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This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows a ginger fashioned cocktail in Concord, N.H. If there’s a chill in the air, consider starting with the roasted cider, a seasonal hot toddy that combines a classic mulled cider with the toasty flavor of hazelnuts. Or for a fresh take on tradition, try the ginger fashion, a zippy rendition of the reliable old fashioned. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A cup of holiday cheer

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

hether you’re having a quiet night in with family or a larger gathering with friends, holiday celebrations often call for a cocktail – sometimes simply to help you deal with those friends and family! So we’ve got you covered with a trio of easy but delicious cocktails that won’t tax your time or budget. If there’s a chill in the air, consider the roasted cider, a seasonal hot toddy that combines a classic mulled cider with the toasty flavor of hazelnuts. For a fresh take on tradition, try the ginger fashioned, a zippy rendition of the reliable old fashioned. And if you’re feeling particularly festive, …

First woman named in charge of White House dessert

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For the first time, a female chef is in charge of dessert at the White House. Michelle Obama’s office says Susan Morrison is taking over as executive pastry chef after helping make presidential sweets for nearly two decades. Morrison will create desserts for all White House social events, including the Gingerbread White House that will be on display during the holidays. She is …

A speedy dinner out of a slow braise

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We don’t often think of braising as a weeknight-friendly approach to dinner. After all, anything that cooks low and slow would seem to be a no go for a workday. But I’ve found just the opposite. Turns out a hands-off braise is perfect for those evenings when I can’t be in the kitchen …

This spicy stew has everything it takes to please palates, vegetarian or not

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sometimes I like to go back to basics. For a relatively new vegetarian like myself – and even for more experienced ones – I think it’s helpful every so often to remember why we made this transition in …

Michigan university set to launch beer-making program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in “fermentation science.” Central Michigan University in …

Not just another pumpkin recipe

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I know. It’s barely October, and you can’t swing a reusable shopping tote without hitting some form of pumpkinized food or drink. But to paraphrase Monty Python, this hasn’t got much pumpkin in it. The puree adds body …

No charges in toxic tea incident at Utah eatery

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

No charges will be filed in the case involving a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with lye at a Utah restaurant. Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill said Friday that prosecutors determined after reviewing an extensive investigation by the South Jordan, Utah, Police …

Lemon lovers get bitter shock on California drought

Monday, September 29, 2014

First it was the surge in beef prices, and then seafood went through the roof. Now you can add lemons to the growing list of ingredients cutting into profit on the menu at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. The three Joe’s restaurants, in Washington, D.C., Chicago …

Paul Deen documentary to tell her side of downfall

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Paula’s back Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you’ll need to pay to hear it. The former Food Network star has been working on …

California adopts olive oil labeling standards

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The state Department of Food and Agriculture has approved standards for grading and labeling California-produced olive oil that will require makers to state specifically whether they have adulterated any of their product. State officials say the standards will take effect Friday. They also require testing to determine whether …

FDA revises food safety rules due next year

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration recently revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The final rules are …

A rethought batter for apple cake

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I love to redefine the formula of a butter cake batter every now and then, especially to create a dreamy one that’s a little lavish, perhaps less conventional and tailored to the texture and essence of the main …

Butter and black pepper, a steak’s best friends

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. And its classic status gives us leave to play with — and enjoy — it without feeling guilty. Here’s a weeknight-friendly steak and taters recipe …