Erin Fife


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How to make kale chips so even the kids will eat them

August 20, 2017

My daughter loves kale chips. She's 7 years old. She doesn't know that some people hate kale, or that others love it with a passion and eat it all the time. She just knows that these chips are salty and delicious and a cool green color, and when you're 7, that's all that matters.

Kale chips are incredibly easy to make. Just heat up your oven, grab some salt and oil, and you're ready to go. Even if you think you don't like kale chips, I'd..

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Stop wasting produce: 5 tricks to getting the most out of your freshest ingredients

August 20, 2017

I would never recommend not buying fresh produce. Fresh is the ultimate way to go. But I find that, often, I overbuy on produce — by the end of the week, I have a huge box of spinach wilting in the back of my fridge, or my celery has gone limp. Here are a few tips for reducing the amount of produce you throw out each week.

1. Check the "sell-by" date before you buy

Self explanatory perhaps, but I often forget to look at sell-by dates on my..

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Three ways to cook corn-on-the-cob in three minutes

August 20, 2017

I love corn on the cob. Fresh corn really caps off the feeling of summer. Years ago, I only ever prepared corn on the cob in one way: husked and boiled on the stove for 3-5 minutes. But I have since learned that there are numerous ways to cook corn, all resulting in delicious corn-iness. Here are three ways to cook corn on the cob that take roughly three minutes (or maybe 3-5 minutes).

Shuck, Boil and Eat

This is the way I used to prepare corn..

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Why you'll never regret having a package of puff pastry in your freezer

August 12, 2017

When I'm entertaining, I often mix homemade with store-bought — it saves time and allows me to make "homemade" items I wouldn't attempt without having a place to start. Puff pastry is one of those ingredients I try to keep in my freezer at all times. It can be savory or sweet, used for breakfast or dessert, and lends a flair of sophistication to even the simplest ingredients. As a side note, Serious Eats taste-tested frozen puff pastry a few..

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Six peachy recipes

August 12, 2017

Peaches ripened in the South months ago, but here in the north country we're just getting our peach on. If you love fresh peaches and want to do more than just eat them off the tree, here are six quick, delicious recipes to try. We've got you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Enjoy!

Peach Butter from Two Peas and Their Pod

I love making fresh fruit spreads (like my rhubarb-strawberry compote) that I can use on everything from..

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Dutch baby: the puffiest pancake you'll ever eat

August 11, 2017

In my search for a new breakfast option, I stumbled upon the Joy of Cooking's dutch baby recipe. A dutch baby is basically a large pancake baked in a cast iron or oven-safe skillet that puffs up as it bakes in the oven. It's quite an impressive sight for those first few moments out of the oven, but then it slowly deflates. Dutch babies remind me of popovers — similarly eggy and puffy and delicious. Change up your breakfast routine and make one..

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The quickest, freshest dill pickle ever

August 7, 2017

Pickles. Some like them dill, some like them sweet, some don't like them at all. (Who are those people, anyway?!) Today we're talking about the quickest dill pickle recipe ever. In less than two hours, you could be eating fresh homemade pickles, and all you need is dill, salt, white vinegar, and a couple of cucumbers.

Cucumbers?

If you go to the grocery store or your local farmer's market, you may notice that there is more than one variety of..

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Ingredient of the week: lentils

August 6, 2017

One evening back when I was in college, I remember getting ready to cook dinner with a friend. We had to run to the store to get some lentils, something I'd never cooked with and barely heard of. When I asked my friend what they were, he said: "You know, lentils. They're little beans." Fast forward 20 years and I still refer to lentils as "little beans". But are they really?

Turns out, lentils are, in fact, part of the legume family—plants..

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The cookie recipe you've always wanted

August 6, 2017

I love cookies. It doesn't matter if they're snickerdoodles or gingersnaps or chocolate chip, cookies are delectable. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is one I grew up baking. It was a close second to my mother's Congo Bars. When I was in high school, my friends and I named this cookie "DCMCOCDSMBM" or "Double Chocolate Mint Chip Oatmeal Cookies Dipped in Sugar Made By Mom". But I think you could just call these Mint Chocolate Oatmeal..

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Five must-watch cooking shows

July 29, 2017

Love cooking? Love TV? How about watching cooking on TV? Here are some of my favorite cooking shows to watch when I'm looking to be entertained, inspired, and amazed.

Good Eats

In this show, Alton Brown explains the science of cookingwhy things work they way they do in the kitchen. His quirky sense of humor and interesting viewpoint (including a camera in the fridge and one in the oven as well) entertain while he educates. You can watch Season..

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