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Halloween treats

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Treats so simple it’s scary

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The eyes have it this year for easy Halloween treats. Being short on time, or skill, doesn’t mean you can’t turn out something worthy of even the finest Halloween party table, all you need is a little melted chocolate and a package of candy peepers. They’re available at cake and candy making stores or in the cake and candy section …

Pressure cooking 101 using chickpeas

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I have come to the pressure cooker late in life, probably because students were not taught how to use one at the French Culinary Institute back in 1986. Such a tool was suitable only for amateurs, according to our chef-teachers, for “grandmozers” and “ooswives.” In fact, my grandmother often used a pressure cooker …

Apple crisp is a sweet fall treat

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

For as long as I can remember, going apple picking with my family was a fall tradition. My parents, little brother and I would pack into the car and drive about half an hour away to a small orchard run by a grizzly, bearded man. As we neared the orchard, plywood signs announcing …

Now that’s a topper!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This recipe is a template for topping sauteed steaks or chops of most any kind with a wilted salad, a splendid dish for a late summer dinner. Mostly, I’m taking my cues here from the Italians. In Florence, …

Kraft Heinz expands Kraft Singles recall

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought. The company recalled 335,000 cases last week because a thin strip of packaging film may stick to the slice after the …

Stocking — and cooking from — a pantry the Alice Waters way

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

When it comes to aspirational cooking, it’s tough to top Martha Stewart and Alice Waters. But while you may never master Stewart’s frustratingly perfect souffles and multi-tiered cakes, most of Waters’s recipes fall on a more manageable spectrum. …

There are many ways to dehydrate food, including your car

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I used to be skeptical about drying as a technique for preserving food. It might be fine for all those folks who live in balmy Italy and California, but here in cool, moist New England, it seemed to …

When the apple itch strikes, make this easy baked treat

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

During my freshman year at the University of Vermont, I became a pro at apple picking and at cooking up all those apples I picked. I probably know at least 20 different ways to bake an apple! So …

A dish that does double duty

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I confess: I am somewhat of a lazy cook. It is not that I am willing to cut corners and sacrifice good technique; instead my strategy is to choose unfussy dishes that yield the most pleasure and satisfaction …

Fast-food’s new target: the snack attack

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack. After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken …

McDonald’s, Tyson cut ties with farmer tied to abuse video

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McDonald’s and its supplier Tyson Foods say they’ve cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm. The video was released by Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group …

Kraft Heinz recalls more than 2M pounds of turkey bacon

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kraft Heinz Foods Co. is recalling more than 2 million pounds of turkey bacon products that may be unsafe because they could possibly spoil before the “Best When Used By” date. The US. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that it has received reports of …

Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This probably isn’t what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald’s to join forces to create a “McWhopper.” In full-page newspaper, Burger King recently said it’s …