Category: Simple (5 Ingredients or Less)

Slow Cooker Turkey Drumsticks

Drumsticks are my favorite part of the turkey but like most, I used to have them only once a year on Thanksgiving—until I learned how to make them in my slow cooker.  I like to brine my poultry for extra flavor and tenderness but you can skip this step if you like. Brining poultry is

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Lee’s Chunky Applesauce

Chunky applesauce

I bought a few Gala apples at the end of the summer that tasted kind of flat and flavorless so I just left them in the fridge, planning to turn them into pie or turnovers at some point.  Weeks later, craving something sweet and easy to make, I decided to turn my flavorless apples into

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Agua de Fresa con Limón (Strawberry Water with Lemon)

glass of agua de fresa (aguas frescas) garnished with mint and a strawberry on a wooden surface

Lying somewhere in the middle ground between flavored water and juice, the classic Mexican drink aguas frescas (lit. “fresh waters”) comes in many different varieties, often featuring fresh fruit. I use frozen strawberries in my version because they are already a staple ingredient in my kitchen and come conveniently pre-hulled. Garnish with a sprig of

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Tomato Avocado Toast with Eggs

photo of tomato avocado toast with eggs on a turquoise IKEA FÄRGRIK 8-inch side plate on a wooden surface

I will admit, avocado is an acquired taste. I didn’t become a fan of the fruit–yes, it’s a fruit; a berry to be exact–until recently. For me, it’s best used for its creamy texture than for its taste. More specifically, I treat it almost like a soft, melty cheese. This open-faced sandwich is a perfect

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Spiced Tea Cakes

close-up photo of a pyramid of spiced tea cakes cookies surrounded by powdered sugar on a turquoise IKEA FÄRGRIK 8-inch side plate on a wooden surface

Usually called Russian Tea Cakes, these crumbly cookie balls are a delightful little bite to enjoy with tea. My favorite tea is masala chai, so I couldn’t resist replacing the customary vanilla extract with chai spice in these late afternoon treats. Their small size and resemblance to snowballs also make them ideal to serve as

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Hot Chocolate

close-up photo of hot chocolate in white mug on wooden surface

I’m not sure why packets of hot chocolate mix contain so many ingredients, when a rich and creamy hot chocolate can be easily made at home with just three. Leave that Alpine lady up in the slopes and warm up against winter’s chill using my no-measure method. [Don’t worry, I’ve included precise measurements as well,

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Tuna Salad Sandwiches

close-up photo of sliced whole wheat tuna salad sandwich on small cobalt blue plate on wooden surface

This is the unsung hero of my cookbook. Since the recipe consists entirely of pantry staples, it’s one I never really have to shop for and therefore often overlook. But I’m always delighted when I come across a long-forgotten can of tuna in the back of my cupboard because I know immediately that I can

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Strawberry Sauce

close-up photo of a stainless steel spoon displaying strawberry sauce over a small glass bowl of strawberry sauce on a wooden surface

I came up with this one a couple years ago, when I wanted to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but was all out of jam. I had recently learned how to make simple syrup (boil a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar until sugar dissolves) and figured, cooking down some fruit into the

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Limeade

close-up photo of limeade with ice in a glass next to a whole lime on a wooden surface

Though typically regarded as a summertime drink, limeade has become a year-round staple in my house. For the past six years, not a week has gone by when we haven’t had a full pitcher of the stuff in our refrigerator. It’s a nostalgia thing. For me, it brings back childhood memories of rolling lemons for

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Steamed Hard-Boiled Eggs

close-up photo of a hard-boiled egg sliced in half on a small cobalt blue plate

For years, I’ve been using a pretty surefire method for hard-boiling eggs in such a way that the shells don’t stick: the cold start method – submerge eggs in water, bring to a boil, let steam 10 minutes, then shock in ice water before removing shells. But I’ve just tried an even better method: the

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