Erin Fife


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You grilled what for dinner?!

July 5, 2017

You often hear about grilling steaks or burgers or hot dogs or chicken. Shish kabobs, peppers and onions, and mushrooms are all regular grill fare. And grilled pizza is becoming commonplace, too.

So what if you want to go outside the normal what-to-grill box? Here are six less-typical ingredients you can throw on the grill to up your cookout game, some of which may already be in your pantry or fridge.

Romaine Lettuce

Grilling romaine lettuce..

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Burrata is the new mozzarella.

July 2, 2017

According to some food bloggers, burrata is the new "put an egg on it." Place a burrata on top of just about anything, and it instantly makes the dish a success. Ok, maybe not, but burrata is incredibly delicious and, these days, much more accessible than before.

What is it?

Burrata is a hollow ball of mozzarella filled with a mixture of cream and scraps of mozzarella cheese. It's a way for mozzarella makers to use up strands of mozzarella that..

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You say granita, I say delicious!

July 2, 2017

In this post, I mentioned strawberry granita as a way to use up your fresh strawberries in season. Today, I will wax poetic about granitas in general and how they are the perfect summer dessert.

What is a granita?

Granita is a frozen dessert, originally from Sicily, made by freezing liquid of your choice and fluffing the heck out of it as it is freezing. The end results falls somewhere between a sorbet, an Italian ice, and a snow cone. It's..

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I'm all about the peas, 'bout the peas, not green beans.

July 2, 2017

We're heavy into pea season in the Northeast right now, which is one of my favorite times of the year. Sure, you can buy peas frozen or canned or somewhat fresh year-round. But there's something to be said for eating freshly-picked produce at the height of its season.

There are three popular kinds of peas on the market today: snow peas, sugar snap peas, and garden (or shell or English) peas. Here's a brief overview of each kind of pea and some..

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How to Entertain: Crackers and Fruit Edition

June 25, 2017

So you're hosting a party, and you've chosen your cheese. Now what do you add to your plate to round it out? With so many options to choose from, here are a few things we like to serve that can add to your guests' experience, but still lets the cheese shine through.

 

Crackers

There are a huge variety of crackers out there. Start with just three kinds of crackers — one plain, one seedy or wheaty, and one with a flavoring (cheese or olive or..

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Sweet strawberries, six easy recipes for the season

June 25, 2017

There's nothing quite like the taste of a freshly picked strawberry, warm from the sun and melting in your mouth in a burst of strawberry flavor. But what do you do with all those tasty strawberries when you get home from the fields (or, if you don't have a field close by, the local farmer's market or grocery store)? Here are a few of our favorite, easy ways to get the most out of the strawberry season.

Strawberry Shortcake

A classic summer..

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Mushy banana? No problem. It's ice cream time!

June 25, 2017

Now that it's summer, I find my bananas are ripening quicker than I can eat through them. Which means I'm left with a choice — eat the bananas faster, buy fewer, or figure out something delicious to do with them once they hit that mushy stage of over-ripeness.

Generally when people think of overripe bananas, they immediately think of banana bread. In the summer, though, I only want to turn on my oven when I absolutely have to. These days, my..

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Use Israeli couscous in your next meal

June 18, 2017

Israeli couscous is relatively new to the food scene in the U.S. It was originally developed in Israel in the 1950s as an alternative to rice, but only became popular in the United States in the 1990s, and has, in the last ten years, become a more readily accessible ingredient for the general public.

Israeli couscous is made from balls of wheat, similar to tiny pasta such as orzo, but with a more nutty flavor. It is toasted rather than dried,..

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Forget jam, dulce de leche thumbprint cookies are where it's at

June 17, 2017

A friend from Argentina introduced me to dulce de leche, a sweet caramel-type spread made from sweetened condensed milk. You can purchase it premade from the international aisle of your local grocery store (Nestle is the most common brand here) or from your nearby Trader Joe's, or you can make it yourself by leaving a can of sweetened condensed milk in boiling water for a couple hours. I prefer to purchase it.

In my search for different things..

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There are only three knives you really need in your kitchen

June 17, 2017

There are a million knives out there. I have about 9 hanging on my magnetic knife rack at the moment, including three paring knives, four different chef's knives, and a speciality cheese knife. I'll be honest — I do not use all these knives, nor do I need them, and neither do you. You only really need three knives in your kitchen: a chef's knife, a serrated knife, and a paring knife.

Chef's Knife

A chef's knife is the largest knife in the..

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