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Warm and Cozy Soups

Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Stoup

Warm up with a comforting bowl of soup, like Rachael Ray's easy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Stoup.

There’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of soup on a cold winter evening, and Cooking Channel chefs are heating things up with an eclectic mixture of soup styles, from classics to fantastic twists.

Three reasons to make more soup:

  1. The stretch factor makes them budget-friendly and good for feeding crowds. Extra guests? Throw a little more broth and veggies into the pot.
  2. Leftover soups freeze well and make great homemade lunches if you freeze in single serving portions.
  3. They’re infinitely riff-able! Sure, it’s good to have a recipe as a guide and for inspiration, but if you happen to have some extra veggies or meat hanging out in your fridge, it’s a soup waiting to happen.

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Don’t Forget: Thanksgiving Reminders

Cranberry Sauce - Michael Chiarello

Cranberry Sauce: The Perfect Make-Ahead Dish

Thanksgiving is 3 days away! If you want to avoid a 4 a.m. wake-up call alongside your turkey, dressing and sweet potato cupcakes, a little planning and preparation can go a long way. We’ve got the digital equivalent of the string-around-the-finger — here’s what you can and should do ahead of time to make Turkey Day a breeze.

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Craving: Unique Eats Meatballs

Meatball Shop's Spicy Pork Meatballs on Polenta - credit: Tom Censani

The other night, several colleagues attended the NYC Wine & Food Fest‘s Meatball Madness event. I did not.  Photos have been circulating via email for 48 hours now and I can only think of one thing…

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Missing: A Harbor Bar Summer

Harbor Bars -- the ultimate summer cookie and ice cream treat?

Harbor Bars from Down East, Maine credit: Kim Post Phinney

Over the weekend, during an unusually hot fall Saturday, I dug into my freezer and unearthed a single, lonely Harbor Bar.  This last vestige of a long, bountiful summer served as a lonely indicator that the party was indeed over… 

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Pix Potluck: Fresh Fruit for Breakfast

Alex Lopez's golden raspberry harvest

Alex Lopez's golden raspberry harvest

Fruit is the ideal breakfast ingredient, especially during summer when you’re craving something light. Pair it up with a protein and you have a complete meal.

Alex Lopez shared this pic of golden raspberries growing wild in her garden, “great with honey, yogurt and almonds” — yum! My morning staple is almost identical, except I use fresh blueberries.

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Craving: Old Forge Pizza

Half meatball, half cheese tray in Old Forge

Half meatball, half cheese tray in Old Forge

We’ve all heard of New York style, Chicago deep dish, authentic Neapolitan. But the small town of Old Forge, Pennsylvania has a pizza style all its own. My mom grew up near Old Forge (in Scranton, now famous thanks to The Office) and last weekend while visiting family, we had to get our pizza fix.

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Craving: Radishes; Some of Yours, Some of Ours

White on Rice Couple - Todd and Diane

White on Rice Couple - Todd and Diane

Welcome late-spring, a time when you can rip your dinner out of the ground, rinse it, and eat it raw. Or you can roast it, dress it with olive oil and mint, bake it in a gratin, or pile it on a sandwich.

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Craving: Fiddleheads

Maine fiddleheads - credit:  Elizabeth Poisson

Maine fiddleheads - credit: Elizabeth Poisson

Growing up in Maine, April and May meant only one thing to us. A bounty of wildly foraged fiddleheads, cooked up by my grandfather on his pot belly stove, out in his garden shed…

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