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You might think sugar is vital for good jam, but food writer Kristina Jensen’s experiments show it’s not.

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Words: Kristina Jensen Ah, sugar. It’s known as ‘white death’ in our family. That’s the name given to it by a chap we met 25 years ago who was convinced sugar was the most poisonous food you could put into your body. Interestingly enough, this is what science is starting to tell us. My journey with the sweet stuff has been a bit up and down. I’ve struggled with a sweet tooth all my life. Despite trying many ways to wean myself off it, I still have sugar in the house. My ‘sweet’ recipe book is full of delicious cakes...

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High Country Baking: Pecan-caramel shortbread sticks

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Contrasting tastes and textures have wide appeal, and these cookies are a good example. A tender, sandy, subtle-tasting shortbread is paired with sweet, rich, gooey caramel frosting and crunchy nuts for a winning combination of opposites. Cookie lovers of all ages sing their praises. Pair them with fruit, ice cream or custard for a pleasing dessert or nibble them on their own. When I make this cookie at sea level, I don’t include corn syrup as an ingredient in the frosting. I use it in our high, dry climate because when we combine hot melted butter and brown sugar, some...

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This Is The Best Cook Times Cheat Sheet For The Instant Pot, Period

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Whether you’re brand new to the Instant Pot or have been using one for years, there are always going to be times when you have look up how to cook something. For instance, even though I’ve cooked hundreds of chicken breasts in my Instant Pot, I still have trouble remembering whether I should cook them for six minutes or eight! (Note to self: it’s six!) As an antidote to my forgetfulness, as well as to make a useful resource I could share with others, I created my very own Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheet! I keep this helpful reference...

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Easy Bread Bowl Recipe Ideas for Dinner Tonight

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There is never a bad time to serve Bread Bowls for dinner, but with fall here and winter coming, this is the perfect season to start. Bread Bowls are great for all kinds of recipe ideas. They are great crowd pleasers filled with dips, but the family can enjoy them for breakfast, filled with soup, filled with stews and all kinds of comforting meals. My favorite is the French Onion Soup with the insides of the bread cubed for dipping. The best part of all you ask? You don’t even need to make the bread bowls yourself. I personally love...

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Here’s a roasted squash recipe you’ll be proud to serve to company — or keep all to yourself

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Every fall, the sight of winter squashes in all their glory — stacked in bins at the supermarket, arranged in piles at the farmers market — brings me a shiver of joy almost as invigorating as the realization that I can finally turn on the oven at any time of day without worrying it’ll overheat the house. Roasting is my preferred way to cook so many vegetables, and these babies are no exception. My favorite varieties are the drier, firmer ones such as kabocha, acorn and red kuri, partly because they turn so nutty and caramelized in the oven, but...

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