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Table of Contents

Blissful Baking4

Chocolates we love for baking, and don't miss our all-time best recipe for Blondies.

Balancing Act6

We introduce a brand-new nutritional feature this issue, with seven simple cooking strategies to improve nutrition.

Bourbon Beef Noodle Bowl14

Fast Tomato Salad15

Split Pea Supper16

Bread 10118

French bread demystified: Learn the secrets for creating crusty, flavorful loaves in your own kitchen. All it takes is four simple ingredients and a powerful desire to bake.

Poolish starter19

French Baguettes20

French Boule24

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Rosemary-Olive Oil Boule

Olive Boule25

Ale & Cheddar Boule25

Using Yeast25

Noodles in a hurry26

Hungry for something different? Try this Asian-inspired noodle salad that you can create in only 30 minutes.

Gingered Green Tea Soda27

From our readers: Tips28

A taste for spice30

There's a world of flavor just waiting to be discovered in the spice aisle of your nearest supermarket.

Spiced Meatballs in Fragrant Tomato Sauce32

Lemon Pastina33

Pan-Seared Five-Spice Tilapia / Hot Orange-Ginger Sauce34

Mandarin Spinach Salad36

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Fried Wonton Strips

Winter indulgences38

Tarragon Beef Tournedo Salad40

Chocolate Pots de Crème41

From our test kitchen: Q & A42

What’s the difference between a bisque and a cream soup? Why do cookies flatten? Why do white chocolate chips turn grainy? Where do sesame seeds come from?

Slow & simmered wins the race44

You can create restaurant-style meals at home using your slow cooker! Eat in -- save time and money.

Thai Green Curry Chicken46

Hoppin' John47

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Sautéed Collard Greens

Freedom crocks48

Looking for the perfect slow-cooker? See which ones worked well in our Test Kitchen.

Philly's finest50

A perfect sandwich from the City of Brotherly Love.

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Philly Cheese Steak Cheese Sauce