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  • Protected: Smoke & Spice BLAD

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  • Meet HCP’s Newest Interns!

    I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our Spring 2014 interns, and take a quick post to introduce them as our newest HCP Dishes blog contributors! Join them here each week as they share their culinary creations, favorite foodie trends, wacky food holidays, local events, and other gastronomical thoughts!

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  • Cream Cheese Frosting

    Recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting

    Summary: Here is a classic cream cheese frosting for carrot cake balls or any other cake balls where you might like its tangy, sweet flavor. This makes a generous amount, as far as cake ball creation is concerned. You can easily halve the recipe when a half batch is called for.

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  • Red Velvet Cake

    Recipe: Red Velvet Cake

    Summary: Many people mistakenly think that red velvet cake is a chocolate cake. It actually has very little cocoa in the batter; my version has more than most. It does have a reddish, chocolaty color, due to the small amount of cocoa powder and a large quantity of red food coloring. Many recipes suggest doubling the amount of red food coloring; feel free to adjust as you like. I have listed this cake in the Basics section because it is used more than once in Chapter 3, and I bet you will find multiple uses for it too.

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  • Marinades

    The Quick-Fix Way to Turn Everyday Food into Exceptional Fare, with 400 Recipes

    By Lucy Vaserfirer

    Paperback , $17.95

    The tremendous success of slow-cooker cookbooks is rooted in the demanding lifestyles of working families: You get dinner started before you go to work and have it ready shortly after you return. slow-cooking is not the only way to cook fabulous food on a busy schedule. Lucy Vaserfirer’s Marinades offers a delicious alternative. With the right marinade, you can dress up meats, chicken, fish, or vegetables in the morning, pop the food in the fridge for the day, and finish it all off with a quick broil, grill, microwave, or sauté when you get home. Dinner is served!

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  • Best 100 Juices for Kids

    Totally Yummy, Awesomely Healthy, and Naturally Sweetened Homemade Alternatives to Soda Pop, Sports Drinks, and Expensive Bottled Juices
    Best 100 Juices for Kids

    By Jessica Fisher

    Paperback , $16.95

    Juicing machines, and books about how to get the most from them, are selling in tremendous numbers. Best 100 Juices for Kids brings the juicing revolution home for everyone in the family—not just mom and dad. Jessica Fisher’s imaginative and tasty recipes give parents terrific and super-nutritious alternatives both to cheap juices loaded with high fructose corn syrup, on one hand, and to healthy but very pricey store-bought gourmet juices on the other. For fruit- and vegetable-averse kids, they also offer a way to “sneak” produce into a kid’s diet in a way that the child actually will enjoy. older kids and teens, too, will have fun trying out the juicing machine in the kitchen, using these recipes as a starting point.

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  • Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

    Christmas Kahlua Hot Chocolate Recipe

    Recipe: Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

    Summary: The house is full of family and friends and everybody is stir-crazy. So . . . whip up a batch of this hot chocolate. There’s a jolt for those who need it, and some wonderful mellow flavors for those who want to take the edge off.

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  • Liven Up the Holiday Season with the Gift of Panini

    This December, we’re gearing up to celebrate one of the most versatile appliances in the kitchen: the panini press. Whether a generic counter-top grill, a popular George Foreman, or any number of new varieties of panini press from Breville, Cuisinart, or others, we’ve recently discovered the range of recipes that a good panini press can truly provide. And that’s why we’re excited to share three weeks of recipes, tips and information on making the most of your press, from Kathy Strahs, author of our newly released Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook. Working with panini presses for years, Kathy has come up with inspiration for everything from creative lunch-time snacks to easy weeknight meals, as well as fantastic desserts that are great for entertaining or anytime.

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  • Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

    Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies Recipe // How To Make Cookies on a Panini Press

    Recipe: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

    Summary: I had been mulling over ideas for how to parlay my grilled ice cream cones into some kind of filled cookie when my friend Kelly Senyei posted a revelation on her blog, Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies. She started with my grilled ice cream cones, cut circles out of them and filled them with Nutella. Ding-ding-ding! That was it. Continuing the circle of inspiration, I borrowed Kelly’s approach and changed it up a bit by adding peanut butter to the cone batter and whipping up some peanut butter buttercream for the filling. Get your tall glass of cold milk ready—these are rich! And oh so good.

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  • Grilled Pears with Honey-Whipped Greek Yogurt and Toasted Almonds

  • Pre-Order VEGAN PLANET for a Free Apron!

    To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the best-selling cookbook, we’re giving every person who pre-orders a copy of the newly revised edition of Robin Robertson’s VEGAN PLANET a chance to win one of 20 limited-edition Vegan Planet aprons! Just forward your Amazon receipt detailing the pre-order to, and you will be automatically entered to win.

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  • Panini Press Tools of the Trade

    While all you really need to make a great panini press creation is the grill and the fixin’s (plus a copy of The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook for ultimate inspiration…!), there are a few tools that can make the experience even easier and more enjoyable…

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