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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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The best apples for making apple pie

You can use any apple to make an apple pie. Full stop. However, some are better than others when it comes to flavor and texture. And instead of choosing just one type of apple, a combination of at least two or three is a smart way to get more complex flavors and textures.
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Water Cooler: A guide to cooking mushrooms

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 7, 2021

Ever since Julie Child said, “Don’t crowd the mushrooms,” the savory, earthy fungi solidified a reputation for being fussy in the kitchen. It is true that small mistakes can easily result in poorly cooked mushrooms, but don’t be intimidated.
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Running Tab: Now is a great time for octopus on the menu

My 10-year-old nephew Shawn here in Spokane has had quite the list of favorite foods in his young life. It started with macaroni and cheese and pizza, which is fairly typical, then evolved, surprisingly, into seafood, specifically shrimp and crab.
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Five spices to buy whole and grind at home for maximum flavor

When it comes to packing breakfasts, lunches and dinners with flavor and excitement, the ease of using pre-ground spices is difficult to beat. However, given the time it took for that jar to hit the grocery store shelf – and how long it has been hanging out in the pantry – the flavor and potency can be mighty muted.
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Five top house-made condiments in Spokane

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 18, 2021

Whether you’re the kind of person who eats fries with ranch or ranch with fries – if you don’t like ranch, I don’t know what to say to you – the secret to a great shareable menu item is usually going to be the sauce. Here are five great places to find house-made sauces in Spokane.
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Water Cooler: Terminology and deals to celebrate National Coffee Day

Today is National Coffee Day, followed by International Coffee Day on the first of October. Coffee drinkers everywhere can rejoice in splurging on their favorite beverage. If you’re not a coffee drinker but feel like indulging for the occasion, here is a quick guide to espresso beverages to help you navigate all the tasty choices at your local coffee shop.
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Charcuterie 101: Putting your best board forward

As much art as it is snack-worthy, charcuterie is a mainstay of the hors d’oeuvres department. Relatively easy to prepare; fancy, yet casual – who could resist? Here are five places to find a great charcuterie board in Spokane.
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Water Cooler: Pickled peppers are a quick, flavorful staple

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 22, 2021

Pickled peppers are more than just a tongue twister. They are a reserve of incredible flavor, waiting in your refrigerator for the moment you need to add something interesting to a sandwich, salad, soup, taco, hot dog, nachos or your favorite midnight snack.