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  • A Better Grilled Cheese Recipe: Smoky Jalapeño Grilled Cheese with Tomatillos

    While the wonders of grilled cheese are hard to resist, the recipe needs some work: the classic blend of Kraft slices and Wonder Bread is transcendent in its own way, but the flavor profile doesn't quite cut it once your age reaches double digits.

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    A newer, better grilled cheese sandwich is equal to the sum of its parts. Time to get to know the tomatillo.A newer, better grilled cheese sandwich is equal to the sum of its parts. Time to get to know the tomatillo.

    Designing a grown-up grilled cheese is serious business. The first step lies in figuring out a cheese blend that gives you the perfect mix of gooey texture and complicated, layered flavors. However, cheese alone can only get you halfway: flavor-wise, it delivers a little bit of salt and a lot of umami, but it doesn't have much to offer in terms of sweet or sour. Without these flavors, even the best cheese mix can get a little bland and heavy. This time around, we're going to look at other options for enhancing the texture and flavor depth of your sandwich - and, in the process, taking your grilled cheese to a whole different level.

    Related: Interview With A Grilled Cheese Expert

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  • How to Fry an Egg

    Learn how to fry an egg with our super-easy step-by-step guide. You'll never Learn how to fry an egg with our super-easy step-by-step guide. You'll never
    Learning how to fry an egg is very important. One of the nicest things you can do to a simple, hearty dish is top it with a fried egg - check this out if you don't believe me. And as far as easy breakfasts go, this recipe doesn't require the washing of a big unwieldy bowl coated with gooey pancake batter.

    The best thing about starting off a Test Kitchen shoot with How To Fry An Egg? Eating the very egg you see above about two seconds after it was finished being photographed, along with a couple of the sausage patties I made for Toad In The Waffle. Cause what's the most important thing? Breakfast.

    Related: 5 Ideas For Dinner Tonight: Fried Eggs

    Here's what you'll need:

    - 1 egg
    - 1 tablespoon of butter per egg (if frying 2 eggs at the same time, use 2 tablespoons of butter)
    - A nonstick or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet, lid optional if you want your egg more well-done

    Step 1Step 1
    Melt the butter

    Melt the butter over medium heat in the skillet or pan.

    Step 2Step 2







    Tilt pan to

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  • Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe

    We're working our way through The Clean Plates Cookbook - recipes using fresh, healthy, sustainable-but-not-out-of-reach ingredients. This warming winter tomato soup is easy to pull off and is perfect for those winter tomatoes you wouldn't dare eat raw.

    Reprinted with permission from The Clean Plates Cookbook

    Some tomato soups are smooth, creamy and perfect for dipping grilled cheese into. This one is chunky, garlicky and toothsome and perfect for serving alongside a melty open-faced toast or something of that nature. Ready to look your veggies in the eye before you devour them?

    Related: 17 Winter Soup Recipes To Warm You Right Up

    Servings: 6This chunky vegetarian tomato soup is a perfect way to use those winter tomatoes that have no other purpose.This chunky vegetarian tomato soup is a perfect way to use those winter tomatoes that have no other purpose.

    Ingredients
    4 pounds ripe tomatoes, quartered
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    12 large garlic cloves, chopped
    6 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil, divided
    fine sea salt, to taste
    freshly ground pepper, to taste
    2 medium-sized red onions, cut into 1/2 inch dice
    1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf

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  • A Chart to Make Wine Pairing Easier



    Pairing wine with food can be a tricky process. Sure, there are some basic rules - how many times have we all heard that red wine goes with red meat and white wine goes with white meat and fish? But wine pairings will always be somewhat subjective. After all, who would have thought that a Chardonnay could be the perfect complement to smoked bacon? We finally have a simple and effective way to pair wine with our meals, thanks to the good people at Wine Folly, via Gizmodo. The graphic recommends a variety of wines with different food groups, allowing for a good amount of overlap. Yes, people will still be quick to nitpick- purists and mavericks dominate the wine world - but we think this is a straightforward and helpful start. Your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.



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  • Ravioli with Beets, Butter and Poppy Seeds Recipe

    Sometimes we get a cookbook that changes the game. We like cooking our way through as many of the season's great books as we can, but now that the chefs at the Culinary Institute of America have provided us with the ultimate guide to simple yet innovative pasta recipes (plus everything you needed to know about polenta and crespelle), game on! First up, ravioli filled with buttery beets and fresh sage. Bet you've never had that before.

    Reprinted with permission from Pasta

    The chefs' advice? We're on board.

    "You can add bacon or prosciutto to the stuffing for a more complex flavor."

    Related: 8 Ideas For Dinner Tonight: Hearty Pasta Dishes

    Servings: 6This ravioli recipe combines the flavors of beets and fresh ricotta cheese.This ravioli recipe combines the flavors of beets and fresh ricotta cheese.

