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Classic deviled eggs are democratic appetizers

Deviled eggs know no single season or demographic. They are blissfully democratic appetizers. We all come back to the basic deviled egg. It's like how you might admire someone you love all done up in a fancy outfit, but then remember you really … more

Shredded Sweet Potatoes ideal for Passover or Easter

With spring just down the road, you've likely already figured out the main dish for the feast accompanying whichever of the two big seasonal holidays - Easter or Passover - you celebrate. Leg of lamb and glazed ham are Easter favorites. Braised … more

KitchenWise: Praline is standout in arugula salad

Here's a salad fit to join the lineup for your fanciest dinner or holiday meal. Each of the ingredients brings its own unique taste and texture to the mix, but the standout is the praline. A hard candy typically consisting of sugar and nuts, praline … more

Try this eggplant and chicken marinara, a 1-dish wonder

Many eggplant recipes start with slicing or dicing and sauteing in oil. But this approach can add a lot of unnecessary fat to your dish, as porous eggplant flesh absorbs oil like a sponge as it cooks, leading most of us to add more fat than we … more

Win them over with pasta salad

A great pasta salad is a beautiful thing. It anchors a picnic, potluck or buffet with aplomb. It's portable, flexible and easily and often vegetarian. One of the first things I made for my then-boyfriend's (now husband's) parents was a pasta … more

Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes are hearty enough for a meal, can be made ahead

Does your meatless Monday game need an overhaul? As a meat-eater myself, I find that the trick to meatless meal-making is to have a small repertoire of recipes that can work as a side dish or first course, or be eaten in larger quantities as a … more

Bake bar cookies packed with nuts, toffee, chocolate

These bar cookies are everything! They are loaded with texture, flavor and just enough salt to make them addictive. They are packed full of pecans, toffee bits, chopped white chocolate and dried coconut, but the sprinkling of bourbon is what really … 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

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

Lemon, orange complement this fish dish

Salmon is my No. 1 favorite fish in the ocean, and I am not alone. The rich and sometimes slightly sweet flavor, the velvety texture, the appealing color, and the fact that it takes so well to all kinds of preparations and seasonings make it a go-to … more

Mustard and Dill Crusted Salmon

It seems like mere moments after I get the last dish dried and put away, it's time to make dinner again. Is it me or are the days actually getting shorter, whizzing by in a blur and then coming to a screeching halt at 6 p.m. when every person in my … 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

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

Slow-cooked pork - eat it alone, wrap it up or serve with a side

Slowly cooking a big hunk of tough, inexpensive meat isn't just the best way to cook this cut of meat. It's really the only way. Most tough cuts of meat come from the hardest working parts of the animal, and therefore have a lot of collagen. This … more

Onion Beer Bread is a crowd-pleaser

A larger-than-usual crowd meeting up at your house for dinner? This Onion Beer Bread would add a lot to the menu. It's delicious, of course, but it's also very easy to whip up. Unlike more conventional breads, this one doesn't involve yeast or … more

Pair pork, cabbage for a tasty main dish

If you're tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, here's a recipe that promotes the lowly red cabbage from side dish to protein partner. All you have to do is cook it up sweet and sour and - voila! - your side dish is now ready to walk down the … more

Lemons, chicken & artichokes

Preserved lemons, aka lemon pickles, are a delicious and unique treat that have long delivered a ton of salty and acidic crunch to the cuisines of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia - and to America in recent years. You can buy lemon … more

Assemble the perfect fajita

Fajitas are surprisingly easy to make, especially if you use a pre-made fajita seasoning or some other Mexican seasoning blend. I use red onions because I like the way they add even more color to the … more

Beef, beer & barbecue

Let's just start by saying that the words beef, beer and barbecue in a recipe title don't make my husband sad. When browning beef for a stew (whether you're making it in a slow cooker, or a regular old pot or Dutch oven), it's less important to … 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
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