In the Pantry: 6 Ingredients Every Baker Should Own

'Tis the season to be baking, but why waste your money on ingredients you'll use only once? This week on "In the Pantry," hos…

Stupid-Simple Roast Beef

Tom Mylan, expert butcher and co-owner of The…

  • Twice-Baked Potatoes Four Ways

    Not only is this a hearty and comforting dish, it's conveniently easy to make ahead of time. To freeze big items like cooked potatoes and meatballs, arrange in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan, and freeze 1 to 2 hours; transfer to a zip-top bag. You'll avoid one frozen mass, plus single servings thaw faster.

    Twice-Baked Potatoes Four Ways

    Ingredients

    4 (10- to 12-oz.) russet potatoes
    1/2 (8-oz.) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, cubed and softened
    1/2 cup milk

    Desired Potato Filling (recipes below): Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar Potato Filling
    BBQ Pork and Pepper Jack Potato Filling
    Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Potato Filling

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    Preparation

    1. Preheat oven to 400°. Pierce potatoes several times with a fork, and bake directly on oven rack 1 hour or until potatoes are tender. (Baking directly on the rack keeps skins crisp and firm to hold the filling.) Cool 10 minutes.
    2. Cut potatoes in half lengt

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  • Today I have an appetizer recipe that you are going to absolutely love. This recipe is perfect for parties and has a sophisticated touch that makes it especially nice for the holidays! So, what is this delicious appetizer? Why, BOBs, of course!

    BOBs (a.k.a. Brie on Bread) - The Perfect Party Appetizer!


    A BOB is a slice of baguette topped with delicious melted brie and a bit of spice (Brie On Bread). My dear friend Karen and her friends created BOBs years ago - this recipe has stood the test of time! The best part of BOBs is that they are beyond simple to prepare in addition to being incredibly delicious!

    BOBs (Brie on Bread)
    - 1 Baguette, sliced
    - Hunk of Brie, cut into thin sliced about the size of a baguette slice
    - Garlic Salt
    - Fresh cracked pepper

    Place sliced brie on baguette slices (if a few of the brie pieces are smaller, just put more than one piece of brie on the bread so that you cover the slice of baguette). Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Broil on baking sheet until cheese starts to bubble and things just start to brown.

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  • By Food & Wine

    Tom Mylan, expert butcher and co-owner of The Meat Hook, makes the best roast beef ever. The key is salt-curing the meat for a few days. More Christmas Roasts

    Stupid-Simple Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream

    Stupid-Simple Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream
    INGREDIENTS
    1 cup plus 1 tablespoon kosher salt
    One 7- to 8-pound top round beef roast, tied with the full fat cap on the roast
    1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning
    1 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup prepared horseradish

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Set a rack over a baking sheet. Rub 1/2 cup of the salt all over the roast and let stand for 10 minutes. Repeat with another 1/2 cup of the salt. Transfer the roast to the rack and refrigerate uncovered for 2 days. Bring to room temperature 3 hours before roasting.
    2. Preheat the oven to 450°. Season the meat with pepper and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 225° and roast for about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast registers 120°. L

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  • Make it yourself or buy it off the shelf? This week on "In the Pantry," host Aida Mollenkamp helps you navigate the do-it-yourself revolution to make sure you're spending your time and money wisely.

    Make the bread, buy the jam. " The cost of buying a really great artisanal loaf of bread probably puts you out about $4 these days," says Mollenkamp. "Taking the time to make homemade bread, having the smell waft through the house, with a little bit of prep work, I say it's worth it." Jam, however, is a big project and requires ingredients, specialized equipment, and uses up too much counter space when you make it. So make the bread and buy the jam.

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    Make the granola, buy the yogurt. Mollenkamp says you'll spend about $4 for 32 ounces of yogurt. It will cost you about the same amount to make homemade yogurt, and it would taste the same as store-bought. But artisanal granola is costly, and you'll save money making it because you probably have all of the ingredients you

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  • There's something about frittatas. It's not just that "frittata" is a fun word to say (along with croquembouche). Frittatas are inherently classy and casual -- they guarantee an enjoyable meal, a leisurely conversation, a relaxed dinner over a bottle of wine. You could make it for your kids and they would be thrilled by the prospect of having eggs for dinner -- or you could make it for an unfussy first date. The bottom line is: You can't go wrong with a frittata. And the butternut squash soup adds a slight sweetness to the meal, coming together in the time that it takes to bake and set the frittata.

    Want to make it vegetarian? Replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. Looking for the meat? Don't -- this meal is surprisingly filling, and the eggs pack in the protein. You don't have to use turnip greens, either; any dark, leafy green will do.

    Turnip Greens Frittata by Amanda Hesser

    Serves 4

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 large or 2 small white potatoes, skin on and finely diced (no l

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