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Thanksgiving Prep: Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Glaze
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There’s something about a well seared brussels sprout at a Thanksgiving table that just does it for me.  These are such a great harvest vegetable and they are so easy to cook correctly.  I adore them with a salty pairing like we did here with pancetta.  Finishing the sprout with a drizzle of balsamic really gave them a nice sweetness that makes them a...

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Thanksgiving Prep: Cranberry Sauce with Pear and Ginger
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Thanksgiving is pretty much the best time in the world to ingest all the cranberry sauce – cranberries are in ready supply and nothing goes better with turkey and stuffing.  We made this delicious Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Ginger last week in the store and I think all of the customers who saw it decided they needed some. Stat. The recipe is not...

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Product Spotlight: Alessi “You” Tea Infuser
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One of my favorite Alessi “objets/bijoux” items is their “You” tea infuser.  It has great lines and beautiful detailing. I find it just so attractive that I want to constantly drink tea with it. Just to show it off. What is in your kitchen that you simply have to show off? Local Root is an independent, locally owned kitchenware store located on Observatory Hill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and...

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Holiday Prep: Knife Sharpening
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You’ve picked out your favorite knife (and knife block) and have used it, a LOT. Now you are thinking about the Holidays and the marathon of cooking that comes with them – days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner carefully crafted at home surrounded by lots of family and friends. It’s boisterous. It’s loud. It requires lots of cutting, chopping, and, in general, cutting of things. So (in...

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