    Ingredients
    2 ounces (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
    1 medium yellow onion, diced
    4 sage leaves, finely chopped
    1 1/2 pounds beets, peeled and diced
    1/2 cup water
    3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
    1/2 cup fresh ricotta
    2 egg yolks
    1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
    plain dry bread crumbs, as needed
    1 pound pasta sheets
    flour, as

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  • Deep-Fried Coke Recipe

    by Denise Gee and Robert Peacock

    The nice folks from Portlandia pickle it, and the nice folks from Food Republic deep-fry it. Realistically there's nothing we won't batter and fry, so when we heard that the mythical deep-fried Coke recipe had been published by cookbook author/photographer team Denise Gee and Robert Peacock, we jumped right on it. Ready to pop until you can't stop?

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    Since Abel's recipe is a secret, this comes pretty dadgum close to what he invented in 2006 - a concoction of fried Coca-Cola batter that sold 10,000 cups in just two weeks.

    Reprinted with permission from Sweet on Texas.

    Servings: 6
    Deep-fried coke, for your next recipe-slash-party trick!Deep-fried coke, for your next recipe-slash-party trick!
    Ingredients

    3 eggs
    2 cups Coca-Cola
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    vegetable oil for deep frying
    powdered sugar
    pure cola syrup

    Garnish (optional)
    whipped cream
    maraschino cherries

    Directions:
    1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then add the Coca-Cola and

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  • Toad in the Waffle Recipe

    Here's why Food Republic's Test Kitchen is magical: toad in the waffle. These kinds of things occur when we cook at full-force for a whole day. The inside is savory and egg yolky and the outside is maple-ey and meaty - neither layer competes with each other, it's just the perfect breakfast in a very concise format. That's all. If you're a toad in the hole fan, it's time to take it to the next level. We have to hand it to KitchenAid's waffle iron (which we borrowed - yup, it was their only one), waffle-craftery has never been so easy.

    Related: Soft Buttermilk Waffles Recipe

    I recommend serving these with sausage patties made with the Bernamoffs' veal and turkey breakfast sausage recipe from Brooklyn's Mile End Deli.

    Servings: 2

    There's a complete breakfast on this plate. As adults, it's up to us to decide what that means. Voila, Toad in the Waffle.There's a complete breakfast on this plate. As adults, it's up to us to decide what that means. Voila, Toad in the Waffle.Ingredients
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup buckwheat flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 egg separated
    1 cup buttermilk
    1/4 cup water
    2 tablespoons butter, melted
    1 tablespoon

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  • Sausage and Kale Pasta Bake Recipe

    Lift up a scoop of sausage and kale pasta bake and watch the mozzarella stretch. Now you know you've made it right. Sometimes, you need to be able to throw together comfort food dishes like this homestyle rigatoni casserole for those nights when your priority is eating rather than slaving over the stove.

    Related: Light And Easy Pasta Dishes For Your Weeknight

    Casseroles are also a great way to feed a lot of people when it's cold. Yet with this casserole, there's no cream of some canned soup is involved in any way. Casseroles can be hearty and yet made with great fresh ingredients. Make one using tons of squash layered with cheese that encourages folks to eat just as much squash as cheese. That's the beauty of most great casseroles: a lot of cheese.

    Servings: 4 to 6
    When you need to feed a lot of people, but also make them happy: sausage and kale pasta bake.When you need to feed a lot of people, but also make them happy: sausage and kale pasta bake.
    Ingredients
    1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
    1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
    1 bunch kale, washed thoroughly and roughly chopped
    1

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  • 7 Helpful Tips for the Holiday Guest

    by Laura House

    Nice. You've snagged a generous invitation to a friend or colleague's holiday dinner. While this means you can take the night off from cooking and entertaining yourself, some effort is still required on your part. Overall, keep in mind that a little consideration goes a long way, and good guests (usually) get invited back. Here are a few golden guest rules to keep in mind.

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    Ask "What can I make or bring?"Don't just stand around drinking and flirting. Ask the host if they need a hand.Don't just stand around drinking and flirting. Ask the host if they need a hand.
    Offer to make or bring something in advance (not last minute) so your host can assign you a Brussels sprouts side or dessert task while he/she is still in the menu planning stage. As a host I prefer it when people ask me what they can make, rather than just showing up with a big dish of something that doesn't complement the planned menu.

    Don't show up empty handed.
    Even if your host insists that you shouldn't bring a thing, bring something. A couple of well-selected bottles of wine or an after-dinner

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  • Buttered Popcorn Gelato Recipe

    Hedy Goldsmith is executive pastry chef for The Genuine Hospitality Group, including Michael's Genuine in Miami. Her first cookbook, Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts With Big Flavors, came out last week, and she's offering a preview with a few recipes on Food Republic.

    I've given up meals for a tub of movie theater popcorn. I love the flavor so much, I had to create a gelato version. This gelato is so unique that I actually served it as a side dish for a hamburger at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival's famous Burger Bash. My popcorn ice cream sandwich was the belle of the Burger Ball. Oh, and the popcorn must be freshly made - don't even think about store-bought or the microwave variety. Sure, it might be faster, but the gelato will taste terrible!

    Related: Crunchy Pig Skin Popcorn RecipeThis popcorn gelato is sure to please both sweet and savory enthusiasts.This popcorn gelato is sure to please both sweet and savory enthusiasts.

    Servings:
    1 quart

    Ingredients
    3 cups heavy cream, plus extra if needed
    1 1/2 cups whole milk
    1 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    14 cups freshly popped popcorn
    4 extra large egg

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