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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 »»

A burst of flavor

January 4, 2012 Beef dishes that are delicious, inexpensive and quick to prepare sound like a myth, but Sue Willson scoured the world to come up with five recipes for a Gourmet Chef cooking class. more »»

Cooking with yogurt

January 4, 2012 Dr. Neena Thomas-Eapen praised the healthy aspects of yogurt in a cooking class at the Gourmet Chef, but it was the tangy taste of her recipes that excited students. more »»

FOOD on a DEADLINE: Chili dogs for chilly days

January 4, 2012 Chili dogs generally are considered summer food. Which makes sense. more »»

Roast your own

December 28, 2011 Protein-rich and portable, nuts have always been the utility players of the snack world -- good for that mid-afternoon energy dip, but generally not the kind of thing to make the crowd go wild. more »»

LET'S COOK: Give the gift of a Christmas card

December 28, 2011 A gathering of rich colored oranges, blueberries, concord grapes, pineapple, textured walnuts and other assorted fruits and nuts embellished the vintage Whitman’s candy box top. more »»

For Christmas, keep things warm and cozy

December 21, 2011 When there are so many things that need to get in the oven for your holiday dinner, why not do most of the main dish on the stovetop? That’s what we do with this ham -- which, of course, frees up... more »»

FOOD on a DEADLINE: Try chicken pot pie as a party appetizer

December 21, 2011 It’s chicken pot pie, only smaller, easier, faster and more party-friendly. I took this classic winter comfort food and reimagined it as a holiday party appetizer. more »»

For healthier holiday, try Christmas pork instead of ham

December 21, 2011 In many ways, I’m a totally different person today than I was seven years ago. Back then, I was about 30 pounds overweight, carting around an unhealthy 20 percent body fat. I mean, I love food. more »»

LET'S COOK: Ponder, pause this season of Advent

December 21, 2011 “Calm, cool, and collected gets things done.” I was reminded of this the other day as I removed our Thanksgiving decorations from our porch steps. more »»

Holiday entertaining

December 14, 2011 Is shrimp cocktail a mainstay of your holiday party table? And are you a little bored with the same old dish? This year, try something different. more »»



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