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Feasting Resource

Recently I used and reviewed the Taste of Home Christmas cookbook. We liked it so much we decided to make our Thanksgiving meal entirely from that cookbook, just for the Hell of it. For desserts, we had a pumpkin mousse

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Review: “Taste of Home Christmas”

Pros: Yum! Cons: Some recipes could use more seasoning Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Review book provided by Reader’s Digest   Taste of Home Christmas: 465 Recipes For a Merry Holiday is a delightful collection of holiday recipes. Contents

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"How to Cook a Turkey," eds. of Fine Cooking

Pros: Delightful range of wonderful recipes; incredible feast of tips and tricks Cons: None that we could find Rating: 5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of The Taunton Press.   Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition for my husband and

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T-Day, Observed

7:00 am: I forgot the pie crust dough would have to be chilled before pre-baking, and the fats frozen before making the dough. So we froze the fats over breakfast and made the dough afterward in the food processor. Now

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"The Pastry Queen Christmas," Rebecca Rather

Pros: Delightful range of fit-for-the-holidays recipes Cons: Be ready to pack on the holiday pounds! Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Ten Speed Press.   Seeing as Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman’s The Pastry Queen Christmas promises

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Ahh Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving has always been a pure excuse to cook for us. When we lived in the Boston area we would invite all the friends of ours who didn’t have family to go back to for the holidays (or who didn’t

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The Pumpkin Pie that Wouldn’t Die

When I review a cookbook I always make the dish as close as possible to the exact recipe—otherwise it wouldn’t be a true test of the cookbook. This is even the case when I’m pretty darn sure there’s a problem

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A Thanksgiving Menu

I have a ton of recipes picked out now, carefully calculated to allow me to review as many cookbooks as possible, naturally! This is going to seem like an awful lot, but we live off of our Thanksgiving menu for

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Holiday Cooking & Cookbooks

I’ve started receiving the rounds of holiday cookbooks (or ‘conceivably related to holidays’ cookbooks) for review, so before too long I’ll start posting my reviews as we get food made and recipes tested. (As if I didn’t have enough to

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Holiday cooking reviews

The season for holiday cooking fast approaches. This means we’ll be intensively using cookbooks and kitchenware in our home; we often use the wild excesses of Thanksgiving cooking to help us review things for the Christmas shopping season that our

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