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Peanut butter and jelly and honey sandwich

Toast two pieces of bread. Butter one side of one piece. Spread jelly or jam on one side of the other piece. Spread two tablespoons of peanut butter over the butter on the first piece. …

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How to Cook Greens

Learn how to cook greens using my quick and tasty methods, and you’ll never be at a loss for a fast vegetable side dish. Forget about fussing with steamer baskets or wating on pots of …

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Homemade Ghee

The difference between ghee and regular clarified butter is that ghee is heated long enough for the milk solids to toast, so that they leave behind an incomparable rich, nutty flavor after they are strained out.

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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese that you make on the stovetop? It doesn’t have to come out of a box. Natural foods brands of boxed macaroni and cheese exist. Our favorite is Annie’s. It has the most …

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Serbian Badnje Veče Christmas Eve Menu

January 6 is celebrated as Christmas Eve in the tradition of most Eastern Orthodox churches, including Serbian, which is my heritage. Technically, in Serbian this day is called Badnji dan during the day, and in …

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Koljivo, or Zito (Zhito)

Koljivo, or Zito (pronounced ZHEE-toe, meaning “wheat”), is one of the most important dishes a Serbian can make. Loaded with the symbolism of life, death, harvest and renewal, it’s presented at only a few special …

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Ajvar (Serbian eggplant caviar)

Ajvar, pronounced AYE-var, is a savory relish with an indescribably delicate flavor. Ajvar is a wonderful way to use some of the summer bounty from your garden or CSA box. Make lots and preserve for …

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Old-Fashioned Stovetop Coffee

Here’s a rich, mellow brew that uses an old-fashioned stovetop percolator — inner parts removed — to make fresh, hot homemade stovetop coffee. Although you use a percolator (guts removed), this coffee is not perked. …

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Homemade Iced Tea

If you’re used to buying ready-to-drink (RTD) or instant iced tea, you’ll be amazed at the difference in freshness and flavor once you learn how to make iced tea at home. You might call it …

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Homemade Lemonade

Homemade lemonade is a wonderful treat. After I sampled this incredibly easy and natural soft drink, I was able to taste just how yucky the commercial stuff is. Lemonade in a can? Tinny. Lemonade from …

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Breakfast on the Grill

Even in the sticky heat of summer, warm weather mornings are generally cool, green and lovely. Why waste a minute of it inside?  Bring breakfast outdoors—cook it on your grill. You’ll get extra time to …

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Homemade Buttermilk

Homemade buttermilk is tasty, easy to make, and sooo good for you. It’s not just a refreshing beverage, but also a healthful cultured milk product with all the essential goodness from lacto-fermentation that we humans …

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Cole Slaw

The first time I ever tried to make my own cole slaw it was crisp, balanced, fresh – and wrong. What was missing? A certain je ne sais quoi: a refreshing, bracing note that was herbal yet …

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Here’s another one of those things that’s ridiculously easy to make at home: Mayonnaise. Maybe homemade mayonnaise is or isn’t cheaper than what you can find at the store. But you control what is in …

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Homemade Tomato Soup (Corba od Patlidzan)

Here’s how I came to learn how to make tomato soup. I developed this homemade tomato soup recipe for the Badnje Vece meal that is a part of a traditional Serbian Christmas celebration. Badnje Vece …

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Basic Cooked Greens

This basic cooked greens recipe can be used for any kind of greens. Collards, chard, turnip greens, beet greens, spinach, kale, mustard greens — you name it. Each of these greens has its own distinctive …

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Vanilice — Serbian Christmas Crescent Cookies

These vanilice are classic Serbian nut crescent cookies, perfect during the Christmas season or any winter holidays. They’re rich with the heavenly fragrance of vanilla. I’ve made them with the traditional walnuts, and more recently …

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Serbian Tender, Yeasted Flatbread — Farmer’s Pogača

Pogaca is a yeasted flatbread that’s quick and easy to put together, and simply delicious. It’s fuller, higher and more tender than pita; more like a bakery loaf, but round and short. It’s wonderful for dipping into stews and soups like kupus or into dips and spreads like ajvar (Serbian eggplant caviar).

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Jamaican Run Down Tofu

Jamaican run down is a classic Jamaican dish, one you’ll find in just about any Jamaican restaurant or cookbook. I love the creamy mouthfeel, delicate flavors of this tofu run down that I developed. This …

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Jamaican Red Pea Stew

Ingredients 1 pound dried red peas (kidney beans) About 2 cups water 2 carrots, cut in half-coins 1 chocho (chayote), peeled, pitted, and chopped 1 red potato, peeled and diced 1 habanero pepper, diced 3 …

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Jamaican Ginger Beer

Jamaican ginger beer is traditionally served at outdoor gatherings. This is great for a summer party or cookout. I’ve provided quantities for making a single gallon, and also for a big ol’ 5-gallon batch for …

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Jamaican Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Banana and Coconut

Grilled sweet potatoes and bananas mashed with cococnut milk taste so wonderful. All the best features of all the flavors you associated with those words combine into something even more fabulous than the sum of …

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Low-Carb Avocado Smoothie

Smooth and satisfying, this low-carb avocado smoothie (16 net grams carb) is easy to whip up for breakfast or a post-workout shake. Unlike most avocado shakes you’ll find, this one is savory, not sweet. It’s …

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Tradtional Indian Food Platter

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