Food

Cooking From Scratch: Spice up winter hot chocolate

Cozy new Christmas jammies, a stack of stories like “Rudolph” and “The Night Before Christmas,” and steamy mugs of hot chocolate with magical melting islands of whipped cream — that’s the vision, right? That’s what gives you the holiday warm-fuzzies.Let me tell you how that vision ...

Locally Sourced: How to keep leftovers from going to waste

Occasionally I get caught up in the food TV shows available on the Internet. Recently while doing some research for this column, I came across a luring episode of “Chopped.” The mystery theme of this edition challenged the contestants to make a three-course meal with leftovers. Growing up ...

10 healthy holiday nutrition tips to tame temptation

Holidays are usually enjoyable. However, unhealthy habits can be attached to the parties and gatherings. Here are 10 tips from Allie Wergin, registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic Health System, to help you have a healthier holiday: Don't skip meals. Skipping a meal with the goal of ...

Cooking From Scratch: Salted chocolate sacristans save the day

There wasn't even a good excuse. We'd been hiking? I was hot and hungry? But really, I just didn't even realize I was doing it, until I looked down and saw that I had eaten an entire bag of cookies. An entire bag of my mother-in-law's cookies, in fact. You know, the fancy Pepperidge Farm Milano ...

Locally Sourced: Valuable lessons

Over the years I’ve observed that fewer and fewer people know what it means to cook from scratch. TV, books and now movies have done a good job showing the glamour, debauchery and appeal of professional cooking, but rarely do they convey the tie-in with why we cook with passion at home.It’s ...

Cooking From Scratch: It doesn’t take magic to make these pork buns

One time in college, I sat through a lunch hour panel on how to balance your life as a working woman/mom. It ended up being an hour of tips about structuring childcare and meal planning, which — to my pre-kids, pre-career self — seemed like a waste of time. I wanted to know the key. I ...

Cooking From Scratch: Fall spiced doughnuts with whiskey drizzle sauce

Here’s the thing: Homemade doughnuts are basically love transubstantiated into pastry. They can be as basic as a bit of leftover pizza dough that’s been fried and rolled in sugar, but there’s not much that’s more cozy than settling in for a long, chilly Sunday morning with a hot cup of ...

Bite Sighs: Spiced apple sandwich a sophisticated way to satisfy a sugar craving

On those rare occasions when you look at a selection of snacks and think, “Nah, too sweet,” coffee cakes can be a nice change of pace. They’re decadent enough to satisfy a sugar craving, yet refined enough to let you pretend that you’ve got some restraint. Ready to have a cake and a ...

Locally Sourced: Growing roots for healthier eating

Having a 9-month-old baby at home causes me to constantly think about food choices. So far this child will eat any fresh fruit or vegetable mashed with the backside of a fork and offered on a spoon. Sweet potatoes, avocado, peaches and beets, it all gets consumed with passionate anticipation. ...

Cooking from Scratch: Smoky squash salad a hearty fall meal

Two spaghetti squash, one butternut, one trombone squash, and several decorative mini-pumpkins — that’s what was sitting on my kitchen counter last weekend. My husband benignly eyed them all. “I guess it’s time for the squash invasion again, huh?”I swear, come the beginning of ...

Cooking From Scratch: Fried green goodness

The trees aren’t really turning colors yet, but you can see a little yellow on the tops if you squint hard. While it’s still hot in the afternoon, there’s a chilly whisper of fall in the air when I sit on my back porch at night. It’s not quite time for October’s pumpkins, but ...

Bite Sighs: Soda bread perfect complement to fall

When it’s a million degrees in the shade, cold weather is both longed-for and seemingly out of reach. In spite of what the thermometer has been saying, fall weather isn’t too far off; it’s almost time to break out recipes that don’t include shaved ice as a main ingredient.Soups and ...

Locally Sourced: Take an up-close look at agriculture

Most of us have already accepted the symbolic end to summer. We’ve turned off the air conditioner, adjusted to the school routine and lamented what was possibly the worst pool season ever. As we transition to cooler thoughts and warmer clothes, we begin to adjust our schedules for shorter ...

Cooking From Scratch: Use up zucchini by making crepes

A few years ago, I wrapped up a huge zucchini in a baby blanket, carried it around all weekend and took photos of it. “Zucchini Baby” went to the park, the farmers market and out for a run in our stroller, then met an epic end when he decided to befriend our flock of backyard chickens.The ...

Dillons cheese steward embarks on journey to earn national certification

“Everyone has a friend who has that thing,” says Sara Knickerbocker. Many of us, the bubbly blonde explains, have a pal who knows everything there is to know about cars, or baseball or 18th century British literature. To her friends, family and customers, Knickerbocker's thing is clear: ...

Cooking from Scratch: Fire makes for better-tasting trout

The sky is the pale pastel of pre-dawn and a hint of mist rises off the still, cobalt water. A horn sounds in the distance and the zip of fishing line being cast fills the air. “Ahh! I got one!” I shout to my companions, as I inartfully fling my flopping trout up onto the rocky river bank. ...

Bite Sighs: Cherry-chocolate brownies for back-to-school time

I don’t know how it goes around your house, but Back to School Night has me feeling a little sad. Junior goes to a great school with terrific teachers, and he loves being there. But when he’s at school, he’s not with me.I miss hearing all about his new favorite number, building blanket ...

Cooking from Scratch: A blackberry sauce to go with grilled pork

As we were finishing dinner the other night, I heard a knock at the front door. Grateful to escape the job of scrubbing the baby’s beet-stained face, I quickly slipped out past the dog to find a neighbor standing on my front porch with a bowl of fat, dark blackberries cupped up in an ...

Locally Sourced: A recipe for teamwork

There was a time not long ago when restaurants didn’t collaborate and chefs did not share. Secrets were the intellectual property of the establishment, and helping another eatery meant you loaned out a sleeve of go-cups on a busy weekend. It was as if the joy of sharing and appreciation of ...