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Go green: Yotam Ottolenghi’s delicious green bean recipes

What better way to celebrate midsummer than with vegetables made sweet and green by the sun’s rays<p>I love green beans so much, especially in summer, that I’ve decided to squeeze in an extra dish this week and let the recipes speak for themselves.

Chilly Day? Make Spicy, Pan-Roasted Chicken with Chickpeas

This easy, spicy chicken thigh dinner is an ideal meal for a chilly winter night.<p><i>Hallelujah, the weekend is in sight, and you need a no-brainer dinner tonight. Quick Main Thursday has you covered.</i><p>There are so many reasons we love to make chicken thighs for weeknight dinners. First off: There are so …

Heston Blumenthal's smoked salmon with sour cream butter recipe

Serve my smoked salmon with sour cream butter and pickled cucumber with soda bread<p><i>Serves 6</i><p>With an English classic like smoked salmon, it is the details that count. Flavouring salmon with gin and juniper gives the fish real character. Serving it with home-made soda bread, rich sour cream butter and …

Sussex Pond Christmas pudding recipe

Get ready for Stir Up Sunday with this delicious Sussex Pond Christmas pudding recipe<p>An almond scented pud with a lake of lemon-brandy butter.<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>100g/3 ½ oz plain flour<p>100g/3 ½ oz ground almonds<p>100g/3 1/2oz grated suet<p>300g/11oz mixed dried fruit<p>100g/3 ½ oz dried figs, chopped<p>100g/3 ½ oz …

London attractions: Rock, paper, scissors championship and Iggyfest

Haven't made plans for this weekend, Londoners? Ben Bryant offers some tips on how to fill your diary<p><b>--- See this week's five things to do in London ---</b><p><b>1.</b> <b>Hawker's Whiskey and Meat feast at Hawker House</b> (Friday and Saturday 5pm-2am, £3)<p>There's a bar in Hunter S Thompson's novel The Rum Diary called …

25 Sweet Potato Recipes That Go Beyond Mini-Marshmallows

The sweet potato is so much more than just a vehicle for mini-marshmallows in these recipes.<p><b>It's the perennial debate: Do your sweet potatoes need marshmallows or not?</b> Strong arguments have been advanced on both sides, but if you're looking to experiment, these sweet roots can be much more than …

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Wine tasting for dummies

A London course promises to turn wine novices into booze boffins. Will it work for Leah Hyslop?<p>I like wine. A lot. Unfortunately, despite being closer to 30 than 20 these days, I like it in the same way that I did as a student - lots of it, with little attention paid to what’s in the bottle, and …

27 Brussels Sprouts Recipes for Roasts, Sautés, Kimchi, Salads, and More

Here are 27 of our favorite recipes to cook Brussels sprouts—and not just as a side dish.<p>Brussels sprouts—those little cabbage-looking things—are way more than just a side-dish. You can pickle them into a spicy kimchi, bake them on top of a pizza, shred them into salads, and toss them into pasta. …

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Make John F. Kennedy's New England Fish Chowder Recipe

On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death, cook up a batch of his favorite New England Fish Chowder<p>Today marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Political commentators are musing on the president’s enduring legacy; gossips are surmising about his alleged …

Toasted Coconut Waffles for the Perfect Breakfast Getaway

Waking up to waffles is an American tradition you just can't say no to.<p><i>It’s the freakin’ weekend, which means you should not be awake early enough for breakfast. Sleep in. It’s all about brunch.</i><p>Waking up to waffles is an American tradition, but sometimes—especially as the cold weather …

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11 'Hunger Games' Power Breakfasts for the Girl on Fire

Surviving the Hunger Games is no easy feat—especially if you haven't eaten a good breakfast. Here's 11 recipes to keep the odds ever in your favor<p><b>Katniss Everdeen</b> is back, and in <i>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,</i> premiering today, she is offered the worst kind of do-over: a second chance in the …

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21 Thanksgiving Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

Whether it's a turkey-filler or served on the side, a bready, savory stuffing or dressing recipe is a must in every Thanksgiving spread.<p><b>You don't sit down to Thanksgiving dinner because you're psyched about Aunt Lou's turkey</b>. You're in it for the stuffing. It's okay—we are too. Because, whether …

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Thanksgiving Turkeys Slideshow

Salted, brined, stuffed, or simply roasted, any of these turkeys will make a perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal.<p>Salted, brined, stuffed, or simply roasted, any of these turkeys will make a perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal.

