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Eating well

Warm meals for cold times: Getting to know root vegetables

If you’ve been to a farmers’ market lately, then the reality of seasonal cooking in the middle of winter has plainly revealed itself to you. Tis the season for root vegetables, and not a whole lot else. But there is beauty to cooking with the season, not just because it feels in sync with ...

Easy ways to eat more plants this year

Family Features — Plant-forward eating should be easy and delicious — and it can be. Rather than follow strict rules, simply add plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and grains to more meals throughout the day. Walnuts, for example, are a kitchen multi-tasker with uses well ...

Health benefits of popcorn

METRO — Many people will say that no movie marathon is complete without a big bowl of popcorn. Movies and popcorn have been linked for decades, but popcorn is more than just a must-have on movie night. Popcorn lovers may be surprised to learn just how healthy this beloved snack can ...

An iconic Alabama steakhouse and the woman who keeps it up

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The night of her high school prom, Bernadine Birdsong went to the old Michael’s Sirloin Room on Birmingham’s 20th Street South for a steak dinner before the big dance. “I went to the prom in the hotel that was right across the street from Michael’s, the Parliament ...

Stock up on must-have kitchen tools

METRO — Cooking meals is advantageous for a variety of reasons. Cooking at home is a budget-friendly way to feed a family, and home chefs have strict control over the ingredients they use, which can make it easier to adhere to a particular diet and avoid foods that may trigger allergic ...

Breakfast sandwich options to jump start the day

Over the past year I’ve prepared more hot breakfasts than ever before. My hands-down favorite is the versatile breakfast sandwich. Whether on a toasted bagel, English muffin or a warm biscuit, an egg, some melty cheese and a slice of deli meat is a hearty delicious way to start the ...

Save time with simple sweet potato recipes

FAMILY FEATURE — Time is of the essence in many kitchens across the country, especially during this busy season when everything seems to happen at once. Whether it’s in-person or virtual school responsibilities, extracurricular activities, work deadlines or family obligations leaving you ...

Coffee and sweetness whipped to perfection

CULINARY.NET — Do you know that moment when something sweet hits your taste buds and a smile instantly spreads across your face? It’s almost magic to some. To others it’s just simply bliss. This holiday season, try something that’s simple yet sophisticated for an easy way to ensure ...

Turn holiday excess into cake

I might be a little slow in the process but I’ve finally taken my Christmas tree down and am packing up the Santa Claus collection for banishment to the attic. Though I’m sorry to see it all go I’ve got other things to do with my time, like figuring out ways to use the excess dairy still ...

Uncovering the top Mexican food trends for 2021

Family Features — Many families constantly search for meal inspiration, and one of the best ways is to look toward trendy tastes for new options to add to the menu. One of the country’s top Hispanic food brands, Cacique, tapped culinary experts and chefs Aaron Sanchez, Bricia Lopez and ...

Add a little sweetness to any occasion

Culinary.net — It’s almost impossible to beat the combination of sweet fruit and decadent desserts. This delicious recipe for Apple Cake highlights the crisp fruit but also the cinnamon sugar-flavored pastry. It’s luscious but doesn’t overdo it on the sweet meter with just the right mix ...

Vitamin K: A little-known but noteworthy nutrient

THE CONVERSATION — When Danish scientist Henrik Dam fed a cholesterol-free diet to baby chicks in his lab about 90 years ago, he noticed excessive bleeding in some of them. It did not stop after he replaced the cholesterol. Dam ultimately concluded the bleeding was related to a “depletion ...

Fresh herbs that can reduce your reliance on sodium

METRO — Salt has long been used to add flavor to people’s favorite foods. In fact, the use of salt as a means to preserving foods and adding flavor to recipes dates back to ancient times and has led to countless conflicts ever since. According to History.com, wars over access to salt ...

For this chef, a love of regional produce breeds inspiration

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. — Chef Whitney Otawka no longer runs the culinary program at the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia but in many ways, she still feels like she’s back on that 17.5 mile stretch of land. In March, news of the coronavirus reached the wild shores ...

Resolution solutions

I’m not usually a person who makes New Years’ resolutions but after the unpredictable year 2020 was, I feel compelled to make a plan and stick to it. I’ve resolved to wear zipper jeans at least one full day per week (a painful proposition, I know.) In order to achieve this lofty ambition ...

A time-saving family meal

Family Features — Leading a busy lifestyle doesn’t always leave time for spending hours in the kitchen, and these Mystic Mini Turkey Loaves can be made in advance and frozen for later use. Perfect for simplifying busy evenings, they are made with mushrooms, yellow onions, oat milk, pumpkin ...

New Year nutrition

Family Features — A new year brings with it new opportunities to better yourself in all kinds of ways, including your health. Start by evaluating your at-home menu to make sure it aligns with your nutritional goals. These recipes for Vegetarian Ramen Zoodle Bowls, Broccolini and Bacon ...

Herbs and spices that can promote healthy hearts

METRO — A nutritious diet is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. When paired with regular physical activity, a nutritious diet can help people dramatically reduce their risk for various diseases, including heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, ischaemic heart ...

Tasty tidbits about pizza

METRO — The calendar is dotted with various holidays that celebrate pizza. From National Pizza Pie Day in February to National Deep Dish Pizza Day in April to National Cheese Pizza Day in September, not to mention National Pizza Month in October, any time of year is the perfect opportunity to ...

Good luck eats to ring in the new year

As superstition has it, eating pork and sauerkraut on New Years’ day will bring good luck in the new year. Supposedly pork helps a person to move ahead and the cabbage, being green like money, brings prosperity. Unfortunately, this did not work in 2020. True or not, pork and sauerkraut, with ...