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Gretchen's table: Corned beef and cabbage pierogies

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With St. Patrick's Day upon us, I decided to do a pierogi take on the classic Irish American dish, corned beef and cabbage.

My go-to recipe for pierogi dough comes from Casey Barber's 2015 cookbook "Pierogi Love." Soft and super stretchy, it's easy for even novice cooks to work with. For the filling, I combined homemade cheesy mashed potatoes ...Read more

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Gretchen's table: Two classic Valentine's Day desserts

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Valentine's Day can be something of a challenge when it comes whipping up a homemade dessert, because some people love vanilla while others live and die by chocolate.

Throw a Valentine with a gluten sensitivity into the mix and you might want to simply offer up a heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth in one ...Read more

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Forget corned beef and cabbage — Irish lamb stew is the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal

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Although St. Patrick's Day is most often associated with corned beef and cabbage, if we were in Ireland, dinner would be a good lamb stew. Corned beef is an American dish of 19th-century Irish immigrants, an inexpensive alternative to fresh meat.

The traditional stew calls for lamb (sometimes beef), onions, potatoes, carrots, parsley and thyme....Read more

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5 Valentine’s date ideas that are better than a dinner and a movie

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When it comes to planning the perfect Valentine’s day, why not do something out of the ordinary?

While there’s nothing wrong with the classic dinner and a movie, there are other options that leave room for conversation and a great experience. Here are five fun and out of the box ideas that are perfect for Valentine’s day:

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Keep guests comfy this winter with hygge inspiration

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Second to the term “Brexit,” the Collins English Dictionary coined “hygge” the runner-up for the word of the year in the UK in 2016. Soon after, the Danish and Norwegian word describing a cozy and contended mood became something of a phenomenon across the pond as well. Americans quickly embraced the idea and practice of hygge — and why...Read more

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Super spread: Tackle these favorite tailgate recipes for Super Bowl

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The NFL's biggest game of the year is fast approaching, and my guess is that football fans aren't just trying to figure out where to watch. We're also contemplating a winning tailgate menu for family and friends to nosh on during the game.

In years past, we've offered up some healthier takes on traditional tailgate food (seven-layer salad, ...Read more

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Host a Super Bowl party your friends will talk about with these 10 tried and true tips

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The big game is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to throw an amazing party. Between the food, decorations and making sure everyone has fun - including those that only watch the commercials - it’s a huge job to undertake.

For those saving some money and partying at home or with friends, there are ...Read more

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Game on! Put healthier Super Bowl snacks in the lineup

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For a month, we’ve been good. We’ve lived up to our New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy, cutting fat and calories.

Maybe we’ve opted for less dairy, or we’ve gone gluten-free or vegan. We’re starting to feel like we have a handle on our diet game plan.

Then comes Super Bowl and all those good intentions get sacked.

“Super Bowl...Read more