Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:01 am
 We know that eating fresh, simple, home-cooked food is one of the best ways to foster our health and overall well-being. Many of you, like me, will be entering the New Year with a renewed commit...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:01 am

Make-ahead breakfast delights

 I’ve always been a morning person. As a child, this meant that I was left to my own devices on weekends until about 9:30, when the rest of the house would finally begin to stir. I grew up lear...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:01 am
 I have vivid memories of years ago answering a knock on my door the week before Christmas. We were experiencing snow showers and my wife’s friend was standing outside my kitchen door with a st...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 12:01 am
 ’Tis the season for braising! This hands-off cooking method, in which foods are covered and slow-cooked at a lower temperature with a small amount of liquid, transforms tough, cheaper cuts of...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:01 am

An outcast earns its place at the table

 In his book Dave Barry’s Bad Habits, humorist Dave Barry describes his mother’s approach to a balanced diet: “For every food she served you that you could stand to eat, she served you anot...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:01 am
 Lately I really just want to hit the pause button on life, on the world – hole up in my house for several days straight, and make yummy food. Decadent food, holiday food. Unfortunately, no suc...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:01 am
 Many of us dream of hosting a Rockwell-esque Thanksgiving. Happy children playing board games as they patiently await dinner, contented guests allowing the host to calmly finish up the meal, gla...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:01 am

Hearty, tasty, nutritious and easy

 My father was of Austro-Hungarian descent so when I was a kid growing up in the 50s and 60s, we enjoyed goulash the way folks around here enjoy chili. Goulash is a beef stew seasoned with carawa...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:01 am
 There is a certain type of satisfaction that comes from cooking a pot of beans from scratch. I always catch myself meditatively stirring at some point in the process, once again amazed that a $1...
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 12:01 am

Halloween enthusiasm gone amok

 There comes a point when creativity and enthusiasm go too far. This week’s recipe, reprinted from an article written by my late wife, Julianne Glatz, in 2014, is an example of something that m...

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