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Food

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).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
AP PhotoS/Matthew Mead Elizabeth Karmel's recipe for a walking taco served in a bowl. A make-your-own taco bar is dramatic, and is easy on the cook.

Whenever I think of Super Bowl Sunday, I think of chili and guacamole and chips. And Ro-Tel cheese dip. And Frito pie.

Because face it, people love to indulge in fatty, crunchy, salty foods they can munch while milling about or standing and watching the game in suspense. And if you make a dish that combines everyone's favorite football snacks, you've got a winning day regardless of who wins the game.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
This Nov. 21, 2011 photo shows Rocco DiSpirito

Chicken noodle soup may have a reputation for helping us beat the winter sniffles, but that doesn't make it health food.

Processed varieties, for example, can be loaded with calories, fat and sodium. And don't even get me started on the lack of flavor and hunks of tough chicken.

In my recipe for chicken noodle soup, I sidestep all these liabilities. I simmer the soup with real chicken and fresh vegetables, like carrots and onions, which are a great source of vitamins. The more veggies you add, the more nutrients you get.