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Probably by now everyone who is supposed to be is back in school. I guess there is a reason that the starting date for districts varies by as much as two full weeks. There are those of us who never had to worry about what date school was starting each fall — it was always the day after Labor…

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I’m not much of a boozehound myself, but if I had anything resembling a “house drink,” it would probably be sangria. Made in advance, big enough to serve a crowd and crowd-pleasing — there are lots of reasons to take a cue to drink as the Spanish do.

How old are you? Now, you know I don’t mean for you to tell me — just to think about things that you may be old enough to remember about life.

The snap of chilled shrimp is just the right bite on a hot summer day — refreshing you as it satisfies your appetite. This shrimp salad builds on that feeling with two additional cooling ingredients: cucumber, the “cool as a . . .” comparative standard, thanks to its unbeatable, quenching cr…

Well, another month used up and gone. August is not a month I eagerly await, except it gives us anticipation of fall after the dog days of the coming month.

Chocolate is my default dessert mode. I eat enough berries, peaches, apricots and plums out of hand in the summer that I never feel a great urgency to use them when I’m baking. But then something like this Summer Fruit Crumble comes along and I’m reminded how delightful it is to incorporate …

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I love to grill, and barbecue, and I have devoted my career to outdoor cooking for more than two decades. In that time, I’ve seen a lot of mistakes and people tend to make them over and over. So I put together a list of the biggest grilling don’ts and how to avoid them. Feel free to print th…

Do you like to go to estate or garage sales? I have a problem with either, much the same as I do with bakeries. I have great willpower as long as I stay in the car, but otherwise, it’s hopeless!

A few years ago, I was e-gifted a recipe for a simple fruit-topped cake called Cup o’ Cup o’ Cup o’. The email ended with “I bet my mother made 1000 of these when we were kids.”

A blender was one of my first countertop appliances, proudly displayed in my first apartment. That’s more years ago than I prefer to calculate at this point. Even now, though, as I’ve acquired many (too many?) more appliances and gadgets, a blender — that original one did eventually burn out…

These are the days when food sites thrill to charms of seasonal eating. Tastes like summer! Perfect for picnics! Summer in a bowl! Summer on the grill! I wasn’t expecting a hot brothy pot to figure into this line of tropes, but here it is: chicken soup for summer.

What good fortune I have this week! Some of you know the Texas Shakespeare Festival is one of the delights of my life. I have been involved in some form since the start of this wonderful event. I asked my dear friend, Daniel Brown, to share some of the recipes he serves to the company of act…

Do you learn visually or aurally (by seeing or hearing)? Of course, we use both if we are fortunate to have both senses intact. However, since I learn primarily visually, I have a hard time if I am only told about a recipe and do not write it down or see it written.

My parents just sold our family house of 31 years. One of my earliest memories there — food-related memories, anyway — is of my dad making barbecue chicken on his Weber kettle grill on our driveway while my brothers and I played in the backyard. Even now, I can practically smell it. It was n…

— Barbara Richardson McClellan is a longtime food columnist and has written three self-published cookbooks. Her column appears in the News-Journal’s Taste section each Wednesday. Write her at bayrm12@gmail.com or in care of the Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606.

ODESSA — The memory of endless rows of vendors bringing fresh vegetables, fish and coconut milk to outdoor markets in Thailand is easy to recall for Nu Ann Lewis. She said it was a bit of a culture shock coming to Odessa after growing up surrounded by locally sourced food.

It’s that time! The children are out of school and probably have already said, “I’m bored,” two dozen times. Now is the time for mom and dad — or grandmother — to exit the kitchen and all the duties that go with it. Then, let the older children plan, shop, prepare, cook, serve and clean up a meal.