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Gretchen's table: A spicy shrimp stew with roots in the island nation Mauritius

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No matter where they hail from, part of the appeal of skillet dishes is the fact they get dinner on the table in no time, usually with just a handful of ingredients.

This spicy shrimp dish has roots that reach all the way to the island nation of Mauritius, east of Madagascar. A tasty blend of European, African, Chinese and Indian influences, ...Read more

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Drinking is part of restaurant industry culture, but what do you do when it becomes alcohol abuse?

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SEATTLE — In many bars and restaurants, alcohol plays a central role in the event of dining out. It's there for celebrations or commiseration, considered an easy way to elevate any meal. Carefully crafted cocktails and meticulously curated wine lists can win awards, bring prestige. Servers and bartenders making and serving these drinks have an...Read more

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'Mi Cocina' by Rick Martínez brings the flavors of Mexico into your kitchen

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He had traveled in Mexico before, but this time, Rick Martínez was on a mission. The New York Times contributor and former Bon Appétit senior food editor, took a trip back in 2019 with a serious purpose: to research his new cookbook “Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico.”

He found himself there when the pandemic broke ...Read more

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Starbucks adds Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, Lime-Frosted Coconut Bar to summer lineup

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Starbucks believes that chocolate is what’s been missing from your iced coffee.

The java chain debuted Chocolate Cream Cold Brew last week as part of its new summer lineup, which also includes the launch of a Lime-Frosted Coconut Bar.

The new cold brew combination is topped with “a light, sweet and silky chocolate cream cold-foam, and is ...Read more

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Daniel Neman: Easy culinary investments pay huge dividends of flavor

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For dinner last night, I whipped up a simple little shrimp dish. And then I made it a simple little exceptional shrimp dish.

The basics were shrimp, white wine, onion, garlic, mushrooms and lemon juice, all cooked in a mixture of olive oil and butter.

The exception was preserved lemon.

Suddenly, an ordinary weeknight meal (OK, maybe not an ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Oven-Fried Chicken with Creamed Corn and Lima Beans

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Fried chicken outstrips all other fast-food sales combined. I decided to bake this chicken in the oven and give it a crunchy crust without frying it. Placing the baking tray in the oven to preheat will cook the bottom side of the chicken without having to turn it.

Helpful Hints:

— You can substitute breadcrumbs for cracker crumbs.

— You ...Read more

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At two Southern California IHOPs, Ramadan halal specials were so popular they're staying on the menu

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Mohammad Ashraf, owner of an IHOP franchise in Fullerton, California, watched with amazement what happened during Ramadan this year.

Cars often double-parked in front of the chain restaurant before dawn, as members of the Muslim community assembled, hoping to have halal chicken tenders or turkey-bacon omelets as their suhoor meal before fasting...Read more

EatingWell: Add some Cajun spice to your salad

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Here, we coat chicken with spices common to Cajun cooking, like dried thyme and cayenne pepper. Then, instead of using the traditional method of searing in a cast-iron pan, we char it on the grill.

Blackened Chicken with Chopped Salad

Serves 4

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

1 1/2 tablespoons paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Can your diet ease chronic pain?

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The idiom, “you are what you eat,” is well accepted when it comes to increasing or decreasing your risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer. But it may come as a surprise that research increasingly suggests that what you put on your plate can either increase or decrease pain that stems from osteoarthritis, ...Read more

Seriously Simple: These grilled steak tacos are perfect for a cookout

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These steak tacos are my choice for a small Memorial Day gathering. Chef Hugo Molina shared this recipe with me years ago, and I like to have it in my fridge for last-minute Mexican dishes.

Chipotle chiles canned in adobo sauce, which can be found in Mexican markets, are used here. The smoky, slightly hot salsa is just the right ...Read more

JeanMarie Brownson: Head outside, light the grill to celebrate the start of summer

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Fire up the grills; Memorial Day weekend fast approaches. We’re gathering outside to sear some steaks and toast summer’s arrival.

When it comes to grilling steak, there are plenty of choices to suit tastes and budgets.

Less expensive steaks, such as sirloin, flank and skirt, are admittedly less tender than their pricey ...Read more

The Kitchn: This broccoli slaw is 100% make-ahead friendly

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Broccoli florets seem to get all the love, but they stand on the shoulders of strong, sturdy stems that are just as nutritious and delicious as the crown. Broccoli stems also have a subtler flavor and tender heart that are great to eat raw.

As a salad base, julienned broccoli stems and other crunchy vegetables stand up to creamy dressings like ...Read more

The Kitchn: You must make these grilled portobello burgers

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It’s been over a month since I first made these plant-based burgers, and since then I’ve lost count of just how many times I’ve made them (it’s been a lot!). They’re juicy and easy and super satisfying, which is how they’ve won a spot in my dinner rotation.

Thick portobello mushroom caps (be sure to buy large ones!) are marinated ...Read more

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Taste test: Tip Top canned cocktails are not only tip top -- they're adorable too

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CHICAGO — Ready-to-drink cocktails have proliferated in recent years, but Tip Top Proper Cocktails stand out.

Most striking about Tip Top, which arrived in Chicago earlier this year, is its charming package: a wee 3.4 ounces, just about right for cocktails as boozy and full-flavored as these.

The presentation is also attractively retro, ...Read more

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Vegetarian vs. meat-eating kids: How they differ

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Study finds similar growth and nutrition between diet preferences; but there is one key difference

Plant-based foods are found everywhere these days, making it easier than ever to enjoy a vegetarian lifestyle.

According to a study done last year by researchers from the University of Glasgow, vegetarians appear to have a healthier biomarker ...Read more

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Best Bites: Glutino Gluten-free Wafers

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If you like Kit Kats but have an issue with gluten, these Glutino wafers are for you. They taste remarkably similar to the popular candy bar, perhaps with more air to them, but are made with potato starch instead of wheat flour. The chocolate that surrounds them is delicious, and at 160 calories for four bars, they come in a little healthier ...Read more

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Move over Evian. Chicago introduces 'Chicagwa,' Lake Michigan tap water in a can

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CHICAGO — Move aside Aquafina, Evian, Mountain Valley and Fiji.

Chicago is introducing its own brand of water, Chicagwa, sourced from the expansive freshwater body that is Lake Michigan, and processed through the city’s water treatment plants.

In other words, Chicago tap water in a can.

A limited run of Chicagwa tap water will be packaged...Read more

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Foodies have loved ramps to death. Now Baltimore chefs are trying to ramp up Maryland's supply of the garlicky and delicious plant

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BALTIMORE — The bright green leaves of ramps pop up for just a few in early spring, smelling of garlic and tasting like extra spicy arugula. After the barrenness of winter, they’re a sign of growth to come, a fleeting delicacy.

But some people look at a patch of leaves and see a different kind of green — “dollar signs,” said Chris ...Read more

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The Seriously Simple recipe for the 5/2 Entree package has been updated. The same recipe from the 4/25 package mistakenly ran again. Please use the updated article: Seriously Simple: This spring salad is my recreation of sweet memories. It features a new recipe for a spring salmon salad.

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EatingWell: This salad is perfect for lunch or dinner

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Apple-cider vinegar and mustard flavor the dressing while fresh strawberries offer a touch of sweetness in this easy to assemble salad. Creamy herbed goat cheese completes this salad that's perfect for lunch or dinner.

Kale & Strawberry Salad

Serves 4

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

8 cups chopped lacinato kale

5 tablespoons...Read more

 

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