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Mum’s spaghettini with braised chicken, tomato and rosemary sauce recipe

"Would you please publish the secret to the chicken and tomato spaghettini at Sydney's La Rosa? Don't tell my nonna, but it's better than …

Perfect picnic recipes

It's starting to feel like picnic weather. From baguettes to fruit salads and cocktails; pack a basket full then find that perfect spot to enjoy your …

20 Pasta Recipes to Make this Fall

So long, fresh tomatoes and super ripe zucchini. We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more<p><b>So long, fresh tomatoes and super-ripe zucchini.</b> We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more. …

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Irene's Orange Rolls

How to Make the Most of Your Egg Whites

From light and lofty meringes to healthy omelets, here are our test kitchen's tips for using egg whites in your cooking<p>An egg is a magical food—one of those perfectly calibrated, complete foods that make you want to thank nature for doin' it right. An egg is greater than the sum of its parts, sure, …

Tuscan Chicken Liver Crostini (Crostini di Fegatini) Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> There are as many recipes for crostini di fegatini as there are cooks in Tuscany but the preparation is similar, with just a few personal tweaks here and there. Usually, salted anchovies, capers or both are present – they provide that trademark Tuscan saltiness.<br>The liquid used to cook …

20 Things Men Will Never Understand About Women

The Women's Health Guy Next Door admits that he's completely and utterly confused by our gender.<p>I can't recall exactly how old I was when I learned that I'd probably spend the rest of my life trying to understand women. The lesson started with a simple proposition beneath the jungle gym: "I'll show …

Cook Like a Pro: 11 Ways to Make a Restaurant-Quality Meal at Home

Ever wonder how restaurants bring that extra oomph to every dish? We asked the country's best chefs to spill their secrets. Your home cooking will never be the same again<p><b>Burnt Citrus:</b> For cocktails, char thin slices, then muddle (and garnish) as normal.• <b><br>Toasted Barley Risotto with Spinach and Herb</b> …

Tim Tam and chocolate cream doughnuts

Yep, two of our favourite things combined - Tim Tams and doughnuts. Over the top? No doubt. But too much is never enough in this case. Why hold back?