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    Radicchio and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Persimmons and Tangerines: So much color and flavor in an achingly beautiful salad that holds up well on a buffet table and will take you all the way through the holiday season in health!

    Thanksgiving, as perhaps the most important dinner of the year, can put unbearable pressure on the cooks, can’t it? You feel like you need to muster the best meal of your life, with no missteps. Except you haven’t been trained in how to be a restaurateur or caterer, how to put a delightful meal on the table for the 12, 16 or 32 of you that expect it.  And you only do it once a year, so it’s not like you remember whatever tricks you learned last year.

    Sigh. Take a breath.

    Radicchio and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Persimmons and TangerinesSo I said a fast YES when 9316572075 asked me to write about an easy salad recipe in the new cookbook “Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers,” by Julia Turshen. They also want to highlight Julia’s favorite kitchen items that make it easy to get any recipe done. I’m happy to do it because OXO makes superior products for the kitchen, and this cookbook is very cheerfully, do-ably practical. It presents 150 recipes, some main-idea, and some mini-recipes that transform any leftovers into whole new dishes. I am all in!

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    Dorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish

    November 14, 2018
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    Dorothy’s Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish is a bright, zippy, raw, fresh relish that will add a hot-sweet spark of life to your Thanksgiving or holiday turkey dinner plate.


    French-Style Marinated Cheese

    November 7, 2018
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    Easy French-Style Marinated Cheese cubes will dress up your cheese board, appetize your cocktail party, or be a cherished savory gift from your kitchen.

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    Best Ever Cranberry Sauce — Hall of Fame version

    November 5, 2018
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    The best cranberry sauce ever! Winner in countless taste tests over the years, this is my most-requested version. Don’t show up to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without it, and if you can, make it a few days ahead for best flavor.


    Farro Date Salad with Mango and Arugula {Vegetarian}

    October 22, 2018

    Farro Date Salad with Mango and Arugula has a lot going on with relatively few ingredients. It’s chewy, sweet, peppery, salty and vegetarian, and is satisfying for either lunch or dinner.

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    Easy Weeknight Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Dinner Salad

    October 16, 2018
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    Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Salad: This is a winner, winner chicken dinner that the whole family will like. It’s lightly dressed, refreshing, easy, fast, healthy and veggie-centric. That hits all the marks for a perfect all-year recipe!


    Apple Picking Time in Oak Glen, California: 4 Places to Stop

    October 11, 2018

    Make a day of it in Oak Glen, California — pick your own apples, try cider donuts and hard cider, and be sure buy a Mile-High Apple Pie to take home with you!

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    Tomato Galette (Tomato Tart)

    October 9, 2018
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    A Tomato Galette is a free form savory tomato tart that brings the best ripe tomatoes to rest on a crispy crust, blanketed by herby, melty cheese. Whether you want a kid-friendly dinner, a date-night entree or are trying to impress at a dinner party, this delicious tart fits the bill.

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    September 28, 2018
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    APPLE CRISP BREAKFAST BOWL: This has all the best flavors of your favorite dessert — cinnamon-scented caramelized apples, maple syrup, crunchy granola or nuts. Getting out of bed is suddenly worthwhile.

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    September 26, 2018
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    QUICK APPLESAUCE FOR ONE: Chop an apple finely, microwave it briefly, mash, sprinkle with cinnamon and you have super fast applesauce for one person.You don’t need to open a big jar when you just need a bit of applesauce for your morning oatmeal or for dinner with a pork chop or sausage.



    September 24, 2018
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    SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTER: Perfectly spiced, not-too-sweet, homemade Apple Butter practically makes itself overnight in the slow cooker.


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    September 23, 2018

    Apple Week is here! 40+ bloggers will bring you 200+ sweet and savory apple recipes all week long. And 7 people will win wonderful prize packs from our sponsors. It’s going to be fun!

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    September 20, 2018

    Bison Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot: Hearty, flavor-filled, meaty, beany soup gets made easily in the Instant Pot. Fling lots of chopped cilantro, cheese and tortilla chips on top for fun!

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    September 19, 2018
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    Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Fingers: An addictive pretzel snack transforms itself into a superlative breading for chicken fingers that are toasted quickly in an air fryer.

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    September 4, 2018
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    Instant Pot Giveaway: 3 people will win an Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart, one of the handiest new appliances in the kitchen! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget on the blog

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    August 30, 2018
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    SWEDISH VISITING CAKE BARS are for all the almond-lovers out there — a mashup of crisp almond-meringue topping and chewy almond-scented cake.

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    50 Best Recipes for Hatch Chiles You Need Right Now

    August 7, 2018
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    The 50 best, most delicious recipes using Hatch chiles right now, while they are in season!


    Succulent School: Growing Succulents in Unusual Containers

    August 5, 2018

    Succulent School: There’s no need to buy expensive planters for your succulents. Use what you already have at home — baskets, old wooden bowls, pots made by students, offbeat containers.

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    August 2, 2018
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    Pesto Caprese French Bread Pizza: A smear of basil pesto, a layering of perfectly fresh, ripe tomatoes, slices of soft fresh mozzarella, a quick pass through the oven, and you have easy pizza perfection. Don’t forget to sprinkle the top with toasted pine nuts!