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Pretzel Bread Rolls Recipe

Sweet and salty rolls for superb sandwiches
Mar 6, 2014 4:00 pm

Tucson, Arizona's Miraval Resort is a rare haven where natural beauty and excellent cuisine meet. While we're crazy about their lobster and arugula salad, sometimes a perfect, classic pretzel roll is all you can ask for. Especially when they're as easy to make as this one. Ready to learn the secret weapon of highly skilled pretzel roll bakers?

13 Smart Ways To Use A Can Of Beans Tonight

Dinner tonight, starring that magical fruit
Jan 9, 2014 1:00 pm

Everyone's got a can of beans in the pantry somewhere. I mean, you have cans of every other random thing, surely you've got some pintos or cannelinis lying around. Garbanzos? Frijoles negros? Should we just keep naming kinds of beans, or are you going to peruse these excellent recipes sure to free up a little extra room in your cabinets? 

The $4 Spaghetti Recipe That Tastes Almost As Good As The $24 Spaghetti Recipe

Roy Choi delivers a baller on a budget pasta recipe
Nov 19, 2013 3:00 pm
Photo: Bobby Fisher

Try out this simple spaghetti recipe from legendary L.A. chef Roy Choi, who writes, "I’ve always had this thing for Italians. And in a way they’ve had their thing for me, too. I went to Italy for a little bit after my dark days of gambling and replenished my soul in Genoa, Milano and Venice." More, right this way.

Lush Life: Caviar Butter Recipe

Butter gets all dressed up for the party
Jun 5, 2013 12:02 pm

Just when you thought butter couldn't get any better, a cookbook teaches us the very important lesson that yes, it can. Lucy Vaserfirer's Flavored Butters is a collection of ways to trick out your butter so that it serves every possible culinary need. Ever spread caviar butter on toast for the fanciest toast known to man? Now's the time. 

Just When You Thought Butter Couldn't Get Any Better, Red Chile Butter Enters

Spicy butter infused with three different chiles
May 21, 2013 3:01 pm

Just when you thought butter couldn't get any better, a cookbook - Lucy Vaserfirer's Flavored Butters - teaches us the very important lesson that yes, it can. Next up, an earthy, fiery-hot spread for cornbread or topping a steak. You can even fry an egg in it for a spicy effect.

Caramelized Onion Butter Recipe

Try this savory-sweet finishing butter on any dish
May 6, 2013 4:31 pm

Just when you thought butter couldn't get any better, a cookbook teaches us the very important lesson that yes, it can. Lucy Vaserfirer's Flavored Butters is a collection of ways to trick out your butter so that it serves every possible culinary need. Cause why use anything else when butter's around? First up, everyone's favorite thing, ever: caramelized onions. 

Tangerine-Brown Butter Vinaigrette Recipe

Unlikely combination proves a big winner
Nov 19, 2012 4:01 pm

Adding butter to vinaigrette might seem strange, but once you taste it, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before. The nutty, rich brown butter gives the dressing some extra flavor and richness, and the mild acidity of the tangerines is the perfect foil. This sauce is beautiful on delicate fish such as albacore tuna and richer fish such as salmon or on steamed broccoli, or on roasted rings of butternut squash.

Grandma's Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Homemade yogurt: don't knock it till you try it!
Jun 30, 2012 11:31 am
how to make yogurt
Photo: I believe I can fry on Flickr

Homemade yogurt is panacea for all that could possibly go wrong in one's life. "Is that an oven burn on your pinky?" My grandma would shriek, "It's okay, it's okay, we put Windex  yogurt on it." What about that sun burn? Forget the aloe, just marinate yourself in yogurt and you'll be good to go. Suffering from an upset stomach? By this point you should know what to do.

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