No-Bake Pie: Margarita Pie with a Pretzel Crust

No Bake Pie: Margarita Pie with a Pretzel Crust. Great frozen dessert to serve for Cinco de Mayo, and tuck away the leftovers into the freezer to have on hand all summer.

No-bake pie that tastes like a margarita, complete with salt from the pretzel crust! Sometimes I beg my husband to go to a Mexican restaurant just so I can slurp down (in a ladylike way) a good, blended Margarita. I've tried lots of flavors over the years - strawberry, watermelon, mango, and cranberry - but the classic lime is still my all-time favorite. So when Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen blog, chose a pretzel theme this month for Progressive Eats, I knew immediately what ...

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Sgroppino al Limone (an Italian Sorbetto Cocktail) | #SundaySupper

Sgroppino (Italian dessert cocktail) with lemon sorbet, Prosecco, and vodka.

One of my favorite things about travel is discovering new dishes, and bringing them into my kitchen. I'm not talking about celery root foam, or other molecular gastronomy tricks. I mean dishes well-known within a particular culture or region. Dishes with a past that can claim lineage. Food with kitchen cred. To name a few - fried empanadas filled with cheese and dusted with sugar  - popular Ecuadorian street food -- I'll be blogging about them soon! Farinata and socca, two dishes that I ...

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Moscato Zabaglione with Strawberries

Zabaglione over strawberries

Zabaglione is an Italian dessert - essentially a beautiful little stove-top custard of eggs, sugar, and wine, made frothy by whipping tons of air into it. In France, it's called sabayon, but getting back to Italy for a minute - the translation of the word is so misleading. Sbaglio means mistake, so it follows that sbaglione means big mistake (-ini means little and -one means big in Italian when added to nouns). And this luscious sauce is anything but. If you want to impress some guests, make ...

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Sweet Potatoes Pommes Anna with Apples and Raisins

Sweet Potatoes Anna layered with apples and golden raisins.

Why should white potatoes have all the fun? Take Pommes Anna. The classic version will always be with russets, but we can have some fun and make it with sweet potatoes, beets, apples, or squash. If you haven't enjoyed this wonderful way to dine on potatoes, I should add, Pommes Anna is a French dish of layered thin slices of white potatoes interleaved with butter, salt, pepper, and an optional flurry of herbs. It typically starts on the stove top, but not always, and finishes in the ...

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Cauliflower Apple Cheddar Melts | #SundaySupper

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I saw some Cauliflower Melts on Epicurious the other day that looked so melty that I had to make them. This is the time of year when anything with melted cheese (or hello, chocolate) catches our eye. We tramp in from the cold, stomping our feet to get the snow off, our bodies shivering as we peel off layers of wet clothes. And then we see melty cheese, hot from the oven, blanketing a little morsel underneath. We hardly want to take the time to slip into dry clothes before sitting down to ...

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Fail-Proof Cheesy Mashed Potatoes | #FoodNetwork

fail-proof cheesy mashed potatoes

I've made mashed potatoes dozens of times, and somehow always find a little lump or two. Or 50. Or 500. Before I knew better, I figured I just needed to whip them up harder and longer. I even threw them in the food processor once, and ended up with a gluey substance perfect for wallpapering the kitchen. How is it that I could grow my own sour dough starter, bake bread, roll up a pumpkin roll well enough to impress Martha, break down a duck for God's sake, but be defeated by the humble russet? It ...

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Figgy Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies | #FoodNetwork

Figgy Cardamom Snickerdoodle Cookies

Do you ever wonder where some cookie names come from? The name chocolate chip cookies is easy. Ditto for brownies (defined as a cookie bar), peanut-butter, ginger-molasses, and even jumble cookies. But there was a time in early New England culinary history when cookies were given playful names like plunkets, tangle breeches, kinkawoodles, and the infinitely more familiar snickerdoodle. One can only assume these were either named by children or for them, because they were simply more fun to ...

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Cranberry Cake (Tart) | #Secret Recipe Club

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OMG you guys. This cranberry cake is the easiest, tastiest cake I've made since the peach cake I make every summer. This is exactly the kind of cake I love most to make -- a simple cake loaded with seasonal fruit. It's not that I don't love frosting - it's just that I see it as a whole separate food group and I love frosting so much, it can overshadow the cake. Cakes like this are all about the cake and the fruit. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food ...

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Jalapeño Poppers Gougère | #FoodNetwork

Jalapeño Pepper Gougère

With all the news swirling around - from ParisTurkeyRussiaSyria, to the political gauntlet for our next President, and the fact that we had not one, but two mass killings yesterday (just another day in the news in the gun-hugging USA), the question I turn over in my mind is whether we're raising the next generation in a culture of fear. The way I see it, there are two components to fear: 1) something we're afraid might happen in the future, and 2) our response to it right now today. That ...

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Spiced Acorn Squash with Charred Poblano Pepper – Cornbread Stuffing

acorn squash stuffed featured

I like to think travel broadens the mind. For a snapshot in time, you sneak a glimpse of another culture, up close and personal. What people eat, how they live, and how they navigate human issues common to us all. We weigh these observations in our minds as we contrast them against our own familiar lives, and sometimes feel the pinching discomfort of a traveler far from home. “Why is there only one person selling train tickets? Holy Jesus, can’t they see how long the line is??” This can be as ...

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Fig Basted Roast Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing | #SundaySupper

Fig and Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing

We should have more than one day set aside each year to give thanks. Some might declare we should give thanks every day, and I don’t disagree, but I’m actually stating we should have Thanksgiving once a month. Not with all the commercial hoopla of people rising before dawn the day after so they can shiver in dark parking lots to be in line for some amazing-never-to-be-offered-again deal on a big screen TV, thank you very much. I’m talking about quietly setting aside one day a month on ...

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Lightened Maple Carrot Flan: #Fallfest

Lightened Maple Carrot Flan

As we gallop towards Thanksgiving, food bloggers, magazines, grocery stores, and Martha all bubble over with ideas for the table you'll be setting on November 26th. And so are we at FN Dish, the Food Network's blog. For this week's #Fallfest, we're digging up carrots by the truckload to make dishes for you to share with your friends and family this year. I'll be honest, right up front. I don't eat a lot of carrots. Don't get me wrong -- I add them to lentils and other legume dishes, and throw ...

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