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Gratin Dauphinois

Serves 8 or moreGratin Dauphinois is a regional dish of baked potato slices from the Dauphine region in south-east France. This version of the classicgratin, the wealthy cousin of scalloped potatoes, layers thin slices of potato with cream and seasoning. Nothing could be richer or simpler. Serve with roast beef or chicken, or enjoy the leftover gratin [...]

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Apple Slices Sauteed with Butter

Use a dry, tart apple for this dish. They hold their shape well and retain just a bit of crispness. A mixture of apple varieties gives a deeper flavor. This is a great dish to serve with roast chicken, pork, or ham.4 apples, one type or a mixture, such as Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Granny Smith, [...]

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Pickled Blueberries

Another very quick pickle to enjoy as a side dish or even as a sauce. These beauties are delicious atop a salad of greens or chicken salad. Also nice tucked into a ham sandwich made with pita bread. Serve with other sandwiches as well, or with chicken, or over rice or grains.  Try as an [...]

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Pickled Carrot Slices with Asian Flavors

Another quick pickle meant to be made and eaten, not canned and put by, these carrots have a nice crunch and all the rich Asian flavors we love. They make a colorful side dish for summer meals or any time of year meals. They also make a great snack, eaten straight out of the fridge. [...]

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Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

These are quick, refrigerator style pickles, not pickles you preserve and set aside for the winter. They are bright tasting and refreshing and make a snappy addition to meals. The tomatoes are best if eaten within a week. Once you have eaten the tomatoes, use the syrup in a cocktail, smoothie, or add to sparkling water.1 [...]

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Pork Roast with Bacon and Baharat Spice Blend

Serves 4 to 6  Boneless pork roast, about 3 pounds  2-3 teaspoons Baharat spice blend of choice  1 tablespoon olive oil  7-8 slices baconPreheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Trim the outer layer of fat from the pork roast and place the roast on a rack in a small roasting pan or baking dish.In [...]

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Country-Style Creamed Corn

This old-fashioned gem is simple to make and far superior in taste and texture to anything packaged. The corn is scraped from the cob, producing lots of sweet milk. To make the dish even more luxuriant, the kernels are cooked with heavy cream. Enjoy with roast chicken or grilled steaks, and thick tomato slices.4 large [...]

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Sauteed Corn with Scallions

My grandfather always had his cooked corn cut off the cob and tossed with salt, pepper, and yummy butter. Can't say as I blame him; it makes dinner much less messy. This reverse on his favorite is a refreshing change, as the kernels are cut off the cob before cooking. The dish is crisp, [...]

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I Love Salted Butter

Not the kind you buy in the store! The kind you make at home with sweet, full-fat, yummy, golden, unsalted butter flavored with sea salt. It’s fresh and rich, smooth and luscious. Store-bought salted butter can be old and taste over-salted, stale. So, go for the best unsalted butter you can find and add your own sea salt. Then, [...]

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Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Tomato Sauce

This rustic and comforting spaghetti dish is a suppertime favorite. We top it with a quick tomato sauce for a light, fresh touch. The tomato sauce may be made ahead and reheated when serving the dish. Save any extra sauce for another use.Serves 4 to 6.For the tomato sauce 1 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes, with juice [...]

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