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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

"Christmas Morning" We're not big dessert people in my family. In fact, I've never baked anything besides premade cookie dough and my mom will only rarely succumb to the baking bug by preparing brownies or cookies. This recipe, however, is my mom's baking claim to fame. Our family fell in love with this treat many …

Decadent Broiled Lobster Tails

"New Year's Eve Tradition" We have a family tradition that's been around almost as long as my sister and I have been. Almost every New Year's Eve we spread old newspapers on the kitchen table, get out the nutcracker and cook up some fresh whole Maine lobsters or lobster tails. The idea originally was to …

Asparagus, Penne Pasta, Shrimp and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

"When Only Shrimp Will Do" My dad has mentioned several times how shrimp used to be strictly a Sunday dinner type of meal growing up. Obviously, over the years the price of this delicious crustacean has come down dramatically, making it a wonderful weeknight option. This recipe takes less than a half hour, including the …

How to Make Delicious Store Bought Macaroni & Cheese

AKA "Frozen Mac & Cheese on Steroids!" Interestingly, my roommate and myself just invented this recipe the other night when we looked at the frozen Stouffer's Mac & Cheese in the freezer and felt inspired to make it into a dish that's not just edible, but delectable! This Mac & Cheese recipe takes a large …

Wild Caught Tilapia with Tomatoes & Capers

AKA "One-Skillet Fish" The problem with cooking fish indoors is that you can smell it when you get home for weeks after you've prepared it. My dad takes pride in the fact that since this recipe uses tilapia, a mild white fish that's really delicious, it doesn't add that unwanted smell to your living space. …

Home Made Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Ingredients Topping 1/4 cup shelled roasted pistachios 1/4 cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.) 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved Focaccia 3 1/2 cups bread flour 1 Tbs. sugar 2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast 2 tsp. salt Olive oil, for greasing baking sheet Instructions To make …

Artistic Hand Crafted Pretzel Bread – Challah

Ingredients 3/4 cup warm water 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (one packet) 1 tbsp white sugar 1 tbsp vegetable oil (I use canola) 1 1/4 tsp salt 1 large egg 2-3 cups flour 4 quarts water 1/2 cup baking soda 1/2 cup dark brown sugar Corn meal for dusting the baking sheet Course or …

Hand-Made French Sourdough Baguettes

Ingredients 1 1/4 cups (283g) lukewarm water 2 cups (482g) sourdough starter, ripe (fed) or discard (see "tips," below) 4 1/2 to 5 cups (539g to 602g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 2 1/2 teaspoons flake salt 2 teaspoons sugar 1 to 2 teaspoons instant yeast, depending on the vigor of your fed starter* 4 teaspoons vital wheat …