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Shortbread Cookies with Nutella, Banana and Almonds

I’ve labored over this recipe for days. Never mind that it’s just store-bought shortbread cookies + Nutella + bananas + almonds. Never mind that there’s no baking involved or that it only takes 10 minutes to assemble. The recipe is about the technique of the beautiful, fluid Nutella swoop. It’s a very technically technical technique.

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NYC Dumpling Festival

Last week was my umpteenth trip to NYC this year, I swear I need a just get a job in the city to pay for cab fares ($50 to/from the airport!), and yes, I do the mass transit stuff, but usually accompanied by someone else who’s got a sense of direction and knows the city well enough. I’m just not …

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Gluten Free Multigrain Waffles

Gluten Free Multigrain Waffles recipe by my good friends, Shauna & James Ahern of Gluten Free Girl. This is a recipe from her brand new book, Gluten Free Girl & The Chef. Recipe is on my Discovery Health column!

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Teriyaki Mushroom Sauce with Grilled Salmon

The people who sell you ready-made teriyaki sauce are ripping you off! Not only is it expensive, but the taste of the bottled stuff is flat, chemically and too-sweet. The secret is, teriyaki sauce is really only 3 ingredients. Sure, you can get all fancy and put more, like sesame seeds, a little grated ginger and garlic. But plain and …

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Indian Dal Nirvana

I subscribe to multiple cooking magazines, their glossy photos serve as my “look book” for dinner ideas. But my favorite section actually has no photos, the “dear editor” letters from readers revisiting a favorite food memory and pleading to weasel the recipe from the restaurant chef. Magazine editors and test kitchens take a complicated chef’s recipe, “home cookitize” for us …

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Back to School Ideas

I’ve got 9 Back to School breakfast, lunch and snack ideas – head over to my guest post on Bon Appetit’s site! Oh and pssst….I’m also featured on Saveur.com for Marcella Hazan’s Simple Tomato Sauce recipe.