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Vintage Recipes with Dorothy Dean

From 1935 to 1983, Dorothy Dean was the face of The Spokesman-Review's Home Economics department, publishing recipes, operating a test kitchen and fielding thousands of telephone calls from cooks.

Each week we re-publish some classic recipes from our archives. If you'd like to contact our food writer, contact us at

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A&E >  Beer/Drinks

Northwest Wine: Pinot noir emerges from many corners of our region

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Among the noble varieties of wine grapes, perhaps the most revered is pinot noir. In its native Burgundy in France, it produces some of the world’s most cherished and expensive wines. In California, pinot noir has adapted well, resulting in wines of grace and depth from such regions as Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Carneros and in Santa Barbara County (made famous in the film “Sideways”).

A&E >  Food

A bright, crunchy, zingy salad to set aside the wintertime blues

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

I get an incomparable rush from MacGyvering dinner. The gratification of making something wonderful from random bits in the refrigerator is so great that I’d go so far as to say I prefer it to cooking with a fresh grocery haul. This colorful, hearty salad is case in point. One evening I found myself staring down a near-empty refrigerator with just some steamed green beans leftover from a previous meal and a lonely wedge of radicchio. I probably would not have otherwise thought to put these two ingredients together, but serendipity did it for me. I cut the crisp, cool beans into bite-size pieces and sliced thinly the radicchio. As I tossed them together, I took pleasure in how their hues, textures and tastes played off one another so perfectly.
A&E >  Food

How a pot of beans can change the way you think about cooking

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

A pot of beans: Cooking doesn’t get much more basic than that. Beans might be cute (especially pretty heirloom varieties), and well-made beans make a tasty, cheap side dish. But that seems to be about the extent of it. What are beans going to teach you?
A&E >  Food

Longtime chef, bartender take over ownership at downtown’s Scratch and Rain

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Two employees and one of their spouses have purchased the restaurant and bar and are planning to largely keep things the same while they get comfortable in their new roles. Chef Silviano “Sil” Hernandez, bartender Mari Bork and her husband, Brad Bork, are busy taking on new tasks as owners and managers. And they’re collectively thrilled to be in this position.
A&E >  Beer/Drinks

On Tap: Lester Cup voting open at five Spokane breweries

The winter Lester Cup competition is in full swing, featuring five big bone-warming beers from Spokane breweries: Bellwether’s Remembrance Russian imperial stout (10.5 percent ABV), cellared several months in kegs for extra smoothness. Bellwether is at 2019 N. Monroe St.