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5 healthy dips for your Super Bowl party

What is it about the Super Bowl that makes us want to dip stuff? We dip hot wings in blue cheese dressing, chips in onion dip, pumpernickel bread in spinach dip, tortilla chips in queso, and vegetables in ranch dip….

7 ways to celebrate winter citrus season

The best part of winter In January, when spring seems far away and the hours of sunshine are never long enough, it’s easy to fall prey to the winter doldrums. The ability to eat seasonally becomes more difficult, as many…

Try these modern twists on classic party mix

Remember party mix? That random assortment of corn/wheat/rice cereal, nuts, pretzels, Worcestershire sauce, butter and seasoned salt? Perhaps you know it by its more common branded name, Chex Mix, based on the cereal brand that actually “invented” it. Whatever you…

Boost your meals with compound butters

I follow the age-old cooking adage that butter makes everything better. Whether you’re creating a creamy sauce from scratch, burrowing a blob in a baked potato or plopping a dollop on a perfectly cooked steak, butter is a natural enhancer…

10 cookies that salute America's sweet tooth

The United States of Cookies Though the word cookie can be traced back to Dutch origins (koekje means “little cake”), there’s something distinctly American about these treats. Maybe it’s because they’re basically a blank canvas just waiting for inspiration, or…

5 easy recipes for chicken in the oven

It seems inevitable that home cooks are always looking for a better chicken recipe, but sometimes going back to the basics can yield some fabulous results. Baked or roasted chicken is simple to make and can be done with all…

7 recipes for wild leeks

[embedded content] Wild leeks, also known as ramps or spring onions, come out in early spring. They grow in the wild, usually by streams in sandy soil. Highly sought after by by foragers and chefs, these leafy, wild edibles are…

7 creative uses for leftover meatloaf

I have half a leftover meatloaf in my refrigerator. Meatloaf is one of those dishes that my family will only eat a second time if there’s also leftover gravy. We don’t, but I don’t want the food or the money…

If you have preserves in the pantry, you need 'The Food in Jars Kitchen'

We’re a few months past the winter holidays, and I’m willing to bet that in many kitchen pantries there are jars of all types of preserves that were thoughtful gifts from friends, relatives and co-workers. Marissa McClellan’s latest book, “The…

Why every parent of a grammar school student needs to thank this celebrity chef

Until recently, I was unaware of Australian celebrity chef Adam Liaw, cookbook author, host of the TV show “Destination Flavour” and columnist for various newspapers. Now, I know him as the hero of every parent of a school-age child, coming…