Fall flavors for family meals

By on Oct. 22, 2013, at 3:43 p.m.
The mercury is falling all over the country and autumn is well upon us. Squash, pumpkins, potatoes and other fall produce are filling the markets, too. Many of these foods are fiber-rich and full of antioxidants. There’s something about colder weather that makes heartier food more flavorful. Soups, stews, casseroles …
Jenn Knapp's cooking blog, My Salty Kitchen, offers up recipes including ones for a mushroom galette, a bacon and wine beef stew, and fig and chocolate palmiers.

Maine food blogger is salty in more than one sense of the word

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 22, 2013, at 7:19 a.m.
Most people remember their grandmother’s recipe book or box, stuffed full of slips of paper with tried-and-true recipes jotted down by hand, sometimes decorated with dried-on cookie batter or a grease stain. It sat in the kitchen. It was an encyclopedia of family culinary knowledge. As memorable as those collections …
A fruit salad with sliced bananas, pineapple and blueberries and strawberries that have been marinated in vanilla balsamic vinegar.

Family meals matter: Veg out over breakfast

By Dairy Council of California, on Oct. 14, 2013, at 12:03 p.m.
According to our “3 out of 5” model for a balanced breakfast (see it at, we recommend choosing either fruits or vegetables to round out your balanced breakfast. Of course, you can get extra nutrition points for including all five food groups in your first meal of the day, …
Harvested seeds of homegrown Chenopodium quinoa.

Meatless Monday doesn’t have to mean tofu for dinner

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Sept. 30, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.
The Meatless Monday campaign has become a worldwide endeavor, encouraging people to cut meat out of their diets one day a week to improve their health and the health of the planet. If you are taking part to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer or heart disease, …

Tomato, Red Onion, and Potato Gratin

on Sept. 06, 2013, at 9:18 p.m.
Visiting Europe was a childhood dream.  How appropriate, how fortunate, how positively serendipitous it was to be able to realize that dream the summer before my last year in high school, while I am still considered by many to be a child. I’ve got to say though, up until we …

Fresh Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce

on Aug. 12, 2013, at 10:46 p.m.
Maybe I mentioned last year how difficult it is to get recipes using fresh produce on here.  For fear of fruits and vegetables going bad I’m always too hurried to make something out of them that no photos get taken, nothing gets recorded.  For example, last weekend we went to …
Making your own ice cream sandwiches is worth the effort, because you can choose your own filling, they taste better and you can say, "I made these myself." Cut into desired shapes and tightly wrap each sandwich with plastic wrap.

Cool and customized: Do-it-yourself ice cream sandwiches

By Kim Ode, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on July 30, 2013, at 12:42 p.m.
  Making your own ice cream sandwiches is worth the effort, because you can choose your own filling, they taste better – and you can say, “I made these myself.” We know. Ice cream sandwiches are right there in your grocer’s freezer case. Why would you fuss and make your …

Mexican herb has medicinal powers

By Georgia Clark-Albert on July 22, 2013, at 8:22 a.m.
Unless you cook a lot of Mexican food, you may not be familiar with the herb epazote (pronounced eh-pah-ZOH-tay). Epazote is a popular Central American herb that has been used by native Mexicans for hundreds of years. It has a strong musky flavor that provides a unique taste to Mexican …

Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet

on July 08, 2013, at 8:56 p.m.
If only I could lie on the couch forever, with the windows open, listening to people mowing their lawns and smelling fresh-cut grass as npr announces the state of the stock market.  That would indeed be nice, the epitome of relaxation that is given to a student every once in …

Chicken Galantine

on July 02, 2013, at 9:58 p.m.
Ever since I saw Julie and Julia I wanted to try deboning a chicken.  Today, four years later, I got around to actually doing it.  Maybe it was the lack of sleep over the past few days (we got back from Guatemala at 4:00 Monday morning), maybe it was the …
Grilling seafood can be intimidating but with a few tricks and a little trial and error great results can be had. A grilled salmon and summer salad dish is served at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Reel in a summer meal: Tackle your fear of grilling seafood

