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Easy Rice Pudding Recipe
| Blog, Blue Plate Special, Recipes
  Rice pudding is so simple to make—it’s almost as easy as cooking plain rice. It’s a wonderful make-ahead dessert if you have guests, and it can easily be dressed up with berries, nuts, or Caramelized Bananas….please do experiment: Milk, rice, and sugar are a great canvas. Try switching out the sugar for honey, or stirring […]
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Classic Soda Shop - At home!
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Put a nickel in the juke box and pull up a stool! This menu features classic soda shop treats you can make at home. Homemade root beer, vanilla ice cream and an apple pie sundae?! Shucks! That sounds awfully swell. Rooty Toot Root Beer from Homemade Soda Combine with Ugandan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams […]
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Pairing Beer with Food
| Blog, Blue Plate Special, Interviews
Drinking beer with a meal is something like adding a condiment—you’re tinkering with the food. The results can either be harmonious, discordant, or a hash where the two don’t relate in a meaningful way. It’s no different for beer than chili sauce. One basic rule of thumb, then, is to match intensities. Chili sauce can […]
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Classic Beef Lasagna
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From the author: For years I was told by others that I could bake lasagna without boiling the noodles first. I refused to believe it. Not just set in my ways, I wasn’t willing to take the chance of wasting the food if the noodles turned out chewy—or worse. One day after boiling 108 lasagna […]
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Rooty Toot Root Beer
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Root beer is a complex brew, radiating the wintergreen aroma of birch, the tang of sassafras, the woodsiness of sarsaparilla, and the palate-pumping pungency of licorice root. Modify those root flavors with floral vanilla beans and the fruity esters plentiful in raisins and you have one of the most sophisticated flavor combinations ever devised. In […]
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