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Serve pink sangria straight up or topped with bubbly water

Posted 6/13/2018 in Food

Nothing spells summertime like sangria, the chilled and refreshing wine-based fruit punch from Spain that landed on our shores to stay via the 1964 World's Fair.

Summer grilling: Grilled beef skewers get even better with a robust marinade

Posted 6/6/2018 in Food

Well-marbled steak tips, with their beefy flavor and tender texture, proved the best choice for our grilled beef kebabs.

Cooking on deadline: A BLT that showcases dueling dynamics

Posted 6/6/2018 in Food

As summer nears and the promise of perfect tomatoes peeks up over the horizon, the prospect of an excellent BLT shines brightly.

How to make a yummy Cobb salad without bacon and cheese

Posted 6/6/2018 in Food

Stunning presentation aside, Cobb salad has all the markers of a powerhouse meal, including eggs, avocados, tomato, and lean chicken -- we just had to do something about all that bacon and cheese.

What's the secret to making great whoopie pies? Brown sugar

Posted 6/6/2018 in Food

Made up of two cookie-like chocolate cakes stuffed to the gills with fluffy marshmallow filling, the whoopie pie is a sweet indulgence.

A new twist on grilled potatoes, thanks to rosemary, garlic

Posted 6/6/2018 in Food

Grilled potatoes are a summer classic. We wanted to put a new spin on this dish by adding rosemary and garlic.

A Market on Main: Something new is blooming in Caledonia

Posted 5/30/2018 in Food

It's farmers market season, and Caledonia is joining the movement.

Don't be intimidated: There is nothing like homemade ribs

Posted 5/30/2018 in Food

It's officially barbecue rib season, and I couldn't be more excited. I might be a little rib obsessed -- it is an occupational hazard of barbecuing for a living.

Try these Tuscan spinach and ricotta dumplings topped with marinara

Posted 5/30/2018 in Food

It was my great good fortune recently to spend a week in Tuscany on a culinary tour, assisting a friend of mine with some cooking classes.

How to cook a moist beef burger stuffed with American cheese

Posted 5/30/2018 in Food

Minneapolis taverns are famous for the Jucy Lucy, a moist beef burger stuffed with American cheese.

Got an air fryer?: There's more than one way to make a great summer burger

Posted 5/23/2018 in Food

Three days ago, I enjoyed one of the best burgers I've ever had. Ever. It was cooked in an air fryer. Not on an outdoor grill. Not in a hot cast iron skillet. An air fryer.

Amplify peaches' flavor with this simple, warm dessert

Posted 5/23/2018 in Food

It might seem impossible to improve on a perfect peach, but we decided to try.

The secret to perfectly grilled corn? Cook them unhusked

Posted 5/23/2018 in Food

Grilling corn sounds like a simple proposition -- but our research found dozens of variations on the cooking method for this classic summer vegetable.

Chili con queso dip without the plastic flavor or waxy texture

Posted 5/23/2018 in Food

Chili con queso has fallen on hard times; often it's just Ro-tel Diced Tmatoes and Green Chilies mixed with Velveeta, microwaved and stirred.

A creamy buttermilk coleslaw just right for the cookout

Posted 5/23/2018 in Food

We wanted a buttermilk coleslaw with crisp pieces of cabbage lightly coated with a flavorful buttermilk dressing that would cling to the cabbage instead of collecting in the bottom of the bowl.

A tangy, tomatoey, sauce is the star of barbecued chicken

Posted 5/16/2018 in Food

A tangy, tomatoey, molasses-laced sauce is the indisputable star of traditional American barbecued chicken.

Cooking on deadline: Salmon panzanella

Posted 5/16/2018 in Food

In the most perfect of all worlds, things look as good as they taste. That's true with this dish.

Roast chicken and vegetables together without a soggy mess

Posted 5/16/2018 in Food

It's easy to understand the appeal of preparing chicken parts and root vegetables together on one sheet pan, but without the right technique, you are apt to wind up with unevenly cooked meat and greasy, soggy vegetables.


How to cook a moist bone-in ham with a well-balanced glaze

Posted 5/16/2018 in Food

Heating and glazing a cured ham seems effortless, but many recipes yield leathery meat in an overly sweet glaze.


Reminiscing and recipes: Sweet somethings for Mother's Day

Posted 5/9/2018 in Food

"What's your name?" "Puddin 'N Tain, ask me again, I'll tell you the same." "Where're you going?" "Crazy, you wanna go?"


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