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An offer they won't want to refuse: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of 'The Godfather'

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If you watched Paramount’s TV series “The Offer,” you likely gleaned that the transition of the cinematic portrayal of “The Godfather” was complex. In fact, the obstacles presented in ushering Mario Puzo’s fictional saga of the Corleones from paper to screen were as immense as they were — often — bizarre. As the infamous “...Read more

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BBQ My Way: Smoked chicken liver pate with bourbon

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If you don’t like the taste of liver, specifically chicken liver, you may want to flip back to the sports or opinions page. This recipe was spurred on by a comment from a friend of mine on social media. I asked on our cooking channel what our viewers might like to have me grill, cook or smoke in a cooking video. His comment was “chicken ...Read more

Craft chilling Halloween cocktails with these tips and recipes

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We got boozy tips from experts at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

When Halloween falls on a weekday, we like to double down and create a spine-tingling spread worth staying in for. To accompany your ghoulish bites, try crafting a couple of themed cocktails to conjure the proper vibes.

We asked ABC Fine Wine & Spirits’ sales manager Nathan Dale for ...Read more

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Sides are mainstays at a Labor Day potluck

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Just as the main-course proteins such as burgers, barbecue chicken, brisket and ribs are expected at a Labor Day bash, so are the sides.

Sides offer a variety of textures and tastes and very accommodating to the different diets at a potluck party. So if there are vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians and those sensitive to gluten in the mix, there ...Read more

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How to plan a perfect summer pie party

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According to “A Brief History of Pie,” published by Time magazine, pies — formally known as “pyes” — can be traced back to ancient Greece and became popular among the masses in medieval England. Mostly savory in nature, pyes were filled with whatever local game presented itself, including magpie pigeon.

Now, pies have become one of...Read more

8 fresh recipes that go easily from farmers market to table

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(Editor's Note: This story was originally published Sept. 1, 2021.)

Labor Day is generally considered the unofficial end of summer and all the fun things that go with it.

Come September, the kids are back in school, the beaches clear out and even the sun makes a break for it, disappearing below the horizon earlier and earlier each day.

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BBQ My Way: Classic beef and vegetable shish kebabs

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Certain meals are simply fun to prepare and fun to eat. In my opinion, grilled shish kebabs definitely fall into that category. Not only are they perfect for grilling, the end result Is a meal that covers everything: meat, vegetables and starch.

The history of shish kebabs can be traced back to the soldiers of Turkey. During wartime they would ...Read more

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BBQ My Way: How do you like your ribs?

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Last night I smoked some spare ribs. I’m always curious to know the true opinion of those who eat the food I prepare. I mean, I REALLY want to know their TRUE opinion. So, this morning, I asked Liz what she truly thought of the ribs. She said they were good, but that she likes ribs where the meat is falling off the bone. My mother-in-law likes...Read more

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It's prime time for a summer picnic

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Summer is the perfect time to entertain friends and family. But with back-to-back occasions like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation parties and the Fourth of July, some hosts may be reluctant to open their homes for yet another gathering. Consider instead grabbing a basket, a blanket and your besties to pull off a fun, memorable and ...Read more

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Try these six travel-free summer fun ideas

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Fuel prices have made traveling this summer a luxury not everyone can afford. But who says astronomical travel costs should bar summer fun? Not this writer! And, not most Americans. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we are a resourceful and creative bunch. So for the sake of making the most of whatever breaks you have, take a ...Read more

More summer sippers: 'Tis the season of canned craft cocktails

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Ready-to-drink adult beverages are moving into tasty new territory and local distillers are at the forefront.

MINNEAPOLIS — Skillfully crafted adult beverages in ready-to-crack cans are stacking up inside local liquor stores, much to the delight of discerning drinkers honed in an age of craft cocktails and high-class bartenders.

In recent ...Read more