightforward. The only things you need to remember are:..

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Why I love wooden spoons in the kitchen

August 31, 2017

Wooden spoons are old school. They're what our grandmothers and our grandmother's grandmothers used. And they're still around today because, well, they just work. There are all kinds of fancy spoons on the market these days — slotted plastic spoons, silicone spoons, spoons that scrape, and spoons that sift. But I always come back to my wooden spoons. They're simple and they get the job done.

Wooden spoons have been around for thousands of..

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Use these four ingredients to shortcut your meal prep

August 28, 2017

Many recipes claim to be "30 minutes or less" but how often is that actually true, if there are still five carrots to be peeled or a container of mushrooms to wash? There are many tricks to making your meal prep faster without sacrificing flavor or that homemade quality. Here are four of our favorite tricks to spend less time prepping and more time eating.

Rotisserie Chicken

It's hard to find a cheaper way to buy chicken at the grocery store..

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The best old-school apples for homemade apple pie

August 28, 2017

My first job, when I was 14 years old, was working in a bakery located adjacent to an apple orchard. The wife ran the bakery while her husband ran the orchard. I had the chance to visit with them again a few weeks ago. They are in their 80s now and retired from the farm, but she still bakes a mean apple pie. Her advice on which apples to use for pie? A mix of Cortlands and Macintoshes, and that's about it.

 Varieties

There are over 2,500..

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Your salad deserves to be well-dressed. Here's how to do it.

August 27, 2017

Dressing a salad perfectly is tough to do. Adding just the right amount of salad dressing, though, can mean the difference between a soggy, heavy, mushy mess, a dry heap of lettuce, or a delightfully crunchy, vegetal experience. Here are a few tips on how to dress your salad just right. 

Big it Up

Make your salad in a much larger bowl than you think you need. Don’t crowd your lettuce! You need lots of room to stir to ensure the dressing is..

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