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Recipe: Seriously Molasses-Flavored Bran Muffins

Seriously Molasses-Flavored Bran Muffins

Sometimes all you really need in this world is homemade bran muffins. Especially when you and the kiddo make them together first thing in the morning. We like to put the mixing bowls out on the floor, and Mini-Me stirs them and fills the muffin tins. There's nothing much …

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Italian Plum Upside Down Cake – Recipe

Italian Plum Upside-Down Cake

I‘m a an absolute sucker for Italian plums, to the point of being a bit heartbroken that my incredibly generous neighbors’ tree seems not to have fruited this year. Picking them warm off her tree is a highlight of late summer around here. So I was happy as could be when, on vacation, I found …

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Lemongrass Corn Saute With Grilled Tofu and Quinoa

This is one of those 30-minute meal-in-a-bowl dishes that is both light and satisfying, and you can easily customize the main ingredients or the flavors to suit your mood or your vegetable drawer. For this version I made it with Thai flavors (lemongrass, ginger, garlic, lime zest, juice & leaves), but not typical Thai vegetables …

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Fig Brulee with Balsamic Vinegar

I have to make this every year when fresh figs appear. If you have a blowtorch, it takes all of 30 seconds, looks really cool, and tastes great. Also delicious served over vanilla ice cream.

Fig Brulee with Balsamic Vinegar

2 ripe fresh figs
2 t. white sugar
1 t. fine aged balsamic vinegar

Cut the figs in half lengthwise. …

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Dinner For One, My Take

Almost Vegetarian has a fun thread going right now about Dinner For One. I have a great affinity for those secret favorites, the ones you would probably never serve to company but can be so satisfying when you have no one to please but yourself. For example, here is one …

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Flaky Biscuits!

You've got your tender biscuit people and your flaky biscuit people. I'm most definitely a flaky guy. Wait a minute, that doesn't sound right. Anyhow, there was an unbelievable biscuit recipe in the May 2007 issue (#85) of Fine Cooking magazine. I don't want to reproduce their recipe here since it is copyrighted, but I …

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Heirloom Caprese and a Grilled Zucchini and Tofu

I don’t think anyone needs a recipe for these, just use your best olive oil for the caprese and your best balsamic and parmesan for the zucchini and tofu. I really need plain white plates for these to look right. The caprese was inspired by that beautiful tomato, and I realized a good if obvious …

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