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Monday, February 19, 2018

Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category

Dining in: 9 quick-and-easy recipes for family meals

During my 20 years as a food writer, I fielded a steady stream of questions from readers, friends and neighbors: What’s the best chef knife? How do you braise a chuck roast? What’s your favorite restaurant? Of all the assorted questions, there was only one that gave me pause: What are you cooking tonight? My […]

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Will Instant Pot change your life? We put it to the test

Pressure Cookers are back! Instant Pot has won a following as busy moms struggle to make “real” food faster. Calendar Editor Liz Petroff bought her own and put the trend to the test. I’m not one to jump on a bandwagon when it comes to trends. I actually have to watch the bandwagon for a […]

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Homemade holiday gifts infused with heart

Recruit your kids to help make easy, elegant culinary treats for family, friends and teachers The best holiday gifts come from your kitchen. So says Terri Nacke, owner of Terre Botanicals, a Phoenix company that makes botanically infused sugars, salts and edible essential oils. “Homemade goods say love, a gift from my heart to yours,” […]

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Pumpkin season treats: Recipes families can craft together

Pumpkin once was known almost exclusively as a pie for Thanksgiving. Today, this multi-tasking squash with its dense, sweet flesh defines the flavor of fall. Pumpkin and its aromatic companion spices show up in smoothies, soups, granola, cookies, donuts and stews. “Pumpkin is to Thanksgiving what peppermint is to Christmas. It’s everywhere because, frankly, people […]

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Creative school lunches: Healthful brown-bagging that isn’t boring

Chef Justin Beckett spends most evenings cooking pork osso buco confit and smoked chicken with grilled andouille gumbo for diners at his two Phoenix eateries. Most mornings, the chef known for his bold flavors is at home with wife, Michelle, packing kid-friendly sushi and nut-butter sandwiches shaped like animals for their two boys. They pack […]

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Scottsdale’s Crock-Pot Girl offers easy summer meals

Slow cookers built their reputation on rib-sticking meals to ward off a cold winter’s night. But today, savvy local cooks like Jenn Bare are turning to these kitchen workhorses to take the edge off of hot summer nights. “The slow cooker can change with the season, and more important, make it easy to cook all […]

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Owner of Joy Bus Diner feeds body and soul

Five years ago, Jennifer Caraway had two simple reasons to cook for a friend fighting cancer: She wanted to help fight the disease with powerful nutrients. And, to Caraway, there’s no better way to show compassion than with a home-cooked meal. “Food is medicine and love,” Caraway says. “I tried to help her fight cancer […]

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Parenting hack: Quick family meals from pantry staples

Working parents know the sinking feeling only too well. It’s 6 p.m. and you’re met at the door by hungry, cranky kids and the realization that you forgot to thaw the pork loin for dinner. With a well-stocked pantry and a little know-how, there’s no need to panic or dial for takeout pizza for the […]

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10 ways to eat healthier as a family this year

Before natural-foods dietitian Patti Tvert Milligan spoke to her son’s fourth-grade class about healthful eating, he had one simple request: Don’t be boring. Milligan obeyed. She collaborated with her son Reilly, then 10, on a children’s book that celebrates organic gardening, fresh vegetables and fruits. Milligan let Shirley, their book’s vegetable-munching heroine, tout the taste […]

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Kids Cooking Challenge seeks junior chefs

Is your child an aspiring chef? For its seventh annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is searching for a winning recipe from junior chefs ages 9 to 12. Arizona kids who submit a tasty, health-conscious side-dish recipe could get a new bike and prepare their original dish at a […]

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