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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.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
AP Photo/Larry Crowe Slathered with a taste of Thailand this "Fried" Haddock Sandwich with Thai Red Curry Mayonnaise uses simple techniques and bold flavor in a quick to make meal.

For about a year now I've been trying to find a good way to infuse my basic baked "fried" haddock with the taste of Thai red curry paste.

And the solution has repeatedly escaped me. Until now.

My haddock couldn't be simpler.

I whisk eggs, mayo and mustard in one shallow bowl, and fill a second with panko breadcrumbs. I then dredge haddock fillets through the egg mixture, then through the panko, then bake them on a sheet in the oven.

That's it. And they're delicious.

But I'd wanted to add the gentle yet complex spicy heat of red curry paste.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This Jan. 16, 2011 photo shows creamy brown rice risotto in Concord, N.H. For extra flavor and color, you can add sauteed mushrooms and bell peppers, though you certainly could substitute with vegetables of your choice. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

I've always resisted making risotto part of my regular dinner rotation.

And it's not a time factor. Though risotto has a reputation for being laborious, the reality is that it can be mostly painless and totally weeknight friendly. My reluctance mostly stems from all that white rice and fat, the combination of which generally doom the dish to being a sometimes treat.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This Jan. 16, 2011 photo shows corn- and red pepper-stuffed flank steak pinwheels in Concord, N.H. Serve these pinwheels with a mixed green salad and some warm tortillas. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

These corn- and red pepper-stuffed flank steak pinwheels are so colorful they look more suited to July than February. And the flavor screams backyard barbecue even though you'll never have to step outside to make them.

Flank steak is a wonderfully flavorful cut with little waste on it a 1 1/2-pound steak will easily feed four to six people. Plus, because it is a thin cut it is an excellent candidate for quick marinades that will fully penetrate.

Serve these pinwheels with a mixed green salad and some warm tortillas.

Corn- and RedPepper-Stuffed Flank Steak Pinwheels

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
AP Photo/Larry Crowe This Mushroom Stroganoff is great served over brown or red rice, as well as mashed potatoes or the more traditional noodles.

Spicy Moroccan soup, South African bobotie, lentil curry from Nepal, even Mexican burritos.

When you're looking to cook up some vegetarian romance, the world's cuisines offer plenty of ways to stimulate the senses.

"It's a lovely way to do it, especially if you've been somewhere and you want to recreate a magical moment," says Troth Wells, author of "One World Vegetarian Cookbook" (Interlink, 2011). "Think of Turkey and Istanbul and the mosques and extraordinary churches. I get excited just thinking about it."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This Jan. 19, 2011 photo shows apricot chili baby back ribs in Concord, N.H. You can't go wrong with the classic pairing of Super Bowl and ribs. These ribs are basted in the sauce before the final roasting and need very little attention while cooking so you can concentrate on the pre-game festivities. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Nothing says game time like eating meat off the bone. Though ribs take a long time to cook, most of the cooking is unattended.

In this recipe, the ribs get rubbed with a dry seasoning mixture, then slowly roasted until tender. They are finished with an easy glaze, then roasted until sticky, gooey, sweet-hot-and-tangy.

When deciding how much to cook, plan for 1 to 1 1/2 pounds per person. If desired, you can rub the ribs with the dry rub in advance, then refrigerate until ready to cook.

Apricot Chili Baby Back Ribs

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Photo courtesy of Tabasco

With the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday, Steeler Nation fans across America have already begun planning their game day menus and their win over the opposing Cheese Heads.

Want to know what the hottest chefs from Green Bay and Pittsburgh will be serving their fellow fans and friends on game day?