Food

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 ...

Roasted beet and goat cheese salad.

Feel the beet: Fill up healthfully with these satisfying winter recipes

Here we are, post-New Year’s, with more than a few negative-degree days under our belts and I’m already struggling to keep up with the promises I made to myself to be a “healthier me.” (I kept this resolution broad, so as not to be disappointed down the road.) In previous ...

Southern Black Bean Soup

Black bean soup combines favorite travel experiences

Every year around this time, mid-January to February, I find myself pulling out my old Clipper Cruise Line cookbook and revisiting some of our favorite recipes from our years at sea. Clipper Cruise Line, now no longer in existence, was a small-ship cruise line devoted to providing the very ...

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Copycat recipe turns popular restaurant dish into homemade favorite

Our son, Giovanni, loves Chinese cuisine and is a big fan of the Chicken Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang’s, an Asian-themed restaurant chain that we try to visit whenever we are in the Twin Cities. We had hoped to get there over his Christmas break from school, but unfortunately bad weather and ...

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Roast with the most, don’t forget the potatoes

Because of recent cold temperatures, kids busy with activities, and full workloads for me and my husband, our crockpot was the workhorse of dinner time. Twice we prepared one of my favorite Pinterest recipes: Mississippi Roast. Mississippi Roast has become popular nationwide with the slow ...

This Nov. 16, 2015 photo shows beer steamed cheese and mushroom beef sliders in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

KITCHENWISE: A little beer is a lot of flavor in these Super Bowl sliders

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing's more substantial than a burger, even in its mini-form — the slider. Indeed, if you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, sliders are more sensible than the full-sized guys. But they happen to be a little ...

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Wine Gummy Bears

Great gummies of wine

Over the Christmas break, I had big plans to do fun projects with the kids. I purchased items to make homemade gifts, shrinky-dinks to make little plastic trinkets with the boys, gummy bear molds to show them how fun it is to make your own candy — and the list goes on. Needless to say, in ...

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Superfood Salad

A fast-food salad you’ll want to make at home

As every new year starts, many of us tell ourselves we’re going to eat healthier – we’ll make homemade meals and stop hitting the drive-thru to shove french fries down our chubby throats. But then reality sets in, work gets busy, the kids need rides all over town and you just don’t ...

This January 2017 photo shows fried cauliflower "rice" in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Cauliflower is surprisingly verstile

Until pretty recently, there was nothing sexy about cauliflower. Boiled or steamed, it's bland at best. And if you overcook it, you'd better duck or suffer the smell of dirty diapers. But roasting or sauteing cauliflower is a different story. The veggie's natural sugars caramelize and its tasty ...

This Jan. 2, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows Chinese take-out chicken and Broccoli Rbe in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Celebrate Chinese New Year by pulling out the stir fryer

At the same time many of us are packing away our noisemakers and Champagne glasses, people all over the world are just beginning to prepare for the new year. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the lunar new year — the first day on a calendar based on the phases of the moon. The lunar new ...

This October 2016 photo shows Asian bok choy in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Asian Bok Choy

If you tend to fall into cooking ruts, one easy way to snap out of it is to check out the holiday calendars of different cultures. Next up on my list of inspirations is the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year. I love cooking Chinese and Asian food all year, but certain foods carry symbolism ...

This file photo shows baked whole fish in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)

Baking whole fish in foil easier, tastier than steaming it

The Chinese like to feature whole steamed fish on the menu of their New Year's feasts. Said to signify togetherness, abundance and long life, it's a dish with symbolism that is as important as taste. Indeed, you're supposed to leave the bones, head and tail intact, a way to help ensure that the ...

This photo shows a purple power smoothie in Coroando, Calif. This drink is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Some tips for reducing the sugar in your morning smoothie

The smoothie has become ubiquitous because it makes healthy eating sound easy and attainable. I'll admit to you right here: I love smoothies — throwing a bunch of things into a blender and then sipping on my breakfast. The more nutrients I can cram into that cool and creamy treat, the better. ...

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Pepper pot soup with fresh baked rolls.

Pepper Pot Soup: The soup that won the war

It’s a mighty moniker for a simple bowl of soup. Pepper Pot Soup has been called “the soup that won the war” for its role in helping the struggling patriots defeat the mighty British in the Revolutionary War. And, it all started 240 years ago. In December 1777, the Continental ...

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Giovanni Nasello, 12, makes his own Italian sausage with ground pork, toasted fennel seeds, crushed red pepper, minced garlic, salt and pepper.

Giovanni’s Comforting Pasta Bolognese a perfect antidote to winter

We normally begin a new year with a super-healthy dish, but after nearly a week of battling post-Christmas stomach and cold flus, all our little family wanted was some comfort to ring in the New Year. Thank goodness for Giovanni’s Comforting Pasta Bolognese. Our 12-year-old son, Giovanni ...