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Food

The secret to a great Irish Coffee isn’t what you’d expect

Last summer, I traveled to Ireland to learn about Irish whiskey, a spirit I knew relatively little about. The Irish drink I knew better was Guinness, which I enjoyed occasionally and use to make my favorite Chocolate Chocolate Cake. Turns out, I am not alone in my unfamiliarity with Irish ...

Amaranth, barley, corn and more: the ABC’s of whole grains

We all know by now that whole grains are good for us and that we should be eating more of them. Anyone who has dipped a toe (or spoon) into the world of farro, brown rice and quinoa also knows how satisfying and versatile the arena of whole grains can be. But what are whole grains exactly, ...

Bite into pie in honor of Pi Day

Each year on March 14, math afficionados around the world celebrate the mathematical constant known as pi, which is represented by the Greek letter “π.” Pi relates to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which comes to approximately 3.14159, but goes on infinitely. ...

Fresh salads perfect for spring

(Family Features) The spring season brings to mind flowers blooming and plants springing back to life, making it the ideal time to enjoy fresh produce in meals throughout the day. Salads are of course one of the easiest ways to combine the flavors of your favorite fruits and veggies, but you ...

Make Cents of a Healthy Diet

Family Features) One of the great myths of healthy eating is that it's expensive. Making healthier choices can actually save you money when you know how to shop smart. To help encourage healthier communities, the American Heart Association and Aramark have simple tips to keep in mind as ...

Cheesy, comforting chicken

(Culinary.net) A quick and easy way to get comfort food on your dinner table is this recipe for Cheesy Baked Mushroom Chicken. Add some green beans and mashed cauliflower for a well-rounded meal for your family. For more comfort food recipes, visit Culinary.net. Cheesy Baked Mushroom ...

Some benefits of frozen foods

Throughout human history, there have been many ways to preserve food, including pickling, canning and salting. Such efforts became easier with the invention of the refrigerator and freezer, which opened up a whole new way to shop for and stockpile foods. It’s difficult to imagine life ...

For the ultimate grilled cheese, use both stovetop and oven

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, an adult treat that harkens back to childhood. I never met a grilled cheese sandwich I didn't like. Where I grew up, there was an old-fashioned drug store with a lunch counter. When the weather was good, my best friend and I would ride our bikes ...

Wholesome recipes with big flavor

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes a variety of commitments, from exercising to eating right. However, serving up healthy meals doesn’t have to be boring. From earthy and nutty black ripe olives to rich and fruity kalamata olives, Lindsay adds a hearty and flavorful ...

There is an art to toasting nuts, and here’s how to do it

I sometimes joke and say that as a Southern cook, I use pecans like other chefs use salt and pepper. That is to say, on just about everything. I love pecans and every other nut because they add a crunchy texture and an earthy sweet — nuttier — flavor to food. Most of the time, I lightly ...

Savor a sweet morning snack

(Family Features) Add some sweetness to your breakfast routine with this delicious and easy-to-make Cherry Coffee Cake. Cherry Coffee Cake Nonstick cooking spray 1 can (12.4 ounces) refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing 1 1/2 cups (21-ounce can) cherry pie filling 1/2 cup slivered ...

Winter Warm-Up: Recipes and tips rooted in goodness

(Family Features) When cold weather hits, it’s natural to seek comfort in a variety of forms: warm blankets, layers of sweaters and delicious, hearty meals. Winter is the perfect season for spending time indoors honing cooking skills to take your culinary creations to the next level. ...

No Super Bowl Sunday is complete without chicken wings

Few events generate as much enthusiasm among sports fans and non-sports fans as the Super Bowl. For sports fans who can’t wait to see the National Football League crown a new champion, the game itself is a must-watch event. For those who aren’t fans of the game, Super Bowl Sunday is still a ...

Take a bite out of popular pizza styles

Pizza is pizza, right? Not quite. This beloved cheese-and-sauce-crafted masterpiece is much more complex than fans may imagine. At its core, pizza consists of a crust, sauce and a cheese. But pizza can be crafted in myriad ways thanks to toppings and crust styles. But wait … there’s more. ...

The perfect baked potato begins with russets

A fluffy baked potato is a glorious thing, but too often you slice into the potato and it is shiny and waxy, not light and creamy in texture. Baking a potato is the easiest thing in the world, right? Then why are so many potatoes lacking in texture and flavor? First, for the traditional ...

Best bets for nighttime snacks

Calorie-conscious individuals may wonder if eating at night or after a certain time can derail their diets and fitness regimens. The jury is still out on whether eating at night can pack on the pounds or not, with various health recommendations contradicting one another. However, if one does ...

9 essential gadgets worth the real estate in your kitchen

I love a shiny new kitchen object as much as the next cook, and at times my kitchen has resembled a kitchen specialty store. But if you have a small kitchen, counter space and cabinet storage are at a premium. Here are some of my all-time favorite gadgets to make your cooking life ...

Got lots of leftover champagne? No worries, get cooking

From the beginning of December through Jan. 1 (or maybe 2nd or 3rd, depending on how fervently you party during the holidays) the pop of a champagne or sparkling wine cork is a welcome and frequent sound. Fizzy wine is just the most festive of all of the drinks, whether sipped straight up in a ...

The food isn’t ready til you add the ‘finishing touch’

If you've ever wondered why food made by your favorite restaurant chef tastes better than the food you make at home, chances are you are missing the crucial "finishing touch." That's the final seasoning that chefs sprinkle or drizzle on the food once it is cooked. You can add the finishing ...

Winter Warm-Up: Recipes and tips rooted in goodness

(Family Features) When cold weather hits, it's natural to seek comfort in a variety of forms: warm blankets, layers of sweaters and delicious, hearty meals. Winter is the perfect season for spending time indoors honing cooking skills to take your culinary creations to the next level. Simple ...