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Two hearty soups from one recipe


Homemade Beef Stew and French Onion Soup can share the same base, making two hearty but vastly different soups.

Homemade Beef Stew and French Onion Soup can share the same basic broth, making two hearty but vastly different soups.

It’s winter, it’s cold, there’s a storm brewing, so it’s time to make some nice hot soup. But what to make? My daughter and I had a hankering for French Onion Soup, but Jerry does not like onions, so I tried to think of a way to make us all happy — voila, made a batch of Beef Stew and a batch of French Onion Soup using the same base/broth. Two for one.

So here’s how I made the soups, and a slideshow.
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EPHEMERAL ART: Amazing 3D Food Printing


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Edible chocolate cube made with a 3D printer. —3D Systems

Imagine this, instead of ink you can fill your desktop printer with chocolate and make amazing edible sculptures and decorations.

Sounds like something out of Willy Wonka, but thanks to technological advances, the candy man and woman, can do just that.
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Thanksgiving: The Great Cranberry Sauce Debate


I found a way to reconcile the homemade v. canned Cranberry Sauce debate. Serve BOTH.

I found a way to reconcile the homemade v. canned Cranberry Sauce debate. Serve BOTH.

Thanksgiving is a very traditional time for my family. They look forward to the straightforward turkey dinner with all the trimmings – gravy, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, and so on. It’s such a treat, probably because Thanksgiving is the only time any of us have this meal.

For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of hosting upwards of 20 people at my Thanksgiving table. It’s a fun day. I get to cook my heart out watching the annual Macy’s parade on TV (We actually went a couple times when the kids were small), and after dinner we go for walks and play cards.

Every year I like to try out a new recipe for Thanksgiving, just for fun, to see how it goes.
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Despite scandals, Stew Leonard’s rings up the business


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It’s hard to argue with the Stew Leonard’s customer service policy.

It’s the world’s largest dairy store according to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and Fortune magazine calls it one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

You gotta hand it to Stew Leonard’s. When it comes to surviving a major tax evasion scandal, overcharging customers, and delaying a wrongful death lawsuit, the Leonard family has mastered the ability to live long and prosper. Paula Deen could learn a thing or two from them. Read more…

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