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Entries in easy recipes (8)


The Siren of Banana Breads

By Katie Barreira

When you work in a test kitchen, it’s not only prudent, but also necessary to pace yourself when it comes to tasting. A sensible breakfast is key to staving off the hunger that can turn a modest bite or two into a plate-licking portion. Good sense went out the window on the morning when Carly, one of our budding interns, threw together this bread instead of throwing out a bunch of over-ripe bananas.

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Judging the 2011 National Beef-Cook-Off

By Sandy Hu

If you’re a beef lover like me, tucking into 20 great beef dishes over two days, prepared by an excellent chef, may seem like a sublime, died-and-gone-to-heaven experience. And, okay, I’ll admit I enjoyed it.

But being a judge of a recipe contest is also serious business and carries considerable responsibility – especially when $25,000 is at stake for the National Beef Cook-Off’s grand prize winner.

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Make your Own Super-Simple Onion Pickles

By David Hu

Summertime is in full swing and that can mean only one thing: BBQ time! I love throwing hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill and this easy recipe for pickled Vidalia onions is going to punch up the flavors for grill season.

Vidalia onions are a variety of sweet onion grown in South Georgia from late April through mid-September.

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Oven-Roasted Filet Mignon

By Andrew Hunter

Have you noticed that restaurant chefs just seem to know when a steak is done the way you’ve asked for it? It’s not just a question of experience. We test the doneness of meat by feel and touch. With a little practice, you can do this, too. Here’s the simple touch test we use.

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My Fava-rite Beans!

By Katie Barreira

Even in their dried and canned forms, favas are, in my opinion, the most underutilized of beans. But the real treat is a fresh fava. I found them at the market on Saturday morning and there went my weekend, but it was so worth it!

My first restaurant job was at a Tuscan establishment just outside of Boston known for its ciccheti, the Italian version of small plates. One of their most beloved seasonal offerings was a simple salad of creamy favas and sharp pecorino cheese, both ingredients nutty and toothsome.

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