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This April 28, 2017 photo shows zucchini quiches in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Picnic size Southwestern Zucchini Quiches are a snap to make

You'd think quiche would be a summer picnic staple. In practice, the beloved cheese pies are too darn messy. Cutting one into slices while you're sitting in the wild or at the beach can be tricky. And if you figure, "Aha! I'll slice it up ahead of time," you discover there's no easy way to ...

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Celebrating Norwegian culture with Fruktsuppe

My grandfather, Don Mathison, was a proud American-Norwegian, and I am grateful to be reminded each year at this time to honor his memory as part of our family’s Syttende Mai observance. Syttende Mai, also known as the National Day of Norway or Constitution Day, is a national holiday ...

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Radishes a spicy spring vegetable perfect for simple, sweet sides

Tony, Gio and I are in the process of preparing our soil for this year’s gardening season, and we are already dreaming of the bounty we hope to harvest throughout the summer. Red radishes will be among the first to be reaped, and in anticipation of their arrival we have three simple and ...

WORLD of WINE: Coffee and wine share some historical roots

I just ordered a pound of “Black Insomnia Coffee” — stuff that is supposed to take care of your caffeine fix with just one cup. Caffeine, like alcohol, is a drug mankind has had a long association with. Nature created them to kill creatures much smaller than us; caffeine to kill insect ...

This April 2017 photo shows a Reuben pizza in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Reuben Pizza is quick and inexpensive for a graduation party

With the end of the school year looming, the proud parents of any number of soon-to-be-minted graduates are wondering how to pull off a celebratory party without spending a ton of time or money. Reuben Pizza is the answer. It's quick, easy to make, inexpensive and completely scrumptious. Even ...

This Aug. 10, 2012 photo shows Vitamin-C-rich rose hips in a garden near Langley, Wash., and are the fruit of a rose plant and can be used fresh or dried for making tea. Steep them in boiling water, sweeten with honey and enjoy. Herbs, fruit and many other plants make into great tea. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Tea ingredients can be grown on your windowsill

Flavorful teas can be brewed from a great variety of herbs, flowers, fruits, spices and roots taken fresh from the garden. These generally are stronger and more refreshing than the dried packages of leaves stored for long periods on grocer's shelves. Most traditional Eastern teas trace their ...

Sometimes it takes a community to keep bees

Finding places for beekeeping can be a challenge for city dwellers. But apiaries modeled after community gardens have become a popular option. Community beekeeping operations are usually comprised of shared sites on public or private properties, organized by or for people trying to turn out ...

This April 24 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows an avocado and crab salad garnished with sliced radish and citrus-mango sauce, foreground, a chilled watermelon salad, right, and deep fried rice crisps, left, in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

This summer, try a pair of chilled salads you can make ahead

By The Culinary Institute of America In summer, a party can erupt any time of the day. Whether you're serving a casual outdoor picnic or an elegant seated affair, we'll help you throw together a stress-free menu in no time. A chilled salad is a no-brainer first course for a summer lunch, and ...

This April 2017 photo shows a mini mocha baked Alaska in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

A mother’s Day treat: Mini Mocha Baked Alaskas

Let's say you dream of wanting to make a very special dessert for mom on Mother's Day but don't really have the time or the expertise. Here's a cheating version of Baked Alaska. Sure it's antique — is there any other two-word phrase in English as capable of teleporting us in an instant to the ...

This April 2017 photo shows portobello, chile and cheese burritos in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KitchenWise: Mushroom and cheese burritos are perfect for Meatless Mondays

Mushroom and Cheese Burritos are a delicious vegetarian dish hearty enough to satisfy even the most die-hard carnivore in your family: a burrito stuffed with portobello mushrooms, chiles and cheese. It's perfect for Meatless Mondays and — bonus! — all the ingredients are cooked together in ...

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HOME WITH THE LOST ITALIAN: Guilt-free Mediterranean steak salad

Summer is just around the corner, and that means the season for shorts and swimsuits is almost here. While we love pasta and potatoes (and you know we do), this spring we’re turning our focus to recipes that will pack a big punch of flavor without pinching our waistline. Transforming a salad ...

WORLD OF WINE: Spring flavors bloom with rosé wine varietals

As the vines slowly come out of dormancy and begin breaking bud, this isn’t the first activity to occur since last fall’s harvest. The harvested grapes have completed their fermentation, a task that has been going on during our winter months. The end product – wine – is now ready to ...

This 2017 photo shows Italian stuffed strawberries in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: This strawberry season, make a dessert inspired by cannoli

I developed this recipe to take advantage of strawberry season. Some of you are naturally scratching your head. "Strawberry season? Name a time of year that isn't strawberry season." And it certainly can feel that way. Strawberries are grown in all 50 states and, depending on the state, the ...

Rappers becoming fixtures on food scene

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Snoop Dogg furiously stirred flour into a creamy bechamel sauce, a whisk in one hand and a microphone in the other during a cooking demonstration with chef Guy Fieri. He tossed herbs into the mac and cheese and spicy wing dishes with the dramatic flair of ...

Sarah Michelle Gellar still has awesome skills with a skewer

NEW YORK (AP) — As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two children, she's still pretty handy with a good stick — only this time it's in the kitchen. Gellar skewers all kinds of things in her new cookbook, "Stirring Up ...

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Easter candy can quickly add up (and some alternatives)

With Easter around the corner, baskets are filling up with candy. Sugar-packed treats are also part of the celebration for many adults. Pop a Peep bunny or chick in your mouth and you’ve just enjoyed a teaspoon and a half of sugar. Sink your teeth into a Cadbury creme egg and you’ve had 5 ...

Pepsi and politics: Where the partisan problem all began

The United States has become so partisan and divided, especially as of late. Where we once were a people who could acknowledge that the other side had some good points, today it seems that we are a people who are either full on Republican or full on Democrat. Where did this problem begin? Some ...

This April 2017 photo shows roasted asparagus toast with a fried poached egg in New York. The base is artisanal toast brushed with olive oil and topped with roasted asparagus. The asparagus can be prepped and pre-roasted and then warmed in the oven before serving. (Sara Moulton via AP)

KITCHENWISE: Roasted Asparagus Toasts make an elegant spring brunch

Here's a special dish tailor-made for an elegant spring brunch. It requires slightly more than the usual amount of work, but it's so worth it. Most of the recipe's several components can be prepared ahead of time, then reheated and assembled at the last minute. The base is artisanal toast ...

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Dolmas, stuffed grape leaves, by Nyanyika Banda.

Recipes have deep roots for deep traditions

In preparation for the arrival of spring every year, I choose to observe the Baha’i 19-day fast. It is a welcomed time of reflection for me, a chance to be more intentional and conscious of all of the food I am eating. I was raised a third-generation Baha’i — a religion with origins in ...