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Cooking 101: Learning from mistakes

Katie and her Banana "Bread."

Katie and her Banana “Bread.”

Flat banana bread, soupy coffee cake, and molten barbecue beef stuck to the bottom of a pressure cooker.

My daughter Katie is learning how to cook.

It wasn’t until recently, at the age of 25, she decided to take the culinary plunge.

Growing up, she was never interested in cooking. She was barely interested in eating. She liked spaghetti, hot dogs, tacos, and pizza and that was about it. She turned up her nose at most meats, fruits and vegetables. When she found out chicken nuggets were made with real chicken, she cried and stopped eating them. Read more…

Recipe Reveal: Dishin’ up cicadas

Crunch, crunch, yum, yum, Cicada-licious! Radiolab.org photo

Crunch, crunch, yum, yum, Cicada-licious! —Radiolab.org photo

Cicadas are much more than loud, annoying insects that rear their red-eyed heads above ground once every 17 years. A good source of protein, cicadas can also be transformed into tasty snacks, hearty meals, and delicious desserts.

When you get lemons, make lemonade, so when you get cicadas, why not make cicada dumplings or cicada rhubarb pie? Read more…

Recipe Reveal: Chocolate Almond Lace Cookies


Chocolate Almond Lace Cookies

Have you ever bought cookies that looked fabulous but were disappointing because they tasted terrible? Time to just say no to pitiful overpriced pastries!

Bakeries and grocery stores sell what they call “Chocolate Almond Lace Cookies” (aka Florentines) in my neck of the woods in Connecticut. They look great! Two crispy lace cookies filled with chocolate, what’s not to love?

Unfortunately, the cookies are usually soft and flavorless and come pre-packaged in bulk from some anonymous source. Oh the pain, Will Robinson, the pain, something that looks so good but is soooo bad.

But good news, you can make these cookies yourself! Crunchy almond disks with real chocolate in the middle. Great for a special occasion or just for fun! Read more…

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