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Home with the Lost Italian: Favorite recipes for back-to-school season

School is back in session throughout the region, and this week we’re revisiting our favorite kid-friendly recipes from past columns. These are staples in our home, and I’ve paired each specialty with an age group so you can make them with your children — or, even better, let them do the ...

Got a haul of apples for fall? Here’s what to do with them

NEW YORK (AP) — It's that time of year again, when fresh apples are piled high at farmer's markets. If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, you can take the day and pick your own bushel of apples. But whether you are picking them at the market or off a tree, there are many great ...

JJ Johnson connects the world with rice with new restaurant

NEW YORK (AP) — Rice was a staple in JJ Johnson's home when he was growing up. It was also a food he despised. "My mom made overcooked rice," Johnson, now a James Beard Foundation-nominated chef, says jokingly. "But most people don't make rice well." Many people rely on boxed rice, he ...

With a nudge from the young and sober, mocktails taking hold

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years ago, for her 27th birthday, Lorelei Bandrovschi gave up drinking for a month on a dare. She was a casual drinker and figured it would be easy. It was, but she hadn't banked on learning so much about herself in the process. "I realized that going out without ...

Eating along New York State’s ‘Buffalo Wing Trail’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The warnings come at you as soon as you step into the low-slung building that is Duff's Tavern. Advisories are posted on the walls. On the menus. They're even printed on the servers' t-shirts. "WARNING! Medium IS HOT! Medium Hot IS VERY HOT! Hot is VERY VERY HOT!" Yet ...

How to marinate just about anything

Marinating is a terrific basic kitchen technique. Essentially, you can take any kind of meat, fish or seafood, or even vegetables or soy products, submerge them in a marinade, and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner. Marinades add flavor — what kind obviously depends on ...

Healthy breakfast on a busy school morning? It’s not so hard

Breakfast, as you may have heard, is the most important meal of the day. That's especially true for kids returning to school, who need fuel for energy and learning. But serving a healthy breakfast can feel like one more challenge for parents trying to get themselves and their kids out the ...

The Vegan Cookbook Club: Plan a vegan-friendly cookout

You don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy a cookout free of animal products. What better way to savor late summer than with a cookout? Fire up the grill, chill some drinks and invite friends and neighbors to join you. That’s exactly what I did recently when my brother Jeff was up for a visit ...

The top 9 grilling mistakes and how to fix them

I love to grill, and barbecue, and I have devoted my career to outdoor cooking for more than two decades. In that time, I've seen a lot of mistakes and people tend to make them over and over. So I put together a list of the biggest grilling don'ts and how to avoid them. Print this list and ...

Secret ingredient makes this take on granola a delicious snack or breakfast

If you’re looking for a great way to showcase the fruits of summer that are coming into season — think berries, cherries, peaches and plums — look no further than this week’s recipe for Legendary Granola Clusters. I started making my own granola from scratch about four years ago and ...

8 tips for saving money on groceries

(AP) — I do not know of a single person who doesn't like to save money. And the supermarket is one of the most important places to be shopping-savvy. The good news is there are so many easy and effective ways to slash your grocery budget. Here are 8 tips that will bring that receipt total ...

Let’s Cook: Clotheslines and Macaroni

There are some things that never get old –bedding hung on the clothesline is one of them. Life is too short not to indulge in sheets, pillowcases, and blankets hung under a big blue sky, warmed by the sun, and wind dried. As you see these bed layers dancing with the wind, your thoughts turn ...

Say hello again to Jell-O with lemony summer dessert

I don’t even like Jell-O. This is a bold statement — so brash that it threatens to endanger my Midwestern, farm girl credentials. But it’s true. I almost always pass up the Jell-O at picnics and potlucks, even when it has been blended with perfectly good foods like cake. That’s ...

This bright, tasty salad celebrates Sicilian ingredients

This light, bright salad celebrates ingredients that are abundant in Sicily. Citrus fruits, in particular, flourish and come in many varieties. Taroccos, or blood oranges, are the most popular and prized variety, so it seemed only fitting that we use them for this salad. We liked the fennel ...

Venezuelan migrants take arepas to new lands amid crisis

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelans like to jest that their beloved arepas are so widely consumed that babies come out of the womb with the corn flatbreads already in hand. Now, as millions flee their homeland’s turmoil, they are taking Venezuela’s most ubiquitous dish with ...