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How to braise vegetables and bring out their best flavors

To braise or not to braise, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the kitchen to prepare vegetables with low heat and little moisture, or to use another technique from one’s culinary bag of tricks, and, with a scorching pan or rapid boil, cook them? When it comes to cooking vegetables, braising is rarely front of mind.
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Leeks and fresh dill take cozy split pea soup from drab to fab

This soup isn’t supposed to excite me, but it does. It’s pea soup, after all, typically a metaphor for drab and boring. While it might not have the outright glamour of other soups, I am enamored with it nonetheless. I love that it’s a warming, filling, meal-in-a-bowl – as cozy as the softest flannel PJs – made with few steps and minimal chopping.

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Leftovers: Fried rice is a quickly prepared and filling meal

The exhausting month of December brought more local takeout and Costco freezer meals to my kitchen than I would care to admit. With my fridge filling up with leftovers and a husband and kids who were constantly home and always hungry, I needed to get creative – and fast.
A&E >  Cooking

How to safely defrost meats, soups, baked goods and more

Count me among the people who pat themselves on the back when they carefully pack away food in the freezer, knowing there’s something to cook and eat in the future. That, my friends, is only half the battle. Of course, there’s the issue of remembering what’s actually in there (I’ve been trying to track our inventory on a whiteboard). 
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Ask the Doctors 1/12

Hello again, dear readers, and welcome to the first winter edition of our monthly letters column. To those of you who have been sending us questions via the U.S. mail, we’re happy to report that those letters have finally been retrieved. We’ll begin answering soon.
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Dear Annie 1/11

Dear Annie: About six months ago, my boyfriend, “Jordan,” relocated to another state for work. We’ve talked about my eventually moving there, too, so we could be together, but we’ve held off making firm plans. He says he needs more time to settle in to life there. He also says he wants to be positive he sees himself at this job long term before I uproot my life, too.
A&E >  Food

Dorothy Dean presents: One-pot toscana soup – it’s what’s for zuppa

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 12, 2021

Last month, I shared a copycat recipe for Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup. It was a big hit, which led to requests for another one of the Italian restaurant chain’s popular soups, zuppa toscana. Loaded with hot Italian sausage, crisp bacon bits, tender rounds of potatoes and fresh kale, this hearty soup is a top-selling favorite.
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Miss Manners 1/11

Dear Miss Manners: Although I am not an artist of any kind, several of my friends and acquaintances are locally known professionals, and others are hobbyists who turn out beautiful work. I am occasionally invited to their openings, and I am never sure what to say. Ideas? Or should I stick to generalities?
News >  Family

Dad Daze: In the great American divide, can our children bridge the gap?

While driving from Philadelphia to Spokane last summer with my sons Eddie and Milo, the subject of the great American divide was broached more than once. "How can people from the same country hate each other so much?" Milo asked after we left a restaurant in Wyoming. What prompted the question was a conversation we overheard.
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Winter wanderings: Enjoy the outdoors with these five kid-friendly activities

For families in search of outdoor activities this winter, the Inland Northwest serves up plenty of cool, fresh air. Many parents with kids have taken to area hiking trails eager to find safe ways to be active outside the home while following pandemic precautions. Here are five additional activities to consider for a family's winter wanderings.
News >  Family

Family Fun: For arts inspiration, check out the libraries

With the coronavirus pandemic canceling most in-person events, the libraries are figuring out ways to share the joy of the arts with patrons. "Folks really enjoy the act of creation and sharing those creations," said Erin Haight, a technology programs specialist at the Lab at the North Spokane Library.
News >  Family

The Full Suburban: Grocery story mix-up leads to … mixers?

I have a difficult relationship with grocery stores. While I recognize what a blessing it is to just be able to walk into a store and get what I need for my family, I still loathe the process. The wandering, the calculating, the loading, unloading and reloading of the groceries; it’s all just a lot to handle.
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Dear Annie 1/9

Dear Annie: For six years, I’ve been with a man – let’s call him “Ben.” We have one child together and one on the way. I’m frustrated because I do all of the housework even though we’re both employed. We divided up expenses. He pays for the house payment and the babysitter when we need one.
A&E >  Books

Book review: Ed Tarkington echoes ‘Gatsby’ with a gentle Southern drawl

Last week, the copyright on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” expired, so anyone can now use its characters and particulars to fashion their own version, much as Jean Rhys did in “Wide Sargasso Sea,” based on Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” That’s why we just saw the release of “Nick,” by Michael Farris Smith.

