My Cook: Chicken Cacciatore

April 2, 2019

Serves 3-4

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2.5 hours

Chicken Cacciatore is a classic Italian stew that refers to a rustic, “hunter-style” preparation. Traditionally a whole chicken is used and cut into pieces, but for our version, we’re keeping it simple with chicken drumsticks. A quick broil of the mushrooms, onion and bell pepper helps release some liquid and add some of the browning you would typically get during the searing step on the..

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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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A beginners guide to coffee: Ethiopia Sidamo

March 29, 2019

Well-balanced, complex, and smooth, Ethiopian Sidamo represents some of the best characteristics of African coffee. Often regarded as one of the finest coffees in the world, Sidamo can be enjoyed both hot and iced and is well worth seeking out.

History, growing, and processing

These beans are grown on the Southern border in what used to be called the Sidamo province. This region is often regarded as the birthplace of coffee production...

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A beginners guide to Pinotage wine

March 26, 2019

With the warmer months just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to explore some big and bold red wines. One wine, in particular, seems tailor-made to be enjoyed with the smokey meaty flavors of grilled foods: Pinotage. The Pinotage grape is the result of the crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. The grape is South Africa’s signature variety and was created in an attempt to develop a hardy crop that could survive in the country's tough climate.

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My Cook: Chorizo Paella

March 22, 2019

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 1.5 hr

Paella is a Spanish rice dish typically made in a thin, shallow pan over an open flame. The rice is cooked with aromatics and broth or wine. The shallowness of the pan helps quickly evaporate and concentrate the flavors of the dish into the rice. As the rice cooks, it begins to form a crust on the bottom of the pan, which makes for a dish of wonderfully contrasting textures. Smooth creamy rice..

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My Cook: Kuku Sabzi (Persian Herb Frittata)

March 22, 2019

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2.5 hours

Kuku Sabzi is as fun to say as it is to eat! This Persian style egg dish is packed with fresh herbs and cooked similar to a frittata. Fresh parsley, cilantro, and dill work in harmony along with a good dash of olive oil and a few scallions to make a flavorful meal. Don’t let the herb chopping intimidate you, just keep that knife rocking and you’ll have mowed down the piles of herbs in no time. A..

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My Cook: Chicken Tagine

March 19, 2019

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 4.5 hours

Tagines are a traditional Moroccan stew that is typically slow cooked in a clay pot with a conical lid. Flavored with warming spices like cinnamon and cumin, these stews can be made with any mixture of meats or fish. Medjool dates are a natural sweetener that is very popular in Morocco, but you can also use golden raisins or another dried fruit to add sweetness. Feel free to substitute..

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My Cook: Spaghetti Carbonara with Roasted Caesar Broccoli

March 15, 2019

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hr, 45 minutes

Spaghetti Carbonara is a simply perfect dish. A silky, rich egg sauce coats the tender al dente noodles which are dotted with crispy bites of pancetta and topped with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Cooking the egg yolks low and slow thickens them into an unctuous sauce and has the added benefit of pasteurizing the egg. Tossed with a little of the starchy pasta water, the sauce perfectly coats..

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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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