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Checking Out The Rustic Olive To Expand Our Cooking Techniques

 

Cooking with fresh herbs and using what I thought were great oils from the grocery store had me wishing for more. Then I remembered about the rustic olive. The Rustic Olive is 'Duluth's ONLY Premium Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar bar' according to their Facebook page.

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Watch This Guy Make A Steak Dinner With Things From A Hotel Room, Like An Iron

This is pure genius!! This guy travels with a few things to prepare food but, for the most part, uses things found in a hotel room to make meals. In this episode, he puts together a steak dinner with salad, noodles, veggies, and a medium rare steak with special sauce.

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Top 6 Things To Do With Pumpkins Other Than Carve Them

It almost goes without saying: Halloween is the pumpkin farmers time in the spotlight.  If any one thing is synonymous with the October holiday it would be a big, bright-orange jack-o'-lantern.  As widely-celebrated as Halloween is, it seems like most families have at least one (or more) of these orbs somewhere in their house.  While it's uncertain when the tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween first started, it's become a per-requisite to the celebration.

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Aaron Davidson via Getty
Aaron Davidson via Getty
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What Goes On Behind The Scenes At Diners, Drive Ins, And Dives? Learn More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Guy Fieri And His Popular TV Show

The popular Food Network TV show Diners, Drive-In's, and Dives has visited the Twin Ports a few times in the last couple of years.  The travelogue series is hosted by Guy Fieri - who, according to rumors vacations in the Northland (I'll protect his privacy by not disclosing the supposed location).

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(Photo by Royce DeGrie/Getty Images for Taste of Home)
(Photo by Royce DeGrie/Getty Images for Taste of Home)
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This Easy Recipe Will Make Your Mouth Water, Lasagne Cupcakes

One of my favorite foods is Lasagna. In fact, just the other day I had a conversation about the best ways to prepare and eat Lasagna. You have to have a ton of cheese on it, and it's always better the next day. If you like lasagna like I do, you will love this recipe.

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How Can I Be A Better Cook? Some Tips Toward Better Results In The Kitchen

I cook a lot.  People (especially co-workers) tend to come to me for advice on how to make their time in the kitchen a better experience.  My tips are pretty basic - but they usually result in an eye roll or two.  (Hey - if you don't want to hear the truth, don't ask - right?)  I usually start by suggesting that they use the freshest-possible ingredients and never - I mean never - use a box mix;  Processed food should be avoided at all costs.

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How Do You Stretch An Old Family Tradition For Dinner, How Big Is This Pancake, Q And A Buffet Is Back

Hey! We are back at Farley's Family Restaurant, and Kelly did not disappoint us with his choices of food to serve us while we were there. Also, a fun healthy choice for a snack from me, and Matt offers a great idea for stretching out an old favorite for dinner.

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Source: marzbars via flickr
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How To Prevent Watery Potato Salad [Updates]

One of the summer-time staples of a lot of outdoor barbecues and picnics is the simple Potato Salad.   And while recipes for Potato Salad vary in quality and ingredients, most fight one battle:  Preventing them from getting watery after they've been made.

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How Do I Make My Cookies Better? Some Tips To Homemade Cookie Perfection

This will come to no surprise to anyone who knows me well:  I have a strong distaste for box-cooking.  Nothing - and I mean nothing will ever taste better than something you've made from scratch.  That means toss the brownie and cake mixes, the pizza crust packets, the pancake powder, and the pre-made cookie dough and make your own.  That's why you have flour, sugar, fats, and seasonings in your kitchen cupboard.  (Sorry if I suddenly sound like Martha Stewart;  The lady is right!)

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How Do I Pick A Green Pepper? Learn The Secret To Sweet Or Bitter Peppers

The peppers we generally refer to as "green peppers" are actually Bell Peppers and contrary to their name aren't all that "peppery" in taste.  They generally come in four colors:  Red, orange, yellow, and the ubiquitous green. But how do you pick one out at the store?

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Who Is Vivian Howard? Star Of A Chef’s Life Became Gourmet Food Star By Going Back To Her Roots

I don't get wrapped up in the whole celebrity chef thing.  Most of what comprises the schedule of the Food Network bores the heck out of me and I never watch it.  Quite frankly, if I see one more competition or challenge show I'll rip the knobs off of their Viking range!

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What’s The Difference Between Heavy Cream And Half-And-Half? Can I Substitute Half-And-Half For Recipes Calling For Heavy Cream?

As the resident "foodie" at work, I often field food-related questions.  Today, a co-worker asked me a question that I thought was a good one and I thought I would share the answer.  The question was:  Can I substitute half-and-half for heavy cream in a recipe?

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