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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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.


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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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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Forget baking. Try pies in the freezer.

July 29, 2017

Pies are a delicious blend of crust and filling, and there are so many variations, you can find a pie for any taste. But when the sun is out and the humidity is rising, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and bake a pie. So what to do? You make a frozen pie, and eat it happily. Or take it to a friend's house and share.

Here are two recipes for frozen pies I love. The first is a recipe handed down from my grandmother. The second was..

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Make your own pizza dough: fast, easy and delicious

July 23, 2017

Every Friday night is pizza night/movie night in our house. Sometimes we do pizza take-out, and sometimes, we make our own. There are lots of pre-made pizza doughs out there, from frozen to fresh to pre-cooked, and we've cycled through many of those.

But lately I've found that it's just as easy (and more delicious) to make my own dough. Ever baked a loaf of homemade bread? Pizza dough is even easier. All you need is flour, water, and yeast, and..

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Make your own popsicles

July 16, 2017

We're almost halfway through summer, so the department stores are starting to roll out their Back-to-School sale signs. But before we run headlong into autumn, let's take a moment to enjoy all the things summer has to offer: warm temps, freshly picked berries, beach visits, and... popsicles. While I never say no to ice cream, occasionally I'm in the mood for something just a little bit lighter. Some people might say that popsicles are for kids,..

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How to make pickled onions in no time

July 14, 2017

If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of it’s pickles. Gherkins, sauerkraut, beetroot, if it can be pickled I’ll eat it. My absolute favourite pickle however is the humble pickled onion. Crunchy, tangy, and spicy, they’re just the best. If given the chance I could happily eat an entire jar in one sitting.

While it’s easy enough to just go out and buy a jar of pickled onions, It’s far more satisfying to make your own. Unfortunately, the only..

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Swordfish: the fish for non-fish people

July 14, 2017

So, I admit it — I am not really a fish eater. I used to be that person who goes to a seafood restaurant and orders chicken fingers, or who says she eats sushi but only orders the avocado roll. I have gotten better over the years, though. I now order fish and chips instead of chicken, and I actually enjoy it. And a few years ago, I had another breakthrough. Swordfish. A delicious fish for a non-fish person.

One of the great things about..

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