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Butternut Squash Roasted in Coconut Oil

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

Talk about a maligned and shunned vegetable! I’ve been walking by this golden beauty in my grocery store for decades. I thought they just looked like massively large peanuts.

We ate acorn squash in my family. We didn’t venture past the big green acorn to try out other options. I’ve totally missed the flavor and health benefits of this ...Read more

Peeling back the mystery of onions

Recipes / All About Wine /

Pity the poor onion. Always the culinary bridesmaid. Never the bride.

You don't sit down to a nice bowl of onions for dinner. No one makes onion-flavored soft drinks, or if they do, I don't want to know about it.

Even the lowly garlic bulb is the sole focus of at least two restaurants in California. But onions? Nada.

Onions are the supporting...Read more

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Trendy cauliflower steak makes an easy dinner

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Cauliflower steaks are becoming popular. They're easy to prepare and make a great vegetarian dinner. For this easy dinner, just cut a head of cauliflower into 1-inch steaks, add a prepared pesto sauce and let the oven do the rest.

Cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes and arugula make a simple salad side dish. Fresh arugula adds a peppery finish to...Read more

An apple lover’s apple crumble that highlights its fresh fruit flavor (and doesn’t bury it in sugar)

Recipes / America's Test Kitchen /

Some apple crumbles bury the fruit in sugar and streusel so that by the time you add a scoop of ice cream, you’ve lost the fruit’s tangy freshness. It’s the equivalent of heating really good olive oil so that it loses its grassy bite or cooking thick, well-marbled steak until the center goes gray.

An apple crumble should let the fruit’s...Read more

Merlot Fights Back

October is Merlot Month. Before you yawn, consider this. Merlot was ascendant in the domestic wine market prior to the 2004 movie "Sideways." The movie, filmed in California's Santa Barbara wine region, glorified (rightly) pinot noir and dissed (wrongly) merlot.

The widespread popularity of "Sideways," nominated for an Academy Award, had a ...Read more

EatingWell: Enjoy ‘apple pie’ a new way

Recipes / Variety Menu /

In this healthy take on apple pie, wonton wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream.

Fried Apple Pie Rolls

Serves 8

Active ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Hungry for hemp seeds

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Hemp is back! This variety of the cannabis plant, not to be confused with its intoxicating cousin (marijuana), is one of the most significant crops in history.

The folklore

Hemp dates back to 8,000 B.C. in present-day Iran and Iraq. It was among the first crops to be cultivated as a textile fiber, in things like cloth, rope and paper. Every ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Enjoy an unforgettable dish from Noe at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at home

Recipes / Variety Menu /

A year ago, just before the pandemic, we visited this dreamy resort in Hawaii with our daughter and her boyfriend. We were surprised when he asked for her hand in marriage the first night we arrived. We had a week of incredible celebrations toasting the happy couple; and on our last night we visited Noe, where we were astounded by each and every...Read more

Kary Osmond: Homemade hot chocolate is easier than you think

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Hot chocolate is the perfect sweet treat for a cool day. Growing up as a figure skater, spending many days in a cold skating arena, my mom always made sure there were packages of hot chocolate in the cupboard.

Once you learn how easy it is to make hot chocolate from scratch, you’ll never buy premix hot chocolate again. This recipe uses oat ...Read more

The Kitchn: The Kitchn: The homemade dressing that makes me excited to eat salad

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Salad dressing at my house used to come in one of two forms: a store-bought bottle or a homemade one that was honestly pretty lackluster. Designed to have a long shelf life, my homemade one didn’t have any fresh ingredients like garlic or shallots but relied on just vinegar, mustard and oil instead. While it was perfectly fine, it didn’t ...Read more

The Kitchn: Cinnamon butter bath sweet potatoes are the perfect side for every fall meal

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Butter-bath cooking originated in the Midwest with sweet summer corn, but that doesn’t mean we can’t carry it into the fall and winter with other seasonal vegetables. Case in point: sweet potatoes. Boiling the cubed potatoes in a bath of milk, butter and...Read more

Pumpkin Chiffon

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

Fall is my favorite season of the year. Hands down. Nothing can beat it. Nothing even comes close. I am loving this year’s fall – immensely.

What do I love about fall?

First off, I love the temperature...

Read more at PlanZDiet.com

Pumpkin Chiffon

Just in ...Read more

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Glass fire 95% contained after burning nearly 800 homes in California's Napa, Sonoma counties

Recipes / All About Wine /

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Glass fire, a destructive wildfire that burned close to 800 homes in California's North Bay area and forced tens of thousands to evacuate after sparking in extreme wind late last month, is almost fully contained.

With temperatures cooler, humidity higher and winds calmer, crews have made great progress in recent days, ...Read more

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Bitter melon is an Asian favorite. Here are 3 ways to cook it.

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I see lots of familiar things on my early-morning run through the neighborhood.

Neighbors walking with their dogs and morning coffee and kids weighed down by backpacks waiting for the school bus are a given. I can also count on a slobbery greeting from my pal Rosie the basset hound, who loves to be patted on the head.

It's become so routine ...Read more

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Bitter melon is an Asian favorite. Here are 3 ways to cook it.

Recipes / All About Wine /

I see lots of familiar things on my early-morning run through the neighborhood.

Neighbors walking with their dogs and morning coffee and kids weighed down by backpacks waiting for the school bus are a given. I can also count on a slobbery greeting from my pal Rosie the basset hound, who loves to be patted on the head.

It's become so routine ...Read more

E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Fall pastas come together easily when you cook the veggies ahead

Recipes / Variety Menu /

The secrets to carefree weekday pasta dinners? First, stock the fixings. Dried pastas, tinned tomatoes, hard grating cheese, fully cooked meatballs or sausage, dried herbs and olive oil. Second, prep a few things in advance. I roast vegetables, make sauces, saute onions and mushrooms, slip an extra ear or two of corn into the pot, even cook ...Read more

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Colorful fish dish packed with flavor

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Spice up cod fish fillets with a blend of cumin, paprika, garlic and red bell peppers. It's a colorful dish packed with flavor. I used cod, but any type of white fish fillet can be used. The heat is up to you, if you like your sauce with more spice use a hot paprika instead. In a recent interview with Yaniv Cohen about his book, The Spice ...Read more

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Colorful fish dish packed with flavor

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Spice up cod fish fillets with a blend of cumin, paprika, garlic and red bell peppers. It's a colorful dish packed with flavor. I used cod, but any type of white fish fillet can be used. The heat is up to you, if you like your sauce with more spice use a hot paprika instead. In a recent interview with Yaniv Cohen about his book, The Spice ...Read more

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After back-to-back wildfires, some Napa winemakers won't make a 2020 vintage

Recipes / All About Wine /

Craig Becker walked among the vines of Somerston Estate in St. Helena, Calif., and surveyed the rolling hills before him. Less than two months ago, lightning storms sparked fires that lit the ridges around him and tore through the trees, bushes and crops that covered this sprawling piece of land.

The flames rendered the estate's surviving vines...Read more

A one-hour, one-pot recipe to welcome fall

Recipes / America's Test Kitchen /

With kids back in school (in some form or another) and many parents still working from home, it’s a perfect time to add a great-tasting, quick-cooking meal to your recipe rotation. In this one-pot recipe, lively lemon zest, bright peas and summery basil combine with pasta, meat and vegetables for a satisfying, light and lively fall dish.

In ...Read more