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Dorothy Dean

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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Dorothy Dean presents: Do you like piña coladas?

UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

Observed annually on July 10, National Piña Colada Day celebrates that deliciously creamy concoction made with pineapple, coconut cream and rum. It also is the national drink of Puerto Rico.
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Dorothy Dean presents: Carne asada on the grill

UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

Full of vibrant Mexican flavors, carne asada is steak that has been marinated and grilled. It’s thin sliced against the grain and typically served with warm tortillas and pico de gallo or alongside rice and beans and can be chopped up for tacos, salads, burritos and nachos.

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Dorothy Dean presents: Glazed doughnuts

UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 4:20 p.m.

Celebrated the first Friday in June, National Doughnut Day is much more than a stunt, as its origin holds a sweet place in U.S. history. It was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to the soldiers during World War I.
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Dorothy Dean presents: Cheesy and spicy Kenai Dip

Ask any Alaskan, as they know firsthand that the popular cheesy and spicy Kenai Dip makes the sun stay up longer and the fish grow even bigger. OK, while that might or might not be true, it’s without a doubt one of the most addicting dips you will ever try.