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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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Bombay Rolls, a genius savory appetizer

Stop what you’re doing right now. Make a list to pick up puff pastry, cilantro, mint, some finger chiles or serrano peppers, sharp cheddar cheese, a lemon, and some red onion the next time you go to the grocery store. Because you want to make these Bombay rolls. (Unless you’re a cilantro hater, in which …

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Quinoa Cakes with Asparagus and Mushrooms

When I hear the  words quinoa cake, I’m skeptical. They sound so earnest. So healthful. And sort of like they would be a pain in the ass to make. If I hadn’t tasted these at a chef demonstration by John Chiakulas of Beatrix at the Green City Market and discovered first hand just how freaking delicious …

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