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Asparagus Spring Salad

Fresh asparagus salad will make you sing spring

The official start of spring this year is March 20, and springtime veggies are already arriving at our local grocery stores, including our favorite, asparagus. How can you tell when a vegetable is in season? First, pay attention to what is on sale in the produce departments – you will ...

This March 2017 photo shows a Greek salad with flank steak in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Katie Workman via AP)

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Greek Salad with Flank Steak

Quite often, I think a simple Greek salad is perfect as is, no adornments needed. But you may notice that in many eateries, from diners to higher-end restaurants, you often get a choice of added protein, usually chicken, shrimp or steak. And it's true, that extra protein does make a salad feel ...

This February 2017 photo shows chickpea crepes stuffed with Indian spiced potatoes and peas in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: Chickpea crepes boast flavor — and nutrition

I've always loved crepes, those elegant, paper-thin French pancakes. They're great containers for any filling and — as long as you have the proper pan — they're really a cinch to make. But let's face it, the typical flour-based crepe is pretty bland. It's a messenger, not a message. We care ...

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Dinner and dessert, St. Paddy’s style

I once worked at a pizza restaurant near the University of Minnesota sports facilities. It was a bustling place, particularly before Gophers hockey games, and we served all the traditional pizza restaurant fare you would expect. In the week leading up to each St. Patrick’s Day, however, my ...

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Macarons were the bane of my existence until I found foolproof tips

Do you ever have those times in life when something just sticks in your craw? For me, it’s that overwhelming sense of failure with macaron baking. I consider myself a pretty good baker (a pretty good eater of baked goods anyway). But I have twice attempted to make macarons and both times I ...

This Feb. 8, 2017 photo shows seared lamb chops with mint herb sauce in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: Lamb Chops with Mint Herb Sauce is tasty St. Pat’s dish

St. Patrick's Day, aka the Feast of St. Patrick, is devoted not only to "the wearing o' the green," but the eating of the green. Both customs nod to the color of the shamrock, one of the great totems of Ireland, of which Patrick is the patron saint. Like the shamrock, mint is green, which ...

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Have a Lenten fish fry Italian style

Last Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and, as a Catholic, I welcome this opportunity for reflection, atonement and spiritual growth. In my childhood I viewed this season only through the lens of sacrifice, a somber time where we were expected to give up something we loved ...

This Feb. 3, 2017 photo shows meatballs with spaghetti in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: Meatballs are a hearty dish for a late-winter dinner

After the Mona Lisa, Italy's most beloved and enduring gift to world culture might be the meatball. But talk to any two Italian cooks about which ingredients actually comprise a meatball and you're going to get an argument. Fine. I took this contentiousness as a license to concoct a meatball ...

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Biscotti: Twice-baked and double the fun

I didn’t understand biscotti when Tony first introduced me to it years ago. This strange-looking, dry, oblong Italian cookie had nothing in common with the chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies I knew. But once I’d had my first taste of biscotti, I kept coming back for more. This ...

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Homemade refreshing Orange Mimosa Cocktails with Champaigne.

The many meanings of mimosa

Full disclosure: Until about 16 or so years ago, my knowledge of anything known as a mimosa was a novelty herb-like woody plant known also as the sensitive plant — Mimosa pudica. When barely touched, the leaves would fold, making it a novel houseplant for people to play with. My initiation ...

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An easy weeknight dinner

Pork tenderloin is typically my go-to protein whenever I need a quick and easy dinner. This extra-lean cut of meat is full of flavor, super versatile and as lean as a skinless chicken breast. It’s even easier to work with, too, because several servings can be gleaned from one ...

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Girl Scouts newest cookie transformed into decadent cupcake

Every Christmas season as Andy Williams belts out “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” he’s clearly forgotten about what happens this time of year: it’s Girl Scout cookie time. It’s a glorious time of year when the future leaders, innovators and go-getters offer you the ...

This October 2016 photo shows filet mignon with basil pistou in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)

Filet mignon can be an easy, classy crowd-pleaser

ssy, right? But look at the ingredient list — not too long. And look at the steps — pretty darn simple. My boys love all kinds of steaks, though a perfect, tender filet distinctively communicates "special occasion." They are no harder to cook than any other steaks; just make sure to have ...

This November 2016 photo shows roasted pork shoulder with rosemary, mustard and garlic in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)

Fall-Apart Roasted Pork Shoulder

I was talking with a friend about perfect meals for entertaining, and we went through the usual suspects: lasagnas, chili, tenderloins. And then he mentioned that his favorite go-to entertaining dish was a pork butt or shoulder left in a low oven for so long that it practically fell apart. A ...

This Jan. 13, 2017 photo shows Beef Stroganoff. This amped-up beef stroganoff is a 1-pot noodle dish made with filet mignon, dried mushrooms, tomato paste and Dijon mustard. It’s a perfect dish for Valentine’s Day. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: Amped-up Beef Stroganoff is a 1-pot noodle dish

Primed to romance your certain someone on Valentine's Day? Nothing says "I love you" more persuasively than a home-cooked meal. This one-pot noodle dish, a variation on Beef Stroganoff, is the ideal messenger. Although the roots of the classic recipe are certifiably aristocratic — a French ...

This Jan. 16, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows a Chocolate Tower Cake in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Chocolate Tower Cake is like one big piece of candy

Have you been on the receiving end of a heart-shaped box? Maybe it was filled with jewelry, but if you're lucky, it was filled with chocolate. And while a box of candy is a tried-and-true way to say "I love you," we might know an even better way. The Culinary Institute of America's Chocolate ...

This Sunday, May 22, 2016 photo, shows salmon salad in a jar, left, next to the white bean salad and chopped greek salad on grilled bread in New York. This recipe spells out three different toppings, all vaguely Mediterranean: a white bean salad with fresh fennel thickened with mashed beans so that the filling sticks to the bread; smoked salmon rillettes, finely-chopped salmon flavored with capers, lemon and fresh herbs and bound with sour cream; and a chopped Greek salad. (AP Photo/Sara Moulton)

KITCHENWISE: Bruschetta, 3 ways, for a satisfying main dish

There are few dishes more elemental and satisfying than bruschetta. A mainstay at many Italian restaurants, it's an appetizer comprising slices of grilled bread adorned with any number of toppings. I like to make bruschetta on my stovetop grill at home during the colder months. It's a winning ...

This Feb. 11, 2013 photo shows produce arranged at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Wash. Fresh produce can be attractively arranged in a way that is appealing to the eye, and even produce misshapen in appearance can be trimmed to look good or discounted to boost sales and reduce waste. Taste begins with the eyes and enterprising vendors can trim food waste by making produce look good. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Reducing food waste is good for the Earth AND your wallet

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Remember how it was when you were a kid sitting at the kitchen table and your mother served up a healthy helping of rutabagas? Gross, right? You slipped them to the family dog or spooned them into a napkin to get them out of sight. But there was no ...