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Onion soup easily translates from French to Italian

When it’s cold outside and you have ducked into a French bistro, nothing spells c-o-m-f-o-r-t like a hot bowl of French onion soup – right down to the bread-borne melted Gruyere floating on top. But that dish is purely a restaurant indulgence, right? Making it at home calls for the cook to stir the onions on top of the stove for an hour or more so as to coax them into a state of tender, golden silkiness. That is, unless you’ve enlisted the help of a slow cooker. Suddenly, there’s no reason not to whip up the classic recipe in your very own kitchen.

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Celebrate casserole season with old-kind humble bean gratin

Beans are fine fellows. Hearty, wholesome, humble. The old-kind humble — hard workers who sidestep the spotlight. As opposed to the new kind of humble. Now, every promotion, book deal and Oscar is met with #humble. Seriously? Do these overachievers own dictionaries? Humble and brag cancel each other out.

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White chocolate – is opposition melting?

For years, connoisseurs dismissed white chocolate — a confection made with cocoa butter, milk solids and sugar, but with none of the cocoa solids that give darker chocolate its recognizable flavor and color. “White chocolate or white lie?” one online video asks. The host opens with: “If you love white chocolate, I hate to break it to you. You’re not eating chocolate.”

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