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Eating well

Impressive cakes for Easter feasting

In a few weeks we will be celebrating Easter. That means another holiday meal in the midst of COVID-19. Whether dining with family or as a party of two my plan is to observe tradition, giving thanks for all that is good, no matter what. There will be ham, lots of sides, and as holidays go, ...

Fast and flavorful meals when you’re short on time

FAMILY FEATURE — Quality meals don’t have to drain hours from your day; satisfying taste is possible in just minutes when you have a few strategies that can help make meal prep easier and the results more enjoyable. Eat better with veggies. If eating better is your goal, explore ...

Voucher program makes healthy eating easier for food-insecure people

As soon as Joseph Angelo enrolled in Vouchers 4 Veggies, he started to replace processed foods with fruits and vegetables. “There were times when I’d been eating healthier, but I’d really fallen into comfort food like cookies, ice cream, anything with a processed sugar ‘high,’” ...

Lisa’s fried fish recipes

In homage to Lent and the upcoming fishing season let’s talk fried fish. A popular Friday night special on many restaurant menus it’s obvious that people love it. Crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside, fried fish is amazing. Growing up, our fried fish was dredged in seasoned ...

Delicious cheesecake with Irish flavor

METRO — Few things embody the culture of a nation more so than its native foods and beverages. For the Irish, it is no different. While there are many chances throughout the year to showcase Irish cuisine, perhaps none are more eagerly anticipated than St. Patrick’s Day. Main courses ...

Warm up with Irish coffee this St. Patrick’s Day

METRO — Though it might not be as beloved as a pint of Guinness or as inviting as a shot of Jameson’s Irish whiskey after some cold hours spent marching in or viewing a parade, Irish coffee has a place all its own on St. Patrick’s Day. The origins of Irish coffee are sometimes debated, ...

Chase the winter blues with warm sweet muffins

Often, when I’m suffering the winter blues, I take to the kitchen to bake something sweet and comforting but not too complicated and time-consuming. Muffins fill that bill. They go together in a snap — a few dry ingredients in one bowl and liquids in another, combine the two, mix just until ...

Hearty, wholesome dishes to support immune systems

Family Features — If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms. With their earthy flavor, mushrooms — like many other fruits and vegetables — can also play a ...

Eggs are eggceptional

METRO — Eggs are a topic of conversation each spring, largely because of their relationship to the Christian celebration of Easter. Brightly colored Easter eggs are on display, chocolate eggs line store shelves and egg-lined birds nests in trees and bushes dot spring landscapes. Eggs take ...

Four interesting health benefits of garlic

METRO — Garlic makes a delicious addition to various meals. Though some people may avoid garlic because of its potential to contribute to bad breath, doing so means people may miss out on some surprising health benefits produced by this powerful, if pungent, bulb. 1. Garlic bolsters the ...

Cozy up with cocoa

Snow, snow and more snow! With a winter unlike any we’ve seen for a while, taking advantage of all that snow is a great way to get out in the fresh air and do something fun with the family. Sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowball fights or simply building a snowman is good exercise for ...

Turn to tempeh for a plant-based superfood

Family Features — As a key part of a nutritious eating plan, protein intake can be a healthy step to take in the new year. One increasingly popular way to add protein to your at-home menu is with protein-packed, plant-based foods like tempeh. Tempeh’s roots date back thousands of years ...

Add protein and immune health supporting benefits to your coffee

Family Features — Mornings may look different from the norm for many families but staying on track with healthy choices remains a top priority. While you may not be stopping at your favorite coffeehouse on the way to work or school drop-off, a new way to enjoy coffee has grown in ...

Cultural ‘big deal’: Seal oil makes menu at Alaska care home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Seal oil has been a staple in the diet of Alaska’s Inupiat for generations. The oil — ever-present in households dotting Alaska coastlines — is used mainly as a dipping sauce for fish, caribou and musk ox. It’s also used to flavor stews and even eaten ...

Blind chef creates homemade treats with wife as his eyes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Samantha and Yeshua Prestan move as one in the kitchen. For every slight gesture Yeshua takes to prepare lunch, Samantha is right beside him, anticipating his next move. He smoothly chops carrots with all the grace earned from decades making supper since ...

Egg bakes make Friday meatless meals delicious

Today is the beginning of the Lenten season. For many, that means observing religious edicts, one of which bans eating meat on Fridays. Though fish and seafood are popular alternatives to meat, eggs, dairy, grains, fruits and vegetables are also good options and offer a wealth of variety to any ...

Pull out the sheet pan for a homemade twist to pizza night

If you’ve gotten used to cooking at home more this year, then consider switching things up on pizza night and making it yourself on a sheet pan. Not only will the pizza taste good, but it’s a fun activity with kids. First, the crust, which is vital as a canvas for your favorite ...

Lucky mint brownie perfection

Culinary.net — How lucky you must be to come across this recipe just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. This one is a twisted combination of mint and sweet chocolate that’s sure to have almost anyone’s taste buds screaming “yum.” This dessert might just be the pot of gold at the end of ...

Put a zesty spin on weeknight meals

Family Features — Dinner in many households means foolproof recipes that families can count on, but those can become bland and boring. Finding new ways to put a twist on meals throughout the week adds fun to time spent in the kitchen while bringing new flavor to the table. To help ...

Lesser known Irish foods

METRO — Chances are many people have heard of Irish soda bread and corned beef and cabbage, both of which are especially popular on St. Patrick’s Day (although the latter isn’t entirely authentic Irish cuisine). But there are many different traditional Irish dishes that may not be as ...