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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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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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Homemade Corn Dogs

Who knew you could make your own corn dogs? It’s easy, fun and delicious. We’ve been serving these at our son’s birthday parties for years. It’s become a tradition. At his sixth, a guest (a …

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Malay-style Chicken and Eggplant Curry

Curry powder is one ingredient you won’t find in this brightly flavored, deeply satisfying curry. Curry powder is made from a blend of spices, and there can be at least as many variations on it …

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Low Country Boil

A version of this article featuring a Low Country boil recipe originally appeared in Madison Magazine, June 2001. It was an installment of my monthly column there, “Table Talk.” Occasionally my husband and I would …

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Kupus (Serbian cabbage soup)

The most fundamental heirloom recipes are often most at risk for being lost in the sands of times. Why? One reason is that “everyone knows” how to make them, and so nobody writes them down. …

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Hoppin’ John (Black-eyed Peas)

Black-eyed peas with smoked pork and rice is a traditional New Year’s dish in the South, and, as Wikipedia tells me, throughout the Carribbean also. It’s said to bring good luck in the coming year. …

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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 Jerk Pork and Pineapple Skewers

The Taino way of charqui – smoking strips of meat over a lattice of green allspice wood, covered with leaves from the allspice tree, and seasoned with crushed allspice berries – gave rise to both …

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Jamaican Jerk Grilled Chicken

Jamaican jerk grilled chicken was the topic of my debut article on yournews.com. Enter your zip code and follow the instructions to get to yournews.com for your area. To read my column, wherever you are, click …

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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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Beef and Barley Soup

This hearty, filling beef and barley soup recipe is just the thing to warm your soul on a cold winter night. If you like shiitake mushrooms, you’ll find this a pleasing mushroom soup recipe, also. …

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Chocolate Syrup

Use this chocolate syrup to make chocolate milk that’s delicious, nourishing and all-natural. You can feel good about serving it to your children. This chocolate syrup is also great for topping ice cream or anything …

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How to Cook a Steak

How to cook steak so that it’s perfectly tender, juicy and medium-rare? I wrestled with this question for years, faithfully following authoritative recipes. Then I discovered that nearly everything I’d ever learned about how to …

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