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Alison Ashton

A Vegetarian-ish Vegetable Stew

A Vegetarian-ish Vegetable Stew 2000 1334 Alison Ashton

Inspired by a knock-out beef stew, this bean & vegetable stew serves up plant-based stick-to-your-ribs heartiness.

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Salty Condiments, from Soy Sauce to Worcestershire

Salty Condiments, from Soy Sauce to Worcestershire 940 788 Alison Ashton

Salty condiments, from soy sauce to fish sauce, add welcome umami punch to your cooking. Here’s how to use the different kinds.

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What Makes a Perfect Recipe?

What Makes a Perfect Recipe? 1240 775 Alison Ashton

Find out why a 5-ingredient recipe from Danny Trejo’s cookbook is an example of a perfect recipe.

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Liquid Gold: How to Buy Olive Oil

Liquid Gold: How to Buy Olive Oil 2000 1334 Alison Ashton

Choosing olive oil can be overwhelming. Here are two steps to help you find the best.

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My Sourdough Starter: It’s Still Alive!

My Sourdough Starter: It’s Still Alive! 2000 1600 Alison Ashton

A jar of sourdough starter passed along during the pandemic ignites a new obsession.

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Balsamic Cranberry-Fig Compote

Balsamic Cranberry-Fig Compote 2000 1335 Alison Ashton

This cranberry-fig compote, finished with a splash of balsamic vinegar, is a big upgrade to the same old cranberry sauce.

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Appalachian Tomato Gravy

Appalachian Tomato Gravy 2000 1334 Alison Ashton

Tomato “gravy” is a uniquely Appalachian specialty and a wonderful way to use summer-ripe “maters.” Serve it with biscuits, over scrambled eggs or polenta (or grits, of course), or spoon…

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The Case for Vintage Cookware

The Case for Vintage Cookware 2122 1421 Alison Ashton

My love of vintage cookware started when we were cleaned out my mom’s condo after she died, sorting through what to keep and what to give away. Before that, honestly, I didn’t really care much about “old stuff.”

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A Plain and Perfect Coffee Cake Recipe

A Plain and Perfect Coffee Cake Recipe 2000 1334 Alison Ashton

Coffee cake is one of those retro specialties, an old-school standby from the Mrs. Maisel era. You know, when having a nice, simple, home-baked “something” to serve with coffee was hostessing done right. It didn’t have to decorated to within an inch of its life and Instagram ready.

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Chasing Perfect Thanksgiving Turkeys

Chasing Perfect Thanksgiving Turkeys 2000 1335 Alison Ashton

‘Tis the season for pictures of “perfect” roast turkeys populating social media feeds, magazines and ads. They’re the stuff of Norman Rockwellian dreams — presenting a perfectly cooked bird to…

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