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Asparagus

CHEFS friends from Cook's Country share some tips for selecting, prepping, and cooking asparagus. Plus get Cook's Country recipes for Parmesan Asparagus and Creams Asparagus Soup.

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Cold February Day = Chicken Pot Pie

A wintery, February day puts us in the mood for more comfort food. Today we are craving Chicken Pot Pie. It may be cold on the outside, but this delicious meal keeps us warm on the inside!

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Chicken and Dumplings

Sometimes, only a favorite meal is going to satisfy your hunger. For me, that usually means a childhood comfort food favorite. This past week the flu did a good job of putting me out of commission. All I wanted to eat was chicken and dumplings, one of my favorite comfort foods. Chicken soup was not going to do it, especially not the canned kind. A few quick substitutions made a good weeknight version of this Southern classic.

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10 Academy Award-Winning Recipes for Your Oscar Party

This Sunday, Hollywood will celebrate its biggest night of the year – The Academy Awards! This year, with so many outstanding blockbuster movies as contenders, it is sure to be an exciting and suspenseful ceremony. So, whether you’re a movie buff, or just looking for an excuse to throw a party, why not throw an Oscar soirée for your friends and enjoy the hilarious acceptance speeches and nail-biting suspense together! We have come up with 10 recipes for a 2013 Oscar party, with each recipe corresponding to one movie nominated for Best Picture.  Make them all to get into the spirit of the event, or pick-and-choose to root for your favorite films.

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Quick Breads

A quick banana bread, coffee cake, or muffins are easy to make and delicious for breakfast as a snack or for dessert. Most quick bread recipes are versatile and substituting ingredients is fairly easy. However, quick breads can be challenging to keep moist. Try these hints and tips to keep your quick breads moist and delicious.

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Spaghetti Squash

I got myself on a squash kick. After posting yesterday I made some Spaghetti Squash for dinner. Spaghetti squash, in my opinion, is one of the most underutilized vegetables in the kitchen. A winter squash like pumpkin, this is a delicious and healthy option for either a main course or a side dish.

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The Joys of Winter Squash

Few vegetables are as dependable - or as heartily satisfying - during these cold months as winter squash. While most other vegetables are coming from the hothouse and do not have the same flavor as the spring crops, this is the time when winter squash is at its peak. I can find a wide assortment at my grocer: from butternut to kabocha, there is a squash for any meal, savory or sweet.

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Meatless Monday

I tend to stay away from foodie trends. Do not get me wrong, I love trying new recipes and new foods. I just am turned-off by fad foodie trends: they are not typically my cup of tea. But with the Meatless Monday trend, I have enjoyed many of the recipes that have been published specifically for this weekly, single-day celebration of more plant-based diets. And at one time having a Meatless Monday was a patriotic duty. Today, I thought I would share a couple of delicious Meatless Monday recipes that make a regular appearance on my dinner table!

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Charcuterie: A Basic Guide

While a plate of cheese and crackers, sliced fruit and a side bowl of Planters peanuts have long been Friday night staples if you’re entertaining, why not take a cue from the French, up the artisan ante, and turn that customary party spread into a well-designed and creative charcuterie board?

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Marmalade: Preserving Sunshine in a Jar

I was noshing on croissants that I made this weekend, and thought how good some fresh marmalade would taste on them. Out came the stockpot, fresh oranges and sugar. When I was finished the sunny orange jars were a welcome bit of warmth for the cold mornings of winter. Try this orange marmalade recipe, I think you will agree, it is a fresh, delicious addition to any morning routine.

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Beef Stroganoff Fit for a Czar!

Still looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day menu for you and your love? How about a traditional Russian Beef Stroganoff?

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Easy Slow Cooker Stews for Cold Weather Dinner

Winter came back for a visit after I thought the warm weather was going to stick around. With our most recent snow storm, I pulled the slow cooker back out to make some warming, winter-weather comfort food. Try one of these 5 stews in your slow cooker for dinner tomorrow.

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Valentine's Day Dinner Made Easy

Still haven't figured out what to make for Valentine's night dinner? Today we present a menu that keeps the cooking time to mid-week friendly, but is a little more special than an everday weeknight meal. Added bonus: you probably have most of the ingredients right in the pantry!

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Croissants Made Easy

I love croissants! Their tender and flaky texture and buttery flavor are just an ideal combination. Like chocolate and souffles, there is something about the croissant that just is synonymous with Valentine's Day and sweethearts. Maybe it is the vague beginning of a heart in the crescent shape of the pastry, or maybe it is just because they are most associated with Paris, the City of Love and Lights. Whatever the reason, I think they are the perfect pastry for Valentine's Day. Today we take a look at how to make croissants with a perfected recipe from America's Test Kitchen.

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Exclusively at CHEFS: Wüsthof Le Cordon Bleu Kitchen Cutlery

Wüsthof collaborated with the famous Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Academy to create forged knives with unique features that set them apart from other kitchen knives. Today we will explore what makes the Wüsthof Le Cordon Bleu cutlery stand out for the home chef.

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Sugar Demystified

At its simplest, sugar is a carbohydrate that is present in every fruit and vegetable. Plants make sugar through photosynthesis and then store it as food. In the United States, common white sugar or sucrose comes from sugar cane and sugar beets. One teaspoon of sugar has 15 calories.

In the kitchen, sugar plays a necessary and complex role especially when we cook and bake.

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A Guide to Basic Asian Cooking Ingredients

For many cooks, the biggest hurdles to cooking Asian cuisine are knowing and finding the right ingredients. To help you navigate the Asian food section at your local market, we compiled a basic guide to common Asian cooking ingredients.

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The Mardi Gras King Cake

Looking for something sweet to add to your Game Day buffet or a traditional Mardi Gras party? The King Cake is the answer! With a history dating back to the 12th century, the King Cake is a beloved Gulf Coast tradition. Making one is as simple as making cinnamon rolls.

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