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Sweet and savory: Fluffy Coconut Pancakes

We love pancakes and have enjoyed them in both sweet and savory varieties. We also love coconut, whether it’s in cookies, bars, pies or just toasted and sprinkled over ice cream. This week we’re sharing a recipe for Fluffy Coconut Pancakes that combines both of these favorites to create a ...

Watermelon can be used in many ways in the kitchen

By Nyanyika Banda Forum News Service In the U.S., watermelon seems to be the quintessential fruit of the season. It wasn’t until I spent a summer in San Francisco about six years ago and learned a variety of preparations of watermelon that I was able to view the fruit as more than the ...

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KitchenWise: Cheese Sandwich Souffle is easy weeknight meal

One time many years ago, I was riffling through my grandmother Ruth's box of handwritten recipe cards when I pulled up short at the sight of the title of this recipe for Cheese Sandwich Souffle. Souffle? Fancy! But reading the details, I quickly understood that this item was nothing more or ...

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THE GREAT INDOORS: A vegan option for beer can chicken

It’s probably kind of a hassle to be a vegetarian at a barbecue. While there are lots of great recipes out there for those who choose to go meatless, how many revolve around the trusty backyard grill? I know when we’ve had vegetarian guests over for a night of grilling, we’ll buy a ...

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PRAIRIE FARE: Have you enjoyed any anthocyanins lately?

“What color scheme should we have this year?,” I asked my older daughter as we surveyed the flower pots we needed to fill earlier this summer. “Mom, you always get pink and purple flowers,” she replied with a grin. Yes, she knows her mother. I usually fill my cart with pink and ...

Thie June 20, 2017 photo shows a clam, tomato and bacon stew with grilled garlic bread in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve Clam Tomato and Bacon Stew with grilled garlic bread

Cooked hard-shell clams are an unbeatable two-for-the price-of-one delight. You get the clams themselves and the clam liquid they give off as they cook, which creates an instant sauce with astonishing depth of flavor. And it's simple. You just combine the clams with some liquid (and aromatics, ...

This June 21, 2017 photo shows a stone fruit, almond upside down cake in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Stone Fruit Almond Upside-Down Cake is summertime treat

This recipe for Stone Fruit Almond Upside-Down Cake works equally well using any kind of stone fruit or a mix of every kind of stone fruit, including plums, apricots, nectarines, peaches and plumcots. The appeal of the mixed-fruit version — the rainbowlike beauty of the unmolded cake in ...

WORLD OF WINE: An intro to the major sparking wines of Europe

With the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson who liked just still wine – no bubbles – I think I’d be safe in saying that probably 99 percent of the wine drinking population today loves their sparkling wines: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and when you can get it, Sekt. Each of these ...

This June 16, 2017 photo shows a three-melon soup in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Three Melon Soup is a summer showstopper

Three Melon Soup, a real showstopper, is as much fun to look at as it is refreshing to eat. The key, though, is to start with the ripest and most fragrant fruits available. In the case of cantaloupes and honeydews, the first move is to smell the stem end to make sure it smells strongly of ...

PRAIRIE FARE: Are rhubarb and tomatoes fruits or vegetables?

“For roll call, please say your favorite vegetable,” our club officer announced. I was at a meeting of PEO, which is a philanthropic educational organization for women. We in Chapter V are getting to know each other a little better every month by answering questions for roll call. The ...

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THE GREAT INDOORS: Beyond the crisp: Beautiful way to bake with rhubarb

I’ve spoken before about the ginormous rhubarb plant in my backyard. Suffice it to say it has not shrunk in the past year or two — in fact, I’m thinking we might see if it’s eligible for it’s own zip code. What that means exactly is that in late spring and early summer, I try like a ...

This June 15, 2017 photo shows a shrimp, avocado and orange salad with spicy orange dressing in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: Shrimp salad with a spicy orange dressing is tasty summer dish

Summer's here and the time is right for summer salads gussied up with light proteins. Boiled shrimp is the perfect candidate, especially when it's paired with orange, avocado and mint, as it is here. There is a problem, however; shrimp often becomes bland and chewy when it's boiled. In fact, ...

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PRAIRIE FARE: Should you toss the food or eat it?

I answer a lot of questions by phone and email, and food storage questions usually top the list. “I picked up food at a fast-food restaurant for my daughter, and the milk container had a date that is three months from now,” the male caller said. “Is that true? I didn’t think she ...

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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Burst of summer

Quick salsas are a great way to bring a burst of summer flavor to your table, and with their mix of fresh fruit and vegetables, our Green Apple-Cucumber and Spicy Corn and Cherry salsas are the perfect partners for grilled meats, fish, salads, toast and tortilla chips. In our opinion, a ...

WORLD OF WINE: What does moderate wine consumption mean as we age?

Would “two glasses of red wine with dinner, three or four beers after, followed by two shots of vodka” every day for decades be considered moderation? Not according to the physician giving an 83-year-old patient his physical. Moderation means to have enough wine to enjoy with company of ...

This May 30, 2017 photo shows salmon with crispy skin and pepperoncini lemon sauce in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve salmon with pepperonicini lemon sauce on Fourth of July

Throughout New England, the traditional entree of choice for dinner on the Fourth of July was salmon served with a side of peas. This happy pairing capitalized on the region's seasonal bounty — it just so happened that the salmon were running and fresh peas were at their peak at the very ...

Step aside, ribs. Leg of lamb can also be wood smoked

It's summer in the Barbecue Belt of America, where the smell of slow-burning hickory never quite fades. In other regions, wood-smoking is left to the professionals because the technique is thought to be too challenging, time-consuming, and just overall intimidating for the home cook. But at ...

Flaky Fish Tacos with Vegetable Slaw

A good fish taco is in a class by itself. My kids tried their first in a beachside restaurant in Florida, and suddenly the world of tacos had a new category. And as any mother will tell you, when fish comes in a form your kids can embrace, that's a beautiful thing. Sometimes the fish is fried ...