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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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Kale Broccolini 
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 ...

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Kringla

LOCAL TASTES: Swedish buns recipe handed down for generations

When my husband and I were first married, my mother-in-law introduced me to these wonderful Swedish buns called Kringla (pronounced Kring-ra). The recipe for these fantastic cardamom buns came from her Swedish mother and has been handed down for generations. I make a double batch every ...

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Just how do you ‘roast chestnuts on an open fire?’

Christmas in America just might not be Christmas in America if we didn’t hear Nat King Cole crooning “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” from our radio speakers nearly every day. According to Digital Music News, “The Christmas Song” is the fifth most played Christmas song every ...

This photo shows baked penne pasta with proscuitto and fontina cheese in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

KITCHENWISE: The secret to a better pasta? Bake it, don’t cook it

If there's anything more comforting than boiled pasta in a sauce, it's got to be baked pasta in a sauce. The baking adds a crispy crust that is such a delicious contrast to the tender goodness of the dish. The challenge is how to get the pasta to turn out just right. Most baked pasta recipes ...

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Frank Sinatra's favorite spaghetti and meatball recipe.

Great Indoors: Invite Frank Sinatra to your holiday dinner

One year my sister and I decided to honor our ancestors and make an authentic British feast for Christmas Eve dinner. Among other things, we dined upon Yorkshire pudding, plum pudding and sticky toffee pudding. (Apparently, the British Empire was built on pudding.) Most of it was pretty ...

This shows breaded cauliflower cutlets with marinara sauce in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

KitchenWise: Ready for breaded cutlets of a different kind? Cauliflower!

Let's say that one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat healthier and lose some weight. Join the crowd, right? In practice, what we probably mean — among other things — is that we plan to eat more vegetables and less meat. It's a challenge. But if you try this dish — a wonderful ...

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2015, file photo, shows bistro style slow roasted duck in Concord, N.H. Roasting a duck is no more complicated than roasting a turkey, and this recipe also has a French-style sauce. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)

KITCHENWISE: Roasted duck is easier — and more delicious — than you think

The prospect of roasting a duck strikes many a home cook as a mountain too high, but I'm not sure why. It's definitely no more complicated than cooking a whole turkey, and I think it tastes far better. Some folks surely suspect that duck is gamey, but that's only true of some wild ducks. It's ...

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COOKING ON DEADLINE: Hanukkah Brisket

Whether or not you celebrate the Jewish holidays, a good brisket recipe is a nice thing to have in your winter repertoire. Brisket is a tough and fairly inexpensive cut of meat that gets amazingly tender after some quality time in the oven, and it requires little attention or care while it ...

Learn to love a long, slow braise to make tough meat awesome

How do you transform a tough, less expensive cut of meat into something tender and delicious? You braise it! Braising is a wonderful and basic cooking technique that uses a slow, wet heat in a covered pot. It's great for cuts such as chuck, flank, brisket, rump and round. In fact, cooked ...

This hot cocktail is soothing and comforting on a cold day

Hot Cider Cocktail Start to finish: 20 minutes Makes one drink 2 ounces amaretto 6 ounces warm apple cider 1 dash bitters Whipped Cream, as needed (recipe follows) Caramel Sauce, as needed (recipe follows) Combine amaretto, warm cider, and bitters in an Irish coffee mug or ...

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USDA’s five tips for a food safe Thanksgiving

This week, millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause ...