BBQ Country Ribs (Slow Cooker)

These ribs could not be easier. Just plop them into the slow cooker, top with some BBQ sauce. Cook all day on low. And you’ve got yourself one delicious, easy dinner. Have you ever seen “Country Style Ribs” in your supermarket? Country Style Ribs are meaty and sold either with/without bones. Cooking them all day […]

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How-To: Working With Dried Chiles

My grandmother used to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was and is not uncommon to see chiles hanging out to dry in the sun as you drive down the road. That is my first memory of dried chiles. However, it took me years and years to rediscover them. For our first Valentine’s Day as […]

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How-To: Lasagna Bolognese

Ever since I started making this recipe for Lasagna Bolognese, I can’t go back to Prego and cottage cheese. (Sorry, Grandma!) It’s so good. Make it and you won’t look back either. Lasagna Bolognese, Simplified FromCooks’ Illustrated, Sept. and Oct. 2004 issue Ingredients: For Meat Sauce (Ragù) 1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped 1 […]

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How To Make Candied Nuts

How To Make Candied Nuts | CafeJohnsonia.com

One of the number one questions I get from friends is how to make candied nuts for salads. I confess that candied nuts are one of the reasons I am the salad lover I am. The sweet, salty crunch of candied nuts is irresistible nestled among leafy greens, and coupled with cheese, fruit, and veggies. Mmm… […]

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Making Spaetzle 101

What is this crazy gadget you ask? Why a spaezle maker, of course! When a good friend first introduced me to spaetzle 5 years ago, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I’d heard of spaetzle, but I had no clue what it was. Her spaetzle was blanketed in a delicious, saucy Chicken […]

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