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Tip: Why Not to Cool a Hot Pan in Cold Water

Tip: Why Not to Cool a Hot Pan in Cold Water

| January 11, 2006 | 0 Comments

I learned something new and very important today while working at Williams-Sonoma: Never cool a hot pan in cold water or on a cold surface. Why? It causes thermal shock. Because rapidly lowering the temperature of a pan like that causes it to warp. Warping makes it so that the pan won’t sit flat and […]

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The Best Jelly Thumbprint Cookies Recipe Ever

The Best Jelly Thumbprint Cookies Recipe Ever

| December 14, 2005 | 4 Comments

What makes a good Jelly Thumbprint Cookies recipe? It needs to be a soft but firm cookie that holds its shape well when baked. And it needs to be strong enough to keep that jelly safely ensconced in the thumbprint. This recipe is one I have been making for years. It’s always a hit with […]

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Easter Bunny Hot Chocolate

Easter Bunny Hot Chocolate

| December 13, 2005 | 2 Comments

Transform leftover Easter bunnies — or whatever leftover chocolate you have — into a rich, creamy hot chocolate. After forgetting the cocoa at the grocery store Thursday and getting snowed in on Friday, I was jonesing for a nice hot chocolate. Alas, we had none left. At least, we didn’t have any of the usual […]

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Grocery Store Challenge: Cheesy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Grocery Store Challenge: Cheesy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

| November 18, 2005 | 0 Comments

Recreate a convenience food favorite with this quick and easy recipe for Cheesy Smashed Potatoes. About a month ago, my husband began challenging me when we were in the grocery store. He likes to buy boxed mashed potatoes, crocks of macaroni and cheese and other pre-made foods. Meanwhile I like to make everything fresh. Knowing […]

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Corned Beef Skillet

Corned Beef Skillet

| November 9, 2005 | 2 Comments

Welcome to Sarah’s Cucina Bella! This was my very first post on SCB, published on November 9, 2005! I would love it if you would check out some more recent posts too like Triple Layer Quesadilla Dip. Thanks!! During my unfortunate foray into dieting the Atkins way, I was frustrated by the amount of meat […]

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