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Budget deal puts NASA's space exploration plans back on track

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The federal spending bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on Friday finally picks up the pieces from an initiative that set NASA on a course beyond Earth orbit a decade earlier — a program called Constellation.<p>Back in 2004, President George W. Bush set the wheels in …

Lemon Surprise Pudding

Welcome to PUDDING MONTH.<p>It's January. It's cold, rainy and a bit miserable. It makes sense to eat warm, comforting puddings that appear shrouded in …

Lime Bars

I bake lemon bars all the time, both because I love them and because my friends and family love them. Lemons are probably the first fruit that you …

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies

A batch of fudgy brownies is something that everyone can enjoy, and these Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies pack the same kind of rich chocolate …

Apple Cinnamon Kringle Recipe

Though traditional kringle recipes typically involve cutting butter into a yeast dough and can take up to three days to prepare, a friend shared her mom's recipe for a simpler kringle dough that's made with butter, sour cream, and flour that turns out a delicate and delicious pastry in a fraction …

Cheese Straws

Everyone in the South seems to love cheese straws - the thin, crisp pastry sticks with the tang of cayenne and sharp cheddar - and they are always …

Recipes

A Very Good Steak frites in Paris

(<b>UPDATE</b>: Café des Musées changed owners in the Fall of 2014 and I’ve heard mixed reports from locals and visitors. I haven’t been back since the …

13 Virtuous Vegetable Soups

It's January, and we're thinking you have vegetables on the mind. And while we love a good kale salad or virtuous slaw or pile of roasted vegetables, sometimes we need our vegetables in bowl-form, piping hot, and eaten, curled up, with a spoon. Here are 13 soups we loved last year and are perfect …

Potato, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Quiche Recipe

This quiche is a filling meal, studded with soft potatoes and tart goat cheese that will keep you satisfied but won't have you retiring to the couch to recover.<p><b>Read more: Sunday Brunch: Potato, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Quiche</b><p>Ingredients1 recipe pie crust (for single crust pie)2 tablespoons butter1 …

Buttery Almond Stuffed Morning Buns

<i>I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter!</i><p>Mike and I …

Slow-Cooker Mexican Beef With Lime Crema and Pinto Beans Recipe

<b>Read more: Sunday Supper: Slow Cooker Mexican Beef With Lime Crema and Pinto Beans</b><p>Ingredients3 pounds boneless bottom round or chuck roast (in one whole piece)Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)1 large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)1 or 2 …

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup Recipe

Use boneless beef shank for authentic texture. Otherwise, settle for well-marbled beef chuck stew meat, which will be just as flavorful and become very tender after stewing.<p><b>Read more: Taiwan Eats: Beef Noodle Soup</b><p>Ingredients3 tablespoons vegetable, canola, or peanut oil2 pounds boneless beef shank …

Four & Twenty Blackbirds' Junipear Pie

If you've never baked with juniper berries before, now is a perfect time to start. The berries themselves are crusted with sugar and citrus zest, combined with slices of pear macerated in lemon and orange juice. The result is a refreshingly fragrant, citrus-tinged pie.<p>Excerpted from The Four & …

BBQ Eggplant Sliders with Caesar Coleslaw

Eggplants are magic little things. They can be textured and meaty like in an Eggplant Parmesan, or they can be smooth as silk like in baba ghanoush. …

Pear, Riesling, and Ginger Sorbet Recipe

Pears, sweet-tart Riesling, and spicy ginger come together in a sorbet that's ripe and juicy with a clean, refreshing heat. Look for a Riesling with moderate sweetness but good acidity that has an alcohol content around 12%.<p><b>Read more: Scooped: Pear, Riesling, and Ginger Sorbet</b><p>Ingredients3 ripe …

5 Links to Read Before Baking Bread

<i>Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come.</i><p><i>Today: Learn the timeless art of baking bread.</i><p>Winter is the ideal season to bake fresh bread at home. Time spent posted up inside -- hiding from below-zero …

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Mini Muffins Recipe

These chocolatey mini muffins are tender thanks to sour cream and hearty thanks to oats.<p><b>Read more: Wake and Bake: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Mini Muffins</b><p>Ingredients3/4 cup quick cooking oats1/2 cup all purpose flour1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup …

Oven-Fried, Corn Flake-Crusted Chicken Recipe

<b>Notes:</b> For a gluten-free dish, choose a corn cereal that's gluten free, such as Nature's Path Cornflakes, or try General Mill's Corn Chex. Brining for a shorter period of time will result in slightly less juicy chicken and less salty flavor.<p><b>Read more: Chicken Dinners: Oven-Fried, Corn Flake-Crusted</b> …

Mango Lassi Recipe

Canned Kesar mango purée is the key to making this bright and floral drink year-round. It's perfect for sipping in the heat of summer or to bring a little sunny yellow to a cloudy winter day. This <i>lassi</i> is sweetened with a touch of nutty palm sugar syrup and finished with a squeeze of fresh lime …

coconut tapioca pudding with mango

Look, I know it’s prime resolution time. I realize that outside the 10 percent of you who have understandably succumbed to the explicit demands of …

Macaroni and Cheese

Excerpted from <i>Cooking for Comfort: More Than 100 Wonderful Recipes That Are as Satisfying to Cook as They Are to Eat</i> by Marian Burros (Simon & …

Jalapeño Honey Hummus with Spiced Olive Oil Tortilla Chips.

<i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> January 9, 2014 81<p>Let’s make a deal.<p>If you come over and take down my Christmas decorations, I’ll pay you in tortilla chips.<p>I think it’s …

Challah Monkey Bread Recipe

<b>Notes:</b> The recipe calls for light brown sugar, but if you like a deeper caramel flavor, dark brown sugar is a good sub here.<p>Texture-wise I found that bread flour is a must. In testing I found that using just one egg makes for a drier dough which necessitated less additional flour during kneading …

Put a Filter on It: Warm Foods for Cold Days

<i>It's no secret -- we love a good 'gram. Here, we'll be posting our favorite Instagram from the food world, on a different theme each week. This week, we're getting cozy.</i><p>You're probably still stripping off the tights, long johns, leggings, and thermal underwear you layered on to fend off this week's …

My recipe for perfect brownies, three years in the making. [recipe soon!]

Griddled Polenta Cakes with Goat Cheese + Raw Kale Salad

<i>We're celebrating Meatless Mondays with balanced, delicious meal plans. We hope you'll join us -- whether you're vegetarian all the time or just here and there.</i><p><i>Today: A dinner inspired by the principle that a little bit of everything is better than a lot of one thing.</i><p>You've probably had this …

Raspberry Cheesecake Morning Buns

<i>Raspberry Cheesecake Morning Buns</i><p>I WENT INTO TARGET FOR ONE THING.<p>See, Target has a new line of products, Simply Balanced, and I was excited to pick …

No-Knead 5-Minute Artisan Bread

Jump to the recipe<p><i>This no-knead 5-minute artisan bread explains how to make homemade bread in just minutes a day without a fuss. Quick, easy, rustic,</i> …

New post! The brownie to rival any box mix is here! Double Chocolate Brownies are chewy, dense, and, most importantly, full of a rich chocolate flavor. http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/double-chocolate-brownies.html