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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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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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Caesar Salad Dressing

This recipe is based on a recipe I found online; I held back a bit on the garlic and anchovy paste to meet my tastes. This recipe yields enough to dress a large bowl of caesar salad (for ~ 6 adults).

Written by Jeff Frey on Monday February 29, 2016
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Cajun Spice Blend

One thing I dislike about commercial seasoning blends is the amount of salt they include; not only am I paying a premium for something which is usually mainly salt, but it's impossible to balance the spice-to-salt ratio just as I like it. This recipe leaves the salt out; the Old Bay and oregano make the biggest difference. If you don't believe me, try making the recipe without them then add them.

Written by Jeff Frey on Monday February 29, 2016
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Candied Walnuts

A very simple candied nut recipe I found online. Uses just one pan and candies the nuts as they roast. I'm thinking a little cinnamon (or other spices) might be a nice addition, though I haven't tried that yet.

Written by Jeff Frey on Sunday November 20, 2016
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