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Eating well

Calling All Cooks: Rhubarb crumb bake-a-thon

Last week my husband and I decided to take a ride to Mackeyville to get a few flowers and check out the fresh produce. I haven’t been out much (he does the shopping) so I was excited to find glorious bundles of rhubarb. I grabbed a couple bundles, went home and immediately baked a rhubarb ...

Family foods with a weight loss focus

Family Features — Losing weight and focusing on a healthful diet may lead you back to the same tried-and-true tricks, however, conventional wisdom doesn’t always pay dividends. Some eating plans may offer up new twists to help you and your family eat meals you enjoy without forgoing your ...

Fire up the grill for smoked fruit

Family Features — As summer grilling season sets in, Americans grab their tongs to take advantage of backyard barbecue opportunities. In addition to classic cookout fare like ribs, steak, chicken, burgers and hot dogs, the experts at Dole recommend giving fruits and vegetables a shot on ...

Feel good summer salads

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Here at the homestead, fresh out of quarantine, we got busy planting flowers, sealing decks and cleaning patio furniture. In our spare time we cleaned up the grill and had our first al fresco meal of the season. Shaded under our new umbrella we ...

A simply sensational summer meal

Family Features — Whipping up a fresh cooked meal is one of the true joys of summer, especially when grilled grub is paired with tantalizing sides and tempting desserts. Spice things up with Mexican Beef Sliders with Jalapeno Salsa and Avocado Cream coupled with a side like Roasted ...

Better-for-you family foods with satisfying flavor

Family Features — If spending additional time in the comfort of your home has you rethinking the family menu and looking for new ways to enjoy nutritional meals, rest assured you can make better-for-you food choices without losing mouthwatering taste. Easy, efficient at-home recipes like ...

Italian anise cake a hit with family, friends for ages

Cooking and baking remain ways to connect with those AnnMarie Scinicariello loves most. Using recipes from family members — such as Italian Anise Cake — brings back memories of good times and great food. That recipe came from her mother, Angie Bongiovi, and had been passed down through ...

Calling All Cooks: Bring on the sunshine

As a fan of anything lemon, I can’t think of a better topic to ease us into the summer season than lemon desserts. Their sunny yellow color and sweet tart flavor seem to shout “bring on the sunshine” with every delicious bite. Light and refreshing, Lemon Fluff, with its buttery crumb ...

Comfort food consumption is on the rise

Family Features — As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in a surprising source: bread. In fact, a 20-year trend of declining grain food consumption has been reversed. A national study by the Grain Food Foundation suggests that the turnaround is more than a ...

Family fun with fudgsicles

Family Features — Planning snacks you can enjoy with your children is a winning parenting strategy for spending more time together while creating tasty treats. Take it a step further with a recipe like these Homemade Fudgsicles, which are an ideal example of an easy treat made with the ...

Calling All Cooks: Summer’s most-requested

Though it's hard to believe, based on our current cold weather, that summer is almost here. Ready to shrug off cabin fever, I can't wait to start grilling and enjoying meals in the backyard or at a favorite picnic spot (social distancing required.) Hopefully, at some point, we'll be able to ...

Simple plant-powered summer meals

Family Features — With more than half of Americans willing to eat more plants and less meat in 2020 (and beyond), according to a study conducted by Yale and Earth Day Network, one thing holds true: Even when food is better for you and the planet, families crave quality taste. Walnuts are ...

Taco party

Unfortunately, due to sheltering at home, we weren’t able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with friends at our favorite bar or restaurant this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget it. Make dinner a taco party with a variety of tacos and fixings that the whole family should love. From ...

Refreshing dishes for dining Al Fresco

Family Features — Some of life’s most cherished moments are shared with loved ones around the table. As temperatures climb, cheerful sunshine and sparkling blue skies are the perfect ingredients to make family time even more enjoyable with a meal served al fresco. One of the great joys ...

Tastes of Summer

Family Features — A summer weekend isn’t complete until you fire up the grill, but flame-kissed steaks are just the start to an unforgettable meal that celebrates all the best of the season. To create the perfect main dish, start with high-quality protein, like Omaha Steaks’ Private ...

Essential pantry staples to have on hand

Family Features — Keeping a well-stocked pantry ensures you can pull together a quality meal on a moment’s notice or when unexpected circumstances keep you from making it to the store. In many homes, the pantry is filled with mismatched odds and ends that may not fit together, but you can ...

What’s new and notable in outdoor grills

Barbecue season couldn’t be more welcome this year. Grilling is a way to change things up and expand the menu and the view for those stuck at home because of the coronavirus. “Eating out” means the patio, yard or balcony, if you have one. There’s all kinds of stylish and practical ...

Calling All Cooks: More easy pantry meals

As one day rolls into the next, is anyone besides me finding it harder to think of something different to serve for dinner? The issue is how to take random ingredients from the pantry and fridge and combine them into dishes that the family will enjoy, no shopping required. After taking ...

You’ve probably got all you need to make fabled ‘stone soup’

As the days go by, I am being forced to become more creative with my cooking. I've always been a fan of stews and hearty soups, and I make them all year round to stock my freezer. That stash has started to run low lately. So it was time to see what I could make out of the slim pickings I had ...

Amid pandemic, homebrewing surges in popularity

SALEM, Ore. — On March 14, the day after the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a national emergency in the United States, I decided to take up an activity that I had abandoned decades ago. I brewed some beer. I became part of a trend. While states imposed stay-at-home orders, brewpubs ...