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  1. Five ideas for almonds: Almond cake, almond-herb sauce, almond-crusted fish

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    It's important to take cooking inspiration where you can find it. It's easy for me to get into a rut, cook the same old stuff for dinner each night and leave my creative cooking muscles to languish. So when I stumble on something that really inspires me, I usually take a deep dive.

    Almonds in a bowl.
  2. From the food editor: Making ricotta gnocchi is the easiest path to homemade pasta

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    Usually, there comes a point at which something goes terribly wrong.

    Ricotta Gnocchi. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  3. Dutch babies 101: What they are and how to cook them, plus recipes

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    When it comes to pancakes, I usually go Dutch.

    One variation we recommend: the savory Everything Bagel Dutch Baby Pancake with smoked salmon, dill and herb-yogurt sauce.
  4. Tips for making Dutch baby pancakes, plus topping ideas

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    For the uninitiated, a Dutch baby is a large baked pancake akin to a popover. Read more about them here, then check out the tips below to guarantee success.

    A couple minutes out of the oven, and the freshly baked Dutch baby pancake has started to collapse in on itself. It's ready for toppings. Photo by Ileana Morales Valentine, Times correspondent.
  5. Sheet-pan salmon a quick and easy way to eat healthfully

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    New year new you. Right?

    So let's get right down to it: If healthy eating is complicated and time-consuming, we will lose interest before the end of February. That's why sheet-pan salmon suppers are so terrific — they take minutes to make, and yet the healthy fats in salmon are filling. Today's recipe …

    Cook salmon alongside asparagus or swap out the ingredients for more easy sheet-pan dinners.
  6. Raspberry pavlova recipe lowers the sugar, not the taste

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    Pavlovas are dreamy. For the uninitiated, a pavlova (named after the famed ballerina's fluffy tutu) is essentially a meringue shell baked at low heat until the outside is barely golden crisp but the inside remains soft and billowy, like a creamy marshmallow. The shell then is typically filled with whipped cream, custard …

    A pavlova is essentially a meringue shell baked at low heat so the outside crisps.
  7. Cookbook review: 'Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook' offers a guide to balance

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    When January resolutions roll over into February, it can be enough to test anyone's allegiance to eating better in the new year.

    By Andie Mitchell Clarkson Potter, 240 pages, $27.99
  8. From the food editor: Making bao, the steamed Asian buns, at home

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    First of all, you need a proper steamer.

    Schnitzel Bao with Sesame Pickles. [Photo by Molly Yeh.]
  9. Valentine's Day recipes to cook up for your sweetheart at home

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    Ah, the day of love. What to do when it falls on a Tuesday, the least romantic day of the week? Get in the kitchen.

    Ricotta gnocchi with parsley pesto, topped with pistachios and cheese. (Photo by the New  York Times)
  10. Lutz resident has a winning recipe for Florida State Fair baking competitions

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    TAMPA — By day, Tampa Bay realtor. But once a year, Lutz resident Jo Anne "Joni" Hartzler leaps into action in another way entirely. One that includes flour, sugar, butter and a whole lot of competitive zeal.

    This Almond Filled Artisan Bread Ring is among Jo Anne “Joni” Hartzler’s creations.

New #CookClub recipe: White Chicken Chili

This is a hearty and warming stew for this time of year.