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Inside #RT14 – A Taste of New Orleans – Pralines Recipe

  We like our romances sweet, and our pralines sweeter! At Mardi Gras Carnivale Random House sponsored the pralines table, and we couldn’t have enough of the delicacy–they’re so delicious that we wanted to share the sweetness with our readers, courtesy of the New Orleans School of Cooking! If you’re in town for the convention and need a taste of New Orleans, you have to stop by–it’s one of the must-see foodie stops in the city, featuring cooking classes with hometown chefs and a general store chock-full of ingredients that are special to the area. For readers who can’t make it to NOLA, Gretchen Erickson of The New Orleans School of Cooking shared her knowledge of pralines and the perfect recipe for you to make them right at home in your kitchen. If you love… Continue
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Ella Quinn’s Recipe for Love and Dumplings

In my latest release, Desiring Lady Caro, there is a lot of food. After all, one must eat, and when you are confined to a coach while fleeing an insane marquis, food is a nice diversion. There is a lot of chocolate in this book, as well other regional specialties, most of them I’ve been fortunate enough to sample during my own travels. Caro and Huntley begin in Venice. The whole Veneto region is famous for its rice, particularly risotto. If you hang a left at Verona, and head toward the Austrian border, the food gradually becomes more a bit heavier. There is wonderful ravioli, then the further north you go, and the food becomes a tasty mix of Austrian and Italian, you get knödels, a sort of dumpling that can be either savory… Continue

Recipes: The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking

80 Low-Carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss
Written by Peter ReinhartAuthor and by Denene Wallace
The first gluten-free baking book from legendary bread maker and James Beard Award-winning author Peter Reinhart, with 80 world-class recipes suitable for wheat sensitive, diabetic, and low-carb/low-sugar dieters. Amazing, easy-to-make recipes that revolutionize baking for wheat sensitive, diabetic, and low-carb/low-sugar cooks.

Saturday Recipes: True #Brews . . . an accessible home-brew guide

This accessible home-brew guide for alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, from Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen’s Emma Christensen, offers a wide range of simple yet enticing recipes for Root Beer, Honey Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Sorghum Ale, Blueberry-Lavender Mead, Gin Sake, Plum Wine, and more. You can make naturally fermented sodas, tend batches of kombucha, and brew your own beer in the smallest apartment kitchen with little more equipment than a soup pot, a plastic bucket, and a long-handled spoon. All you need is the know-how. That’s where Emma Christensen comes in, distilling a wide variety of projects—from mead to kefir to sake—to their simplest forms, making the process fun and accessible for homebrewers. All fifty-plus recipes in True Brews stem from the same basic techniques and core equipment, so it’s easy for you… Continue

Recipe: Cold Sesame Noodles – Yum!!

Cole Sesame Noodles – doesn’t this sound delightful! Especially the way it is prepared below – enjoy! Starting in the late 1960s, Sichuan restaurants took New York (and later the rest of the country) by storm. A standby appetizer cold noodles coated with sesame paste and peanut butter, and spiked with chili became one of the most beloved Chinese dishes in the city. With this recipe, you can make the same savory-sweet noodles you love from the Chinese takeout, with less grease and no MSG. The best noodles to use are Chinese egg noodles or spaghetti; they hold their firmness best and allow the sauce to coat the noodles instead of seeping in. They should be round and not too thin or too thick (the width of a spaghetti strand is perfect). A pinch of… Continue

From the Friendship Bread Kitchen: Darien Gee’s Top 5 Recipes for the Holiday Season

“It’s moist and sweet with a hint of cinnamon. It hits the spot, as unexpected kindness always does, and soon there is only one slice left.”
from Friendship Bread
Holiday baking. Warm, fragrant kitchens. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger; flour and sugar dusting the counters. Bread rising in the oven, cookies and cakes cooling on the rack. Have I got your attention yet? (smile)

Recipe of the Week: Gazpacho

Nadia G is the host of Bitchin’ Kitchen TV show on the Cooking Channel, and in Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen: Cookin’ for Trouble, she brings her expert cooking and rock star attitude from the small screen and into your kitchen. This week’s recipe is Nadia’s G’s take on Gazpacho, a refreshing Spanish soup that requires no cooking time at all. This recipe works great as a fancy starter for a dinner party or romantic night in, and you should enjoy it soon before it’s too cold and you’re only craving soups that are piping hot!

Recipe of the Week: Honey-Roasted Carrots with Prunes, Walnuts, and Mint

This week, our featured recipe is a creative twist on a classic side dish. If you’re looking for new way to make veggies more appealing, this recipe is a great place to start. Also taken from The Meatball Shop Cookbook, honey-roasted carrots are perfect for a last-minute potluck, but can also compliment a hearty main-course in your own kitchen. While roasted carrots and prunes may not sound like a fan favorite, this inspired presentation of veggies, nuts, and herbs, might be just the thing to change your mind.