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This Cookie Butter Tea Cake Recipe Makes Tea Time Delightful

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As an avid cookie dough lover since childhood, discovering cookie butter was sheer bliss. Known as Speculoos in Europe, it is simply crispy spiced cookies blitzed into powder, mixed with butter or vegetable oil and milk until it is smooth and spreadable like peanut butter. Delicious scooped by the spoonful, cookie butter is great spread […]

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Get Figgy With It: Fig & Brie Galette Recipe

I have decided that figs are one of life’s most under-appreciated fruits (yes, it’s a fruit, I just googled it).  It’s never something I ever get that excited about, mostly because when I think of figs I think of fig newtons — no thanks.  But then I’m at a party and get a bacon-wrapped fig […]

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Tea and Soup Pairings to Ward Off the Winter Blues

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Nothing says “comfort” on a winter day quite like a bowl of soup or a cup of hot tea. So why choose between the two when you can have both? Here are some of our favorite tea and soup combos. Perfect Partners When it comes to pairing soups and tea, the usual convention of matching […]

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“Yule” Have a Great Holiday With This Chocolate Cake of Decadence

Sometimes Christmas baking goes smoothly, but other times, like today, it goes spectacularly wonky. A Medieval Tradition Turns Into a Cake I’ve been wanting to make a yule log, also known as Bûche de Noël, since I read about it as a little girl. I was delighted by the oddness of celebrating the holidays with […]

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Bonkers for Brigadeiros: A Brazilian Treat That’s Super Sweet

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Are you a chocoholic with a sweet tooth that’s always in overdrive? If so, your holiday baking plans are about to get a lot more interesting — and irresistible! Say hello to the beguiling brigadeiro. Historic Recipe, Romantic Sweetness Brigadeiros are best described as a Brazilian bon-bon, a soft, truffle-like delight made with cocoa and […]

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All-Occasion Maple Mixed Nut and Seed Tarts

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Typically when one thinks of tarts, they imagine something along the lines of a buttery crust, a custard-like filling and berries, or fruit of some sort. The reality is that the world of tarts is a vast and wild place, with every imaginable flavor and texture possibility. But why corner yourself with the usual berry […]

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Break Bread, Make Marinara: The Little Black Dress of Recipes

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Spicy marinara sauce is a lovely thing to have on hand for last-minute, stress-free entertaining during the holidays. Delicious hot or cold, it can quickly be turned into a light snack or hearty meal. Breaking Tradition While marinara sauce is traditionally a topping for pasta, it works equally well as a dip or spread. Serve […]

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How to Host a Coloring Party for the Creative in You

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Coloring isn’t just for children anymore. With talented artists creating stunning coloring books and pages for adults, coloring can be as therapeutic, inspiring, and creative for grown-ups as it is for kids. One way to embrace your inner artist is to host a coloring party for friends who would love a few hours set aside […]

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Grab Your Sleeping Bag for an Adult Slumber Party

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Just because childhood may be behind us, doesn’t mean we have to give up childhood delights like slumber parties. Spending the night with good friends, eating good food, watching hilarious movies, and talking into the wee hours is still a fantastic idea. And, since we’re grown-ups, we get to make our adult slumber parties just […]

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Taste the Craze with Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Have you had enough pumpkin spice yet? No? Good, because we just baked up a little something wonderful for you with our seasonal Deluxe Pumpkin Spice Tea! For those of you not in the know, pumpkin spice-flavored items have been taking the nation by storm these past few years with everything from coffee, cookies, and […]

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Warm Recipes for Cool Weather Picnics

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Even when the weather cools, outdoor feasting need not be abandoned. Instead of lingering long over summer night barbecues, embrace the golden warmth of an autumn afternoon and head to the woods or fields for a picnic. Gone is the time for sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. In its place is a welcome for all […]

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Ways to Use Loose Leaf Tea

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Here at Plum Deluxe, any time is tea time! But did you realize there’s more to it than just the beverage? As our resident tea fanatic, I am happy to provide you with a bazillion (okay, 42) ways to use loose leaf tea, arranged in alphabetical order for your pleasure. Some are for drinking, some […]

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18 Places to Stick Your Chai

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We are excitedly gearing up for chai season — which pretty much lasts from the end of August until February (or maybe that’s just me). That’s a long time, so how to keep things… spiced up? Here are 18 ways to use chai that differ from the usual tea-in-the-cup routine. Food Believe it or not, […]

