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    Cook brings comfort food to thresher event volunteers | AG

    SYCAMORE, Ill. — Most years Lorraine Hubbard is cooking up big batches of comfort food for the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club volunteers. Their work days are in preparation for welcoming thousands of guests to the annual steam engine show in Sycamore in August. But this year Hubbard’s cooking duties were curtailed as the 2020 pandemic put the brakes on the Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee like so many other events. Even without the annual show this year, a batch of the steam club volunteers showed up to keep the grounds of the threshing bee in DeKalb County looking   Read More

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    The Easiest Way to Cook Vegan Cuisine From a Plant-Based Chef

    If you enjoy cooking but don’t know where to start, Bettina Campolucci Bordi, the plant-based chef you may know from her popular Instagram Bettina’s Kitchen, explains vegan cooking 101: Advice for beginners, kitchen tools to always have on hand, the best way to cook tofu, best oils to cook and bake with, and her all-time favorite dish. Bettina’s first piece of advice starts with using the best quality ingredients. Don’t go running to the grocery store and stock up on produce and plants. Instead, Bettina suggests buying fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts that are in season at your local   Read More

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    ‘Amy Schumer Learns to Cook’ Season 2: See the Recipes

    Back for more! Amy Schumer Learns to Cook returned for a second season on Monday, August 17, and the comedian and her husband, Chris Fischer, are whipping up a whole new crop of delicious dishes and drinks. For example, in the premiere episode, the couple, who tied the knot in a surprise ceremony in February 2018, prepared several of their favorite frozen foods from scratch. While Schumer, a former bartender, made a batch of piña coladas, Fischer, who is a trained chef, showed his wife how to make pigs in a blanket as well as pot-stickers and potato   Read More

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    45 No-Oven Recipes to Cook Every Night During Summer

    No offense to ovens, but in the heat of summer, they’re kind of the worst. Luckily, you don’t need one to prepare a super-satisfying meal. Forget about turning on your stove and make these 45 no-oven recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights, on-the-go lunches and whenever else you just don’t feel like cooking. RELATED: 25 Low-Maintenance Summer Dinner Party Recipes Introducing what might be the most refreshing dinner you’ve ever eaten. Get the recipe Extra goat cheese, please. Get the recipe Some days, you might crave a salad that’s loaded with all kinds of good stuff. Others, you   Read More

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    COOK OF THE WEEK: Churches provide Ripley woman with best recipes | Food

    RIPLEY • When Amy Beaty was a young girl, she loved to eat her maternal grandmother’s cooking. “I’d always say, ‘I want you to write that down for me,’ and she’d say, ‘I really don’t have a recipe,’” Beaty said. “It would make me so mad. Now that I cook, I get what she meant. People ask me for recipes all the time and I say, ‘I really don’t have one.’” Beaty, 41, grew up in Brownsville, Tennessee. She and her husband, Greg, were fixed up by friends and she married when she was 19. The Beatys have three children   Read More

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    10 Baking Books for the Young Cook (And the Young at Heart)

    Parenting during a pandemic is part pleasure, part pandemonium. When everything seems out of sorts—from our schedule to our mood—my eight-year-old daughter and I bake. Making cake and pie and cookies has given our days structure, purpose, and joy. In the mornings, we flip through cookbooks for inspiration; in the evenings, once my work day is over, we gather our ingredients and tinker and play in the kitchen. We have made pizza, funfetti biscotti, naan, cocoa brownies, lemon shortbread, chocolate doughnuts, red velvet cake, and so much more. We have left baked goods on our neighbors’ doorsteps—once we were told   Read More

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    Summer corn: how to pick, store, clean and cook it

    Corn is one of summer’s simplest pleasures. That being said, it generates plenty of debate — how to pick it, how to clean it, how to cook it and how to eat it. I would wager to say that there aren’t many wrong answers to any of those questions — it’s more about what you prefer — but if you’re looking for a few tips to perfect your corn game, read on. [We’ll give you an earful — of summer corn recipes] Picking. Given the current shopping restrictions at farmers markets (preordering, only staff handling the produce) and pandemic-related etiquette   Read More

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    On Food Vlogger Yemisi Odusanya and the Joy of Watching Experts Cook

    It was a few days before shelter-in-place began and I needed to get out of my apartment. I strolled across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, through the West Village, and stepped into Los Mariscos, still noisy and packed as ever just days before the city shut down. I felt better, crammed between two wide-shouldered men — both of them well into their third and fourth tequila flights — at the restaurant’s bar. I watched as three cooks stood working hip-to-hip in the open kitchen, flattening golf balls of masa, and laying them flat on the griddle. I drank something   Read More

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    Is It Healthy to Cook With Lard? Experts Say It Depends on What You’re Making

    Photo credit: Maximilian Stock Ltd. From Prevention Lard brings to mind traditional meals like flaky pie crusts and fresh Mexican tamales. For many people, it’s also associated with negative health effects such as heart disease, which is why lard has fallen out of favor over the last few decades. But what exactly is lard and is it ever the healthier choice? What is lard and how is it used? Ever cooked bacon and saved the grease for something else? Well, then, you’re familiar with lard! Lard is rendered pork fat, which has been strained for a smooth, white fat.  Read More

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