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31 Awesome Dips for Football Noshing

31 dip recipes, from guacamole to salsa to hummus, that are good for serving at football parties.<p>Dips are the best thing to serve at a football party (other than wings). Here's why:<p>They require one hand. (This is important: This means a beer can remain in your other hand at all times.)<p>You can …

Mississippi mud pie recipe

Mississippi mud pie is an amazing combination of biscuits, dark chocolate, praline and cream<p>Use proper dark cooking chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids. Of the supermarket brands, Green & Black’s works for me.<p>SERVES<p>10-12<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>500g/1lb 4oz dark chocolate<br>• 400g/14oz butter<br>• 6 …

Key lime pie pots recipe

Key lime pie is an American classic and these pots are sweet and easy to make<p>SERVES<p>6<p>INGREDIENTS<p>160g/5½oz stem ginger biscuits, or ginger nuts<br>• 600ml/20½fl oz double cream<br>• 150g/5oz sugar<br>• Zest and juice of 1 lemon<br>• Zest and juice of 3 limes<p><b>Candied peel</b><p>1 lime, very finely sliced into rounds, seeds …

Peanut butter and jam ice-cream sandwiches recipe

The all-American classic combo of peanut butter and jam, in an ice cream sandwich<p>SERVES<p>6<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the ice cream</b><p>2 egg yolks<br>• 100g/3½oz caster sugar<br>• 300ml/½ pint double cream<br>• 125g/4½oz smooth peanut butter<p><b>For the biscuit buns</b><p>50g/2oz butter, softened<br>• 100g/3½oz soft brown sugar<br>• 1 egg<br>• 1 tsp golden …

American desserts: sweet recipes for Thanksgiving

As our US friends prepare for Thanksgiving, now is the perfect time to try a few all-American flavours<p>There’s something about an American pudding that everyone loves – although one look at the average American waistline tells you that they are not for everyday consumption. Oozing confidence and …

Claire Kelsey's recipe for blackberry and star-anise sorbet

Claire Kelsey sells marmalade gelato and absinthe ice cream from her van in Manchester. Here, she shares a seasonal favourite – spiced blackberry sorbet<p>Until she started her ice-cream business in 2009, selling it at festivals and around her home city of Manchester from a van called <b>Ginger's Comfort</b> …

Guinness, brown sugar and chocolate cake

Rich chocolate cake with a hint of stout<p><i>Serves eight</i><p>225g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing<br>225g (8oz) soft dark-brown sugar<br>4 large eggs, beaten<br>275g (9¾oz) self-raising flour, sifted<br>4 tbsp cocoa powder<br>1 tsp baking-powder<br>125ml (4fl oz) Guinness<p><b>For the buttercream filling:</b><br>75g …

Buttermilk cream and blackberry jelly recipe

A tender set cream dessert with a tangy blackberry jelly on top<p>I use the smaller of the two sizes of Costa gelatine, as these seem most readily available.<p><i>Serves eight</i><p><b>For the buttermilk layer:</b><br>3 small leaves gelatine<br>125ml (4½fl oz) double cream<br>50ml (2fl oz) milk<br>35g (1¼ oz) caster sugar<br>225ml (8fl oz) …

Speedy weeknight suppers: turkey ragu with pappardelle recipe

Turkey isn't just the star of your Christmas roast - the meat also works well in a savoury ragu<p>By mid-November, shiny pictures of succulent roast turkey fill magazine pages and adorn shop walls. I often think it a miracle we manage to stomach it at all by the end of December. Traditional roasting …

My favourite dish: Cyrus Todiwala's jardaloo ma murghi

Jardaloo ma murghi, chicken with apricots, is a delicious Parsee dish<p>“This Parsee chicken dish will please everyone,” says Cyrus Todiwala, one half of The Incredible Spice Men and the chef behind Café Spice Namasté in London. “It’s not too hot, and it signifies friendship. We serve this at happy …

Make Salted Caramel Sauce from Scratch

Take on the challenge of homemade salted caramel and drizzle over anything and everything<p>There are a lot of important milestones in life: riding a bike, earning your first paycheck, getting married and...making caramel from scratch? Yup. It's a daunting challenge, but you can do it. Come on, you …

Philadelphia

Philly's Story<p>It begins with local dairy farmers near Beaver Dam, WI and Lowville, NY who take pride in their products. They supply Philly with fresh …