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Pork tenderloin cutlets great for the grill

Pork tenderloin cutlets great for the grill

Working with smaller cuts of meat is an easy way to get supper on the table in a flash.

October 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ice-cream bread puts dessert in different perspective

While doing research recently, I came across a recipe for ice-cream bread on the Taste of Home website. It had a four-out-of-five star rating.

July 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Eggplant wraps provide an unusual, meatless meal

Eggplant wraps provide an unusual, meatless meal

What's ideal about the eggplant is that it has so many uses other than being fried and drenched in a red sauce topped with cheese.

May 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Umami ingredients add meaty flavors to vegan dishes

Umami ingredients add meaty flavors to vegan dishes

This recipe, from the December issue of "Vegetarian Times," caught my eye. It's a vegan version of the classic linguine with clam sauce, minus the clams.

April 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Little chia seeds pack some nutrition power

Little chia seeds pack some nutrition power

What if you could get a good amount of nutrition and feel satisfied all from a tiny seed?

March 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Use edamame in heart-smart dishes

Edamame (eh-dah-MAH-meh) are young, sweet, green soybeans harvested while still tender. Sometimes you will see them referred to as Japanese soybeans because "eda" means branch or twig and "mame" is bean in Japanese.

March 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Brighten mealtime palate with citrus

Brighten mealtime palate with citrus

Things are looking bright and sunny in local grocery stores, thanks to the sweet citrus selection this time of year.

January 30, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Pork roast is a classic set-it, forget-it meal

Pork roast is a classic set-it, forget-it meal

It's the time of the year for quick, easy and warmly satisfying meals.

January 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Keep some scallops on hand - and dress them up 5 ways

Keep some scallops on hand - and dress them up 5 ways

For a spur-of-the-moment semifancy meal, you can't beat scallops. Scallops are ideal to have tucked away in your freezer because they defrost and cook quickly. When planning a meal with scallops, figure two to three of the larger sea scallops (about 2 inches in diameter) per serving with a s…

January 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Banish bottled dressings

Knowing how to make a variety of vinaigrettes is a kitchen skill every cook should have. Why?

November 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Meatballs top hors d'oeuvre pick

Meatballs top hors d'oeuvre pick

Spicy raspberry enlightenment meatballs are a step up from the '60s standard party meatballs coated with grape jelly mixed with chile sauce.

November 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Meatballs top hors d'oeuvre pick

Meatballs top hors d'oeuvre pick

Meatballs are the ideal appetizer. They can serve a lot of people and are super convenient if you buy the premade ones. Grocery stores and warehouse-type stores sell 4-pound bags (or larger) of fully cooked meatballs.

November 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Add nutritional yeast for flavor, health punch

Nutritional yeast is an ingredient used in many vegetarian recipes because it's a source of protein and B vitamins. It adds a nutty, cheesy flavor to many dishes such as casseroles and gratins. Another common use is to sprinkle the yeast on popcorn and cooked vegetables.

October 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Satisfying soup starts with good base

Satisfying soup starts with good base

Once cool temperatures hit, many of us crave soup. And when it comes to making soup, I always think of my late father's chicken soup: Take a big pot, add some onions, carrots and celery. Add one big chicken and water to cover. Bring to a simmer and let it simmer for hours.

October 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Got leftovers? Make carnitas

Got leftovers? Make carnitas

A lot of people eschew leftovers. Savvy cooks embrace them. Today's recipe is one that came about because I had a cooked pork loin roast tucked away in the freezer as well as ingredients typically used in Mexican cooking: cilantro, corn tortillas, white onions and jalapeño.

October 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Economical, versatile, tender flat iron steak is good on the grill

If you haven't given much thought to what to toss on the grill, try a simple, marinated flat iron steak.

September 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Health kick(off)

Health kick(off)

Football season is almost here. Party time. But: Is it possible to set out great snacks and trim back fat and calories?

August 22, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Woods add distinct flavors to grilled meats

Woods add distinct flavors to grilled meats

Today, instead of the traditional July 4 barbecue, try a bit of smoke. Toss a few wood chips on the heat or into the smoker box, watch and smell. Those wisps of smoke are bringing new flavor dimensions from woods like apple, hickory and mesquite.

July 04, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Portabella mushrooms a tasty alternative to meat

Portabella mushrooms a tasty alternative to meat

Meaty tasting and low in calories, portabella mushrooms are a great alternative to a beef burger.

June 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Titanic recreations

Interest in the Titanic sails on as the 100th anniversary of its April 15, 1912, sinking draws near.

April 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Desserts made for Passover seder don't have to compromise on flavor

Desserts made for Passover seder don't have to compromise on flavor

Passover, which begins at sundown Friday, will bring Jewish families and friends together to commemorate the freeing of Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt.

April 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Go beyond sipping cider

Go beyond sipping cider

Chicken Thighs with Apples and Cider Sauce

November 30, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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French onion soup makes a comforting, satisfying meal for a nippy autumn day

French onion soup makes a comforting, satisfying meal for a nippy autumn day

French onion is one of my favorite soups, especially in the fall. The hearty beef broth flavor, the silky melted cheese and the baguette slices toasted just right make it pure comfort food on a cool day.

