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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 ...

Sarah Michelle Gellar still has awesome skills with a skewer

NEW YORK (AP) — As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two children, she's still pretty handy with a good stick — only this time it's in the kitchen. Gellar skewers all kinds of things in her new cookbook, "Stirring Up ...

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Easter candy can quickly add up (and some alternatives)

With Easter around the corner, baskets are filling up with candy. Sugar-packed treats are also part of the celebration for many adults. Pop a Peep bunny or chick in your mouth and you’ve just enjoyed a teaspoon and a half of sugar. Sink your teeth into a Cadbury creme egg and you’ve had 5 ...

Pepsi and politics: Where the partisan problem all began

The United States has become so partisan and divided, especially as of late. Where we once were a people who could acknowledge that the other side had some good points, today it seems that we are a people who are either full on Republican or full on Democrat. Where did this problem begin? Some ...

This April 2017 photo shows roasted asparagus toast with a fried poached egg in New York. The base is artisanal toast brushed with olive oil and topped with roasted asparagus. The asparagus can be prepped and pre-roasted and then warmed in the oven before serving. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: Roasted Asparagus Toasts make an elegant spring brunch

Here's a special dish tailor-made for an elegant spring brunch. It requires slightly more than the usual amount of work, but it's so worth it. Most of the recipe's several components can be prepared ahead of time, then reheated and assembled at the last minute. The base is artisanal toast ...

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Dolmas, stuffed grape leaves, by Nyanyika Banda.

Recipes have deep roots for deep traditions

In preparation for the arrival of spring every year, I choose to observe the Baha’i 19-day fast. It is a welcomed time of reflection for me, a chance to be more intentional and conscious of all of the food I am eating. I was raised a third-generation Baha’i — a religion with origins in ...

WORLD OF WINE: Merlot continues to gain strength despite movie remark

In the 2004 movie “Sideways,” Paul Giamatti’s character Miles made a disparaging remark about merlot, despite his supposed wine intelligence. If he was genuine about his love of wine and not just his precious pinot noir, he would have appreciated the fact that merlot is one of the ...

This March 6, 2017 photo shows Greek-style roasted lemon potatoes in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: Greek style Roasted Lemon Potatoes are a delicious side dish

With two big feast days looming — Easter and Passover — I thought I'd offer up a simple but delicious side dish. I'm talking about the lemony roasted potatoes that are one of the dependable delights on the menu at a Greek restaurant. They're crispy on the outside, but tangy and creamy on ...

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)

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 ...

FILE - This March 2, 2016 photo shows lemon raspberry pound cake muffins in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)

KITCHENWISE: Tips for getting the most flavor – and juice – out of lemons

Fresh lemon — including the juice and the peel — is one of my all-time favorite ingredients, in part because it's just so versatile. It can be the star of the show (as in this recipe) or a brilliant supporting actor (as in so many of my everyday dishes). It's indispensable in fish dishes ...

American wines are gaining in popularity

Ask most people on the street which country they think has the highest export in wine sales and most will say France, Italy, or Spain. America would seldom be mentioned, but in reality, it is clearly in the running, with more than $1.6 billion in American wine being consumed in 2015. With a ...

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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 ...