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Blueberries give tapioca parfait a blast

My father has always loved tapioca pudding; I was more of a rice pudding person throughout my youth. As an adult, though, I’ve joined his camp. I appreciate the lightness …


Asian-style chicken a simple dish to make

I’m a big fan of one-pot meals, especially ones that really cook in one pot, start to finish. Not only is cleanup a snap, but I find that if the …


Giving your body a boost

With the long, dark days of winter upon us, active days and fresh healthy dishes of summertime seem a distant memory. Over-indulgence in holiday treats and the desire to hibernate …


Dijon mustard gives pasta richness

Dijon mustard is one of my go-to ingredients for making sauces, dips and glazes. A slew of brands are on the market, though Grey Poupon is perhaps the most well-known.


In today’s bowls, soups from all over

From the Aztecs comes a chicken vegetable soup with poblano chiles and chayote squash; from Paraguay there’s bori-bori, a beef broth and dumpling soup; from the Caribbean there’s callaloo, in …


Frugal cooks can use lentils, too

Most people know beans are a frugal cook’s best friend. They are inexpensive, nutritious and filling. But many people may not realize – perhaps because so few Americans eat them …


Ring in new year by changing culinary repertoire

Tired of the same old routine? The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen and establish healthy habits for the year ahead. Think …


Appetizing crostini are simple to prepare

If the holidays have you scrambling for party-worthy grub, consider crostini (Italian for bread with stuff piled on it). The beauty of crostini is that the components often can be …


Squash-and-bean stew offers comfort in bowl

The comforting flavor of butternut and other winter squashes does a great deal to ward off the season’s chill. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew


Online veggie resources

Over the next few months, many of us will scour the Web for inspiration and information on vegetarian issues, clubs, share groups and resources. I did some of the legwork …


Try slow cooked roast, ribs for holiday feast

This holiday season, taking it slow in the kitchen could spare you some stress and save you some cash. If you’re serving up a meaty holiday feast, consider skipping pricey …


Cranberry log tart and sweet

This festive cheese log was inspired by a goat cheese wrapped in cranberry sauce sold by Trader Joe’s. We tried it on a whim and found the combination of rich, …


Blueberries give blintzes zip

Fresh lemon zest and dried blueberries make the creamy ricotta cheese filling in these blintzes special. When heated, the blueberries become plump and tender. If you lack the time or …


Healthier holiday treats

If the thought of holiday cookies already has you planning your diet for the new year, take a deep breath and remember that a cookie on its own is a …


Cook’s notebook: Best baked goods for shipping to troops

Margaret Moore called recently for advice on the best kind of baked goods to send to troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. She wanted to ensure her cookies would hold …


Fresh Sheet: New show features Hispanic cooking

Join KXLY’s morning co-anchor Mike Gonzalez “En La Cocina (In the Kitchen),” for his new show featuring Hispanic cooking and culture. Gonzalez is the host of the show, which he …


Start with leftovers, finish with a flare

For some people, the whole point of Thanksgiving dinner is to have leftovers. These are the people who intentionally buy a monster-size bird, mash way too many potatoes and pop …


Are you game for eating venison? Cookbook tells how to end doubts

Eileen Clarke is a remarkable package: She can hunt, shoot, butcher, cook and write. The Montanan also is willing to share those skills so the rest of us pilgrims can …


Put a new spin on classic Thanksgiving dishes

Thanksgiving is the time for tradition. For most families, there’s never a question about what will be on the holiday table. But if you’re thinking of adding a new dish …


In a pinch, evaporated milk substitution may be OK

A reader recently called for help with a milk mix-up. She’d accidentally grabbed a can of evaporated milk from the grocery store shelves instead of the sweetened condensed milk she …


No longer used to hide food, sauces can be considered a highlight

Want to wow your guests with an impressive dish? A well-made sauce adds that finishing touch by heightening flavors and adding visual appeal. A zesty marinara or decadently rich Hollandaise …


A bolognese sauce that honors Italy

Ragu, the long-simmered meat sauce Italian mothers and grandmothers traditionally serve for Sunday supper, is often called “gravy” by Italian Americans. It’s a simple dish, but minor variations can provoke …


Acorn squash entrée a good choice for beginning cooks

Mollie Katzen’s latest cookbook, “Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes to Get You Started in the Kitchen” (HarperStudio, $24.99) urges beginners to take on her challenge with easy recipes, such as …


Culinary calendar

Cooking Class at the Historic Greenbriar Inn - Monday, Gifts from the Kitchen, 6-9 p.m., $45. Registration is required. Historic Greenbriar Inn, 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660. …


Fall hunting camps call for Dutch oven cooking

Aside from a coffee pot, good eating in hunting camp demands only one thing: a Dutch oven. I got my first taste of this art form at a New Mexico …


Stock up, store favorite market items

The dwindling booths and that nip in the air mean the local outdoor farmers market season is coming to an end. So as I wandered through the market recently, I …


Spokane families ease the dinner burden by sharing meals

Here’s one way to beat the weeknight dinner dash: Have a meal delivered. Not by a driver schlepping a cardboard box, but by a friend. That’s what Spokane women Kim …


Main ingredient: A pioneer spirit

Ree Drummond likes to call herself an accidental country girl and she considers herself something of an accidental cook. But there’s nothing accidental about the success she’s built combining those …


Cooking on the quick

Mark Bittman wants you to be free. In his new book “Kitchen Express” the New York Times columnist and best-selling cookbook author offers more than 400 “recipes” that are more …


Fresh pasta makes this decadent supper a quick fix for weeknights

In my kitchen, versatility trumps all. A recipe that isn’t fussy makes it easier for me to cater not only to my tastes, but also to my schedule, lifestyle and …