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Awesome Strawberry Hazelnut Salad with Balsamic Chicken & Goat Cheese

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I thought our Carnivale Caprese Salad was my favorite salad recipe ever until I stumbled upon this creative Strawberry Hazelnut Salad with balsamic chicken and goat cheese. A hearty enough salad to be a healthy dinner entree, this really hits all the taste buds. And honestly, it doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting to […]

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Two Green Tea Treats to Revolutionize Your Tea Time

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At tea time — or any other time, really — a bit of a nibble really hits the spot. Cakes and cookies are all well and good, but sometimes it’s nice to stir things up. Instead of scones, how about a scrumptious chocolate bark made with almonds and green tea? Or maybe you’d like to […]

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How to Throw a Medieval Style Dinner Party

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Medieval food is a big part of the feasting at our house, especially the slow-roasted meats, homemade cheeses, sausages, and breads. My husband has done medieval enacting for decades and I joined in the fun when we got together four years ago. We’re big believers in making medieval food with authentic ingredients in a simple […]

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Be a Salty Dog: Infused Sea Salts for Kitchen and Bath

Remember not too long ago when we made infused sugar? Well, we’re going to do it again — only this time we’re going savory! Here’s how to make your very own infused salts for kitchen and bath. For Kitchen We throw salt into our food almost without thinking, but what if that salt could pack […]

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Saving Summer Flavor for Year-Round Gifting

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Some of the joys of summer are the fantastic bounty available from kitchen gardens, neighborhood fruit trees, and farmers markets. But when all of that bounty gets ripe at the same time, the sheer quantity can be overwhelming. Why not turn some of those lovely summer flavors into gifts? Give Your Hosts a Jar of […]

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Making a Meal of Zucchini Madness

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I have more zucchini experience than I’d like to admit. They say that if you plan on planting zucchini, you better have a lot of friends. Well, one summer I made a gardening miscalculation and learned that I had far fewer friends than I thought! Enter several weeks of raw zucchini salad with almond pesto, […]

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3 Ways to Better Enjoy Wine On-the-Go

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This feature was brought to you in collaboration with Black Box Wines. Oh, wine. You’re the perfect beverage for enjoying a relaxing moment while out at the park on a picnic, spending the day at the beach, or taking a break on a hike. But you come in big, heavy glass bottles that aren’t very […]

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Easy Pizza Date Night, with a Spicy Orange Apple Crumble Recipe

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This feature was brought to you in collaboration with our sponsor, DIGIORNO®. If you aren’t making it a habit to have a regular date night with your significant other, you’re doing it wrong you really should consider scheduling time for the two of you as a ritual practice. Relationships are so important, and they’re hard work, […]

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Pinkies Up! A Traditional Tea Party with a Modern Twist

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You don’t have to have a collection of lace doilies or a proper parlor to host a great English Tea Party. In fact, it can be more fun to surprise your guests by taking fine tea traditions and giving them a creative twist all your own. The Setting As the weather warms up, take your […]

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Party Recipe: Chocolate Chip Orange Celebration Cake

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This feature was brought to you in collaboration with our sponsor, Nestle. I recently went to Portland’s largest garage sale. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s a real thing, and I enjoyed a Saturday morning filled with digging through tables and piles of other people’s junk treasures. We didn’t end up buying much, but I did […]

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Have Cute Food, Will Travel: Preparing a Bento Picnic

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The bento concept originated in Japan, but has recently become increasingly popular as an alternative packed lunch in the US and UK. Cute presentation and a balanced plate are a winning combination, perfect for a picnic any time, anywhere. Bento Basics The basic principle of bento is to combine a number of ingredients into one […]

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Wedding Cookie Recipes From Around the World

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While cake may be the dessert of choice for many American weddings, there are numerous ethnic communities who wouldn’t dream of planning a wedding feast without a tantalizing array of traditional wedding cookies to delight and feed their guests. Butter, flour, and sugar are combined with special spices, chopped nuts, and other ingredients to create […]

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Sneak Peek: Recipes from our Drink Your Chocolate Guide

