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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This March 14, 2011 photo shows a coconut and berry Passover tart in Concord, N.H. This tart sports a coconut crust that is both chewy and crispy, a pudding-like vanilla-almond filling and mounds of fresh fruit. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Whoever coined the phrase "easy as pie" clearly didn't bake much. Enter Martha Stewart ... Again.

Stewart's latest cookbook "New Pies and Tarts" – offers more than 150 recipes whose clear instructions, gorgeous photos and brevity (all recipes fit on one page) take the intimidation out of pastry. Organized by category from "classic" (think apple) to "free-form" (no pie plate handy?) to "artful" (double lattice crusts, shingled leaves), the book lets users pick pies according to their skill and occasion.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD Curried mango chicken soup can be made dairy-free by substituting coconut milk for the creme fraiche.

Getting your kids interested in food and cooking really can be as simple as asking, "Hey, do you want some mangos?"

To which my 6-year-old son, an otherwise bored participant in the grocery shopping that day, responded with an all-too-teenager-like, "Sure."

As I carried the mangos back to the cart, the sum of my plans for them amounted to peeling, cubing and dumping them on my son's plate. Apparently he'd come up with other ideas.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
AP PHOTO Potato latkes, traditionally served at Hanukkah, are the inspiration for these corned beef and potato pancakes with pickled cabbage creme fraiche. The final product is new twist on the traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage and is a tribute to Ireland.

When the people of Dublin, Ireland elected their first Jewish mayor, Robert Briscoe in 1956, baseball legend Yogi Berra allegedly exclaimed "Only in America!" This St. Patrick's Day recipe for corned beef and potato pancakes with pickled cabbage crème fraîche was created in that same spirit.

Potato latkes, traditionally served at Hanukkah, are the inspiration for these crispy potato and onion patties. But in this version, flavorful shreds of corned beef along with a pickled cabbage topping are added as a tribute to Ireland.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
AP PHOTO For this asparagus and potato soup recipe, all vegetables are roasted at high heat, caramelizing their natural sugars and enhancing the flavors.

Global markets and high-tech shipping methods have put asparagus on our tables virtually year-round, yet most of us still associate it with spring.

But whenever you eat it, asparagus is a nutritional powerhouse. It is low in calories (about 5 calories per stalk) and is packed with vitamins A, C and E, and folate.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Irish soda bread doesn't need yeast or a lot of kneading. You can make it in a food processor then finish it up with a bit of hand kneading. Younger cooks would enjoy making this bread with a big bowl and spoon rather then kneading.

Homemade bread in 45 minutes to an hour is a temptation hard to resist. It is the perfect accompaniment to Irish stew for St. Patrick's Day.

Green butter spread adds that wee bit of Irish to this warm wholesome loaf. I created it after thinking through the idea of adding spinach or loads of fresh green herbs to the bread itself.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD A touch of sweetness from apricot preserves balances this  Prosciutto, Apricot and Blue Cheese Panino Sandwich.

A great grilled cheese practically defines comfort, all crispy bread and gooey cheese.

And a grilled cheese is the perfect base to add other flavors, whether you fancy a slice of tomato or a little ham or bacon. This version is similar to a grilled ham and cheese for adults. Salty prosciutto pairs with creamy, earthy blue cheese.

A touch of sweetness from apricot preserves balances the sandwich. This quick and flavorful lunch would be great served with an arugula salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette.

Prosciutto, Apricotand Blue CheesePanino

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Q: I've been spending too much on groceries lately. Any ideas on how I can save money and still serve up good meals?

A: It's a common myth that healthy foods come with a high price tag. Here are 10 foods overflowing with nutrients that won't bust your grocery bill.

1. Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt has a thicker texture and tangier flavor than regular yogurt, and that's a good thing!

2. Whole-grain pasta

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Pastry chef Jean-Luc Albin certainly can turn out a delicious traditional king cake – one with a premium brioche dough, rich with butter and eggs. But these days it's his inspired variations on that classic that he's most passionate about.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

If you won't be lucky enough to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can still bake up a taste of it at home.

Granted, you'll need to supply your own revelry in the streets, but a slice of this delicious king cake should get you in the mood. The top is decorated with the colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green and gold. You also can color the icing and decorate or you can drizzle with white icing and decorate with colored sugars.

King Cake

Start to finish: 4 hours (45 minutes active)

Servings: 16

For the dough:

1 cup warm milk

Monday, February 28, 2011
AP Photo/J Pat Carter Celebrity chef Melissa d'Arabian speaks to The Associated Press in Miami Beach, Fla., Saturday, at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. She talked about the economics of eating and food.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – On television, Melissa d'Arabian teaches families how to stretch their food budgets. At home, she stretches the definition of cooking with kids.

Sometimes, her young daughters help her with elaborate recipes that evolve into arts and crafts projects of sorts where they aren't "counting on that food to actually eat," she said.

Other times, it's all about getting dinner on the table quickly, so she'll hand them a bowl of applesauce to stir while she does all the real food preparation.