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A contestant during last year’s Chili Cook-Off stirs a pot of cowboy chili. The second annual Chili Cook-Off is Oct. 7 at the North Dakota State Fair Center.

2nd annual Chili Cook-Off at Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo

The aroma of chili will be wafting through the air during the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo. On Oct. 7, the second annual Chili Cook-Off will take place at the State Fair Center. Last year was the first year the cook-off took place, and second place honors went to the Ranger Lounge team, made ...

This Sept. 11, 2017 photo shows a skillet apple cranberry pie in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Skillet Apple Cranberry Pie is easy to make

Just because nothing's more American than apple pie — and few desserts more delicious — doesn't mean that making one is easy. On the contrary, the standard recipes can be pretty involved. But this recipe is for a pie with only one crust, not two, and with everything cooked in the same ...

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PRAIRIEFARE: In a pickle over a side dish?

“Please enjoy these fresh pickles. Your food will be out shortly,” the server said as she placed a plate of cucumber slices in front of us. They were sprinkled with dill weed and had a nice crunch. I was in a restaurant in another state, and the somewhat sweet yet vinegary flavor and ...

This Sept. 8, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows autumn sweet potato and mushroom soup in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Get an autumn hug with a sweet potato and mushroom soup

What's for dinner? It is the eternal question and, nationwide, the "I'm out of ideas" face can be spotted on folks wandering the grocery store in search of inspiration. While even chefs sometimes get "dinner block," there is an advantage to having a library of tricks and techniques at your ...

Living room, dining room, kitchen … brew room?

The first time a batch of beer boiled over in his kitchen, Steve Clemens started thinking about creating a dedicated brewing space somewhere else in his home. "That pretty much solidified it," said Clemens, of Lodi, Wisconsin, who is one of an estimated 1.2 million homebrewers in the United ...

Toasted garlic and eggplant soup is garnished with croutons and fresh cheese. 
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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Warm up with roasted eggplant and garlic soup

Eggplant is often overlooked in favor of more traditional vegetables, but this dark purple beauty is one of our favorite vegetables, and it’s been a mainstay in our garden for years. We await its arrival each summer, eagerly anticipating its use in classic Italian dishes like eggplant ...

This Sept. 4, 2017 photo shows Mexican-style chicken wings in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Five-ingredient chicken wings are a crowd-pleasing dinner

At the end of a long fall day — after dealing with all the seasonal demands of work and school — you don't want making dinner to be a big deal. What's called for is something that's idiot-proof and crowd-pleasing. This recipe for Five-Ingredient Mexican-Style Chicken Wings presents us ...

PRAIRIEFARE: Make snack attacks count

“Make sure your seat belts are buckled and all carry-ons are properly stowed,” the flight attendant said. I pushed my purse under the seat with my foot, cinched my seat belt and settled in by the window. Then I realized that my reading materials also were properly stowed in the overhead ...

Fresh garden salad with kidney beans and a red wine vinaigrette. 
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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Garden-fresh veggies inspire salad

This week’s recipe is inspired by what we are currently harvesting in our vegetable garden, or more appropriately, Gio’s vegetable garden. Our soon-to-be teenage son has spent the summer lovingly tending his garden, which is now coming into abundance with a bounty of sweet yellow onions, ...

A time for wine, a time for beer

Anyone who’s known me for a long time, kids me about obsessing about wine’s qualities these days. “What ever happened to your love of beer?” they ask. Still there, is my reply, especially when I want to slake a thirst from working outdoors in the garden. For a relaxing repast to engage ...

This August 2017 photo shows "not fried egg rolls" in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Server egg rolls from the restaurant by making these at home

Who doesn't love an egg roll? For generations it's been Chinese cuisine's No. 1 hit in America. And why not? They're ubiquitous, they're fried, they're delicious, and you can eat them with your hands. Unfortunately, egg rolls are restaurant food. Making them at home can seem too daunting. ...

This Aug. 23, 2017 photo shows a French onion soup burger in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: French Onion Soup Burgers are perfect entreé for Labor Day

If you're a fan of traditional French onion soup — and who isn't? — you're going to love this burger. It's kitted out with all of the ingredients that make the soup such a treasure — tender, browned onions, beef broth, red wine, Gruyere cheese and French bread — and finally lathered up ...

Red potato, green bean and bacon salad.
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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Local produce is the star of this potato salad

We love to find our inspiration locally whenever possible, and after a recent trip to a local farmer’s market we came home with a lovely assortment of fresh veggies, including a large bag of baby red potatoes that were just begging to be turned into a new dish. With fresh green beans and ...

This Aug. 9. 2017 photo shows spicy sauteed fish with a pineapple mango salsa in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve spicy sauteed fish with pineapple mango salsa

When it comes to landing dinner on the table on a weeknight, fish fillets are among the very quickest dishes you can prepare, rarely requiring more than five minutes to go from raw to ready to eat. And given the relative mildness of a fish's flavor, they're a natural canvas for a vast palette ...

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PRAIRIEFARE: Gazpacho refreshes on a summer day

“We’re going to have cold soup,” I said to my older daughter and husband. We were in our kitchen talking about the upcoming evening meal. “Gross,” my daughter remarked. She likes soup but expects it to be hot. I gathered tomatoes, red and green peppers, celery, an onion, a lemon ...

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THE GREAT INDOORS: Stacked up: Layers of cake for National S’mores Day

ores. Since the Girl Scouts first published a recipe for “Some Mores” in 1927 in their book entitled “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts,” we’ve scarfed down millions of the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow treats. Gone are the days when s’mores were eaten ...

This July 26, 2017 photo shows a tomato, mozzarella and basil tart in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Tart is a versatile dish

There are very few things more delicious than tomatoes in season. Sure you can buy them year-round, but these imports tend to be mealy and flavorless, so why bother? Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Tart is a celebration of the tomato at the peak of its perfection, namely right now. One important ...

WORLDOFWINE: Sometimes purchasing wine is an investment in the producer

Visit a spirit shop, a mass market wine store, or a national chain restaurant and you see pretty much the same wines: Woodbridge, Franzia, Yellowtail and other familiar names, which are big hits with the average American wine connoisseur. Go into a high-end eatery and the wine list is suddenly ...