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Eating well

Valentine breakfast menu that says “I love you”

Valentine’s Day is approaching, the day that lovers show how much they care with cards, gifts, food and romance. I’m here to help with the food part. The cards, gifts and romance are up to you. Falling this year on Sunday instead of a workday opens up many more opportunities to celebrate, ...

Protect your heart this Valentine’s Day

Family Features— As people have spent more time at home, many have rediscovered the simple joy of home-cooking and stumbled upon a secret weapon for health at the same time. By making smart, intentional decisions from breakfast to dinner and every meal (and drink) in-between, they are ...

Ghost kitchens boost revenue for struggling restaurants

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — For those who believe, ghosts come in a wide variety of forms: floating orbs of light, haunting voices or, as in the opinion of famed fictional ghostbuster Raymond Stantz, “a full-torso, free-floating apparition.” As it turns out, so do “ghost kitchens”: ...

A special Valentines meal can take many forms this year

As we come to the end of a collective year of pandemic firsts, Valentine’s Day is next up. And showing love and gratitude can feel more important than ever. Perhaps during a regular year, you and your dearest might have gone out for a romantic dinner, or somewhere special like the theater, ...

Good gameday eats

There may not be fans in the stands for Super Bowl LV or bars teaming with partiers, but there will still be football fans sitting on the family sofa who would really appreciate some gameday eats. So, what’s on the menu? I’d guess some crispy snacks, something to dip them in, and lots of ...

Pandemic cuisine: Odd pairings, old favorites on the menu

NEW YORK — Whether it’s kimchi, beets or broccoli, the pandemic has had a strange impact on food cravings that goes beyond the joy of comfort eating. Nearly a year into isolation, many people are embracing foods long forgotten or rejected for taste, texture or smell. Some have forced ...

Hamtramck’s Polish Village debuts paczki-pierogi concoction

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — Encased in a traditional pierogi shell, covered in a buttercream glaze and brimming with raspberry jelly is Hamtramck’s Polish Village Cafe’s newest star. For those unfamiliar, pierogi are essentially Polish dumplings, crescent-shaped noodle pockets with a soft ...

Family-friendly foods fit for Lent

Family Features — As families ponder Lenten recipes fit for the season with flavorful seafood as a filling protein, one important aspect to take into account is the kid-friendliness of the dish. Offer up a dinnertime delight the whole family can enjoy with shrimp-based options that provide ...

Young Louisiana cook’s vegan recipes attract a following

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Scroll through Twitter and you might find photos of @jussduke— delectable vegan pho and okra gumbo. The cook behind the recipes, Thibodaux native and Nicholls State University student Rodney “Duke” Woods Jr., has built an online following of more than 6,800 ...

Deliciously different pasta sauces

When I can’t think of what to serve for dinner, I often turn to pasta. With a jar of prepared sauce and a box of pasta I can have a meal on the table quicker than you can say al dente. Though I love a good plate of spaghetti smothered in tomato meat sauce, sometimes it’s nice to try ...

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 ...