Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam
Savory meets sweet in this easy homemade bacon jam. Learn how to make this caramelized bacon and onion spread for the ultimate addition to any burger, cheese board, or biscuit.
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Bacon Jam

Savory meets sweet in this easy homemade bacon jam. Learn how to make this caramelized bacon and onion spread for the ultimate addition to any burger, cheese board, or biscuit.

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Easy Spinach Dip

Easy Spinach Dip
This creamy spinach dip comes together in minutes and is perfect for serving in a bread bowl, with vegetables, or with a variety of crackers. This easy dip is an absolute crowd pleaser!
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Easy Spinach Dip

This creamy spinach dip comes together in minutes and is perfect for serving in a bread bowl, with vegetables, or with a variety of crackers. This easy dip is an absolute crowd pleaser!

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Homemade Russian Dressing

Homemade Russian Dressing
This classic Russian dressing recipe is a wonderfully spicy spread to slather on your favorite sandwiches (especially Reubens!) or drizzle on a salad.
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Homemade Russian Dressing

This classic Russian dressing recipe is a wonderfully spicy spread to slather on your favorite sandwiches (especially Reubens!) or drizzle on a salad.

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Turkey in White Wine Sauce

Being a baker, braising wasn’t something I did a lot of. I also didn’t cook a lot of meat or poultry. Actually, I didn’t cook much at home as I ate most of my meals on the fly when working in restaurants. (I was also going to say that when I lived in California, I tended to grill as much as I could on my…

Being a baker, braising wasn’t something I did a lot of. I also didn’t cook a lot of meat or poultry. Actually, I didn’t cook much at home as I ate most of my meals on the fly when working in restaurants. (I was also going to say that when I lived in California, I tended to grill as much as I could on my patio but someone sent me a rather pointed message to stop talking about living in California…so I guess I should work on that.) It wasn’t until I came to France, which has a plethora of butchers and volaillers (poultry sellers), that I started branching out from my usual fall-back meals from when I was a professional baker and line cook in San Francisco (if that woman is reading this…sorry!), which included chips & salsa, bbq from Flint’s in Oakland, or a burger at The Smokehouse.

Another thing that happened when I no longer had to work in the evening was that I began to have people over for dinner. But I’ve learned in France not to make something that needs to be served at a precise time. That’s because it’s considered impolite to arrive on time. If you do, you’ll surprise your hosts which I did recently when I was invited to someone’s place for dinner who I didn’t know. I arrived 15 minutes after the time I was told, and I was the only one there, except for the host, who was surprised to see my standing in his doorway. And it was a somewhat uncomfortable twenty minutes I spent making small talk, and watching him put the last-minute preparations on things while I just stood there like a dope. Oops.

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