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Food

The ideal wine for Thanksgiving? It’s complicated

For many of us who love to cook and host on Thanksgiving, one central mystery remains: What to pour? Before I turn to the experts, I'll offer up three things I do know about wine on this holiday: 1. You don't want to run out. 2. Opinions vary on what tastes delicious. 3. Do not make ...

Cocktail champions

NEW ULM — Lamplighter Restaurant and Lounge, Russell Davis' choice for first place, and Veigel's Kaiserhoff, the People's Choice for first place, won the bar crawl and cocktail competition hosted by celebrity bartender Russell Davis on Nov. 9. Davis ranked B&L Bar in second place and ...

Bourbon can make many foods better

If ever there was a season for bourbon, it's fall. The rich, round vanilla notes of a good bourbon complement our favorite autumn foods. That goes for meats, vegetables and sweets. It's an equal opportunity spirit that makes everything taste better. A splash of bourbon is an easy way to up ...

Celebrate the flavors of fall

(Family Features) As chilly weather sets in and days get shorter, comfort food favorites once again fill menus. While traditional flavor combinations typically hold a special place in many families' hearts and on their plates, there is almost always room to add new and exciting flavors to ...

Cook for a crowd with this cassoulet recipe

Entertaining a crowd can be a lot of work, but there’s also a lot of excitement and fulfillment when welcoming loved ones into your home. When hosting includes homecooking, hosts may worry they won’t get to spend too much time with their guests. However, when using a slow cooker to prepare ...

A Grape Sensation

(Family Features) By incorporating versatile ingredients into your holiday cooking, you can make a vast array of tasty seasonal goodies. For example, California grapes are abundant throughout the holiday season and add taste and visual appeal to dishes of all kinds, such as Seared Salmon with ...

Stop fiddling with the food! And other mistakes cooks make

We all love getting kitchen tips, those little tricks we should be doing to make us better cooks. But sometimes it's the things we should stop doing that matter. A dozen common kitchen mistakes, and how to easily correct them: 1. NOT READING THE RECIPE ALL THE WAY THROUGH Before you start ...

Put down that takeout menu: Stir-fry basics for home cooks

For every home cook happily tossing together a stir fry at home, there are a dozen would-be stir fryers wanting to make chicken-broccoli-sugar-snap-pea stir fry . and then sheepishly reaching for the takeout menu. Stir-fry technique has many people intimidated. But if you can slice and stir, ...

Freeze, can, pickle, dry? Ways to preserve summer produce

In the last warm weeks of summer, it's hard to imagine that today's tomatoes, corn, peaches and other late-summer bounty will soon be just memories. But wait, they don't have to be. With a bit of forethought, and a bit of time, we can safeguard some of this magnificent produce and draw upon ...

Dish up homemade pizza anytime

Pizza is beloved across the globe. The National Association of Pizza Operators estimates that 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second in the United States. In addition, 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, says a Mintel survey. When it comes to pizza toppings, some ...

Whip up a quick chili dinner in no time

Busy individuals sometimes think they have to skimp on home-cooked meals because there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to prepare something fresh. While the drive-through lane of the nearest fast-food establishment can be tempting, rest assured there are many dishes that can be whipped ...

From common to cool: The lowly cabbage has become a star

Here's a sentence that might come as a surprise: Cabbage is cool. That taken-for-granted vegetable, that sturdy, dense staple of many a poor, ancestral homeland, is finally getting respect. "It's all about how it is prepared, how it's elevated," says Paul Kahan, a James Beard award-winning ...

Got a haul of apples for fall? Here’s what to do with them

NEW YORK (AP) — It's that time of year again, when fresh apples are piled high at farmer's markets. If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, you can take the day and pick your own bushel of apples. But whether you are picking them at the market or off a tree, there are many great ...

A flavorful family meal

(Family Features) If your family struggles to make meal time happen, try creating kid-friendly recipes that bring everyone together at the table. For example, these Pulled Pork Sandwiches from “Family Table by Robert Irvine” can help you incorporate assistance from your kids to nourish both ...

5 tips for a tasty tailgate

(Family Features) — Casual and diehard sports fans alike can all agree one of the best parts of game day is the tailgate. Whether you're heading to the game to take part in the action or tuning in on the big screen, you can light up the scoreboard this season with these tips for a fun, easy ...

Simple, family-friendly solutions

(Family Features) — During the hustle and bustle of a busy school week, juggling after-school activities, homework, dinners and next day lunch prep can be exhausting. Finding ways to simplify evenings while running a more efficient kitchen routine can make life more delicious for parents and ...

How to marinate just about anything

Marinating is a terrific basic kitchen technique. Essentially, you can take any kind of meat, fish or seafood, or even vegetables or soy products, submerge them in a marinade, and you've turned a plain something into a great dinner. Marinades add flavor — what kind obviously depends on the ...

Healthy breakfast on a busy school morning not so hard

Breakfast, as you may have heard, is the most important meal of the day. That's especially true for kids returning to school, who need fuel for energy and learning. But serving a healthy breakfast can feel like one more challenge for parents trying to get themselves and their kids out the ...

Make your stuffed tomatoes next level with this recipe

Named for the hotel where it was invented in Sweden, Hasselbacking is a technique where a vegetable (traditionally potatoes) is partially sliced, accordion style, brushed with butter, sprinkled with bread crumbs, and baked. This approach is also great for tomatoes; think of them as leveled-up ...

How to a make a moist, chunky shrimp burger without the mush

A good shrimp burger should be first and foremost about the shrimp. Unfortunately, many shrimp burgers are more reminiscent of fish-flavored rubber patties or over-seasoned bread balls than shrimp. We set out to develop a recipe for our ideal shrimp burger: moist, chunky yet still cohesive, ...