By Andrea Weigl, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on July 02, 2013, at 12:40 p.m.
  Grilling fish and seafood can be intimidating. Many of us either overcook the fish or undercook the fish or can’t pry the fish off the grill in one piece. We try special seafood grill baskets and every spatula in our kitchens with little improvement. We end up sacrificing more …

Crunch into some lettuce

By Lisa Abraham, Akron Beacon Journal on June 27, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.
  Lettuce lovers, this is your week. Lettuces of all varieties are coming into season now and you’ll find a wide assortment of salad greens at local farmers markets. In many places, the strawberry crop is still coming in, so combine the two into one recipe for a strawberry salad …
Freshly picked strawberries sit in their quart containers at Tate's Strawberry Farm in East Corinth. Strawberries are considered an effective disease management and health-promoting dietary regimen.

Strawberries: Good for the head, the heart and the taste buds

By Georgia Clark-Albert on June 10, 2013, at 12:59 p.m.
It doesn’t quite make sense that Feb. 27 is National Strawberry Day, June 9 is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, and June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. Strawberries are a great fruit to celebrate, but why not celebrate them all on the same day? The strawberry is a member of …

Roasted Rhubarb Prinsesstårta with Cardamom and Almond–Daring Bakers

on May 27, 2013, at 1:27 a.m.
Korena of Korena in the Kitchen was our May Daring Bakers’ host and she delighted us with this beautiful Swedish Prinsesstårta! When I first saw this challenge I must admit I was a little intimidated.  It’s three layers of sponge cake, the layers going: sponge cake, jam, pastry cream, sponge cake, pastry …

Dandelion Greens with Balsamic Vinegar

on May 22, 2013, at 8:49 p.m.
When I was in seventh grade we spent an inordinate amount of time in school on symbols.  What symbolizes you?  Are you a waterfall?  A crane?  I remember, I chose an otter.  Perhaps that was what I aspired to be in 7th grade, a charismatic, happy-go-lucky sort of person seeing …
In making pretzel bread, turn out risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into equal pieces, depending on the shape you desire.

Slash & learn: Pretzel bread elevates any sandwich after a brief baking soda bath

By Kim Ode, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on May 09, 2013, at 6:18 p.m.
People say beauty is skin-deep like it’s a bad thing. Consider the burnished dermis of pretzel bread, a hot dining trend in the burger world, but also a resurgence of artisan technique. While the innards of a sandwich naturally get the most attention, stacking them inside a strikingly contrasted pretzel …

Banana Caramel Upside-Down Cake

on April 21, 2013, at 10:40 p.m.
So, by my current estimate, in the last week my family drove about 2,400 miles.  Out to Chicago…and back.  It was part two of the college trip saga that has taken up these last two school vacations. Last vacation was Wellesley, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, and Yale. This time was Oberlin, …
Buckeyes made by the Yankee Chef, ready to be chilled and eaten.

Peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes an easy, decadent treat

By Jim Bailey on April 11, 2013, at 4:28 p.m.
These deliciously decadent treats are the perfect for the marriage of peanut butter and chocolate. Although it is not readily agreed who first made buckeyes as they are currently enjoyed, it is known that they are so-called because of their resemblance to the nut of a buckeye tree, found primarily …

Apricots – the early ripeners

By Georgia Clark-Albert on April 08, 2013, at 9:34 a.m.
Fresh apricots don’t stay around very long, so get them while you can. The future of most apricots is to either be canned or dried. About 13 percent of all U.S. apricots are sold fresh, 23 percent are used for canning and juicing, and 57 percent are usually dried, according …
Peeps are marshmallow candies that are shaped into chicks, bunnies and other animals.

Homemade ‘peeps’? These chicks rule

By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times on March 29, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
Maybe they slowly grew on me. Or maybe it was the sheer sugar rush — from testing close to 75 dozen chicks — but I’ll admit it. I’ve grown fond of Peeps. For most of us, an Easter basket simply isn’t complete without a box of Peeps. The colorful marshmallow …
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