Steak Salad
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STEAK SALAD

It’s satisfying when a really unusual flavor pairing turns out to be even better than you imagined. Steak and fresh cherries? Really? And celery? And yet it works in a savory-sweet-hot combination that will have you scraping your plate. The cherry juice combines with the steak juices in a way that will make you want to sing! The presentation is gorgeous, all reds and browns and bright green. And then there’s the jalapeño, which makes everything just pop! This makes […]

Blueberry Cornmeal Poundcake
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BLUEBERRY CORNMEAL POUNDCAKE

Cake is my favorite food. If you follow @americastable on Instagram you know we have a regular feature called ‘Cakes We Have Known and Loved.’ I would add this to my cake pantheon of personal favorites because 1) it has blueberries, 2) it’s not cloyingly sweet and 3) the mascarpone cheese makes it oh-so-smooth and rich. It’s been a while since I’ve had time to really create a recipe for the blog rather than passing along good recipes from other […]

Almond Elderflower and Lime Travel Cakes
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MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL CAKES

Food and Wine magazine had a great take on a travel cake recently – those mouthwatering little cakes you find all over Europe in bakeshops and patisseries, meant for picnics, road trips, or charming hostess gifts. This recipe is for an almond, elderflower and lime cake, and they remind me of the little cakes my Bohemian grandmother used to make when the city relatives would come to visit us country cousins. These cakes can be flavored any way you like […]

The Power of Charm
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THE POWER OF CHARM

May is party season – graduations and weddings are important moments in peoples’ lives, and we often find ourselves thrown together with strangers or relatives with whom we’re not close, and we need to have a pleasant conversation. You may think people are born charming – and while some are – being charming is a social skill anyone can develop. Here, as taken from our book, Treating People Well, are a few tips on how to connect with others in […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Waffles
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WHOLE WHEAT CHOCOLATE WAFFLES WITH PEANUT BUTTER MAPLE SYRUP

If you love chocolate and you love waffles, this is the perfect, decadent, brunch recipe. It would also be a terrific pre-made food on a brunch buffet; you can easily pick it up and eat it (basically using your hands). You can also adjust the amount of milk and eggs in the recipe to suit your taste: if you like a rich, cakey waffle that the syrup soaks into and imbues with the candy bar-like flavors of maple syrup and […]