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Seriously Simple: Surprise your mom with apple clafoutis for brunch

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Each Mother's Day I try to look for a dish that will make Mom feel special. I've made more egg dishes than I can count, along with coffee cakes, scones and muffins that have delighted Mom each year. This year I thought I would shake it up with a traditional peasant dessert from the Limousin region of France. I've served it usually...Read more

Ordering a Wine First

I'm what I call a reverse diner. While most everyone else sizes up a restaurant menu upon being seated, I ask for the wine list first. Once I've decided which wine is calling my name, I take a peek at the menu and build a meal around the wine.

This is especially useful when visiting a restaurant with exceptional wine offerings. I'm there for ...Read more

At 95, Mexican food expert Diana Kennedy is growing her own coffee and making her own tortillas

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MICHOACAN, Mexico -- To get to Diana Kennedy's house, outside Zitacuaro, Mexico, about 100 miles west of Mexico City, you go up a dirt road jutted with rocks, through two gates, past rock walls overhung with bougainvillea and blue plumbago, pink lilies and darting butterflies, and up a flight of stone steps to an outdoor patio that features two ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Food synergy boosts nutrition

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Environmental Nutrition

Pancakes and maple syrup, spaghetti and meatballs, chocolate and strawberries -- these are the "Thelma and Louises" of the food world -- items that just belong together. Beyond flavor, when certain foods are eaten together, their nutritional firepower is amplified. It'...Read more

Seriously Simple: 'Just Cook It' is a book worth having, especially for this simple side dish recipe

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Justin Chapple has penned a book that I think stands out for its well-sourced pantry and simple, yet utterly delicious recipes. The photographs are vibrant and show off his food in the best possible light. I love that he has a variety of ways on how to present and make crudites.

"Just Cook It" (...Read more

EatingWell: This chicken dinner is a winner

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Whole garlic cloves are mild when simmered with chicken in a simple white wine-mustard sauce in this garlic chicken recipe. Serve with smashed potatoes with buttermilk and sauteed green beans.

Garlic Chicken

Serves 4

Serving size: 2 drumsticks and about 1/3 cup sauce

Active Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

2 heads garlic, cloves ...Read more

The Kitchn: Bone broth is here to stay

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As I worked my way through buzzing halls of an organic and natural foods trade show last year, a suited man pressed through the crowd, bellowing into his smartphone. "It's bone broth," he hollered urgently and almost feverishly as though he had struck gold or was about to. "Bone broth ...Read more

The Kitchn: Make these 3-ingredient chocolate clusters ASAP

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This is a treat that straddles the line between snack and dessert -- which is the best kind of treat, if you ask me. Enjoy a couple of clusters after dinner to cure a chocolate craving or snack on one or two mid-afternoons when you're in need a little energy jolt. The no-bake bites aren't ...Read more


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Herbal Aromas

I gave up planting fruits and veggies years ago but I have not given up on herbs. Every year I make sure I have plenty of those.

I’ve changed some of what I plant (my garden is much smaller now), but there’s nothing like cooking with fresh herbs. I love stepping into my garden to pick herbs right when I need to ...Read more

Flour Power Is in Your Hands

Recipes / After-Work Gourmet /

When you walk down a supermarket flour aisle, are you like a kid in a candy store? Years ago, the choices were generally all-purpose white and wheat. Thanks to artisanal bakers, our purposes have expanded, though, and Oregon-based Bob's Red Mill, founded in 1978, alone distributes about 50 varieties of flours to supermarkets and online, ...Read more

Start your day the robust way by serving steak for breakfast

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

I recently learned that, from the earliest days of the U.S. space program, astronauts were served a breakfast of steak and eggs before blasting off on their mission. That made sense to me. Combining a sensible portion of meat with some eggs and a few vegetables gives you a protein-rich, energy-packed start to your day. No wonder the great boxer ...Read more

Culinary SOS: Sweet surprise in a skillet

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Reader Nancy Halpern of Santa Monica and her husband were on an East Coast road trip last summer when they happened upon Zynodoa Restaurant in the old Southern town of Staunton, Va.

"We enjoyed the most fabulous, unusually moist cornbread served in an iron pan with a caramelized glaze. It became our dessert," she writes. "I've been searching ...Read more

New Minnesota Nice Cream shop tops its tie-dye cones with edible glitter

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Katie Romanski knew her ice cream cone creations would taste good. But the more important question: Would they look good?

She was hastily coming up with a menu for her new Minnesota Nice Cream cafe, which had only a 10-day window to open after she bought the space, in what was the Empire Coffee shop in northeast Minneapolis.

"I ...Read more

Test Kitchen recipe: E. coli-tainted romaine prompts fear about bagged salads

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Like rotisserie chickens and pre-cut fruit, bag salad kits and bagged lettuces are a way of life for many. But the recent recall of chopped romaine lettuce further clarified the reason I don't have a whole lot love for bagged salad.

On occasion, I do buy them. Like everyone else I get into a rush and a bag salad or salad kit is an easy grab-and...Read more

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these shrimp tacos

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Tacos filled with charred poblano peppers and shrimp is a simple Mexican dish that's perfect for a Cinco de Mayo dinner. The holiday on May 5 celebrates the victory of Mexican forces over the French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Pinto beans with cotija cheese is a typical side dish from the Puebla area. Cotija ...Read more

How to enjoy Pedro Ximenez sherry

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Some of the sweetest wine on earth comes from Spain, and it goes by the name of Pedro Ximenez, but you can just call him Pedro. Actually, he's not even a fellow, though Pedro Ximenez sounds like a brand name, doesn't it? Or the name of a guy who opened a winery? None of the above: It is actually the name of a white grape variety and a sublime ...Read more

Does your sandwich pass the eatability test?

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It's a better-than-even bet that if you're perusing this column, you know how to fill two slices of bread with something delicious. After all, membership in the Club for People-Who-Know-How-to-Read-But-Can't-Make-a-Sandwich is mostly limited to a handful of hideous human-cow hybrids on the lam from Dr. Moreau's Island of Lost Souls. What would ...Read more

What to put on toast when you're done with avocados

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Somehow, despite the popularity of low-carb, no-carb and paleo diets, toast is having a moment. A long moment at that.

Avocado toast graces the menus of all manner of restaurants. Sliced, toasted rustic bread smeared with smashed ripe avocado and a sprinkle of salt. The combination has taken the country by storm. We eat it up! Happily. Carbs be...Read more

Make spring's asparagus even better with bacon

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The asparagus must be hitting snooze. Each morning, before I walk Milo, we drop by their bed. Each morning the covers remain rumpled. Perhaps we catch the faint snuffle of pale green stalks, snoring.

It's a cold, late spring, I reason. Who doesn't like sleeping in?

One morning, mid-rumple, stands a single tall, sharp spear. That's the thing ...Read more

Best Bites: Post Honey Maid S'Mores Cereal

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S'mores are so popular now, and cereal is pretty much popular all the time, so it is a wonder that no one has thought of s'mores cereal before now. The folks at Post have given it a try, and although the marshmallows in milk are a little soft (softer even than regular marshmallows), you can't argue with the results. It's like cereal over a ...Read more