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thanksgiving: homemade butter + buttermilk

October 21st, 2009

Last year I totally flaked on Thanksgiving recipes for eatmakeread, so this year I thought I’d get a major head start and begin the sharing in October. After all, sharing with your favorite people is what Thanksgiving is all about, right?

I’m starting the whole shebang out with homemade butter and buttermilk, a tradition that my cousin Katie always made sure we had at Grandma CB’s table. Katie went the old-fashioned route and shook the butter by hand in a jar, but I’m going to cheat a bit by using the food processor. The food processor makes the whole process ridiculously easy and with only one ingredient to make two Thanksgiving essentials, you’re going to wonder why you haven’t tried this sooner.

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how to cut an onion

May 7th, 2009

I have to admit something. My knife skills are bad news. I desperately need to take a class because there’s no telling when a finger is going to go missing. Things get especially bad when I try to cut an onion, which is rather often. You’d think practice would make perfect, but instead I usually end up cutting it a different way each time and am left with a crazy assortment of onion chunks and tears streaked down my cheeks.

Well, the other day I saw chef Jacques Pepin cut an onion on his tv show and everything just clicked. He made it look so simple, I just had to try his technique out. Let me tell you, it is life changing. It’s so simple, and once you get the steps down, it’s a breeze. And the quicker you can cut an onion, the less likely you’ll cry. Ok, do it with me, you’ll be happy you did. Read the rest of this entry »