Food

Spinach and pear salad with pomegranate vinaigrette.
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Festive Pomegranate Salad sure to shine on holiday menu

The holidays are fast approaching, and this preseason lull is the perfect time to start planning your menus for the upcoming festivities. Pomegranates have just come into season, and their signature ruby-red color and bright, sweet-and-sour flavor make them an ideal ingredient for this time of ...

This photo shows a Greek-style rice pilaf served with chicken in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Basmati rice makes Greek Style Rice Pilaf special

With the exception of ooey-gooey potato concoctions, side dishes rarely get any respect. Most of us devote our love and attention to the protein in the center of the plate and then throw together some kind of vegetable and/or starch as an afterthought. Here, however, is a pilaf fully capable of ...

Beef with barley soup is a great soup made with fresh carrots and pearl barley.
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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Warm up winter with hearty beef and barley soup

In my previous life as a cruise director with Clipper Cruise Line, one of my very favorite dishes was the Beef with Barley Soup. Since retiring from shipboard life 17 years ago, I have regretted not leaving with a copy of that recipe. Unlike the canned the variety, where all of the ...

This Oct. 31, 2017 photo shows a green salad with pear dressing, Gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve Green Salad with Pear Dressing for Thanksgiving

Digging into the Thanksgiving Day feast is a joy, but preparing it takes work. This Green Salad with Pear Dressing is a simple but elegant first course, and it will take some of the stress out of the gig. And — bonus! — it's lighter than the usual holiday recipe. How did we do it? By ...

Homemade chicken stock is made with a blend of flavor builders and then cooked for 2-3 hours.
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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: How to make homemade chicken stock

Soup season is here, and every fall we hail its arrival by preparing a big batch of Homemade Chicken Stock. Making stock from scratch is easy, affordable, nutritious and a great way to ensure that you have this pantry staple on hand whenever it’s needed. Making your own stock is also a ...

KitchenWise: Root vegetable Gratin is tasty side dish for Thanksgiving

The side dishes on our annual Thanksgiving menu almost always include mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. This year I decided to change up the routine by combining the two, adding a little cream and topping off the hybrid with some crunch. It's heartier that way and tastier, ...

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Tinkering with a Midwest favorite: Cinnamon Scotcheroos shake things up

Every once in a while I’m reminded that not everyone lives life the way we do in the upper Midwest. And nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchen. Not everyone calls that bubbly stuff we drink “pop.” In most of the world a casserole – while warm to the touch – is not called a ...

This Oct. 11, 2017 photo shows roasted Cornish hens in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve Cornish Hens instead of turkey for Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, why not follow presidential custom and grant your turkey a pardon? Sure, the big bird has always been at the center of the traditional feast, but cooking it is almost always a headache. The problem is how long to cook it. Sometimes a 16-pound turkey is cooked to ...

Butternut squash and blue cheese sauce is served over chicken cutlets.
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Butternut Bleu Cheese Sauce a go-to for fall dining

FARGO — The winter squash season is upon us, and butternut is our personal favorite among the varieties currently in abundance. Butternut is known for its quirky shape, sweet, nutty flavor and versatility. We often enjoy it pureed in soups or roasted in the oven, and this week’s pan-sauce ...

This Oct. 12, 2017 photo shows homemade ginger tea in New York. This drink is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Ginger Tea is a soothing drink

With the arrival of the cold-and-cough season, you may be thinking about cooking up a big batch of chicken soup as a cure for what ails us. I love the stuff, too, but I suggest you stock up on some fresh gingerroot instead. Ginger, of course, is one of the many flavors to be found in a stir-fry ...

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The Sioux Chef revitalizes native cuisine

FARGO – There’s something special about eating the way your ancestors did. I remember one Christmas, my sister and I chose to make an authentic British Christmas dinner complete with beef Wellington, Yorkshire pudding and plum pudding. It was a ton of work, but it felt pretty cool to know ...

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How to make your basil lovefest last all year

One of the best pieces of advice I heard about gardening is to grow what you like. Simple enough. But I didn’t always do that. I would grow tomatoes (which are not among my family’s favorite things) because they grow easily in this part of the country. When I’d get a bumper crop each ...

WORLD OF WINE: October is a great month to celebrate local wines

Thirty-two years ago when I arrived in North Dakota to work as an extension specialist for NDSU, ND’s wine industry was virtually nonexistent; the first winery did not open until 2002, when Pointe of View opened in the Bismarck area. Nowadays, there are wineries across the state, offering ...

This Oct. 2, 2017 photo shows an Italian sausage frittata in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Flexible Frittata is thick, satisfying omelet

What to do on a busy weeknight when you poke your head into the fridge and discover a variety of souvenirs left over from previous meals — including veggies, protein and starch? Just reach for a carton of eggs and turn the whole thing into a one-skillet meal. Leftovers? Not at all. The ...

Eating well on the trail: Hikers dehydrate home-cooked meals

When she sets up camp at the end of a long day of hiking in the Rocky Mountains, the last thing Renee Botta wants to do is cook. So she doesn't. Instead, Botta pulls out a collection of plastic freezer bags, chooses that night's fare, then boils water. Her fellow backpackers — often in ...

Old-world charm in Europe? Cereal cafes serving Lucky Charms

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Travelers wandering the streets of European capitals in search of old-world charm might just as likely stumble upon a bowl of Lucky Charms. Cafes serving American breakfast cereal have exploded in popularity in Europe as young entrepreneurs tap into both nostalgia ...

Root vegetables of carrots, parsnips and turnips are roasted with butternut squash and glazed with reduced apple cider.
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Roasted vegetable medley packed with flavor and nutrition

A few summers ago, instead of planting our own garden, we joined a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and began receiving weekly boxes of our “share” in the harvest, from June through October. That fall, we received a steady abundance of root vegetables and frantically began ...

This Sept. 25, 2017 photo shows pumpkin coconut squares in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Pumpkin Coconut Squares are scrumptious treat for Halloween

Here's a scrumptious treat for Halloween. It happens to be too delicate to give away to the trick-or-treaters, but it's just right for y-o-u and your family and friends at a Halloween party or dinner. Preparing Pumpkin Coconut Squares takes some time, but it's mostly waiting time, not ...

WORLD OF WINE: Higher elevation means higher resveratrol

Seasoned skiers know that the higher in elevation one goes, the potential for sunburn increases. When we are in the mountains, we wear clothing to cover our body, hats to protect our head, and anything not covered, we treat with sunscreen. Research has shown that grapes grown at higher ...

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Add bean dips to your football fare

DULUTH — It is fall and football season. Gathering to attend a game or watch one on television is part of life in northern Minnesota. Food and football usually bring out pizza, potlucks and snacks. It’s hard to keep healthy eating on track during fall weekends. But with a little ...