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  • Quinoa can cure Passover carb fix

    NEW YORK — Passover can leave Jews hankering for a carb fix. That’s because during this eight-day celebration marking the ancient Israelites’ liberation from slavery, many Jews abstain from grains, …


  • ‘Moosewood’ lentil soup ‘over-the-top’

    Before all the snow melts and spring sets in, I thought I’d clear the decks on a soup request. Back in January, Janet Peterson of Spokane wrote in asking about …


  • Braising turns tough cuts into goodness

    A budget dinner doesn’t have to come at the expense of rich flavors. Chuck blade steaks, for example, need just a bit of extra love (and time) to be transformed …


  • Corned O’plenty

    With the imminent arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, our attention turns to all thing Irish. Soda bread. Potatoes. Corned beef. The role of corned beef in Irish cuisine is up …


  • Sugar Hearts similar to Sweetwater

    Two weeks ago, I passed along a request from Melanie Gering for a version of the big, pink-frosted cookie sold at the Nordstrom espresso stand at River Park Square, and …


  • Tacos at home

    Tacos are messy enough to eat, never mind trying to do it behind the wheel while chatting on your cell phone. Do yourself a favor and do tacos at home …


  • Best home-baked bread begins with fresh ingredients

    During these uncertain times, I find myself craving foods that remind me of childhood. One of my fondest memories is coming home from school and rushing into the kitchen, greeted …


  • Ginger Dressing from Mustard Seed a hit with readers

    When it comes to popular restaurants in Spokane, there’s no doubt that the Mustard Seed is among the leaders. For years, fans have enjoyed the restaurant’s delectable Asian dishes. Reader …


  • It’s easy to get hooked on this Mexican soup

    In the shadow of the cathedral just off the main square in Puerto Vallarata, Mexico, I searched for a place to rest my cobblestone-weary feet. I stopped in at El …


  • Local soup swappers unite

    It was a cold, gray Spokane day when Cheryl Matamoros discovered Soup Swap while she was searching for soup recipes online. She loved the idea of gathering friends to trade …


  • Clinkerdagger’s happy to share Hot Crab Appetizer recipe

    Linda Stanscil of Spokane dropped us a note just before Christmas. She wanted a recipe for Clinkerdagger’s Hot Dungeness Crab Appetizer and wondered if we could get it for her. …


  • Swinging Doors Deviled Eggs recipe corrected

    The following recipe originally appeared in this section on Jan. 28 in a story about Super Bowl snacks, but incorrectly called for 1 dozen large eggs instead of 18 extra-large …


  • Comforting casseroles without as much fat

    There’s just something about Mom’s casserole. It’s comforting to tuck into the food we enjoyed as a child. And many cooks want to share the feeling of love and comfort …


  • Budget cookbooks from the past offer timeless tips

    Times may be tough, but are they tough enough to tempt you with roasted veal’s head? It may seem small consolation in these rough economic times, but our country has …


  • Orange Rolls real prize winners

    Dolores Maier, of Spokane, was desperate to find one of her favorite recipes for a Dorothy Dean orange roll she’d clipped from the newspaper some time ago. What made this …


  • Good clam chowder starts with lots of clams

    I recently asked for guidance from readers who hail from Rhode Island about the true nature of the state’s clam chowder, after getting a request from Carol Greene of Coeur …


  • Pressure cookers can save money while cutting time

    It’s the original fast-food. Long before quick meals were passed out the drive-through window or zapped in the microwave, a clever French scientist figured out how to harness steam heat …


  • It’s hip to dip

    As families gather for celebrations of the season, there will be plenty of festive food. Impressive hams and holiday roasts anchor Christmas dinner, and the delicate desserts and once-a-year sweets …


  • Cyrus O’Leary’s shares recipe for cream of mushroom soup

    We have a couple of restaurant requests this week. First up, Ron Roper of Spokane called about the mushroom soup he’d enjoyed recently at Cyrus O’Leary’s. Could we get the …


  • Scary good

    It’s the Great Pumpkin! Rich in history and flavor, fall’s most festive squash is the perfect addition to any meal. Perfectly smooth and round or lumpy, bumpy and oblong, these …


  • Authors offer huckleberry favorites

    I was just starting to dream about my own huckleberry pursuits this summer, when Alex and Stephanie Hester’s new book landed on my desk. Their “Huckleberry Cookbook” just made me …


  • Petit Chat shares muffin recipe

    A reader and friend sent a note with a request. She’d eaten a Sticky Bran Muffin from Petit Chat bakery earlier that day. It was delicious, she said: “Do you …


  • Sandwiches perfect entree for easy outdoor dining

    Helping the children in our care to enjoy preparing and eating good food doesn’t always have to be about standing over a hot stove. In the summer, spending a little …


  • A Demand for Lamb

    Spring is around the corner. Ambitious home cooks already may be thinking about the menus for Easter and Passover feasts. Ham might be on that menu. Or a rib roast. …


  • Brewing up hearty soup is simple, satisfying way to warm cold day

    When the winter is long and cold, the answer to so many problems is simple: Soup. Children tend to go for a hot bowl of it without too much ado, …


  • Gingerbread people spice up the holidays

    ‘You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!” Remember the story of this defiant little cookie who ran away from the people who cared about him? He got eaten by …


  • Make decorations from food

    In days of yore (that is, sometime before department stores were invented) families often created their own holiday decorations. In modern times the art of homemade fun has not been …


  • Pumpkins more than decoration

    Carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween is fun for the whole family. For those of us who love to eat pumpkin pie, however, jack-o’-lanterns are a sad sight, because once they’ve been …


  • Simple child’s poem is perfect entree to cheese-making lesson

    Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, Eating her curds and whey,


  • Culinary journeys

    Experiencing world-class cuisine used to mean having to leave home, but these days, we can enjoy the world’s best, whether it be French, Thai, Chinese, Middle Eastern, or whatever, in …

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