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Hosting a Dinner Party for People with Food Allergies and a Menu to Get You Started

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Küchenstück mit Köchin und Küchenmagd by Joachim BeuckelaerAt least 15 million Americans suffer from known food allergies. Many more have food sensitivities they may not even be aware of.

I hesitate to invite over friends with food allergies. It can be a lot of trouble to go on a special shopping trip or buy expensive special ingredients. Plus, making food for friends with food allergies puts their health in my kitchen. That’s a big responsibility!
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How to Make Southern Chicken and Dumplings… from Scratch

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On a cold autumn day or in the dead of winter, nothing hits the spot quite a bowl of chicken and dumplings. The comfort food dish is a great meal to serve to the loved ones for Sunday dinner. Although there are almost as many variations on chicken and dumplings as there are kitchens in the South and Midwest, may favorite remains this hearty stew with pulled chicken, biscuity dumplings, and vegetables. Don’t worry–even though this dish takes a long time to make, it only requires 10-15 minutes of effort. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Juicy Hamburgers… from Scratch

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Pre-made, frozen hamburgers are a summer staple. Thick, chewy, and flavorless, they tend to be a food you eat because you’re hungry—not because you’re enjoying it. Throw together a batch of your own, homemade hamburgers and pop them in the freezer for an easy, go-to summer meal you’ll actually enjoy. And you’ll never guess the secret ingredients in my mom’s famous recipe. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Refried Beans… from Scratch

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I always thought refried beans came in a can that smelled something like dog food. But the delicious, rich flavor of restaurant-style pinto beans is incredibly easy to duplicate at home. Make four servings with five minutes of effort, a few spices and two dollars’ worth of dried beans. Inexpensive, easy, and from the heart—everything the Experimental Wife wants in a recipe. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Delicious, Buttery Pancakes… from Scratch

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“My friend’s mom makes pancakes really weird,” my young cousin once told my aunt. “She pours this liquidy stuff onto a pan. She doesn’t use the microwave at all!” My cousin had just encountered the joy of homemade pancakes. Frozen pancakes, just-add-water batter, and even baking mixes really don’t compare to the moist, buttery crispness of truly made-from-scratch pancakes in taste, or in that sense of pride from turning flour, milk, and eggs into a delicious breakfast treat. Read the rest of this entry