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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 food@spokesman.com

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This one-pot pumpkin, black beans and rice recipe makes cleanup a breeze

My husband and I have an I-cook-you-clean arrangement. But that doesn’t mean that after cooking, I sit down and relax while he handles the entire mess. No, it’s really more that I cook, and we both clean. I try to keep the mess under control as I’m chopping and sautéing, and after we eat, I put away the food.
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Chocolate festival Days of Decadence returns virtually from Jan. 31-Feb. 14

The premier annual chocolate tasting event Decadence! Spokane Chocolate Festival is back from Sunday through, appropriately, Feb. 14 as Days of Decadence virtually amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic. As a safe alternative to an in-person event, Days of Decadence organizers have created a digital experience.

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Posole for the Sol benefits Second Harvest

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 25, 2021

It is said that chicken soup is for the soul, but in Spokane this week, purchasing posole for the Sol benefits the food bank Second Harvest. Chef Travis Dickinson’s Cochinito Taqueria downtown is taking part in Bowl of Sol, a benefit for Second Harvest that pairs his posole with a locally made bowl for the customer’s keeping.
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Dorothy Dean presents: Decadent, sinfully delicious chocolate cake recipe takes the – wait for it – cake

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 25, 2021

I’m going to apologize now because if some form of diet is one of your new year’s resolutions, I’m about to make you break it. But this particular day gives you every excuse to indulge in the iconic, delicious decadence. Because on National Chocolate Cake Day, celebrated annually on Jan. 27, there’s just one thing to do: eat chocolate cake.
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Water Cooler: Knife care basics

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 20, 2021

Purchasing a quality chef knife is a great first step for a beginner home cook, but the quality of the knife soon won’t matter if it isn’t cared for. Luckily it only requires a few habits and precautions to ensure the knife lasts for many years to come.
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National Pie Day today is a sweet celebration of pie, not pi

If you're particularly into numbers, the phrase "National Pie Day" might make you think of March 14, aka Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant that begins with 3.14. But March is still a couple of months away, so National Pie Day can only mean one thing: a day to celebrate the pastry filled with sweet or savory goodness.
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Dorothy Dean presents: Say cheese – keto popcorn cheese – for National Cheese Lover’s Day

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 20, 2021

It’s here, everyone! The day that celebrates each and every person on this planet: National Cheese Lover’s Day. (And don’t even come at me with “Well, I don’t like cheese” because that’s not humanly possible, Karen.) Observed annually on Jan. 20, this fromage-filled day honors the people who love and appreciate all things cheesy, like these cheesy facts.
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Water Cooler: The history and basics of bagel and lox sandwiches

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 13, 2021

The bagel and lox is a staple of American Jewish cuisine, and, although it has New York roots, it is now popular across the nation. The signature ingredient is lox, which is derived from the Yiddish word for salmon, and it almost always refers to thin fillets of brined salmon.
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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.