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Food

Put down that takeout menu: Stir-fry basics for home cooks

For every home cook happily tossing together a stir fry at home, there are a dozen would-be stir fryers wanting to make chicken-broccoli-sugar-snap-pea stir fry . and then sheepishly reaching for the takeout menu. Stir-fry technique has many people intimidated. But if you can slice and stir, ...

Yes, there is an art to the perfectly peeled egg

NEW YORK (AP) — I love eating deviled eggs and egg salad, but I had been avoiding making either because it was so much trouble peeling the eggs. I researched the subject online and tried many of the techniques that promised perfectly smooth eggs. I even went so far as to purchase an egg ...

Family affection found in stolen food

I recently walked into my pantry and found one of my adult children looking guilty. So guilty, in fact, I felt compelled to pry. “What are you doing?” The guilt gave way to a bashful grin. “I’m eating those cookies you said were grounds for eviction if we ate them.” Well. At least ...

Family Meals Matter

(Family Features) For busy families, finding time to eat together isn't always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn't just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health. Children who grow up sharing family meals are ...

Home with the Lost Italian: Favorite recipes for back-to-school season

School is back in session throughout the region, and this week we’re revisiting our favorite kid-friendly recipes from past columns. These are staples in our home, and I’ve paired each specialty with an age group so you can make them with your children — or, even better, let them do the ...

Got a haul of apples for fall? Here’s what to do with them

NEW YORK (AP) — It's that time of year again, when fresh apples are piled high at farmer's markets. If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, you can take the day and pick your own bushel of apples. But whether you are picking them at the market or off a tree, there are many great ...

JJ Johnson connects the world with rice with new restaurant

NEW YORK (AP) — Rice was a staple in JJ Johnson's home when he was growing up. It was also a food he despised. "My mom made overcooked rice," Johnson, now a James Beard Foundation-nominated chef, says jokingly. "But most people don't make rice well." Many people rely on boxed rice, he ...

With a nudge from the young and sober, mocktails taking hold

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years ago, for her 27th birthday, Lorelei Bandrovschi gave up drinking for a month on a dare. She was a casual drinker and figured it would be easy. It was, but she hadn't banked on learning so much about herself in the process. "I realized that going out without ...

Eating along New York State’s ‘Buffalo Wing Trail’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The warnings come at you as soon as you step into the low-slung building that is Duff's Tavern. Advisories are posted on the walls. On the menus. They're even printed on the servers' t-shirts. "WARNING! Medium IS HOT! Medium Hot IS VERY HOT! Hot is VERY VERY HOT!" Yet ...

How to marinate just about anything

Marinating is a terrific basic kitchen technique. Essentially, you can take any kind of meat, fish or seafood, or even vegetables or soy products, submerge them in a marinade, and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner. Marinades add flavor — what kind obviously depends on ...

Healthy breakfast on a busy school morning? It’s not so hard

Breakfast, as you may have heard, is the most important meal of the day. That's especially true for kids returning to school, who need fuel for energy and learning. But serving a healthy breakfast can feel like one more challenge for parents trying to get themselves and their kids out the ...