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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 ...

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THE GREAT INDOORS: Mud Hen Bars: Not beautiful but they are tasty

Ask the average American over the age of 40 what they first think of when someone mentions “Toledo, Ohio.” There’s a good chance he or she will say, “Toledo, isn’t that where Corporal Klinger was from?” For those of us who grew up watching the television show “M*A*S*H,” the ...

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PRAIRIE FARE: Be creative with zucchini

By Julie Garden-Robinson Forum News Service “Mom, there’s a cucumber,” my daughter noted. “Here’s another one and another one.” I was a little surprised at her comment because I hadn’t planted any cucumbers. I had planted the prolific cousin of the cucumber. You definitely ...

This July 26, 2017 photo shows a grilled BLT salad with buttermilk dressing in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve grilled BLT salad with buttermilk dressing

When I first heard about folks grilling romaine lettuce, I was pretty skeptical. Lettuce is supposed to be crisp. Grilling would make it soggy. What's the point? Now, having tried it myself, I see the point. Grilling the romaine not only really amplifies its flavor, it also adds the same ...

Pork is marinaded in soy sauce, rice vinegar and brown sugar.
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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Great grilling: Soy Basted Pork Chops

During the summer, we use our grill nearly every night for everything from meat, to vegetables, and even fruit. On weeknights, we’re usually looking for a dish that is quick and easy to make, and if it can be prepared in advance, even better. Bon Appetit, the culinary magazine, excels at ...

This July 22, 2017 photo shows a blueberry pie with a cinnamon french toast crust in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve blueberry pie with a cinnamon French toast crust

Here's a ridiculously simple summer dessert — the happy marriage of blueberry pie and French toast with a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. It's perfect not only for blueberry lovers, but also for those home cooks who consider themselves dessert-impaired. For all of their ...

PRAIRIE FARE: There are several ways to enjoy grilled watermelon

The other day I was at my desk at work, talking to my computer screen, but I wasn’t just being the “absent-minded professor.” I actually had an audience sitting in a room across the state. Grilling fruits and vegetables was the topic of my webinar. I mentioned grilling watermelon to ...

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Beat the heat with easy entree salads

Many people do not want to heat up the house cooking on warm summer days. There are some strategies to make cool and quick meals during hot and busy summer days. Take advantage of days you have more time and where the weather is cooler. On these days, cook extra portions to be used during the ...

An easy Beauty and the Beast cake fit for a princess

By Tracy Briggs Forum News Service Like millions of other American families with daughters, we live in a household full of Disney princesses. Even though my daughters are both teenagers now, that doesn’t mean we chucked our DP goods in the garbage. Call it sentimentality (or laziness), but ...

Crispy Shrimp Tacos are baked, not fried

From taco trucks to Mexican restaurants, tacos are just about everywhere these days. And why not? A taco is exactly as handy, versatile and filling as a sandwich, and crunchy to boot. Lots of folks dream of making these fried corn tortillas at home, but some pull up short at the prospect of ...

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Sweet and savory: Fluffy Coconut Pancakes

We love pancakes and have enjoyed them in both sweet and savory varieties. We also love coconut, whether it’s in cookies, bars, pies or just toasted and sprinkled over ice cream. This week we’re sharing a recipe for Fluffy Coconut Pancakes that combines both of these favorites to create a ...

Watermelon can be used in many ways in the kitchen

By Nyanyika Banda Forum News Service In the U.S., watermelon seems to be the quintessential fruit of the season. It wasn’t until I spent a summer in San Francisco about six years ago and learned a variety of preparations of watermelon that I was able to view the fruit as more than the ...

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KitchenWise: Cheese Sandwich Souffle is easy weeknight meal

One time many years ago, I was riffling through my grandmother Ruth's box of handwritten recipe cards when I pulled up short at the sight of the title of this recipe for Cheese Sandwich Souffle. Souffle? Fancy! But reading the details, I quickly understood that this item was nothing more or ...

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THE GREAT INDOORS: A vegan option for beer can chicken

It’s probably kind of a hassle to be a vegetarian at a barbecue. While there are lots of great recipes out there for those who choose to go meatless, how many revolve around the trusty backyard grill? I know when we’ve had vegetarian guests over for a night of grilling, we’ll buy a ...

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PRAIRIE FARE: Have you enjoyed any anthocyanins lately?

“What color scheme should we have this year?,” I asked my older daughter as we surveyed the flower pots we needed to fill earlier this summer. “Mom, you always get pink and purple flowers,” she replied with a grin. Yes, she knows her mother. I usually fill my cart with pink and ...

Thie June 20, 2017 photo shows a clam, tomato and bacon stew with grilled garlic bread in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Serve Clam Tomato and Bacon Stew with grilled garlic bread

Cooked hard-shell clams are an unbeatable two-for-the price-of-one delight. You get the clams themselves and the clam liquid they give off as they cook, which creates an instant sauce with astonishing depth of flavor. And it's simple. You just combine the clams with some liquid (and aromatics, ...

This June 21, 2017 photo shows a stone fruit, almond upside down cake in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Stone Fruit Almond Upside-Down Cake is summertime treat

This recipe for Stone Fruit Almond Upside-Down Cake works equally well using any kind of stone fruit or a mix of every kind of stone fruit, including plums, apricots, nectarines, peaches and plumcots. The appeal of the mixed-fruit version — the rainbowlike beauty of the unmolded cake in ...

WORLD OF WINE: An intro to the major sparking wines of Europe

With the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson who liked just still wine – no bubbles – I think I’d be safe in saying that probably 99 percent of the wine drinking population today loves their sparkling wines: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and when you can get it, Sekt. Each of these ...