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How and why not to drink to excess at the holidays

How and why not to drink to excess at the holidays

After a few eggnogs, which tend to hide alcohol, you can switch to soda to keep the blood-alcohol level down.

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Nov. 10, 2014 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Nov. 10, 2014 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Marinated mozzarella with anchovy and peanuts

December 01, 2014 12:16 pm
Nov. 10, 2014 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Nov. 10, 2014 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Candied kielbasa bites

December 01, 2014 12:16 pm
Nov. 10, 2014 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Nov. 10, 2014 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Sweet and spicy cracker bark 

December 01, 2014 12:15 pm
Holiday Mystery Murder dinner

Holiday Mystery Murder dinner

The Sioux City Growth Organization presents an evening of intrigue as guests work to solve murder mystery. While engaging in the game, they’ll be served dinner and cocktails. To add to the fun, guests are encouraged to don holiday-themed costumes from Santa suits to ugly sweaters. Proceeds f…

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Thanksgiving is more than a meal

Thanksgiving is more than a meal

Thanksgiving is so much more than a meal. It is an opportunity to be with family and friends with few expectations. It is not the warm-up act for Christmas.

November 22, 2014 7:00 am
Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts

Salad lovers may find this concoction a bit unusual, but it offers and interesting blend of flavors, and it’s incredibly healthy. People are discovering that you don’t have to boil Brussels sprouts before eating them — and other preparation methods can be quite tasty.

November 04, 2014 2:41 pm
A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math

A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math

Long before it hits the plate, you’ll need to start by thawing the bird in the refrigerator. Allow about 24 hours per 4 to 5 pounds of turkey.

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A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math

A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math

The turkey should never go directly from the oven to the table. Cover it with foil and let it rest 20 to 30 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.

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Food Deadline Pumpkin Bread

Food Deadline Pumpkin Bread

This Sept. 8, 2014 photo shows cream cheese filled ginger cherry pumpkin bread in Concord, N.H. The bread is tender and moist, and delivers loads of flavor. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

September 21, 2014 6:10 pm
zucchini

zucchini

Cutting zucchinis into frylike sticks, then cooking them delivers that signature crunch without the deep-frying.

September 16, 2014 2:37 pm
Food Healthy Zucchini Fries

Food Healthy Zucchini Fries

This June 30, 2014 photo shows cheesy zucchini fries with peprika dipping sauce in Concord, N.H. Cutting a zucchini into fry-like sticks, then cooking them delivers that signature crunch without the deep-frying. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

September 16, 2014 2:36 pm
Food Healthy Muffins

Food Healthy Muffins

These fruit-packed blueberry-banana muffins can begin your day with a healthy and guilt-free start — even if it’s not summertime.

September 09, 2014 12:05 pm
Chocolate peanut butter coated grilled bananas

Chocolate peanut butter coated grilled bananas

The wrapped bananas spend a little time on the grill so the insides can get warm and tender, while the outsides crisp up.

September 09, 2014 12:01 pm
Stuffed peppers

Stuffed peppers

Late summer means it’s time for stuffed peppers, so get creative with a robust variety of Japanese rice called japonica. Throw in some goat cheese, shredded chicken and shiitake mushrooms, and you’ve got a vibrant, yet hearty dinner.

September 02, 2014 9:25 am
Texas tequila milkshake

Texas tequila milkshake

Aged tequilas, with their golden hue and sweet vanilla notes, pair beautifully with ice cream. This addicting combination works wonderfully as a dessert cocktail or — if you’re bad — during dinner.

September 02, 2014 9:21 am
Sushi

Sushi

Turkey and quinoa power these roll-ups, which are a perfect lunchbox treat.

July 29, 2014 2:17 pm
Strawberry torte

Strawberry torte

This June 2, 2014, photo shows a strawberry pistachio torte in Concord, N.H.

June 30, 2014 11:31 am
Grilled pizza

Grilled pizza

This April 21, 2014, photo shows a caramelized onion and feta grilled pizza in Concord, N.H. 

June 23, 2014 10:11 am
crabcakes

crabcakes

Crab and shrimp cakes are enhanced with peas and scallions, and bread crumbs add a crunchy texture. Top them off with a peppery cream flavored by both horseradish and red radishes.

May 27, 2014 2:07 pm
Food Healthy Farro Salad

Food Healthy Farro Salad

This April 21, 2014, photo shows farro and vegetable salad with cucumber ranch dressing in Concord, N.H. 

May 23, 2014 7:23 pm
Farro and vegetable salad

Farro and vegetable salad

This April 21, 2014, photo shows farro and vegetable salad with cucumber ranch dressing in Concord, N.H.

