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Friday, September 14, 2012
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Kasha Varnishkes is a traditional buckwheat and pasta dish, that works well for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Laura Frankel thinks about Rosh Hashanah in simple terms.

"A time for mom to shine," says Frankel, executive chef at Spertus, a Jewish culture and learning center in Chicago. That's because the Jewish new year, which is the first high holy day to occur each autumn, usually isn't celebrated with the sort of big gathering you might have for a Passover seder, but rather a smaller, more contemplative meal with close family.

Friday, September 14, 2012
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Grated Carrot Salad with Datesand Pistachios

When Rosh Hashanah the Jewish new year rolls around, sugar, and specifically honey, often is on the menu. It's a kind of edible prayer, a hopeful way of attracting sweet things to one's life in the year to come.

That's why this salad is based on a sweet vegetable the carrot and flavored with honey and dates.

But you don't have to celebrate Rosh Hashanah to love this recipe.

Refreshing and simple to prepare, it's a great and healthy end-of-summer treat no matter what your faith.

Grated Carrot Salad with Dates andPistachios

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Monday, July 23, 2012
AP PHOTO Skillet blueberry muffin pancakes are a sweet twist on a breakfast favorite.

What do you do when you are hankering for blueberry muffins, but don't have a muffin pan handy?

Or maybe you just don't feel like cranking up the oven on a hot summer day.

During a recent vacation (sans muffin pan) I discovered that you cook them in a skillet, using the muffin batter the same as you would pancake batter. And the results are outstanding.

Why not just make blueberry pancakes?

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Soda Bread.

With a history spanning more than two centuries, soda bread is a traditional Irish specialty. The first loaf, consisting of little more than flour, baking soda, salt, and sour milk, made its debut in the mid-1800s when baking soda found its way into Irish kitchens.

Monday, February 20, 2012
AP Photo/Matthew Mead

It may look like a doughnut. It may be filled or glazed like a doughnut. It may even be cooked like a doughnut. But don't call it a doughnut.

It's a beignet. And it's one of New Orleans' two iconic sweets (the other being the party loving king cake). With Mardi Gras approaching, it's a perfect time to get to know beignets.

Monday, February 13, 2012
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Warm and creamy, Seafood Au Gratin is perfect for a cold winter night.

Warm and creamy, au gratin is perfect for a cold winter night. And what better way to say "I love you" than with a little indulgence of seafood and cream.

This dish goes together with just a little effort and you end up with an impressive and delicious dinner for two. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad dressed with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, sea salt and ground black pepper.

SeafoodAu Gratin

Monday, February 13, 2012
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Valentine's Day practically screams for a chocolate dessert. This Milk Chocolate Mango Mousse is an easy way to incorporate chocolate without being overly indulgent.

Valentine's Day practically screams for a chocolate dessert. And this mousse is an easy way to incorporate chocolate without being overly indulgent.

Because this is a chilled dessert, you can make it ahead of time and not worry about things coming out of the oven at the right time when you're busy trying to impress your sweetheart with dinner.

For a restaurant-worthy dish, spoon the mousse into parfait glasses and top with fresh berries.

Milk ChocolateMango Mousse

Start to finish: 30 minutes, plus chilling

Servings: 4

1 cup frozen mango chunks, thawed

Monday, February 6, 2012

In Thursday's TIMES NEWS, the recipe for Chicken Corn Chowder from Dawn McCabe, one of last year's recipe contest winners, was missing an important ingredient frozen corn!

Here is the complete recipe.

Chicken CornChowder

2 cups diced chicken

6-8 small potatoes

4-6 small carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

48 ounces chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can of water

1 can cream style corn

1 bag of frozen corn

Salt and pepper to taste

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
This Jan. 4, 2012 photo shows Super Bowl cupcakes in Concord, N.H. These cupcakes are big, bold, manly and totally down for a Super Bowl spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

These are not your girlfriend's cupcakes. There is no frilly pastel frosting piped on top. They are not delicate. They are not pretty.

They are big, bold, manly and totally down for a Super Bowl spread.

Since ease is key for Super Bowl feasts, we decided to start with a chocolate cake mix. To man-it-up, we made them big and added beer. Instead of pretty buttercream frosting, we dabbed and smeared whiskey frosting all over them. And to really take it up a notch, bacon. Salted peanuts, pretzels or crushed malted milk balls also would be terrific.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
This Jan. 4, 2012 photo shows Super Bowl stromboli in Concord, N.H. To serve, stromboli are simply sliced like a loaf of bread, creating a spiral baked sandwich that is perfect for large parties. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A stromboli is kind of a cross between a grinder and a calzone. Bread dough is rolled out, filled with sliced meats, cheeses and vegetables, then rolled up into a tube and baked.

To serve, stromboli are simply sliced like a loaf of bread, creating a spiral baked sandwich that is perfect for large parties. If you like, you also can serve sandwich condiments (or even warmed marinara) alongside the stromboli slices for dipping.

We've offered suggestions for fillings; but mix and match to suit your group (or devise your own combination).