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Restaurants, bars scramble for propane amid pandemic winter

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that fuel space heaters they’re relying on more than ever to keep people comfortable in the cold.

Chef Leslie brings California flavor back home

If we can’t be in California right now enjoying the winter snowbird routine, then we’re going to brighten things up by recreating some of our fondest food memories.

Running Tab: Inland Northwest foodies have embraced Food Finder Spokane on Facebook

When I started working at The Spokesman-Review in April 2019, one of the first people I met in town was Kris Kilduff, whose one of many hats includes starting the Facebook group Food Finder Spokane last January. I met Kilduff, born and raised in Spokane, after Facebook exchanges, at a Secret Burger event at Prohibition Gastropub.

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.

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.

Get your greens and fruit in a glass with this nourishing yogurt smoothie

This green smoothie is not magical. It will not detoxify you (your liver, lungs and digestive system do that just fine) or cleanse you (food doesn’t make you clean or dirty) or fulfill the overblown promises inevitably made about one food or another right after the New Year’s ball drops.

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.

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

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.

Doggie desserts: Ben & Jerry’s enters the pet food business

The venerable Vermont ice cream company said Monday it’s introducing a line of frozen dog treats, its first foray into the lucrative pet food market. Doggie Desserts, sold in 4-ounce cups, go on sale in U.S. groceries and pet stores later this month.

U.S. loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly drop since spring

U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,000 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses.

Running Tab: Looking back at and forward to the Spokane area food scene

The year 2020 was unlike any other, to say the least, but one thing that stood out was the innovation, talent and perseverance of the culinary and hospitality industry in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas. Restaurants and bars have closed, reopened and closed again, with the hope of reopening in January in Washington

How to substitute for alcohol in cooking and baking

There are a number of reasons alcohol is off-limits for some people when cooking or baking, such as an allergy or an inability to use it when preparing food for children or those who might be in recovery. Maybe it’s not in your pantry, now that we’re shopping less often, or even your budget.

Dorothy Dean presents: Start the new year smoothly with a cold brew smoothie

Every year, to kick off January, I like to share a recipe to help jumpstart one of the most popular new year’s resolutions: eating healthier. An easy gateway to that is smoothies. They’re quick, completely customizable and great for on the go. This breakfast smoothie combines just five ingredients.

Small-town Alabama resident transformed to protest leader

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – During her final year at Albertville High School in 2015, teachers gave Unique Morgan Dunston a citizenship award and fellow seniors voted her the class clown. Today, she’s the target of death threats and jeers on Main Street.

U.S. bans second Malaysian palm oil giant over forced labor

U.S. officials said they will ban all shipments of palm oil from one of the world’s biggest producers after finding indicators of forced labor and other abuses on plantations that feed into the supply chains of some of America’s most famous food and cosmetic companies.

Eva Roberts’ Just Desserts: Spokane Valley small-business owner achieves success in long career, on ‘Holiday Baking Championship’

Eva Roberts opened her bakery Just American Desserts in Spokane Valley in 1986, and it’s safe to say in her 34 years as a small-business owner, 2020 has been one of the most memorable. Despite the pandemic, business has been strong for the diversified Just American Desserts, for which Roberts is very thankful (“We’ve been very lucky during the pandemic,” she said).