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A hearty stew and a trick or 2

During the recent bomb cyclone snowstorm, I couldn't go to the store for several days as I waited to get plowed out of my driveway. I had plenty of food, but a lot of it was that first of January "diet" food, and I was craving a warm stick-to-your … more

Homemade jam uses berries to sweeten, instead of sugar

My grandmother used to make jam every year out of the summer bounty of berries. It was a multi-day project involving scorching-hot vats of berries, thickened by pectin and pounds of white sugar, which she balanced with the tang of lemon or lime … more

Mini pizzas are perfect for a gathering

If you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go. And no need to make this an all-day project; there are plenty of shortcuts to take. You could … more

Mix up this year's Super Bowl party with steak fajitas

This year I'm looking to shake up the Super Bowl gathering a bit. Normally, a pot of chili anchors our party, but this year I'm thinking fajitas. They are customizable, have lots of visual appeal and will definitely fuel the armchair athletes as … more

Rich French beef stew is made healthier

When it comes to making beef stews, the French are clear winners. French beef stews - from wine country's Boeuf Bourguignon to southern France's Daube a la Provencale - get their unmistakable flavor from onions, red wine, chunks of beef, herbs … more

Over-ripe bananas make better pancakes

I hate to throw over-ripe bananas away. It is such a wasted opportunity for fresh, fragrant banana bread. But, there is only so much banana bread that one can eat. That is why I asked myself, what else can I make with over-ripe bananas? And, … more

Coconut milk, curry paste take chicken to new heights

Boneless skinless chicken breasts save the day for so many busy folks who want to get a lean, protein-filled, affordable dinner on the table in a hurry. I always have a package or two in my freezer - I buy them when they are on super-sale (which … more

Smoky soup has depth, flavor without meat

Rich bean soups are classic winter comfort food. They are filling, healthy and inexpensive, making them a worthy addition to the menu rotation. The downside to dried bean cookery is the time it takes … more

Serve Spanish-style crispy potatoes for New Year's

The classic New Year's libation is champagne, but what to eat is a matter of broader choice. This year why not make it a tapas party - a feast of various little bites? And, if indeed that's how you choose to roll, one of those dishes should be these … more

Serve stuffed petite beef filet for Christmas

Want to serve a fancy roast for Christmas dinner without breaking the bank? Try a petite beef filet. Cut from the shoulder, long and thin, and weighing between 8-10 ounces, the petite filet looks like a mini tenderloin of beef - one of the priciest … more

Orange, Raspberry Tart in under an hour

During the holidays, we could all use a fantastic tart recipe in our hip pockets. Tarts are a perfect festive end to any dinner party, and they make a lovely gift for a neighbor. If the thought of making homemade crust intimidates you, or if you … more

Put a little tang in your cooking with lemon curd

So, what is lemon curd, and what do you do with it? Lemon curd is essentially a preserve or condiment made with lemon juice, eggs, sugar and butter. The first three ingredients get blended and softly warmed so that the eggs thicken the mixture. … more

Vibrant winter greens salad comes together quickly

When it comes to planning a holiday spread, a salad is often an afterthought. Stately roasts, crowd-pleasing potatoes and sultry pies tend to grab the spotlight, and by the time we think, "Oh, yeah, we should probably have a salad," a bag of mixed … more

Big Butterscotchy Oatmeal Cookies are truly memorable

I haven't been consistently happy with my oatmeal cookie recipe for a while. Sometimes they turn out perfectly - fairly flat, chewy and moist in the middle, with crinkly, caramelized edges (not cakey or rounded) and a butterscotch-esque flavor. … more

Make eggplant Parmesan without extra breadcrumbs, oil

Make-ahead meals and cooking for the freezer, once relegated to suburban supermoms who had it more together than the rest of us, are now trendy with the healthy-eating crowd. Sure, we call it "meal prep," but it's pretty much the same thing: Make … more
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