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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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A&E >  Food

How to boil water – yes, really

We have tried to encourage everyone to get into the kitchen no matter their skill level. No question was too basic, no task too insignificant to ignore. I’ve talked about how to scramble eggs, wash dishes and reheat leftovers.
A&E >  Books

Suncrest Pie Lady’s self-published cookbook hits sweet tooth

Nine Mile Falls resident Jeanie Hyer is known among her family and friends for her pies and soft peanut brittle. Pushed by a desire to pass on her knowledge, she has self-published a cookbook titled “The Suncrest Pie Lady’s Famous Pies and Other Favorites.”
A&E >  Cooking

Water Cooler: What does bay leaf actually do?

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 17, 2021

Bay leaves are somewhat of an enigma. Many Americans know them as something that gets thrown in a vat of boiling stock, then taken out of the final product before eating. They must be important to be such a huge part of cuisine from all around the globe, but why?
A&E >  Entertainment

Monsters of Rock may return to Spokane this fall

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 17, 2021

The pandemic isn’t over, but the light at the end of the tunnel just got a lot brighter. Amid the chill of winter, Spokane residents received more news that life is poised to return to normal: Pig Out in the Park plans to turn Riverfront Park.
A&E >  Food

How to separate eggs without the stress or mess

Eggs are one of the kitchen’s greatest wonders – not only because of the myriad ways you can use them to whip up a quick and easy meal, but also because of their two distinct elements, the yolks and whites.
A&E >  Food

Dorothy Dean presents: You put the strawberry with the coconut

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 19, 2021

Coming in hot – er, frozen – and ready to cure that case of the Mondays is National Margarita Day. Feb. 22 pays homage to that iconic tequila-based cocktail that has you answering one of life’s most difficult questions: Salt or no salt?