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Deep dish pizza6

Homemade deep dish pizza tastes so good that you may never go back to pizza parlor versions again. Yes, it takes some time, but it's worth it.

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Blind Baking (Pizza Dough)

Eggplant Parmesan pizza10

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Chicken and sausage casserole12

Casseroles for two people -- without leftovers? It really is possible, and this recipe proves it.

Chicken divan14

This classic casserole is updated with homemade sauce and rye bread crumbs. It's streamlined with rotisserie chicken and frozen broccoli.

The basics behind braising16

We've braised before, but this is one technique that's worth doing again (and again!).

Braised short ribs with gremolata pasta17

Bored with pot roast? This time, braise short ribs -- they're flavorful, tender, and very chic.

Chicken braised with prunes, lemons, and olives20

The bright Mediterranean flavors of this hour-long braise are the perfect solution for warming up a chilly fall evening.

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Splitting Chicken

Lidia Bastianich: Pork chops capricciosa22

Chef Lidia Bastianich proves that you don't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to turn out a beautiful, delicious meal.

Savory polenta layer cake with butter-gorgonzola filling25

Dutch ovens26

A good Dutch oven is a kitchen necessity, but do you know what to look for? Wonder no more!

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Dutch Ovens

Chocolate chips28

Here's the lowdown on semisweet, milk, and white chocolate chips. There's more to these morsels than you'd think.

Guittard brownie muffins30

Can you ever have too much chocolate? I don't think so, but these muffins push the envelope -- their over-the-top flavor comes from two types of chips.

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Melting Chocolate

Basic Cuisine32

Just the facts -- simple ways to get the most from sweating vegetables, day-old bread, dry yeast, and fresh mushrooms.

Just right jambalaya34

Breakfast grits & eggs36

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Poaching Eggs

Quick coq au vin with chive mashed potatoes38

Fall salads40

The usual salad bar standbys have a new look for fall! Simple changes make all the difference.


Duck at the market44

Toying with expanding your poultry horizons? Then duck is your bird. Read this article for buying tips, then give these two easy recipes a whirl.

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Mail-Order Duck

Thai red curry duck soup45

Pan seared duck with pear-ginger chutney and wild rice risotto46

Ricotta cheesecake48

Looking for a rich, creamy cheesecake that doesn't weigh you down? Your search is over. Trust me, you may never look at another cheesecake recipe again.

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Salty Candied Hazelnuts

Making Caramel Sauce

Turtle terrine52

A dessert with something for everyone -- ice cream, brownies, and pecans!