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Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Other roast chicken recipes

I thought you might be interested in some other Cook’s Illustrated roast chicken recipes beyond the dish covered in this post. I’ve been a subscriber since 2005, and I thumbed through my back issues for other CI takes on chicken. Here’s what I found (the quotes are the subheadlines for each recipe story): Clockwise from […]


Summer custard

Summer rubies.   I’ve made this custard twice. The first time I made it with peaches, and the second time I made it with strawberries. I’m sure I’ll make it again with another fruit that’s on sale at the grocery.   It’s a dead-easy recipe that takes about 15 minutes to throw together, and there’s […]

Salad days

Creamy homemade dressing. I’ve got little patience for fussy cooking in the summer. It’s time to enjoy whole foods at their peak ripeness. Not only are salads extra tasty this time of year in my part of the world, but they also are fast, easy, and infinitely customizable. It’s nice to come home to a […]

Breakfast for dinner

It’s Friday night, and it’s breakfast time. Breakfast for dinner was a regular occurrence for me growing up. My parents had an old (even in the ’80s) waffle iron that made four 4-by-4-inch waffles at a time. I don’t recall their preferred box mix, but it always was tasty. Toppings frequently included peanut butter, bananas, […]

Special request

Nine separated eggs. I think Kitty is giving me the stink eye in this photo. Not that long ago, I was a bit of a joke in the kitchen. My college roommates joked about “Buegefying” food. (Buege is my maiden name.) There was good reason for the joke. I once opened a can of Manwich […]

I put a cupcake in Snuggie

Yup, that’s a cupcake in a Snuggie. Now you’ve seen it all. I did it, guys. I think I may have crafted the most ridiculous item, ever. Well, it’s at least the most ridiculous craft I’ve personally ever concocted. Most ridiculous item ever is a pretty tall order. Have you checked out Regretsy.com? Sheesh. (FYI: […]

East meets West meets Erin

The Biscevic Turkish House, built in 1635, overlooks the Neretva River in Mostar. The Franciscan Church’s spire, the tallest in Mostar, stands across the river. When I was on vacation in September, I visited Mostar, a city in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It has become one of my most memorable travel experiences. Light streams through the windows of […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Vegetables and chocolate

A chocolate chip slides into the cake’s crevasse. Such a fate! We’re here, friends! At the end of the squash vine. It’s been an interesting trip. It’s been sweet. It’s been savory. There’s been heartbreak and 71 Chips Ahoy! cookies. Thanks for sticking it out with me. I’ve saved my favorite zucchini recipe for last. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Two-try tart

Whey drains out of yogurt. I put 1 cup of yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined strainer. The liquid seeped out over two days. The first time I made this recipe, I was underwhelmed. The ricotta was just there, thick and bland. So were the summer squash medallions. The tomato sauce, however — nothing more than a […]

Eats of Eden: Apple twofer

Hi there, tiny apple. I wonder how long I’ll keep trying to convince myself that fall isn’t my favorite season. I love summer. Sunlight till 9. Grilling out. Fireflies. Swimming in lakes. But fall is pumpkins and wool and leaves ablaze. Fall is looking back on a great growing season with satisfaction — and relief. […]

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