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We’ve just released our latest guide, Drink Your Chocolate to much fanfare. Available for both Kindle and downloadable/printable PDF, Drink Your Chocolate contains recipes and recommendations for chocolate in all drinkable forms – coffee, tea, wine, vodka, beer, and more. We also have a 3-course tasting menu – each course contains a healthy dose of […]

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A Sweet Spanish Easter Treat: Torrijas Recipe

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Easter is a big deal in Spain, but while the religious pomp may not be to everyone’s taste, the accompanying sweet treat, torrijas, almost certainly will be. In their most basic form, torrijas are slices of bread soaked in sweetened milk, coated in egg, fried, and then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. The more popular, […]

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A Romantic Treat For Two: Strawberry Champagne Cake Recipe

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This feature was brought to you in collaboration with La Marca. Planning for a romantic afternoon or evening for two? It is easy to overcomplicate it when you really only have to worry about two things: something nice to drink and something nice to eat. (Ok, three: clean house before your guest arrives!) If all […]

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Boozy St. Patrick’s Day Desserts to Make Irish (Real and Wannabe) Eyes Smile

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You’ve polished off the corned beef and cabbage, eaten your way through a mountain of colcannon, and devoured every last crumb of Irish soda bread dripping with Kerrygold butter. You’ve drained the last drop of Irish stout and there’s a fragrant Irish coffee steaming in front of you. Now what? Dessert! Cap off your St. […]

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Montefalco Rosso: Vino from Italy’s Most Under-Appreciated Wine Region

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Out of many trips to Italy, no place was more beautiful than Umbria, Italy. The rolling hills, the old towns perched on plunging cliffs – it’s dreamy. And then there’s Umbrian food and wine. I truly believe that Umbria is one of Italy’s most under-appreciated wine regions. While I do highly recommend a trip to […]

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Taking a Sip of History: Try This Trio of Greek Wines (with appetizer pairing!)

While Greece was not the first country to produce wine, ancient Greece was a place where wine was revered as a cultural symbol – it was the first culture to create what today we would call a “sommelier,” and the Greeks were the first to self-actualize wine as an economic force, complete with formal trade […]

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Brownies with Port: The Perfect Pair

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On a cold winter’s evening there are few things nicer than sitting in a comfy chair whilst cradling a glass of vintage port that glistens in the fire light. Such an experience can only be enhanced by the addition of something delicious to nosh on. Something decadent. Something chocolate. Port wine is lovely on its […]

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Holiday Free for All: An Allergen-friendly Recipe Roundup

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Here at Plum Deluxe, we talk quite a bit about dealing with food allergies and preferences. That could be because quite a few of our staff members have them! And no matter your reasons for eating the way you do, everyone deserves something delicious. Whether you’re playing host or being a guest this holiday season, […]

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Treats with Hidden Treasures: 5 Surprising Desserts

Searching through my Danish rice pudding for a hidden almond every Christmas has been a beloved tradition ever since I was a little girl, but until recently I had no idea that other cultures had hidden trinkets in some of their festive foods as well. Almond Rice Pudding Many Scandinavians close their Christmas feast with […]

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FREE DOWNLOAD: The Love of Cookies (Recipes, Tips, Pairings)

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To celebrate the holiday season, the Plum Deluxe editorial team has worked together to bring you a free download to help in whipping up some wonderful memories in the kitchen:  The Love of Cookies. Inside this free guide, you’ll find: 4 cookie recipes (Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Flourless Peanut Butter Kisses [gluten free!], Pete’s Lace Cookies, […]

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3 Baked Cheese Recipes to Delight Dinner Party Guests

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Ah, cheese — staple of good parties everywhere. If you’re hosting guests, chances are you’re considering putting out some kind of cheese plate. But don’t stop with a simple block of cheddar or wheel of brie! With a few extra motions, you can create a baked cheese that’s sure to impress. Baked cheeses look good, […]

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How to Plan a Brunch Dinner Party

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This feature was brought to you by Freixenet. I’ve had many dinner parties over the years, but there’s one theme that sticks out above all the rest as the most popular, by far: a “brunch” dinner party.  Yes, my friends, as adults we have the opportunity to have breakfast for dinner, no questions asked. Here’s how. […]

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The Wonders of the Spaghetti Squash

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When it comes to things that I look forward to in the fall and winter, spaghetti squash is at the top. If you have not heard of spaghetti squash let me enlighten you to its wonders and versatility. The spaghetti squash is an oblong seed-bearing variety of winter squash. Most of the time it is […]

