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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 …

Crunchy Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

"Rustic Taters" I'm not a big potato fan, or "potatoe" if youre Dan Quayle. They're usually not very flavorful. Plus, they're really time and temperature sensitive, with a very narrow window for cooking them effectively. This recipe, however, brings out the best in potatoes with a crunchy texture and herbal and aromatic nuances. Plus, the …

The Best Cauliflower Recipe

"A Vegetable Everyone Loves" Cauliflower is the Rodney Dangerfield of the veggie world. It often cooks up dry, tough and flavorless, causing the kitchen to smell like dirty socks for a week. That being said, this recipe is an exception to the personification and my father states in our family cookbook that this is his …

Fresh Summer Salad with Orzo, Tomato & Basil

"Fresh as a Summer Breeze" In the middle of a hot summer, the last thing you want to do is light up the stove or oven. To the rescue comes this fresh summer orzo salad. It's best prepared in the morning while the kitchen is still cool. Plus sitting in the fridge all day melds …

Classic German Red Cabbage

AKA "Omi Knows Best" The word "Omi" in German means "grandmother". When I hear this word I immediately think of the strong matriarch of my family, caring and loving who always made sure that you never went home hungry, may she rest in peace. When I sit back and think about my Omi, I can't …