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It's grilling season, but for a better burger, use the stove

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To grill or not to grill? You may want to consider the latter, if you listen to chefs.

MINNEAPOLIS — It sounds heretical, particularly since the outdoor cooking season is getting started, but here goes: For a truly delicious burger, skip the grill, stay indoors and reach for a cast-iron skillet.

This advice is gleaned from interviews that I ...Read more

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Picnic potluck: 6 simple, classic recipes

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Deirdre was invited to a picnic. Deirdre went to the grocery store and bought a plastic tub of potato salad. Everyone else brought homemade food and regarded Deirdre with barely concealed contempt.

Don’t be Deirdre.

It’s picnic season again. Even people who are not good cooks can take this opportunity to avoid embarrassment by making their...Read more

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BBQ My Way: Smoked and cheese-stuffed pork loin

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There is so much going on with this dish I couldn’t fit all the elements in the title of the column. What’s missing? Well, this delicious pork loin was also wrapped in bacon and served with a pineapple and mango salsa. The dish can be prepared on a gas grill or a charcoal grill using the indirect heat method, but in my case I used my pellet ...Read more


7 summer high-school-movie themed parties

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Summer marks a time for many high school graduation parties. But there’s nothing that says freshman, sophomores and juniors can’t have their own slice of celebration, too. After all, don’t some of our cinematic and streaming series favorites depict the singing, dancing and teen angst worthy of jubilation? Pick one of these seven movie/TV-...Read more


How to throw a pur-fect pet paw-ty

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 48 million households in the U.S. own dogs; almost 32 million own cats and over 3.5 million own birds. Pets can be therapeutic, entertaining and treasured members of the family.

Whether you have a furry, feathered, scaled or shelled pet as part of your pack, you can celebrate their...Read more

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BBQ My Way: Cheeseburger with a fried green tomato

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I’ve been on a bit of a burger binge of late, trying to master the smash burger on our flattop outdoor griddle, and let’s just say it’s been an enjoyable and delicious project. I absolutely love burgers. If I were to think of a dish/meal that is viewed as purely American and awesomely iconic in its deliciousness, it would be the burger. ...Read more

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Give Mom a colorful bouquet, make it edible

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Forget the roses, tulips, hydrangeas and daisies. Instead surprise Mom with a different kind of a bouquet — the kind she can feast on with her eyes and palate.

Present her a colorful and dramatic flat pack vegetable bouquet.

We are not talking about ordering a DIY vegetable kit from one of the many online companies that can cost a bundle or ...Read more

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On the lamb — 16 recipes for spring

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Spring is a time of hope, of renewal. And if you like to cook — or eat — it is also a time for lamb.

With Easter on the horizon, many cooks are thinking in terms of lamb, traditionally prepared, roasted in the oven.

And that is great. That is amazing. That is stellar.

But lamb is versatile, and there are so many other ways to cook it. It ...Read more


How to host one dino-mite party

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"Jurassic World Dominion" may not come out until June, but why wait to have a dino-mite celebration until then? Especially when you could sink your talons into something as meaty as National Velociraptor Awareness Day (April 18)?

While creatures of the Jurassic period have been long extinct, the enthusiasm for them lives on. Whether you are in...Read more

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BBQ My Way: Smoked mustard stuffed pork chops

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Sometimes a recipe is so darn easy it’s almost embarrassing to write about it. You could say this recipe qualifies. But I will do my best to make this an interesting column with delicious food awaiting you at the end of the culinary rainbow.

One of the things I like about pork chops is the ability to get them cut to order at most grocery ...Read more

It cannot be a traditional Passover feast without haroseth

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When Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 15, it is tradition for Jews near and far to celebrate the commemorative Seder dinner much the original way.

They will light candles, read from the Haggadah, retelling the ancient story of the Exodus about freedom from oppression through joyous song and prayer, eat the unleavened bread and sweet ...Read more