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Luxe In Your Cup: Making a Personalized Tea Blend

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Billions the world over view tea as their ultimate everyday luxury. But did you know you can take it a step further? Creating your own personal tea blend is a wonderful way to garnish even more enjoyment from your daily cuppa — and it makes a lovely way to share your joy with others, too. […]

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Let’s Get Mad! How to Throw a Swanky Mad Men Cocktail Party

Do you love Mad Men? Do the set designs, fashion, culinary delights, and libations of that time delight and excite you? If you share this love with me, break out your cocktail shakers and martini glasses to host an early 1960s-inspired cocktail party with retro hors d’oeuvres, classic cocktails, and period-perfect attire. Setting a Mid-Century […]

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We Want Some More! S’mores Recipe Roundup

There are few foods that transition as well from childhood to adulthood as the s’more (whose name literally means, “some more.” Coincidence? I think not.). From summer camping trips to backyard firepits, the s’more is simply expected to make an appearance. But with fall upon us, it’s time to think about bringing the s’mores indoors. […]

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Using the Whole Pumpkin (For People Sick of Pie)

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Well, its that time of year again: fall! Which just happens to be both the best and worst time of year for cooking. If you’re like me, I’ll bet you can’t wait for fall for the love of pumpkin, but with that comes the slew of bad pumpkin teas, coffees, bread — and who can […]

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Tastes of Fall: 6 Recipes to Get Yourself Ready for Autumn

I can’t believe it, but summer is over and the best time of year is upon us once again: fall! With this season comes many great and wonderful flavors. I would like to take the time to explore some of the quintessential tastes of fall. Apple Cider Doughnuts Let’s start with one of my husband’s […]

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Get Pine Nutty: 5 Ways to Go Beyond Pesto

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Pine nuts are one of my favorite things to use in cooking, but most people only know how to work with pine nuts when they’re in pesto. This is a crime against cooking, in my eyes, and I would like to fix this situation by giving you a few new recipes that you can work […]

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Tasty Tapenade: 3 Ways to Flavor Your Next Party

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Tapenade is a delicious — and easy — way to add a burst of flavor to all sorts of familiar foods. Essentially a flavor-packed paste of olives, capers, and anchovies with a drizzle of olive oil and splash of lemon juice, traditional tapenade is super easy to make. Just dump all the ingredients in a […]

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Getting Tippled: Eastern European Liqueurs to Make Now for Fall

When temperatures fall, I like to look to Eastern Europe for inspiration as I brew liqueurs and spirits to keep us warm on cold nights. Countries such as Hungary, Russia, and Slovakia have been turning their excess stone fruits and other ingredients into luscious tipples for centuries. Plums and Cherries to Warm Your Soul I […]

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Perk Up Your Pucker with Hungarian Sauerkraut and Other Sour Superfoods

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They may make your lips pucker, but sour SUPERfoods are a brilliant way to benefit digestion, increase absorption of minerals, and help the body resist disease. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi are chock full of vitamins and probiotics, and pickled foods made with vinegar are effective at controlling blood sugar levels and increasing […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Something Other than Lemonade

When you envision the end of summer, sitting on your back porch or lounging on a friend’s veranda, you most likely envision a tall glass of lemonade in your hand as you chat about the latest gossip. However, if you are like me, the summer has been full of “not-so-bad” and mediocre lemonades that just […]

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Roasted Pear Bruschetta with Chèvre and Serrano Jamon

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I always think of summer as bruschetta season; there’s no better way to eat fresh tomato than with a little mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and basil. It’s freshness personified. In fact, the bruschetta is incredibly flexible, so you can use it to highlight whatever fruit or vegetable is in full season. I’ve been […]

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Sunshine In a Jar: Everything You Wanted to Know About Canning Summer Jams

There are moments when I stand in my steamy kitchen, canning late at night, and wonder why I do this to myself every year. But before the canning jars are even cooled down, the colorful lineup of delicious jams, jellies, and chutneys makes me forget all the work. Here are a few tips for capturing […]

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Elegant Party Pleaser: Slow-Cooked Chicken Bruschetta Pizza Recipe

