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Seriously Simple: When it comes to holiday entertaining, forget perfection

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Holiday entertaining is no picnic. Thanksgiving is the biggest home cooking day of the year, but it can be filled with panic. What if the guests refuse to talk? What if there are last-minute guests when there is not enough room? What if the table doesn't look good? Worst of all, what if the food doesn't turn out? As everyone who ...Read more

EatingWell: The flavors of fall

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This creamy parsnip and apple soup recipe has amazing flavor from the combination of curry powder, coriander, cumin and ginger. Be sure to use fresh curry powder when making this soup. Not sure if yours is fresh? Open the jar: The aroma should meet your nose immediately. Serve with flatbread or whole-wheat rolls.

Curried Parsnip & Apple Soup

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The Kitchn: A seasonal twist on fettuccine Alfredo

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This time of year, it feels like it's our duty to squeeze winter squash into every corner of our diet, whether it's on pizza or salad, or even in dessert. Here's the best way to get your fill of squash with your pasta: Turn it into a decadent sauce, rich with cream and kissed with nutmeg.

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The Kitchn: Turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into lasagna

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When you've had your fill of turkey sandwiches and turkey soup, but there are still leftovers waiting to be eaten in the fridge, choose greatness. And by greatness we mean a towering lasagna filled with layers of roasted Brussels sprouts, creamy sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving ...Read more

We try Starbucks Halloween Witch's Brew Frappuccino — and find it forgettable

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Starbucks released a Halloween "Witch's Brew" Frappuccino recently, so we tried it.

The colors of a day-old bruise, layered with what appear to be insect egg sacs, capped with oozing mossy cream, the drink has no coffee in it whatsoever. Instead, the beverage offers a surprisingly benign yet utterly forgettable fruity flavor.

When I brought ...Read more

Monster Mouths

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

My husband and I have always enjoyed Halloween. Years ago I declared it my favorite holiday. I like Halloween more than Christmas.

Early in our relationship my husband and I decided to celebrate the Trick-or-Treaters. Instead of seeing them as an interruption we decided to make adult fun out of the process.

First thing we do each year is set ...Read more

'No one likes them, don't give them out,' NC city declares, banning a Halloween classic

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina city has banned a certain type of candy a full week ahead of Halloween.

While such notices tend to be issued out of caution for kids, the City of High Point's recent message seemed to be driven more by taste.

The city posted a photo of long-lived Halloween handouts – peanut butter kisses – to Facebook on ...Read more

Get to know the elegant, versatile wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume

Recipes / All About Wine /

About two hours south of Paris, on the eastern end of the Loire Valley, two of the world's most renowned sauvignon blanc appellations sit just a handful of miles apart.

Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume are separated by the Loire River, which flows north between them before making its big, left-hand turn toward the Atlantic Ocean near the southern ...Read more

Giuliana Rancic's prosecco now available at Target

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Fans of celebrity Giuliana Rancic can now head to Target to pick up a bottle of her prosecco.

The TV host, author, designer and philanthropist launched the sparkling wine Giuliana Prosecco in September 2017 in collaboration with Terlato Wines, a wine distributor.

This isn't Rancic's first foray into the wine world -- she had a single-serve ...Read more

Life's too short to worry about complicated cocktails … Try this easy autumnal spritz

Recipes / Variety Menu /

There's a trend in home cocktailing eschewing fancy ingredients, complicated syrups and homemade tinctures.

Call it an embrace of Italian sprezzatura, coined by sixteenth century author Baldassare Castiglione in "The Book of the Courtier" as "a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without...Read more

Foreign grocery stores, elderly church ladies and mom's adaptation of Taiwanese beef noodle soup

Recipes / Variety Menu /

My mother has always used food in two ways: one, to express love and appreciation, and two, as a means of currency in her community.

When mom, Ling Ling Zheng (affectionately called Momma Wong by my friends), moved from Shanghai to Chicago in the '90s, beef noodle soup was one of the recipes she brought with her, a comforting dish to ward off ...Read more

For a slightly spooky Halloween, serve a cemetery

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It has come to this. What started, centuries ago, as a combination of a harvest festival and concerns that spirits could easily enter our world at this time of year has now developed into a holiday where people serve food that looks like cemeteries.

Trick-or-treating is important, too. Kids like their candy. Adults like to hand out candy if ...Read more

Our favorite instant ramen noodle brands

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If you want to get to know people, ask them about their favorite instant ramen noodles. Not just the brand, but also how they make them. I asked my colleagues just that, and to bring their best to the Tribune test kitchen. Forget about personality tests, just boil some water.

Once upon a time I had a childhood fantasy of exploring every instant...Read more

Best Bites: Madrinas iced coffee

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What's better than a delicious, cold coffee drink in a can? How about one that's Fair Trade, organic and made by a St. Louis company? Madrinas coffees come in a variety of flavors including caramel, cappuccino, black, mocha and vanilla. The sweet ones aren't too sweet and all have a surprisingly robust coffee flavor for iced coffee.

Size: 15-...Read more

Get your doughnut fix fast with no-rise batter packed with fall flavors

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Baking isn't heavy lifting -- unless you attempt a slab pie and the slab measures 21 by 15 inches. Then, it demands core strength.

You make this discovery after slicing 15 pounds of apples, rolling 6 pounds of pastry, grinding 2 pounds of crumble and sprinkling 1 pound of sugar. Grasping two corners of the pan, you tug. Hard. Muscling 24 pounds...Read more

How to dump jarred pasta sauce forever: Make your own in a few easy steps

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Seriously, who's even got the time anymore, am I right? Between motoring the spawn schoolward and picking up the laundry from the rock lady down by the stream. Then there are the insufferable chores: milking the chickens, feathering the ducks. And the texts! "Hellooooo, are you there? Why aren't you texting me back?"

Look, if you want my ...Read more

Cod in cider dish the perfect meal for Halloween week

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Fish cooked in cider is a popular dish in the Asturias region of northern Spain. A cider-based dish is great to use for Halloween week.

The Asturias region is located on the northern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, which is famous for its hard cider. Before fermentation, apple cider is called "sweet." If allowed to ferment, the cider becomes ...Read more

Planters peanut IPA collaboration with Chicago brewer tastes better than a gimmick

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Mike Condon thought the email was a joke.

Why would Planters, the nation's seminal peanut brand, want to make a beer with Condon's tiny Chicago suburban brewery, Noon Whistle?

Why would Planters want to make a beer at all?

But sure enough, the email was real, and the unlikely result -- Mr. IPA-Nut, an IPA featuring 800 pounds of peanuts and ...Read more

Get back to your 'roots' and discover salsify this autumn

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

Autumn always feels to me like the perfect time to cook and serve root vegetables. Sure, all the year round we enjoy carrots, potatoes and other less-popular but still well-known roots (and tubers, to be botanically accurate about potatoes) such as parsnips, turnips and rutabagas. But cooler days seem perfectly suited to the comfort and warmth ...Read more

Eating organic foods frequently can keep cancer away, new study suggests

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Frequently eating organic foods can lower the overall risk of developing cancer, a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests.

Specifically, the study of the diets of nearly 70,000 French adults shows those who primarily eat organic foods were more likely to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer compared ...Read more

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