Create The Perfect Holiday Dinner with The Cultured Cook!

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One-Pot Green & Red Pasta Penne Alfredo with Kale & Broccoli What to do with hearty garden greens? Make pasta! Now that the weather is cooler, kale and chard and beet greens and turnip greens are enjoying a growth spurt. Luckily, they’re so versatile that you can use them in everything from soups to stir-frys. […]

This Week’s Recipes: Delicious Soups, Milkshakes and More!

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Roasted Vegetable Soup This delicious, vegetable-filled broth can be served by itself or used as a base for other soups. This recipe oven-roasts the vegetables before adding to the soup liquid, enhancing their flavor. The aroma of the roasted vegetables will evoke memories of old-fashioned, home-style meals. It’s comfort food at its finest. Food as […]

Recipes of the Week: Yummy Fall Finds

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Autumn Fruit Jam Blueberry-Cranberry Cider Jam It’s cranberry time! Although fresh cranberries are ultra-tart, they pair beautifully with sweeter fruits in desserts, jams, and ice cream. (Note: 100% cranberry juice is also incredibly tart. It’s a safe bet that any cranberry drink you order at a bar or restaurant is mostly high-fructose corn syrup with […]

Fall Harvests = Fresh Soups

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Many people assume that summertime brings the most fruits and veggies to the table, but early fall is actually the prime time for both home gardeners and farmers: in September, corn is the sweetest, tomatoes are bursting at the stems, herbs are going gangbusters. And then there are the furiously growing zucchinis and pumpkins and […]

Transforming Tomatoes & Baking Pasta

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This is a tale of two culinary possibilities: turning a classic pasta dish into a pizza of sorts and how to save your summer tomato surplus without having to resort to canning. I’m all for canning, mind you, but it’s a lot easier to throw something into a bag than can it. The fact that […]

Stems, Scraps & Rinds: How To Be Deliciously Thrifty

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Sometimes kitchen “scraps” are actually the best part. Plenty of classic dishes are based on that “Waste not, want not!” mentality: French ratatouille, Spanish paella, wedges of Italian polenta served with garlicky white beans. Good thing there have always been thrifty cooks among us! Just goes to show that great flavor doesn’t have to have […]