Preserving Summer: Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

One of the things I look forward to the most in summer is the first bite of a homegrown, Cherokee Purple tomato. And if it just happens to be on

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Parmesan-Herb Dipping Oil {Kitchen Basics}

Do you dip? No, silly, not THAT kind of dip. Yuck! (If you live around “good ol’ boys, you know what I mean. If you don’t, well…sorry you’re missing out

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Let’s Talk Vanilla Beans {Kitchen Basics}

If you are one of those who thinks vanilla grew in little brown bottles on the grocery shelves, don’t feel alone in your thinking.  You have lots of friends in

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You Need These Knives {Kitchen Basics}

#letsbreakbread I’ve often been asked what one piece of advice I would give to new cooks and what one piece of kitchen equipment I would recommend to have. Well, my

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Make-Ahead Gifts From the Kitchen: Confetti Bean Soup

Confetti Bean Soup, another Make-Ahead Gift From the Kitchen,  is probably a catch-all name for a dry bean soup. You know the one. It includes a variety of dry beans

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Braised Smoky Beef Brisket {Kitchen Basics}

There’s just something comfortable and homey about braised beef brisket yet it’s definitely a welcomed dish for special occasions.  I’m always a little surprised when I’m told that someone avoids

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Compound Butter {Kitchen Basics}

I grow lots of fresh herbs in pots and in my little garden. And when I say “lots,” I probably should say “more —way more— than I should. But I

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Clarified and Browned Butters {Kitchen Basics}

It occurred to me recently that I may take too much for granted when discussing and/or preparing recipes and that I should, perhaps, explain some some of my directions and

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