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The lighter side of decadence

February 15, 2012 For Christmas last year, I didn’t ask Santa for a new sweater, tie or even my two front teeth. I just wanted a richly satisfying holiday dinner that wouldn’t make me gain weigh. more »»

FOOD on a DEADLINE: A Caesar salad for the chillier months

February 15, 2012 No matter how delicious a Caesar salad is, chilly temperatures tend to be a turnoff for all things leafy gree. more »»

An easy, do-ahead mousse that only tastes indulgent

February 15, 2012 This mousse is an easy way to achieve a chocolate dessert without being overly indulgent. For a restaurant-worthy dish, spoon the mousse into parfait glasses and top with fresh berries. more »»

Spice things up with some chili

February 15, 2012 Texas Red Chili Start to finish: 2-1/2 hours. Serves . more »»


February 14, 2012 Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary Monday: Hamburger patty on bun, corn, baked beans, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Chili crispito, salad bar, hot apple slices. more »»

Sweets for your sweetie

February 8, 2012 Anyone can buy chocolates for Valentine’s Day. But how about really putting your love on the line and making them? Turns out anyone can do that, to. more »»

LET'S COOK: Valentine boxes are good old-fashioned fun

February 8, 2012 Are you willing to have a bit of old-fashioned fun for Valentine’s Day? You could start by making a great collection of homemade valentines. more »»


February 7, 2012 Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary Monday: Sub sandwich, corn, baked beans, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza, salad bar, applesauce, tropical frui. more »»

Super Bowl XLVI: America's party

February 1, 2012 Stromboli – part pizza, part calzone, all party! A stromboli is kind of a cross between a grinder and a calzone. more »»

Popcorn chicken

February 1, 2012 The big game on Super Bowl Sunday usually brings with it big eats. As a nation, in just one day we consume millions of pounds of potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn and nuts. more »»

FOOD on a DEADLINE: Pulled chicken is delicious

February 1, 2012 When it comes to making pulled chicken, it’s hard to beat the two-ingredient simplicity of simmering chicken breasts in a bottle of barbecue sauce. On plenty of weeknights, that’s my go-to dinner. more »»


January 31, 2012 Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary Monday: Chicken patty on bun, green beans, baked beans, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Corn dog, salad bar, pineapple and peaches, trail mix. more »»

The secret to the spice

January 25, 2012 And the secret ingredient is ... mayonnaise! The first time anyone told me that, I thought I was going to faint or laugh out loud. It sounded preposterou. more »»

FOOD on a DEADLINE - Simple ingredients can lead to some sensational pasta

January 25, 2012 When you select the right ingredients, it doesn’t take many of them to create a fantastic dinner. Nor much time. more »»

LET'S COOK - For cakewalks, bake your best

January 25, 2012 Who does not love a good cake walk? Take a moment and think back on the cake walks that have made an impression on you. more »»


January 24, 2012 Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary Monday: Sub sandwich, coleslaw, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Chili crispito, salad bar, mandarin oranges, tropical fruit. more »»

The perfect roast

January 11, 2012 So you’ve decked the table with china and linens and your grandmother’s monogrammed silver. The only thing missing? A gigantic, glistening roast, the ultimate expression of luxury. more »»

Deli-meat rollups a tasty way to enjoy big flavors

January 11, 2012 Chicken Cordon Bleu Rollups Start to finish: 30 minutes. Serves 4. more »»

LET'S COOK: Start the new year right with a splash of color

January 11, 2012 In case you are wondering about the color of your next car, the walls in your den, a necktie or even a scarf -- help is availabl. more »»


January 10, 2012 Burlington-Des Lacs Monday: No school. Tuesday: No school. Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, peas, flavored brown rice, fresh fruit, oatmeal cookie. more »»



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