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    Looking for a cookbook recomendation for a 13-year old

    My 13-year old niece is really getting into cooking (she always wants to help with dinner and she loves the Food Network), so I thought I might pick her up a cookbook for the holidays and would appreciate any suggestions/opinions. What I'm looking for is something that would have: -clear...
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    "Kitchen & Cook" magazine to begin publication by th CIA- any thoughts?

    LINK Its $20 for 12 issues/year. I got an ad saying that I can get the first issue for free, then decide if I want to subscribe, so I'm tempted to try it out. Even though it hasn't come out yet, I thought I would query those with a bit more experience for any opinions. I've only been...
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    Test kitchen cook- what would I need, where would I look for employment?

    I'm very curious what would be required to become a test kitchen cook, and was wondering if anyone here knows the trade. I have no professional culinary education, which I think would be my biggest hindrance; however, I am about to receive my PhD in a molecular biology-related field, so I feel...
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    bourbon butter recipe?

    My girlfriend saw bourbon butter listed on some menu, and now really wants me to try to make some for her (she's originally from Kentucky). I was thinking about just whipping the butter and trying to incorporate the bourbon, but I have no clue if that will work (though I'm sure I'll experiment...
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    20% off open stock Calphalon at Bed Bath and Beyond

    I was browsing cookware and geadgets (as I often do) at Bed Bath and Beyond, and noticed all open stock Calphalon cookware was 20% off until October 19th. They also had what I thought were really good deals after discount- a tri-ply stainless steel 3qt saute pan/cover for $32 and a 2.5qt...
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    plethora of cookbook questions

    I've recently caught the cookbook disease, so I figured I would seek advice from those who have been afflicted much longer than I ;) -What's a good vegetable-specific cookbook? I've been looking at either James Peterson's "Vegetables" or Cook's Illustrated "Perfect Vegetables". Any opinions...
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    looking for a Mu Shu Pork recipe

    I was wondering if anyone had a Mu Shu Pork recipe they liked and would share with me- its one my girlfriend's favorite eats, so I thought I would learn how to make it. Also, how difficult is it to make the little crepe/pancake that is usually served with it? I'm not too worried if its beyond...
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    Pyrex Visions saucepans- is there anything they are good for?

    I was cleaning up my apartment when I came across 3 Pyrex Visions saucpans (1, 2, 3 qt. with lids) my old roommate had stored away. He doesn't want them and I'm trying to figure out if anyone has an opinion of their usefulness. I'm assuming they're not made any more for a reason, but I figured...
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    Hello, all! I'm currently a graduate student and have always had an interest in cooking. It started out as necessity (I've basically been in college/grad school for the past 10 years....ug), but quickly became something I enjoyed doing. Recently, I've been inspired to learn much more about...
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    Does anyone have any experience/opinions on the Simply Calphalon Stainless series?

    I am in need of some new cookware, but am on a limited budget (I'm a graduate student). I saw a few items from the Simply Calphalon Stainless Collector's Edition that seem like very good deals, but the reviews are sparse (though usually positive; the only real negative was that the saucepan was...
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