Food

THE GREAT INDOORS: Cake mix makes Christmas baking a breeze

One thing I’ve learned from my years of holiday baking is to simplify when you can. For example, I found out the hard way that when you spend hours baking cookies, the last thing you’re in the mood to do is spend hours decorating them. Some days I’m in the mood to bake elaborate recipes ...

HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Jazz up your holiday table with ease and elegance

FARGO — We love holiday entertaining, but can often find ourselves overwhelmed amidst all of the hustle and bustle that accompanies this merry season. In times like this, it’s good to have a couple of tricks up your culinary sleeve that are simple and easy to make and big on holiday appeal. ...

KitchenWise: Serve petite beef filet for a holiday dinner

Want to serve a fancy roast for Christmas dinner without breaking the bank? Try a petite beef filet. Cut from the shoulder, long and thin, and weighing between 8-10 ounces, the petite filet looks like a mini tenderloin of beef — one of the priciest and most popular of roasts. But it's much ...

Family’s famous peanut bars could be your new holiday dessert

Each December presents an opportunity to revisit our youth and recapture the feelings that make the holidays so special. Food is inherently a part of this equation and often acts as the connector to those memories. This week’s recipe for Joyce Family Peanut Bars has placed me right back in my ...

Modern Green Bean Casserole

For the holidays, there are people who absolutely love a classic green bean casserole made with condensed soup, canned beans and packaged fried onions. I get the nostalgia. And the thought is a winning one: tender green beans enveloped in a creamy sauce and topped with crispy crunchy oniony ...

Winter Greens, Apple, Cranberry Salad

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 tomatoes ...

KitchenWise: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are a holiday treat

If, like me, you're a fan of dark chocolate peppermint bark at Christmastime, you're going to love these cookies. Your friends and family will, too. But you'll have to plan ahead because the batter is so soft it needs to chill overnight before scooping. The main ingredient here is 1 1/2 ...

Ants in a Tree is a crowd-pleaser

"Ants in a Tree" is the English translation of the Chinese name for this classic recipe. Built of spicy pork, bean thread noodles (aka cellophane noodles) and scallions, it earned its name because it's not so far-fetched for the finished dish to call that image to mind — the noodles look like ...

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 ...

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" ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...