TIP OF THE DAY: Cranberry Mulled Wine

She uses a slow cooker: a great way to mull wine or cider without having to tend to it. After years of serving mulled wine, we realized that the popular garnishes are wasteful: They can’t be eaten, and are tossed out. That means you, cinnamon sticks, curls of peel, raw cranberries and star anise. So,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 25+ Uses For Apple Butter

We were recently searching for something in the back of a friend’s pantry—at her request—and came across a jar of apple butter that looked past its prime. We checked the date. Yep, way gone. “Do you know you have expired apple butter?” we queried. “Oh that,” she replied. “Someone gave it to me years ago…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Slow Cooker Short Ribs

We love short ribs, but they do take a long time to cook and tenderize. If you have a pressure cooker, you can do it in 45 minutes (here’s a recipe). If not, a slow cooker does just as nicely. With this recipe from McCormick, prep time is 30 minutes, slow cooker time is 8…
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RECIPE: Pulled Pork

When you’re having a crowd, a popular main course and fuss-free recipe is pulled pork. Pulled pork is a method of cooking where a tough cut of meat is cooked slowly at low temperatures, allowing the meat to become tender enough so that it can be “pulled,” or easily broken into tender pieces. This recipe…
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TIP OF THE DAY: A Slow Cooker For Entertaining

Beef stew stays warm to the last spoonful in Cuisinart’s Multicooker. Photo courtesy Sur La Table.   If you’re old enough to remember the original Crock Pot, you know how far slow cookers have come in functionality and aesthetic appeal. Today’s gleaming slow cookers can go from kitchen counter to dining table. And they do…
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