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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 »»

Try a beautiful Christmas party cake

December 14, 2011 Cranberry Pear Cake Start to finish: 1 hour (plus cooling). Servings: 1. more »»

FOOD on a DEADLINE: Cinnamon bun-inspired treat is icing on the cake

December 14, 2011 As though the candy canes on the tree and the presents under it aren’t enough, here’s an excuse to have an even sweeter start to Christmas. Cinnamon buns were the inspiratio. more »»

Fondue can be healthy

December 14, 2011 For healthy holiday entertaining, drag out the fondue pot! Fondue is a casual and social way to celebrate. The trouble is, fondue -- especially cheese fondue -- can be incredibly unhealthy. more »»


December 13, 2011 Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary Monday: Hot ham and cheese on bun, peas, flavored brown rice, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Tater tot hotdish, salad bar, applesauce, peaches, granola mi. more »»

Warm up with some comfort food

December 7, 2011 Though apple pies tend to dominate this time of year, on chilly nights it’s nice to remember that pie can have a savory side, too. more »»


December 6, 2011 Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary Monday: Slushburger on bun, green beans, baked beans, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Corn dogs, salad bar, peach cups, strawberry cups, tortilla chips. more »»



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