May 23, 2014 7:25 pm
tart

tart

Spices are placed between the layers of thinly sliced potatoes and squash.

May 13, 2014 11:29 am
pork

pork

This March 24, 2014 photo shows butternut barbecue pulled pork in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

May 13, 2014 11:27 am
asparagus

asparagus

One-pot main course, pan-seared asparagus with shrimp, shiitakes and chiles, cooks in about 10 minutes.

May 06, 2014 11:27 am
asparagus

asparagus

This March 31, 2014 photo shows pan seared asparagus with shrimp, shiitakes, and chilies in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

May 06, 2014 11:24 am
tart

tart

When tart is done, a knife should pass easily through it.

May 04, 2014 8:10 pm
kale

kale

This March 10, 2014 photo shows kale salad with apples apricots and manchego cheese in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

April 29, 2014 12:09 pm
kale

kale

Raw kale salad with apples, apricots and Manchego cheese is pretty and tasty.

April 29, 2014 12:09 pm
springrolls

springrolls

This Dec. 2, 2013 photo shows chicken and jicama spring rolls with peanut sauce in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

April 29, 2014 12:10 pm
Homecooking

Homecooking

Tarragon and fresh fennel are harmonious with flavors of the cream, potatoes and clams.

April 28, 2014 11:54 am
cornsoup

cornsoup

This March 3, 2014, photo shows spring corn soup in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

April 22, 2014 12:21 pm
cornsoup

cornsoup

Spring corn soup will be ready for your family to enjoy in just half an hour.

April 22, 2014 12:21 pm
chicken

chicken

This March 3, 2014 photo shows simple roasted chicken with fresh herb sauce in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

April 22, 2014 12:14 pm
chicken

chicken

This March 3, 2014 photo shows simple roasted chicken with fresh herb sauce in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

April 22, 2014 12:14 pm
chicken

chicken

A roasted chicken with fresh herb sauce is simple to make and lean once the skin is removed.

April 22, 2014 12:14 pm
chicken

chicken

A simple roasted chicken makes a satisfying main course, even without the skin.

April 22, 2014 12:14 pm
homecooking

homecooking

Snow pudding appeared in the 1896 edition of Fanny Farmer’s “Boston Cooking School Cookbook.”

April 14, 2014 2:44 pm
A quick, easy coconut pudding perfect for Easter

A quick, easy coconut pudding perfect for Easter

The clean yet rich flavors of tembleque made it a perfect finish to an Easter dinner.

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garlic

garlic

Fettuccini with garlic Parmesan puree uses a simple sauce made from garlic that is poached and pureed. The poaching mellows the garlic’s intensity, but not its flavor.

March 18, 2014 2:01 pm
Journey to Easter: Chocolate nests

Journey to Easter: Chocolate nests

Mix crunchy cereals and noodles with a blend of chocolate, marshmallow and peanut butter to create edible "nests" to store chocolate eggs and jelly beans.  

March 11, 2014 12:41 pm
Food Healthy Eggplant Rolls

Food Healthy Eggplant Rolls

This inside-out eggplant Parmesan marries the heavenly flavors of mozzarella, garlic, basil and marinara sauce.

March 10, 2014 10:38 am
tart

tart

This Jan. 13, 2014 photo shows Italian jam tart in Concord, N.H.

March 04, 2014 2:20 pm
tart

tart

The secret to making an Italian jam tart is buying the highest quality jam you can find.

March 04, 2014 2:19 pm
tart

tart

This Jan. 13, 2014 photo shows a slice of an Italian jam tart in Concord, N.H. 

March 04, 2014 2:16 pm
Homecooking

Homecooking

Toasted panko bread crumbs and ground coriander give this easy chicken dish an extra boost of flavor.

March 03, 2014 10:29 am
bolognese

bolognese

This Bolognese is mostly effortless. A food processor makes it extra easy.

February 25, 2014 12:14 pm
bolognese

bolognese

This Dec. 2, 2013 photo shows five spice pork bolognese pasta in Concord, N.H. This Bolognese is mostly effortless. You can make it even more so by using the food processor to chop your vegetables. Just toss them all in at once, then pulse until finely chopped. As for the meat, pork is delic…

February 25, 2014 12:09 pm
Food Regional Jambalaya

Food Regional Jambalaya

This Feb. 3, 2014 photo shows a west coast variation of jambalaya in Concord, N.H.

February 24, 2014 11:14 am
Food Regional Jambalaya

Food Regional Jambalaya

Jambalaya is an extremely versatile dish, and can be dressed up to suit anyone’s tastes.

February 24, 2014 11:15 am

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