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Sun Tea Says Summer!

Summer is officially here. It’s hot hot hot..over 90 for the past two days. What better way to cool off then with a yummy class of slow brewed sun tea. Last weekend I made a batch using Harney’s Green Tea, mint, and a few thyme sprigs (they were flowering so it was extra pretty). I filled up a large jug […]

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Make Your Own Salad Dressings

Next time you make a salad, take an extra few minutes and whip up a homemade salad dressing as well. Not only will you be using better, fresher ingredients, you can also customize it to your tastes. Here are Real Simple’s favorite homemade salad dressing recipes: Basic Vinaigrette (shown above) Italian Vinaigrette Lemon and Shallot Vinaigrette Balsamic-Dijon Vinaigrette Basil-Lemon Dressing […]

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Quick Summer Pasta

I have been really really busy lately and haven’t had much time to make dinner much less grocery shop—I am sure many of you out there can relate! When I get in this pickle I am often left putting together a quick pasta dish with whatever vegetables are hanging out in the fridge. This week’s concoction was my favorite shaped […]

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Tricks of the Trade from a Food Stylist

As a professional cook who works with other cooks, food photographers and stylists every day, I have picked up tons of handy tips and tricks, things like shocking the life and crisp back into wan carrots and celery by plunging them in an ice water bath, cooking bacon in the oven on a rimmed baking sheet to avoid oily splashes […]

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Cooking With Your CSA Share

The calendar may not yet agree, and my boys are still in school for an additional few days, but in my view summer has officially begun. That’s because Farmer Andy has started driving his pickup and trailer to the back of our church on Fridays to unload our CSA (community supported agriculture) shares. I’ve written about my love for my […]

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Introducing Foodie #1

Hi Simply Stated readers! This is my first blog post so I thought I would take a few sentences to make a formal introduction. My name is Charlyne Mattox, and I have been working in the Real Simple Food Department since the Fall of 2010. (The recipe shown above is one of the first things I worked on when I […]

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