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Cooking on a deadline: Winter greens, apple, cranberry salad

(AP) — When it comes to planning a holiday spread, a salad is often an afterthought. Stately roasts, crowd-pleasing potatoes and sultry pies tend to grab the spotlight, and by the time we think, "Oh, yeah, we should probably have a salad," a bag of mixed lettuces and a container of cherry ...

Lighten up Shepherd’s Pie with beef and cauliflower

(AP) — The weather is getting colder and we're tucking into comfort food over in our home. Doing a recipe makeover on a tasty-but-less-than-healthy dish is one of my favorite challenges. Today, I'm taking on a wintertime classic with my Lightened Shepherd's Pie. Typically, shepherd's pie is ...

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5 low-carb Thanksgiving recipes that will leave you satisfied

On Thanksgiving, how many of us will eat a huge turkey dinner with all the fixings, then head to the couch to watch a little football only to fall asleep by halftime? The common belief is that the drowsiness is caused by a chemical in turkey called tryptophan — the basis for the brain ...

Apricot Almond Coffee Cake is a special treat for holidays

Apricot Almond Coffee Cake is a special treat for holidays If you're expecting overnight guests during the holiday season, you might want to stock up on the ingredients for this recipe. Doing so will allow you to throw together a knockout coffee cake for breakfast, a special treat that ...

Big Butterscotchy Oatmeal Cookies

I haven't been consistently happy with my oatmeal cookie recipe for a while. Sometimes they turn out perfectly — fairly flat, chewy and moist in the middle, with crinkly, caramelized edges (not cakey or rounded) and a butterscotch-esque flavor. Other times, they don't follow orders, staying ...

This Thanksgiving, whip up a pumpkin cheesecake with ginger

Pumpkin is so popular today that there is hardly anything that hasn't had a pumpkin variation. Some of them are no-brainers, others are so far-fetched that I don't understand who is buying them, much less eating them. Back in the day, a pumpkin cheesecake would have been unusual, today it is ...

The gift of some mind-blowing cheeses

(AP) — Gift-giving is supposed to be fun, but if you're an adult, by now you've learned that choosing gifts is one of the more stress-inducing aspects of the holiday. Luckily, here at The Culinary Institute of America, we've learned a no-fail strategy for gifts that keeps us on the "nice" ...

Spinach and pear salad with pomegranate vinaigrette.
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Festive Pomegranate Salad sure to shine on holiday menu

The holidays are fast approaching, and this preseason lull is the perfect time to start planning your menus for the upcoming festivities. Pomegranates have just come into season, and their signature ruby-red color and bright, sweet-and-sour flavor make them an ideal ingredient for this time of ...

This photo shows a Greek-style rice pilaf served with chicken in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Basmati rice makes Greek Style Rice Pilaf special

With the exception of ooey-gooey potato concoctions, side dishes rarely get any respect. Most of us devote our love and attention to the protein in the center of the plate and then throw together some kind of vegetable and/or starch as an afterthought. Here, however, is a pilaf fully capable of ...

Beef with barley soup is a great soup made with fresh carrots and pearl barley.
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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Warm up winter with hearty beef and barley soup

In my previous life as a cruise director with Clipper Cruise Line, one of my very favorite dishes was the Beef with Barley Soup. Since retiring from shipboard life 17 years ago, I have regretted not leaving with a copy of that recipe. Unlike the canned the variety, where all of the ...

This Oct. 31, 2017 photo shows a green salad with pear dressing, Gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve Green Salad with Pear Dressing for Thanksgiving

Digging into the Thanksgiving Day feast is a joy, but preparing it takes work. This Green Salad with Pear Dressing is a simple but elegant first course, and it will take some of the stress out of the gig. And — bonus! — it's lighter than the usual holiday recipe. How did we do it? By ...

Homemade chicken stock is made with a blend of flavor builders and then cooked for 2-3 hours.
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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: How to make homemade chicken stock

Soup season is here, and every fall we hail its arrival by preparing a big batch of Homemade Chicken Stock. Making stock from scratch is easy, affordable, nutritious and a great way to ensure that you have this pantry staple on hand whenever it’s needed. Making your own stock is also a ...

KitchenWise: Root vegetable Gratin is tasty side dish for Thanksgiving

The side dishes on our annual Thanksgiving menu almost always include mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. This year I decided to change up the routine by combining the two, adding a little cream and topping off the hybrid with some crunch. It's heartier that way and tastier, ...

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Tinkering with a Midwest favorite: Cinnamon Scotcheroos shake things up

Every once in a while I’m reminded that not everyone lives life the way we do in the upper Midwest. And nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchen. Not everyone calls that bubbly stuff we drink “pop.” In most of the world a casserole – while warm to the touch – is not called a ...

This Oct. 11, 2017 photo shows roasted Cornish hens in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve Cornish Hens instead of turkey for Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, why not follow presidential custom and grant your turkey a pardon? Sure, the big bird has always been at the center of the traditional feast, but cooking it is almost always a headache. The problem is how long to cook it. Sometimes a 16-pound turkey is cooked to ...

Butternut squash and blue cheese sauce is served over chicken cutlets.
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Butternut Bleu Cheese Sauce a go-to for fall dining

FARGO — The winter squash season is upon us, and butternut is our personal favorite among the varieties currently in abundance. Butternut is known for its quirky shape, sweet, nutty flavor and versatility. We often enjoy it pureed in soups or roasted in the oven, and this week’s pan-sauce ...

This Oct. 12, 2017 photo shows homemade ginger tea in New York. This drink is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Ginger Tea is a soothing drink

With the arrival of the cold-and-cough season, you may be thinking about cooking up a big batch of chicken soup as a cure for what ails us. I love the stuff, too, but I suggest you stock up on some fresh gingerroot instead. Ginger, of course, is one of the many flavors to be found in a stir-fry ...

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The Sioux Chef revitalizes native cuisine

FARGO – There’s something special about eating the way your ancestors did. I remember one Christmas, my sister and I chose to make an authentic British Christmas dinner complete with beef Wellington, Yorkshire pudding and plum pudding. It was a ton of work, but it felt pretty cool to know ...

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How to make your basil lovefest last all year

One of the best pieces of advice I heard about gardening is to grow what you like. Simple enough. But I didn’t always do that. I would grow tomatoes (which are not among my family’s favorite things) because they grow easily in this part of the country. When I’d get a bumper crop each ...

WORLD OF WINE: October is a great month to celebrate local wines

Thirty-two years ago when I arrived in North Dakota to work as an extension specialist for NDSU, ND’s wine industry was virtually nonexistent; the first winery did not open until 2002, when Pointe of View opened in the Bismarck area. Nowadays, there are wineries across the state, offering ...