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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

Rib-sticking short ribs

Even though the fall days have been warm and sunny, autumnal evenings cool off quickly. In the kitchen, I have started thinking about comfort foods such as braised meats, which can be slow cooked to perfection in a complex, deep-flavored sauce. After stopping by Sur La Table recently and tasting these Cabernet Braised Short Ribs – left over from a class the night before – I decided it was time to break out the Dutch oven and go for some hearty,… Read More »

Give us your turkey tales

We all have a turkey tale (or two) to tell. The time the trussed bird  exploded in the deep fryer, because someone  forgot to take out the   giblets.   Then there was the time the  foil pan collapsed – who’s idea was it to get a 25-pounder anyway? -  and the hot fat went flying all over the kitchen. Some folks create Thanksgiving traditions that are more  more Jackson Pollock than  Norman Rockwell. Do you head to the beach with an… Read More »