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eople have many unlikely sources of cooking inspiration, including movies, TV and books. Then there’s jury duty.

In response to a recent query about what inspires cooking, one reader recounted her experience on a jury, during which a witness testified as part of her recollection of a particular evening, that she had shouted up the stairs to her husband, “Come get your pork chop!” It took all her willpower to stay focused for the rest of the testimony, she said, and, “You better believe we had pork chops for dinner that night at my house.”

The recipe for pork

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A perfectly cooked piece of fish is a thing of beauty, but nailing it can be tricky. That’s why I’m a big fan of shallow poaching, a forgiving and foolproof technique that yields perfectly cooked fillets every time. The method, which involves briefly tenting the fish under a simple circle of parchment paper called a cartouche, is easy enough for first-timers to master yet versatile enough to spark inspiration for more experienced cooks.

To begin, sauté any allium that speaks to you. (I use leeks here, but shallots or spring onions would also be lovely.) Then, add the fish—any mild

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My Russian great-grandmother was famous throughout the small town in which she lived for her amazing pickles. She learned the recipe from her mother.

Without refrigerators, people had to innovate to make their vegetables last throughout the long, difficult winters and they pickled everything! During our year of lockdown, there was a resurgence of pickling, a “COVID canning craze” if you will, that introduced a whole new generation to the art of pickling.

My mother’s family has been making pickles for a century and there’s really nothing saltier, spicier or more rewarding than biting

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Hello again, friends. Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day!

Good news: This week’s Cooking with Courtney post is chock-full of tasty recipes for you and your family. Not one, but four. A quadruple threat. Woohoo!

I’ve got three recipes to help you ring in St. Patrick’s Day, plus a brand new, chocolatey and cinnamony bread pudding microwaveable mug cake recipe that can also be Irish-ified.

Let’s discuss that briefly first. We’ve got a lot of very tasty ground to cover today…

Bread Pudding Mug Cake

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Never waste an unused baguette or bread loaf again! This bread pudding

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Hyderabadi dum ka murgh is a flavourful blend of chicken, spices and herbs.

The quintessential Indian chicken curry has the power to unite every non-vegetarian. The smooth texture, aromatic spices and herbs, and succulent chicken chunks tossed together make for one of the most indulgent meals ever! Don’t you think? Then be it the creamy butter chicken, fiery kadhai chicken or chicken tikka masala, each one hits differently on your taste buds. But one thing remains the same- the bliss! Without losing the essence of traditional chicken curries, each region in India dishes out a mouth-watering version that doesn’t fail

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THE PANDEMIC has pushed us all way out of our comfort zones when it comes to cooking. Over the past year we’ve had to become better shoppers, waste-reducers, meal-stretchers and cooking-fatigue combatants. Those in the business of growing, butchering, cooking and serving food have grappled with the challenge of putting food on the table at home as well as at work, and they’ve gained some hard-earned kitchen wisdom. We approached a panel of pros and asked them to share their takeaways, their cooking coping mechanisms, their revised kitchen strategies and the new habits they plan to carry with them post-lockdown.… Read More

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