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Shaking the notion of kid food from the Etch-a-Sketch of our minds not only clears the slate for children to explore a world of different flavors, it also removes any judgment adults might feel for digging into foods such as chicken nuggets, pizza or mac and cheese. Those dishes can hit the …

“Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Mark Twain gets credit for this quotation, perhaps mistakenly, because it seems that his friend and collaborator, journalist Charles Dudley Warner, is the one who first wrote this in an editorial for the Hartford, Co…

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Let’s be honest. From time to time, many of us throw weeknight dinners together with what we have on hand. It happens to me and I write a weekly column about getting dinner on the table in minutes, so supper recipes are almost always on my mind. Toward the end of the week when the refrigerat…

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We’ve all been there. There being left with a thin, watery sauce when instead we’re in want of one that is thick, luscious and full of body-ody-ody. While a roux is a common thickener that we should all master for dishes such as gravy and gumbo, it is of no use once we’ve already reached the…

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As with most foods, your idea of pot roast is likely whatever version you grew up eating. For me, that was a chunk of beef surrounded by potatoes and carrots in a black speckled oval roasting pan. There was no searing of the meat to develop flavor, nor was any liquid added to the pan for a p…

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I’ll be whipping up a batch of these swoon-worthy treats this Valentine’s Day as an act of self-love. Sure, I’ll share with my husband, but since he doesn’t buy into the holiday and I am a firm believer in the BYOV (Be Your Own Valentine) approach to life, they will really be a gift to myself.

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There’s no denying the simplicity of Trinidad-style aloo and channa. Creamy Yukon Gold potatoes are coated in curry powder, then simmered until soft. Canned chickpeas are added, and the whole pot is then zapped with a bright burst of aromatics and heat.

In 1968, when two-thirds of you were just twinkles in your mothers’ eyes, a few of us who were new to Longview along with other couples who were native Longviewites were invited to a dinner party at the home of the late Betty and Earl Roberts.

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Until recently, most of my cooking experience with lentils involved the large green ones cooked in a pot with diced onion and chunks of carrot. I would whip up a batch when I wanted an inexpensive, quick-to-make pot of filling food that I could eat for a few days.

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Many of us have been spending more time at home over the past 10 months, and a lot more of that time has been spent alone. With the coronavirus pandemic cutting off access to friends and social circles, and all the places we used to gather, that’s no surprise. And if you’re by yourself, you’…

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To braise or not to braise, that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the kitchen to prepare vegetables with low heat and little moisture, or to use another technique from one’s culinary bag of tricks, and, with a scorching pan or rapid boil, cook them?

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When you think about traveling somewhere in the United States, you go prepared knowing the sports team, the signature dishes, and the cultural and historical landmarks. If you’re really thorough, you toss in a regional slang word or two. But the distinct charms of cities and entire states ca…

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Count me among the people who pat themselves on the back when they carefully pack away food in the freezer, knowing there’s something to cook and eat in the future. That, my friends, is only half the battle. Of course, there’s the whole issue of remembering what’s actually in there (I’ve bee…

Well, here we are. Can you tell a difference yet? When the clock turned past midnight, Dec. 31, 2020, I think I heard a collective sigh from all over the world. Or, maybe I was just hearing myself. I am hopeful that we will keep looking forward, making a choice to remain positive and kind in…

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There are a number of reasons alcohol is off-limits for some people when cooking or baking, such as an allergy or an inability to use it when preparing food for children or those who might be in recovery. Maybe it’s not in your pantry, now that we’re shopping less often, or even your budget.

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This green smoothie is not magical. It will not detoxify you (your liver, lungs and digestive system do that just fine) or cleanse you (food doesn’t make you clean or dirty) or fulfill the overblown promises inevitably made about one food or another right after the New Year’s ball drops.

Whew! Hear my sigh of relief that 2020 has only a few hours left? How will this year go down in history books? Yes, there are joys for some people to be remembered — engagements, marriages, births in families, other positive events — but for the most part I think we will look back on this ye…

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No matter how you consume a wonton, one bite and you understand why the word translates from the Cantonese as “cloud swallow,” as Grace Young writes in her masterful book “The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen.” That’s what it feels like to eat these slippery, ethereal, delicate creations.

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A platter of crispy potatoes appeals to all of the senses. That enticing golden color. The texture and sound of the crunch. The smell. The way the crackling crust gives way to a creamy interior. Soggy, limp potatoes are just the opposite: sad and unappealing. Why even bother?

Good morning friends and family. I am addressing you by those names due to a wonderful letter I received this week. Because I did not get her permission, I will wait to tell you who the kind person is who wrote it. She said that those who read this (and have been reading for a while) feel as…

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If you want to make fresh ricotta, sneak a peek inside your fridge: Do you have milk, lemon juice and salt? Great! Got heavy cream on hand? Even better. With those three to four ingredients, fresh ricotta can be yours in about 30 minutes. And, once you’ve tried the homemade stuff, good luck …

Well, like it or not, we need to get on the ball for Christmas or other holiday preparation. Somehow, with the horror of the year past and having to deal those difficulties, I have made the mistake of almost ignoring the fact that we are already into December. I think it’s time to remember (…

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We’ve baked a lot of cookies in our time. Dozens of batches, untold hundreds (thousands?) of individual treats. Between all that cooking, along with a healthy dose of developing and editing recipes, we have gathered quite a few tips and tricks. Now we’re sharing our collected wisdom with you…

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This hearty, comforting soup may not have originated in the Midwest, but it is at the heart of my experience in that part of the country. My husband is from Michigan, and we typically spend part of the holiday season there, where the frigid, grey weather is overcome by the radiant warmth of …