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A&E >  Cooking

How to braise vegetables and bring out their best flavors

To braise or not to braise, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the kitchen to prepare vegetables with low heat and little moisture, or to use another technique from one’s culinary bag of tricks, and, with a scorching pan or rapid boil, cook them? When it comes to cooking vegetables, braising is rarely front of mind.
A&E >  Cooking

Leeks and fresh dill take cozy split pea soup from drab to fab

This soup isn’t supposed to excite me, but it does. It’s pea soup, after all, typically a metaphor for drab and boring. While it might not have the outright glamour of other soups, I am enamored with it nonetheless. I love that it’s a warming, filling, meal-in-a-bowl – as cozy as the softest flannel PJs – made with few steps and minimal chopping.

A&E >  Food

Leftovers: Fried rice is a quickly prepared and filling meal

The exhausting month of December brought more local takeout and Costco freezer meals to my kitchen than I would care to admit. With my fridge filling up with leftovers and a husband and kids who were constantly home and always hungry, I needed to get creative – and fast.
A&E >  Cooking

How to safely defrost meats, soups, baked goods and more

Count me among the people who pat themselves on the back when they carefully pack away food in the freezer, knowing there’s something to cook and eat in the future. That, my friends, is only half the battle. Of course, there’s the issue of remembering what’s actually in there (I’ve been trying to track our inventory on a whiteboard). 
A&E

Ask the Doctors 1/12

Hello again, dear readers, and welcome to the first winter edition of our monthly letters column. To those of you who have been sending us questions via the U.S. mail, we’re happy to report that those letters have finally been retrieved. We’ll begin answering soon.
A&E

Dear Annie 1/11

Dear Annie: About six months ago, my boyfriend, “Jordan,” relocated to another state for work. We’ve talked about my eventually moving there, too, so we could be together, but we’ve held off making firm plans. He says he needs more time to settle in to life there. He also says he wants to be positive he sees himself at this job long term before I uproot my life, too.
A&E >  Food

Dorothy Dean presents: One-pot toscana soup – it’s what’s for zuppa

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 12, 2021

Last month, I shared a copycat recipe for Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup. It was a big hit, which led to requests for another one of the Italian restaurant chain’s popular soups, zuppa toscana. Loaded with hot Italian sausage, crisp bacon bits, tender rounds of potatoes and fresh kale, this hearty soup is a top-selling favorite.
A&E

Miss Manners 1/11

Dear Miss Manners: Although I am not an artist of any kind, several of my friends and acquaintances are locally known professionals, and others are hobbyists who turn out beautiful work. I am occasionally invited to their openings, and I am never sure what to say. Ideas? Or should I stick to generalities?
News >  Family

Dad Daze: In the great American divide, can our children bridge the gap?

While driving from Philadelphia to Spokane last summer with my sons Eddie and Milo, the subject of the great American divide was broached more than once. "How can people from the same country hate each other so much?" Milo asked after we left a restaurant in Wyoming. What prompted the question was a conversation we overheard.
A&E

Winter wanderings: Enjoy the outdoors with these five kid-friendly activities

For families in search of outdoor activities this winter, the Inland Northwest serves up plenty of cool, fresh air. Many parents with kids have taken to area hiking trails eager to find safe ways to be active outside the home while following pandemic precautions. Here are five additional activities to consider for a family's winter wanderings.
News >  Family

Family Fun: For arts inspiration, check out the libraries

With the coronavirus pandemic canceling most in-person events, the libraries are figuring out ways to share the joy of the arts with patrons. "Folks really enjoy the act of creation and sharing those creations," said Erin Haight, a technology programs specialist at the Lab at the North Spokane Library.
News >  Family

The Full Suburban: Grocery story mix-up leads to … mixers?

I have a difficult relationship with grocery stores. While I recognize what a blessing it is to just be able to walk into a store and get what I need for my family, I still loathe the process. The wandering, the calculating, the loading, unloading and reloading of the groceries; it’s all just a lot to handle.
A&E

Dear Annie 1/9

Dear Annie: For six years, I’ve been with a man – let’s call him “Ben.” We have one child together and one on the way. I’m frustrated because I do all of the housework even though we’re both employed. We divided up expenses. He pays for the house payment and the babysitter when we need one.
A&E >  Books

Book review: Ed Tarkington echoes ‘Gatsby’ with a gentle Southern drawl

Last week, the copyright on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” expired, so anyone can now use its characters and particulars to fashion their own version, much as Jean Rhys did in “Wide Sargasso Sea,” based on Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” That’s why we just saw the release of “Nick,” by Michael Farris Smith.