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"Pretty Good" Cheddar Spread

Every year at Christmas a coworker of mine brings Better Cheddar spread and crackers to our holiday party. The spread comes from an establishment in Hockessin, Delaware, where he worked when he was younger. It's delicious on just about any kind of cracker: small chunks of sharp white cheddar cheese, bits of scallion, and mayonaise and secret spices binding it all together. This is my attempt to replicate that delicious stuff — and both my wife and I agree it's pretty darn close.

Written by Jeff Frey on Tuesday December 25, 2018
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Bacon Cheddar Dip

Our girls went through a phase where every bowl of popcorn needed a very liberal dusting of cheddar cheese powder. Supplying such prodigious quantities of that powder led me to Alton Brown's recipe for popcorn seasoning — and 1 pound bags of cheddar cheese and buttermilk powder. When the cheddar popcorn craze ended, I needed something to use those ingredients. Grab a bag of ripple-cut chips and this dip and forget the popcorn.

Written by Jeff Frey on Tuesday March 13, 2018
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Baltimore "Crab" Soup

I love Baltimore crab soup: the plethora of vegetables, the spicy hint of Old Bay in the broth. The one thing I've found in many incarnations I've sampled is that the crab really is lost to the rest of the components in the soup. Why add a $30/lb ingredient (complete with bits of shell) that will be masked and overshadowed when boneless, skinless chicken thigh also falls to shreds when cooked long enough — just like the crab typically found in this soup.

Written by Jeff Frey on Tuesday March 13, 2018
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Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

This was originally a recipe I found on Skinnytaste for chicken and broccoli stir fry. Other attempts I've made at stir-fry haven't been great, but this one really worked beautifully. I substituted thinly-sliced flank steak to mimic the Chinese takeout staple. For a more vegetal take, just add thinly-cut carrots, peppers, or snow peas.

Written by Jeff Frey on Monday September 9, 2019
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Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

The first time I went to Famous Dave's BBQ I tasted with some skepticism the small, flat cornbread muffin that came with my dinner. What a surprise: the muffin was very moist and just sweet enough while still retaining that fundamental taste of cornbread. So I decided that I'd try my hand at a tasty cornbread muffin that I could serve with any meal.

Yields 10 muffins.

Written by Jeff Frey on Monday February 29, 2016
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