Often carrot cake can seem like a throw back to the ’70s, when they were dense and tasted ultimately too good for you. This updated version is moist, sweet and has a rich combination of spices that makes it one of the tastiest cakes ever. Adding a bit of orange and lemon zest to the smooth cream cheese icing brings out those bright flavors in the cake. I have served these cupcakes at every occasion, from picnics to weddings; it is even a terrific breakfast treat.
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Not long ago the appearance of asparagus announced that winter is over. But asparagus is now available year round in the supermarket, so for me it’s the arrival of ramps that tells me spring is here. Just last weekend I discovered bunches of these fragrant little plants at the Union Square Farmer’s Market and they’ll be around for the next four weeks.
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Make Theater-Style Popcorn at Home - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine
Sure, you can make fancy-schmancy Mark Zucker-burgers, “True Cheese Grits” and White and Black Swan Pasta all day long, but really, what are the Oscars without popcorn? Skip the bagged stuff — making your own is tastier and simpler.
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Eat your Brussels sprouts. Yes, please!
Brussels sprouts, once the most dreaded vegetable of children and adults alike, are officially trendy. I’m a fan, and proudly not a bandwagon one — there was never a time in my life when I didn’t adore these sweet and nutty baby cabbages. During the fall and winter, when they’re at their prime, I cook them constantly and order them as soon as I spot them on a menu.
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Shaker Meyer Lemon Pie
Some say this is the year of the pie. While I’m all for the advancement of my all-time favorite dessert (yes, I love it more than all things chocolate), I’m with Brooklyn’s Baked bakery co-owner Matt Lewis, who summed it up like this: Let’s talk about pie less and eat it more.
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Are you caught in the middle of yet another winter snowstorm? Take heart! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this morning, which means spring is (supposedly) going to be early this year. We can’t wait. As much as we love chili and stews, we’re ready for a return to the fresh fruits and vegetables that springtime has to offer.
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Pretzel Showdown: Steelers Vs. Packers
As a major food person and a seriously minor football fan, I get a bit more excited about the, er, touchdowns on the buffet table than I do about the ones on the field. So I can’t offer any insight on which team will come away victorious, but I do know this: Salty-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside pretzels are always a game-day winner.
This year, I’m making my own, with mix-ins inspired by both Super Bowl opponents: The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s how you do it.
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Rachel Allen's chocolate cake is the perfect way to celebrate my new favorite holiday.
Did you know that there’s a designated food holiday nearly every single day of the year? Some are a little “out there”—does anyone actually celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day? It’s March 5, if you’re interested. But today’s holiday is one we can wholeheartedly get behind: National Chocolate Cake Day.
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As winter vegetables go, beets are pretty much as controversial as you get. You don’t hear people debating the virtues of the potato or the butternut squash, but most people either love or hate these sweet, earthy root vegetables.
I’ve been in the former group almost from the time I was in the womb, but if you’re still leery of these roots, these unexpected recipes from Cooking Channel chefs and bloggers around the Web (beet gnocchi and beet-chocolate cake, anyone?) might just change your mind.
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