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How to Master a Cheese & Charcuterie Board

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Cheese. It’s so simple, but sort of the best thing ever.  Especially when paired with a glass of wine and a cured meat or two. Cheese and charcuterie boards make a great centerpiece for any get together and they’re relatively easy to pull together: All you have to do is cut some cheddar into cubes, unwrap a round of brie then toss it on a cutting board and scatter Triscuits around everything. Right? Wrong. Don’t do that. From the knives to the actual board, there is a lot of way to screw up a cheese and charcuterie board. Luckily, my cousin, Anna, is the master of cheese and charcuterie boards. So we sat down with her to learn some tricks and tips.

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Perfect Stir-Fry

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On any given weeknight, my go-to meal is a stir-fry.  There was a point when we were always buying dry mixes to make our stir-fry, you know those little packets that you find down the international aisle that you add just add soy sauce and water to?  That is until we forgot to pick a packet up one night and I was forced to be resourceful.  Let me tell you, we were not disappointed with outcome.  In fact, we have never gone back to those little packets.

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Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies

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To celebrate the New England Patriots advancing to the NFL championship game, I decided to make Nutella Peanut Butter cookies.  I mean, what says “I’m so happy that the Patriots are making their 9th Superbowl appearance” better than Nutella and peanut butter combined in a cookie. Nothing.   Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies   Ingredients   1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup Nutella   Directions Preheat the over to 350 degrees Beat together the butter, peanut butter and sugars by hand or using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes) Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined In a separate bowl, combine the flour baking soda and salt Using the mixer (or…

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Duchess Hot Chocolate Mix Brownies

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My boyfriend received Duchess hot chocolate for Christmas from his boss.  Unfortunately, neither him or I are big hot chocolate fans.  Now, if you have ever been to Duchess Bake Shop (10718 124 St NW), you know that everything that comes out of that place is magical.  And not wanting to waste such a great ingredient, I decided to re-purpose it. After searching Pinterest for the better part of an hour, without any luck, I decided to adapt my grandma’s brownie recipe.  To be honest, I was not sure how this little experiment would turn out but was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. With that, I give you my Duchess Hot Chocolate Mix Brownies Duchess Hot Chocolate Mix Brownies   Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 cup sugar 3 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup flour 1/2 cup Duchess hot chocolate mix 1 tsp salt ½ tsp…

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