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  • 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 …


  • Garden favorites get themselves in a pickle

    It might be the first thing that comes to mind, but pickling doesn’t have to mean cucumbers. Green beans and asparagus also are pickling classics, but the more adventurous can …


  • Cold soups can be a great alternative on a hot day

    With the mercury soaring, the heavy, rich stews and soups of winter are a distant memory. But don’t cross soups off your summertime meal planning altogether. Chilled soups can be …


  • Fine Cooking offers tips to avoid sunken quick bread

    A friend and colleague has a rhubarb bread recipe her family loves, but she recently asked for tips to keep the loaf from sinking in the middle. We were initially …


  • Canned foods can be enjoyed by those with health concerns

    Canning at home is still possible even if health problems have forced diet changes or cutting calories is a goal. Just don’t slash the sugar in great-grandma’s jam recipe and …


  • Huckleberry enthusiast gives new twist to flavorful treat

    Eight years ago when Greenbriar Inn’s Kris McIlvenna was thinking about expanding her catering business, she wasn’t thinking about huckleberries. That’s when she was approached by the persistent owner of …


  • Fruity snack bars cheap treats

    Store-bought, packable snacks for school can be pricey and some of the ingredients are less than desirable. Sure, there are all-natural brands, but they usually cost even more. For about …


  • Bake-off heats up for Colbert cook

    Online voting will decide whether the recipe for orange and coconut cinnamon rolls created by Joan Cossette of Colbert advances to the finals in the 44th annual Pillsbury Bake-off. For …


  • Brewing buddies toast success with Airway Heights beer business

    Their friendship started like so many others: over a couple of glasses of beer. The difference? Bernie Duenwald and Graydon Brown’s drinks were tainted with diacetyl and lactobacillus. The men …


  • Drying food yields year-round goodies

    Why dry? Why not, says Sheila O’Toole Domon. “It’s easy and you can really save a lot of money,” she said. “Then you have it all winter.”


  • Karo Syrup Layered S’more Bars a sweet kids treat

    Create a great tasting kids cookie for the new Karo Corn Syrup Kids Cookie Contest at the Spokane County Interstate Fair for a chance to win $100. The recipe must …


  • Teenager’s brownie recipe well worth trying

    Garage sale season arrived in our neighborhood in grand style recently. A group of energetic teens and their parents put on a super sale under a big white tent in …


  • Outdoor chefs can barbecue by book

    Barbecue enthusiasts get very touchy when people confuse their craft of slowly melting meat to succulence with the act of mere grilling, that is, slapping protein onto well-oiled grates. But …


  • Chips and cherries … mmm

    In late April, Sheila Naccarato, of Spokane, wrote in looking for a recipe for a cherry white chocolate chip cookie printed in The Spokesman-Review a few years back. Digging this …


  • Decadent delight is contest winner

    When clicking the wrong link led Spokane resident Kirsten Schierman to the Chocolate Challenge Contest at DisneyFamily.com, it was like someone cooked up a challenge with her in mind. “I …


  • Flat fava beans are trendy and nutritious

    Ever notice how one oddball ingredient seems to become an overnight sensation in the food world? For the past few years fava beans have been popping up in all the …


  • Glazed chicken grills evenly if par-cooked before barbecued

    Par-cooking the chicken ensures that the various parts cook through before the skin blackens. This is particularly helpful when using a sugar- or honey-based glaze, which can burn easily. Serve …


  • Brick sandwich packs a punch

    This brick sandwich – a chilled and pressed Italian-style sandwich jammed with flavorful ingredients – is perfect for picnics. It is easy to assemble, looks great and feeds a crowd …


  • Winning healthy nachos made with salsa verde, ground buffalo

    Ground buffalo meat, jalapeño Gouda and homemade salsa verde play a starring role in the winning recipe in the seventh annual Inland Northwest Healthy Nacho Recipe Contest, held April 18 …


  • Inexpensive, full-flavored pasta uses tofu for creamy sauce

    Here’s a dish that’s meatless and subtly flavored, and it costs less than $5 to make. The original recipe calls for soft tofu, because it makes a creamy sauce. But …


  • Quick cake for mom

    Avoid the cooking chaos of Mother’s Day morning. Prepare this easy breakfast-in-bed coffee cake two to three days in advance. On the big morning, just brew some coffee and warm …


  • Cooking with culinary herbs makes your dishes sing

    T here is nothing like fresh basil on a pizza, the aroma of a chicken roasting with sprigs of rosemary, or delicate chive blossoms decorating a summer salad. If you’ve …


  • Huckleberry Cheese Squares a simple, heavenly snack

    On April 8, when I shared the recipe for the Huckleberry Slump served at Anthony’s at Spokane Falls, I dropped a mention of my favorite huckleberry dessert, the Huckleberry Cheese …


  • Fruit-packed smoothies easy to make

    Frosty, dessert-like and packed with delicious, nutritional ingredients, it’s no wonder fruit smoothies are so popular. What’s particularly nice about smoothies is that they are fast and easy to make, …


  • Corrected casserole recipe from Farm Chicks cookbook

    A recipe from the Farm Chicks’ new book, “The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen,” contained mistakes when it appeared in the April 8 edition of The Spokesman-Review. Here’s the corrected …


  • Anthony’s brings slump down in size for home cook

    Bev Varcoe of Spokane wrote a few weeks back about the Huckleberry Slump served at Anthony’s at Spokane Falls. On a recent visit there, she asked a helpful waiter if …


  • Use leftover Easter ham in small casseroles

    After Easter dinner on Sunday, chances are good there will be leftover ham. These minicasseroles reheat well, making them a great do-ahead choice for breakfast and lunch. Mini Ham and …


  • Fritters a tasty appetizer

    The Seder rituals and readings before the Passover meal can seem endless on an empty stomach. These fritters make a nice appetizer to serve while waiting for the guests to …


  • Time to enter annual nacho recipe contest

    The annual Inland Northwest Healthy Nacho Recipe Contest is open for business. Entries for this year’s competition will be accepted through noon on April 11, with the cook-off planned for …


  • 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, …

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