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LOST ITALIAN: Nothing sour about these grapes

When I was growing up, you could always find a bowl of clean grapes in my mother’s and grandmother’s refrigerators during the summer months, and I’ve continued this tradition in my own family. We love grapes, but until a few years ago our experience with this sweet fruit was pretty ...

WORLD OF WINE: Looking for a new wine to try? My latest taste-test results

My wine aficionados got together with us to sample some wines from eight different locations around the world. The wineries were mostly new to us, and certainly some of the wines we sampled were a new experience as well. The wines came from wineries in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Napa California ...

This May 2017 photo shows BLT chicken salad with basil dressing sandwiches in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: This chicken salad is served in a hot dog bun

Chicken salad, that summertime classic, often suffers from Chewy Chicken Syndrome, a pitfall that requires a tightrope walk to avoid. You want to build the recipe around white meat chicken — the perfect foil for its mayonnaise-based sauce — but you don't want to overcook it, an easy thing ...

This April 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows Mexican-style corn salad in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by The Culinary Institute of America. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Two side salads that play nicely with grilled food

Mother's Day has really co-opted brunch (we get it — mimosas), but dads deserve their special thing, too. Luckily, Father's Day falls right in summer's sweet spot, just in time for June's inaugural grilling. It may be a cliche, but if your dad is like the ones we know, you're not allowed to ...

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Kid food goes bite-sized for grad open houses

It's not a bad thing really. During the next few weeks many of us will spend meal times standing in someone else’s garage eating dinner off a paper plate. It’s graduation season in all its scotcheroo-eating 7-up/sherbet punch-drinking glory. For graduates, it’s their day to be king or ...

This April 28, 2017 photo shows zucchini quiches in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Picnic size Southwestern Zucchini Quiches are a snap to make

You'd think quiche would be a summer picnic staple. In practice, the beloved cheese pies are too darn messy. Cutting one into slices while you're sitting in the wild or at the beach can be tricky. And if you figure, "Aha! I'll slice it up ahead of time," you discover there's no easy way to ...

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Celebrating Norwegian culture with Fruktsuppe

My grandfather, Don Mathison, was a proud American-Norwegian, and I am grateful to be reminded each year at this time to honor his memory as part of our family’s Syttende Mai observance. Syttende Mai, also known as the National Day of Norway or Constitution Day, is a national holiday ...

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Radishes a spicy spring vegetable perfect for simple, sweet sides

Tony, Gio and I are in the process of preparing our soil for this year’s gardening season, and we are already dreaming of the bounty we hope to harvest throughout the summer. Red radishes will be among the first to be reaped, and in anticipation of their arrival we have three simple and ...

WORLD of WINE: Coffee and wine share some historical roots

I just ordered a pound of “Black Insomnia Coffee” — stuff that is supposed to take care of your caffeine fix with just one cup. Caffeine, like alcohol, is a drug mankind has had a long association with. Nature created them to kill creatures much smaller than us; caffeine to kill insect ...

This April 2017 photo shows a Reuben pizza in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Reuben Pizza is quick and inexpensive for a graduation party

With the end of the school year looming, the proud parents of any number of soon-to-be-minted graduates are wondering how to pull off a celebratory party without spending a ton of time or money. Reuben Pizza is the answer. It's quick, easy to make, inexpensive and completely scrumptious. Even ...

This Aug. 10, 2012 photo shows Vitamin-C-rich rose hips in a garden near Langley, Wash., and are the fruit of a rose plant and can be used fresh or dried for making tea. Steep them in boiling water, sweeten with honey and enjoy. Herbs, fruit and many other plants make into great tea. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Tea ingredients can be grown on your windowsill

Flavorful teas can be brewed from a great variety of herbs, flowers, fruits, spices and roots taken fresh from the garden. These generally are stronger and more refreshing than the dried packages of leaves stored for long periods on grocer's shelves. Most traditional Eastern teas trace their ...

Sometimes it takes a community to keep bees

Finding places for beekeeping can be a challenge for city dwellers. But apiaries modeled after community gardens have become a popular option. Community beekeeping operations are usually comprised of shared sites on public or private properties, organized by or for people trying to turn out ...

This April 24 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows an avocado and crab salad garnished with sliced radish and citrus-mango sauce, foreground, a chilled watermelon salad, right, and deep fried rice crisps, left, in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

This summer, try a pair of chilled salads you can make ahead

By The Culinary Institute of America In summer, a party can erupt any time of the day. Whether you're serving a casual outdoor picnic or an elegant seated affair, we'll help you throw together a stress-free menu in no time. A chilled salad is a no-brainer first course for a summer lunch, and ...

This April 2017 photo shows a mini mocha baked Alaska in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

A mother’s Day treat: Mini Mocha Baked Alaskas

Let's say you dream of wanting to make a very special dessert for mom on Mother's Day but don't really have the time or the expertise. Here's a cheating version of Baked Alaska. Sure it's antique — is there any other two-word phrase in English as capable of teleporting us in an instant to the ...

This April 2017 photo shows portobello, chile and cheese burritos in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Mushroom and cheese burritos are perfect for Meatless Mondays

Mushroom and Cheese Burritos are a delicious vegetarian dish hearty enough to satisfy even the most die-hard carnivore in your family: a burrito stuffed with portobello mushrooms, chiles and cheese. It's perfect for Meatless Mondays and — bonus! — all the ingredients are cooked together in ...

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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Guilt-free Mediterranean steak salad

Summer is just around the corner, and that means the season for shorts and swimsuits is almost here. While we love pasta and potatoes (and you know we do), this spring we’re turning our focus to recipes that will pack a big punch of flavor without pinching our waistline. Transforming a salad ...

WORLD OF WINE: Spring flavors bloom with rosé wine varietals

As the vines slowly come out of dormancy and begin breaking bud, this isn’t the first activity to occur since last fall’s harvest. The harvested grapes have completed their fermentation, a task that has been going on during our winter months. The end product – wine – is now ready to ...

This 2017 photo shows Italian stuffed strawberries in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: This strawberry season, make a dessert inspired by cannoli

I developed this recipe to take advantage of strawberry season. Some of you are naturally scratching your head. "Strawberry season? Name a time of year that isn't strawberry season." And it certainly can feel that way. Strawberries are grown in all 50 states and, depending on the state, the ...

Rappers becoming fixtures on food scene

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Snoop Dogg furiously stirred flour into a creamy bechamel sauce, a whisk in one hand and a microphone in the other during a cooking demonstration with chef Guy Fieri. He tossed herbs into the mac and cheese and spicy wing dishes with the dramatic flair of ...