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Celebrate Columbus Day cooking with an ancient Italian grain

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

October 12, 1492, the day that Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas, has long been celebrated across the United States and by people of Italian heritage around the globe. Since 1937, that date has been an official federal holiday called Columbus Day, and in 1970 Congress officially set its observance ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Kohlrabi, the subtle cabbage

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Environmental Nutrition

With a taste similar to a combination of cucumber and mild broccoli, kholrabi has a more subtle flavor than its cabbage family cousins, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower. Its most distinguishing feature is an above-ground bulb, called a "globe."

The folklore: ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Walnut season a sign of fall flavors

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The walnut harvest began at the end of August and ends in November, and many are surprised to learn that California walnuts account for 99 percent of the commercial U.S. supply and two-thirds of the world supply.

Most of our walnuts are commonly known as the English (or Persian) walnut, and it is nice to know that walnuts are good for us ...Read more

EatingWell: Macaroni with Sausage & Ricotta

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A bit of sausage goes a long way in flavoring the creamy ricotta tomato sauce in this quick, healthy pasta recipe. Serve with a green salad and crusty Italian bread.

Macaroni with Sausage & Ricotta

Serves 6

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

6 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion

6 ...Read more

One for the Table: Brie, a versatile cheese

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At my house growing up, we ate a lot of cheese: as an appetizer, on dishes, after dinner or just for a snack. Unlike Parmigiano-Reggiano and Grana Padano, Brie was not a staple cheese growing up, but it's a staple in our refrigerator now. In fact, there is currently a wheel of Brie...Read more

The Kitchn: Make applesauce in the slow cooker

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If you're new to making homemade applesauce, know that you only need a few ingredients, and turning them into a sauce is much easier than you might think.

The best apples for applesauce

While there are certain apple varieties that lend themselves to being homeandleisure/recipes/varietymenu/s-1733098">Read more

Michigan apples, Seattle salami come together in autumn salad

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I love a salad with sweet, crunchy apples, such as ginger golds, especially when paired with salami and wine-marinated mushrooms. It's a salad perfect for dining al fresco with my family on early autumn nights. The apples sourced for testing this recipe found in my latest cookbook, "America -- Farm to Table" (Grand Central Life & Style, $...Read more

A crisp white is just right with smoked fish

Recipes / All About Wine /

Smoked fish can make an entrance as hors d'oeuvres or a plated first course for a dinner party, or as part of a brunch spread. It could be trout you caught in the Sierras and cold-smoked over applewood or a side of smoked salmon a friend from Seattle brought as a gift. It might be smoked sturgeon from a deli or a plate of satiny smoked Tasmanian...Read more

Favor fall flavors? Try caramel apple biscotti, spiced cinnamon-cayenne crackers, citrus sweets

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The latest snackers from Mary's Gone Crackers aren't meek. The Thins line features lots of good-for-you ingredients (sprouted buckwheat, chia seeds, quinoa flakes, etc.). They come in five flavors: Kale; Lightly Salted; Garlic & Onion; Ancient Spice; and Italian Herb. Our favorites are Ancient Spice (a mix of cumin, ...Read more

Cook's Corner: Hyde Beach's Thai coconut mussels demand bread for sopping

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There's a grand sense of playfulness at sbe's newest South Florida vision, Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails in Hallandale Beach, where you can swing from hammocks, sit outside with a view of the water in open-air booths, or hit the indoor raw bar.

The food is eclectic and reflects executive chef Danny Elmaleh's passion for cross-cultural cuisine,...Read more

Think today's wines are too boozy? Here's a primer on low-/high-alcohol wines

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Ever get the sense that American wines every year get bigger, less subtle and more alcoholic?

South Florida reader Linda Embry does.

"As I've grown older, I've preferred wines with an alcohol content lower than 13.5 and 14 percent. Can you recommend some good red wines and white wines with low alcohol content, for example, 9 or 10 percent? I ...Read more

Tidbits: Old El Paso tacos

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Lately it's being said quite frequently that consumers' preferences in food products are shifting toward "natural," "simple" and less-processed groceries. Probably so, but Mr. Tidbit is pretty sure that there remains a sizable collection of folks who happily buy such offerings as the latest "limited edition" Oreo cookie (it's ...Read more

Even Easy Recipes Can Be Customized

Recipes / After-Work Gourmet /

You don't have to be at a restaurant to be picky about ordering your food. Demand the same from yourself or whoever is cooking at your house. As Burger King famously told us for 40 years while showcasing every imaginable variation on a burger: "Have it your way!"

The surprise may be that even easy recipes are ripe for customization. As autumn...Read more

Homemade granola adds crunch to healthy breakfast

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

Morning is one of my favorite parts of each weekday. Even though I may have worked late in my restaurants the night before, I love to get up to fix breakfast for my two young sons, Oliver and Alexander, before driving them to school.

Breakfast, as everyone knows, is important for starting the day right. A good morning meal gives you energy and ...Read more

2 Tips for Tailgate Sipping

Now that football season is in full swing and weekend tailgate parties are as common as the falling leaves, it is my solemn duty to share my two most important tailgate tips for those rare wine enthusiasts in the beery football crowd.

These two tailgate tips are the result of years (actually decades) of experience with some elaborate tailgate...Read more

Fall Into Some Easy Autumn Soups

Recipes / After-Work Gourmet /

As another busy fall begins to fall into place, once again, hearty soup is one of the most economical, easy and tasty treats of the season. The contents of soup pots, however, don't have to be either homemade or store-bought.

"Halfway homemade" can equal some super-spoonfuls that start with a foundation of canned soup, like low-sodium chicken...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: The scoop on fructose

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Environmental Nutrition

If you were a natural foods enthusiast in the early 1980s, you might recall cookbooks that used fructose instead of table sugar as a sweetener. Fructose is a natural sugar in fruit, so it was viewed as a healthier option. Plus, fructose is sweeter than table sugar, ...Read more

Seriously Simple: How can I use prosciutto? Let me count the ways

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When my friend told me about her discovery of switching from bacon or pancetta to prosciutto for a variety of flavoring purposes, I had to try it. This simple recipe features crispy, mahogany prosciutto shards that can be utilized as an all-purpose garnish or filling ingredient. Once I found the best temperature and timing for making this ...Read more

EatingWell: Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans

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Tender-crisp green beans tossed with creamy blue cheese and topped with toasted walnuts pair well with grilled steak or chicken.

Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans

Serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

1 pound green beans, trimmed

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ...Read more

One for the Table: Spike mashed potatoes with a root veggie

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Although they're often a favorite side dish staple, sometimes mashed potatoes need a little inspiration.

Root vegetables make a perfect addition to potatoes, and I particularly like the sweet flavor of carrots in this recipe, but parsnips, rutabagas, turnips and celery root will ...Read more