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How to make your own vanilla extract

How to make your own vanilla extract

Vanilla extract is a staple in every kitchen, or at least it should be — especially if you like to bake. Instead of buying the store-bought versions which are often expensive, make your own vanilla extract at home. Made with bourbon or vodka, it's sure to bump up the flavor in all your baked goods... Read More

What to Make This Week

What to Make This Week

Megan Myers

Cooking a good meal at home doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when we’ve taken all the guesswork out of meal planning for you. Make these recipes for dinner this week!

 

Paprika Roasted Tempeh and Veggies

 

 

Fish and Peanut Soup

 

 

Barbecued Nachos

 

 

Quick Chicken and Chickpea Caesar Salad

 

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Winners at Bacon Fest Sacramento Chefs Competition

Sunday afternoon, nearly 300 guests converged on Mulvaney's in Midtown for the third annual Bacon Fest Chefs Competition. Twelve local chefs vied for the top prize. Here are the winners:

Best in Show, 2014 Bacon Fest Champion: Ian McBride of Lucca Restaurant (Ian wins a three night stay in Napa at a culinary academy)

Audience Award: Noah Zonca, Capital Dime (Noah won for his bacon brittle and received a medal and his choice of locally produced M.A.C. knives)

Best Bacon: MIchael Tuohy, Block Butcher Bar and LowBrau (chef Tuohy will be opening his brand new restaurant Block Butcher Bar next month)

2nd Place, Best Bacon: Ian McBride of Lucca Restaurant and Bar)

Mushroom lasagna paired with pinot noir

Mushroom lasagna paired with pinot noir

Warm and comfort your soul this winter with an earthy mushroom lasagna. Pair delicious pinot noir wine with each bite for a perfect family or entertaining dinner!... Read More

6 Simple Cocktails Fit for Game-Day Parties

6 Simple Cocktails Fit for Game-Day Parties

The Editors at Food52.com

The Big Game is fast approaching. We all know what this means: football, wings, and copious amounts of subpar beer. The football and wings we can handle; a plain old can of beer just isn’t going to cut it. Then again, neither is a fussy, overdressed cocktail.

We have the solution: six recipes for simple, delicious, fizzy cocktails – from a beer-laced Manhattan to brown-butter spiced ale – that will allow you to class up your game-day party without taking yourself too seriously.

Photo by James Ransom

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Classic beauty cocktail

Classic beauty cocktail

Put down your standard happy hour cocktail and try a sophisticated brandy cocktail this winter that will warm you up!... Read More

Smoothies

Smoothies

If you were lucky enough to get a Vitamix or Ninja as a gift recently then you are probably looking for all kinds if smoothie recipes.
Here is a great little smoothie chart to give you inspiration for your own fruit and veggie combinations.

This smoothie is a little different and if you are someone who doesn't like a thick texture, you may not like this, but any good blender will make it very smooth:  Banana Oatmeal Smoothie 
It's delicious and very filling.  I highly recommend that all the ingredients be cold and/or frozen.  It's a great use for leftover oatmeal or make some oatmeal before bed, stick it in the fridge and then use it with frozen bananas.  It's perfect for after a Bootcamp session!
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