November 09, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Just go with the slow cooker

Just go with the slow cooker

Slow-cooker cooking is a rite of fall. As the cooler weather hits, folks are less inclined to use the grill and more inclined to turn to that versatile vessel that saves time and effort.

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These simple steps add dimension to garden-fresh summer gazpacho

When it's just too darn hot to cook, a cool summer gazpacho is easy and refreshing.

August 17, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Use tangy, versatile brie for hors d'oeuvres, sauces

It's rare that I don't give a recipe that lists brie as an ingredient a second look.

July 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Bone-in chicken breasts worth extra cooking time

What's a good way to cook bone-in chicken breasts? How long should they cook?

July 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Oven baking shrimp favorite keeps it lean

Shrimp can be a lean source of protein, depending how you prepare it.

July 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Nip and tuck makes grilling salmon easier

Nip and tuck makes grilling salmon easier

While perusing the July issue of Cook's Country magazine, the recipe for grilled salmon steaks caught my eye. The salmon steaks looked perfecto.

July 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
The Eating Rainbow

The Eating Rainbow

Shake the salt habit, especially in processed foods. Eat more seafood, fruits and vegetables, and choose fat-free or low-fat dairy.

June 08, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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How to mix rice flour for gluten-free cooking

Wondering if you can substitute rice flour for all-purpose flour?

April 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Cook Friday's fish fry in your home kitchen

Cook Friday's fish fry in your home kitchen

March and April wouldn't be the same without the Lenten fish fries served up at churches, clubs and organizations.

March 16, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Tailgaters, take a dip on the wild side

Tailgaters, take a dip on the wild side

Dips are tailgate mainstays. And there's good reason: They can be made ahead of time and require little effort.

September 08, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Fall brings raspberries that are bigger, heartier

Fall brings raspberries that are bigger, heartier

There is berry good news on the berry front. Fall raspberry season is in full swing, with raspberries at or near peak.

September 01, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Healthful, omega-rich salmon ready for grill or oven

Healthful, omega-rich salmon ready for grill or oven

The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish - particularly fatty kinds - per week. A serving size is about 3 1/2 ounces of cooked fish - the size of a deck of cards.

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Salad days of summer

Salad days of summer

Salad - be it noodle salad or potato salad or salad made with fruit or vegetables - is a mainstay for picnics, potlucks and all-around summer entertaining.

July 14, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Bones of beauty

Bones of beauty

No barbecue bash would be complete without ribs, but trying to serve up the perfect rib can leave grillers reeling.

July 07, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Keep cool with watermelon salad

Keep cool with watermelon salad

When it's too hot to cook an entire meal - or you don't have the urge - opt for something that takes just a little time to prepare and only a few seconds to heat.

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Be smart - make a quick meal of mussels

Be smart - make a quick meal of mussels

Mussels may boost your mood as well as your heart.

June 02, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Avocado: Buttery, healthy and still a fruit

Avocado: Buttery, healthy and still a fruit

Pity the poor avocado. It's often misunderstood. It's not the typical fruit that you eat fresh out of hand. Once an avocado is ripe, it goes bad quickly. And avocados have a reputation of getting smashed, mixed with other ingredients, and presto - you have guacamole.

February 24, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

[ cornish hens ]

If you don't want to wrestle with a big turkey for Christmas, Cornish hens are a good alternative.

December 21, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Time to test Thanksgiving dishes now

Time to test Thanksgiving dishes now

It's not too early to start testing recipes for Thanksgiving, the biggest food holiday of the year.

October 21, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Salmon rich in omega-3 fatty acids, flavor

Salmon rich in omega-3 fatty acids, flavor

Salmon is quick to prepare, it works well with many flavors, and it's good for you. The fish ranks high in omega-3 fatty acids, the good fats that nutritionists say we should eat more of. It's filling, too: A 4-ounce portion — which is about the size of a deck of cards — will satisfy most ap…

September 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Sage-apple stuffing elevates tasty pork chops

Sage-apple stuffing elevates tasty pork chops

Pork and apples are a perfect pair, and today's dish, Pork Chops with Sage-Apple Stuffing, is a great example. And the timing couldn't be better.

September 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Get fresh herb taste off-season by freezing or drying them

Get fresh herb taste off-season by freezing or drying them

Wondering what to do with that abundance of garden-fresh herbs you've carefully tended all summer long?

September 23, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Keep the grill going, but cover it with skewers

Keep the grill going, but cover it with skewers

You've had a summer of grilling burgers and hot dogs.

September 16, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Pasta and vegetables make a successful dish

Pasta and vegetables make a successful dish

When schedules are hectic, a successful quick dish in my kitchen is one that doesn't make a huge mess, uses minimal cookware and has nutritional value.

September 09, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Here are some foods to help break daily Ramadan fasts

Here are some foods to help break daily Ramadan fasts

Saturday marked the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of reflection, prayer and fasting from sunrise to sunset. During daylight hours, many Muslims are refraining from eating, drinking (including water), smoking and sex.

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Be creative: Turn icebox cakes into works of art

Be creative: Turn icebox cakes into works of art

Icebox cakes really are as easy as pie.

August 05, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
This salad one of many ideas for leftover bread

This salad one of many ideas for leftover bread

A recent Time magazine article caught my eye. "Lidia Bastianich Saves Our Dough" featured ways to use bread.

July 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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