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All-Purpose California Beef Rub — A good rub makes grilling or roasting easy This one combines the best of the salt-pepper-garlic notes of Santa Maria-style barbecue with the depth of coffee and clove Diners will be hard-pressed to place its complex flavor until you tell them the components

Grilled or Oven-Roasted Santa Maria Tri-Tip — You might need to ask your butcher (assuming you have one) or even a store meat manager to order in a tri-tip roast Two pounds is a good size, but if you come across a larger one, by all means grab it as the extra meat makes amazing sandwiches The trick is to carve the tri-tip against the grain, which can change directions in this cut

Santa Maria Tri-Tip Recipe — ATLANTA - East of the Rockies, the tri-tip roast is like the Sasquatch of meat. I have asked for tri-tip in grocery stores from Chicago to Tampa, only to be met with the pleasant stare that comes when the inherently helpful are completely baffled.

Red Velvet Cake Recipe - NYT Cooking — This is similar to the original recipe that began the red velvet craze It was developed by the Adams Extract company in Gonzales, Tex The original recipe, popularized in the 1940s, called for butter flavoring and shortening and is usually iced with boiled milk, or ermine, frosting

Embrace the Bacon - NYT Cooking

Make Your Own Snacks — Make Your Own Snacksis a group of recipes curated by New York Times editors.

Heirloom popcorn offers sophisticated flavors from a traditional American snack — Corn confronts you at every turn in Iowa. It blurs past the car window for hours. Stop for gas and you're likely to find a patch growing out back.Much of it will fuel cars, feed cattle and sweeten food. But a half-hour's drive from Cedar Rapids, in front of Gene and Lynn Meal...

Halloween Treats for Adults — Halloween Treats for Adultsis a group of recipes curated by New York Times editors.

Mexican at Home - NYT Cooking — Mexican at Homeis a group of recipes curated by New York Times editors.

Popcorn Recipes: Tips for Popping Heirloom Corn Varieties — Cooking a pan of popcorn is so simple and satisfying that I'm always surprised when people say it seems like too much trouble. The results are far superior to anything that comes from a microwave or a bag. "It's amazing how confounded people are," said Wendy Boersema Rappel, a spokeswoman for the Popcorn Board.
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