Recipe: Cedar plank salmon with roasted-tomato butter

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This recipe, which hails from Cakebread Cellars, is featured in “Gather: Casual Cooking from Wine Country Gardens” by Janet Fletcher.

The Napa-based food writer is known for her “Planet Cheese” newsletter, as well as her cookbooks highlighting wine, cheese and farm-to-table fare. This book highlights more than 60 recipes from 13 edible ...Read more

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Let's grill homemade chili dogs, burgers and mushrooms this Memorial Day

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If there's one thing we can count on come Memorial Day, it's that most of us will spend at least part of the holiday weekend hunkered over a hot grill.

Summer means being outdoors, and most cooks can't wait to trade their ovens, air fryers and Instant Pots for the smoky, sizzling pleasure of cooking on a gas or charcoal grill.

Grilling has ...Read more

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Salmon burgers and salad make a Father's Day feast

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Rightly or wrongly, men are expected to be meat lovers. So it tracks that on Father's Day, steak or burgers often end up the protein of choice on a celebratory menu.

It doesn't have to be so.

My dad always favored a good piece of fish, especially salmon, which is both low-calorie and full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. My husband is a ...Read more

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How to get the perfect scoop of ice cream at home? You'll need the right tool

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My first job was waitressing at a family restaurant and ice cream shop. Among my duties was dishing out the ice cream cones, sundaes and banana splits ordered by the guests seated in my section. Most ordered ice cream for dessert after lunch or dinner. Some came in exclusively for ice cream. Suffice it to say, I became an ace ice cream scooper ...Read more


4 Mother's Day brunch ideas to impress mom, from the adventurous to the classic

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You're excused if Mother's Day sneaked up on you and you have nothing planned. But don't panic: A quick trip to the grocery store — and the flower shop — and a little quality time in the kitchen will make it seem like you've spent weeks planning a brunch fit for royalty.

If your honoree is an adventurous eater, a Persian Mixed-Herb and Feta...Read more

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Gretchen's table: Mom's cheesecake was her pride and our joy

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My mom wasn't a particularly touchy-feely person but I never doubted how much she loved me and my six siblings.

One way she showed it was through her desserts. While Ruth Trent hated to cook on a daily basis, she loved to bake. So holidays at the house when I was growing up were always flush with her famed chocolate chip cookies, cut-outs and ...Read more


Culinary instructor offers tips for making foil grilling packets for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day weekend, commemorating fallen military members, also marks the unofficial start to summer. The latter, culinarily, means one thing: It's time to get grilling.

You already know how to toss franks and burgers on the grill, but have you ever tried foil packet cooking? A favorite of Scout troops, these are tidy packages of meat and ...Read more


Passover recipe: Chanie Apfelbaum’s Charoset Bars

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You’ve never seen charoset like this before. The relish of fruit, nuts and red wine — it represents the mortar used by Jewish slaves in the building of the Egyptian pyramids — is one of the symbolic foods on the Passover seder plate. And its resemblance to actual mortar is probably why most of us don’t think to make and eat it more than ...Read more

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Gretchen's table: Easter ham mac and cheese

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We all like familiar foods on holidays. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a roasted turkey, Christmas means cut-out cookies and July 4 always finds hot dogs and grilled hamburgers on the menu.

And Easter? In my house at least, tradition calls for a smoky, savory ham with a brown sugar-maple glaze. I'm pretty sure it's graced my ...Read more

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3 flour-free recipes for the sweet side of Passover

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By avoiding all-purpose flour, home bakers can accommodate a number of dietary guidelines: gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, keto — and kosher for Passover.

The Jewish holiday restricts a number of foods, one of them being leavening agents that give rise to baked goods. In place of bread, observant Jews eat the crackerlike matzo, which is ...Read more


Recipe: Passover Panzanella with Matzo Brei Croutons

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Passover is a holiday of heavy foods. There’s brisket, potato kugel and way too much matzo. But if you have leftover steak and a jar of horseradish left over from the seder plate, you can make this delightful salad.

The recipe, from Chanie Apfelbaum’s new cookbook, “Totally Kosher: Tradition with a Twist! 150+ Recipes for the Holidays and...Read more