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How to Build a Killer Cheese Plate, a guide

So you want to put together a cheese plate? Great! It’s the kind of cooking that’s really more about shopping than anything else, which means that you don’t need to have particular skill in the kitchen to serve at your next gathering. But shopping for cheese can be intimidating. Especially if you, like most people, …

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Rhubarb Recipes, rosy-hued stalks of goodness

Rhubarb is remarkably versatile. We tend to treat it like a fruit, but botanically, it’s a vegetable. The leaves have a reputation for being toxic because of their oxalic acid, which can interfere with the essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium. But spinach has more oxalic acid than rhubarb leaves do, and it’s still …

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Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

There’s a special place in my heart for loaf cakes. They’re unfussy and unassuming. They don’t demand layers and decoration and all of the foofaraw that can go along with a serious baking project. They don’t demand a special occasion. They’re suitable for dessert, portable for picnics, and a great excuse for sweet snacking. If …

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Marbled Chinese Tea Eggs, almost too pretty to eat

These marbled Chinese tea eggs are lovely to look at and delicious to eat. In China, these tea eggs are typically sold by street vendors and are a popular snack. But regardless of where you live, if you have access to a few spices and soy sauce and tea, they’re incredibly easy to make. The …

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