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Today’s recipe was brought to you by Kraft Recipe Makers. I don’t know about you, but I love pizza, and I love experimenting with different toppings and flavor combinations. I also think, if you take the time to do something unique and interesting, pizza can be a great dinner party entree. Lots of people shy […]

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Recipes: 2 Sweet Treats Made with Love (and Biscoff Spread)

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Today’s feature is brought to you by Biscoff. Raise your hand if you think European snacks are better than the rest. Ok, you can put your hands down now. When I lived in Amsterdam, we had so many tasty temptations, from scrumptious mini-quiches to lovely little desserts. One ingredient that I’ve always missed from the […]

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Luxe Up Your Lunch: Wagyu Beef Patty Melt Recipe

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Who doesn’t love beef sliders? This bar snack is one of my go-to recipes when I want to grab and go on the grill. The prep-work is quick and the end result, delicious. The Plum Deluxe upgrade is the Wagyu, the “foie gras of beef.” In this recipe, I used Lone Mountain, which is easy […]

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The Perfect Recipe: Two by Two Pesto

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I love pesto — all kinds of pesto. I mean, what’s a better than grabbing a few sprigs of basil from your garden? The mere thought of pesto sends this cook’s mind spinning with possibilities. Pesto should be able to complement whatever you’re making, but should also be able to stand on its own. That […]

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Mac and Cheese, Please!

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Macaroni and Cheese, better known as “mac n’ cheese,” is more than a satisfying comfort food. For many of us, it’s a memory of eating it as a child and then growing up to still love it. While a classic mac n’ cheese is great on its own, you’ll often find the noodles and cheese […]

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Celebrate the Little Things: Easy Olive Oil Ice Cream

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Today’s feature was brought to you by Olivari. When I sat down and wrote the first draft of How to Be an Everyday Epicure, I started with some of the many stories about “first class living” that I had from Plum Deluxe readers. One thing I noticed in all those stories: the things that were […]

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Glamorous Grilling: Creating the Perfect Outdoor Meal

Let’s face it, we want to make cooking tasty and fuss-free while the days are long and the warm temps get us outdoors. ‘Tis the season for the heart of the home to move onto the back porch, where the grill is the go-to to keep the house cool and the cleanup easy. I’m going […]

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How To Rethink the Watermelon: Using the Whole Fruit

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Well it’s that time again: summer. Time for picnics, barbeques, and graduation parties. What do all these things have in common, besides the fact that the season is littered with them? Watermelon. Or should I say, cubes or slices of watermelon. Because let’s face it, people, that is really the only way that we eat […]

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Keep the Oven Off! A No-Cook Meal Recipe Roundup

I don’t know about you, but my apartment gets hot in the summer. Like, west-facing-brick-insulated-not-enough-airflow hot. And on those summer nights when even sitting on the couch makes me sweat, I flat out refuse to turn on the oven. The heat is just miserable. Luckily, there are tons of really great no-cook meal options available […]

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Carnivale Caprese Salad

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One of my favorite spring/summer time recipes is the basic “caprese salad.” A little mozzarella cheese, heirloom tomato, and large basil leaves, slap them together on a plate, throw on a little bit of balsamic vinegar and run to the dining room table as quickly as you can: it’s a delightful combination. Recently, while planning […]

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A Hawaiian’s Guide to Eating Pineapple (With Recipes!)

You don’t have to travel to Hawaii to get a taste of the islands; pineapples are one of the rare imported fruits that travel well, so pick one up at your local grocery store and enjoy bringing a little stay-cation into your daily routine. Keep reading for all you need to know about picking and […]

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Breathtaking Fire: Cooking with Bird’s Eye Peppers

If you’ve ever tasted a Schezuan, Thai, or other Southeast Asian dish and come away with a just slightly sweet-noted burning that spread through your entire mouth without feeling greasy or cloying, chances are good you’ve just had an encounter with the phrik khi nu. Literally the “mouse dropping chili.” We Westerners have chosen to […]

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Cocktail Casual: Fun Twists on Old Classics

In the cold winter months I love hot toddies and mulled wine, but come spring and summer I crave a sweet cocktail laced with fruit and cream. The fun thing about cocktails is they’re so easy to play around with, substituting one liqueur for another, changing the fruit or herb, switching out white wine for […]

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Chocolate Bliss: New World Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

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Do you love chocolate? Then you’ll love the new book by Susie Norris called Chocolate Bliss.

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