Posts by Bobbie

Crunchy Nut Toffee Recipe and Candy Thermometer Calibration

Bobbie says: Buttery, crunchy, goodness topped with chocolate and nuts. What’s not to love? Not much, in my mind, even without the chocolate. Toffee is an excellent example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Greater, delicious-er, abundantly gift-worthy and not too difficult to master. The hardest part about candy making…

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Silky Smooth Green Pea Soup Recipe

Bobbie says: Now is the perfect time of year for hearty soups to warm the body and spirit. Served with bread (homemade or from the store) and perhaps a salad, this thick, creamy soup makes a great lunch or light supper, and pea soup is surprisingly easy to make from scratch. Once upon a time,…

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Homemade Substitute for Condensed Cream of Something Soup Recipe

Dear Home Ec 101, Hi! I really enjoy your website and am constantly quoting it to my husband. He loves this, I promise. My question is regarding your previously posted recipe for basic béchamel, and variations, to use instead of “cream of something” soups in recipes. Your recipe suggests it will sub for one can…

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Veterans Day Cooking with the Troops Event

Heather asked me to do a quick post to let you know she’s at the Cooking with the Troops Veterans Day event today, at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York City, and she sounded very excited about it. She told me about a veteran who was shown on the big screen for all to…

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Bitterness in Greek Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce (Tzatziki)

Dear Bobbie, I’m curious if you have a recipe for tzatziki sauce? I’ve tried several that I’ve found online and can’t seem to get any of them to taste right. There are so many out there and they all use varying amounts of olive oil, lemon juice, dill, garlic, etc. I’ve tried using just Greek…

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Cool as a Cucumber – 2 Quick and Easy Cucumber Salad Recipes

Bobbie says: Got cucumbers coming out your ears? Here are two very simple ways to enjoy that bounty: the vinegar-based Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad and a Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad with a yogurt or sour cream dressing. You’ve got better things to do than be in the kitchen all day, so try these quick-to-prepare…

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How to Peel Tomatoes – 2 Easy Methods

Bobbie says: Whether you’re doing a canning marathon or just making dinner, knowing how to peel a tomato will eventually come in handy. I’m going to show you two ways to peel tomatoes. One method is for when you just need one or two without a lot of hassle, and the other is great if…

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Simple Tomato Salad Recipe and Basil Chiffonade Tutorial

    Bobbie says: What’s the best way to eat a homegrown tomato? 1) Open your mouth. 2) Take a bite. 3) Swoon. I’m totally serious, but you’re probably looking for something just slightly more involved. Make a Simple Tomato Salad. The most basic version is merely to arrange sliced tomatoes on a plate or…

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Last-Minute Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

Bobbie says: Have you ever been almost, but not quite, ready to serve dinner when a giant light bulb goes on over your head (so brightly that everyone in the room gets an instant tan) because you suddenly realized that all you actually have prepared for dinner is grilled chicken and potatoes? Or burgers on…

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Easy Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Bobbie says: Long, long ago, in a galaxy state far, far away, we lived near a lovely deli and in this lovely deli they sold an incredible Greek Pasta Salad at a price that was too high to buy it often, but low enough that I would occasionally indulge in a half-pint container. Determined to…

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Simple Radish and Egg Salad

Bobbie says: Radishes are one of my favorite veggies and while I love them straight-from-the-garden plain, I’d been wondering if there wasn’t something more that could be done with them. Well, here’s something a little different : a simple radish and egg salad that goes together in a snap. The sour cream and eggs counter…

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Hearty Potato, Egg and Green Bean Salad Recipe

Bobbie says: Hearty Potato, Egg and Green Bean Salad is a great spring recipe. These three components  get cooked in the same pot and a versatile dressing that can be made ahead of time means you can have a very easy but hearty main dish salad on the table in just over half an hour.…

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Braised Kale Recipe

Bobbie says: Come on over to the dark side* – dark, leafy greens are good for you, and can be quite tasty. It’s time to leave the relative comfort zone of the mild-mannered spinach. This easy Braised Kale recipe is an excellent choice for venturing into greens unknown. It’s quick to prepare, even for a…

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Recipe For Coleslaw Done Right

Bobbie says: Several years ago, I developed this recipe for Coleslaw Done Right as a copycat of Marzetti’s Slaw Dressing (which you might find in your store’s produce department.) It’s creamy, tangy, and not overly sweet. Best of all, this simple coleslaw recipe can be put together with ingredients that are easy to have on…

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