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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
There are certain vegetables that I bring home and have a stare-off with for a while before cooking them. I think sweet potatoes top the list, partly because they will last forever, so the staring contest can go on for quite some time. And partly … more
On Thanksgiving Day, why not follow presidential custom and grant your turkey a pardon? Sure, the big bird has always been at the center of the traditional feast, but cooking it is almost always a headache. The problem is how long to cook it. … more
You can't beat hot-from-the oven, crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside, buttermilk biscuits. I like mine slathered with sweet butter and molasses or stuffed with salty country ham. I am not picky: I like them for breakfast, lunch and/or … more
A chill is finally in the air, which transforms what goes on our table. Winter squash, hardy greens such as kale and chard, cabbage, cauliflower and sweet potatoes are filling the markets and my recipe-testing table. The colder weather has me … more
Many people have been able to bounce back after surviving the fight against cancer. Virginia Wheeler of Mayesville managed to keep a positive attitude during treatment and is now back to spending happier times with her family after surviving … more
When I first moved to Chicago from North Carolina, I was amazed at the variety of sausages. There were polish sausages, bratwurst, bockwurst, Italian; sweet and hot, among others. At that time, the sausage that I knew best was knackwurst which is … more
By The Culinary Institute of America There are some major misconceptions about brunch, like that it's just an excuse for people to drink mimosas and bloody marys before noon. And, well, yes - but the drinks are only the third-best thing about … more
What's for dinner? It is the eternal question and, nationwide, the "I'm out of ideas" face can be spotted on folks wandering the grocery store in search of inspiration. While even chefs sometimes get "dinner block," there is an advantage to … more
At the end of a long fall day - after dealing with all the seasonal demands of work and school - you don't want making dinner to be a big deal. What's called for is something that's idiot-proof and crowd-pleasing. This recipe for Five-Ingredient … more
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