• Want a dinner with easy flavor? Grab a pint of heavy cream

    By J.M. HIRSCH The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Sure, we're all trying to lose those pesky 10 or 15 or whatever pounds, but that's no reason to not keep a pint of heavy cream in the refrigerator. Truth is, a little fat like that can go a long way to turning a basic dish into one that is exceedingly comforting. Steak, for example,...

  • When snow flies, salads get substantial

    By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press -
    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Eating a salad each day is a habit I adopted awhile back to help me automate the consumption of raw vegetables. Either lunch or dinner usually is built around salad. And I try to stay true to the spirit of healthier eating, meaning fried chicken tenders propped on top of greens doesn't...

  • An overnight oat pudding that makes a healthy breakfast easy

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The trick to making a nutritious breakfast a daily habit is never being more than 60 seconds away from something healthy. Because in the morning rush, it's too easy to grab something unhealthy. Lately, my go-to quick and healthy choice has been oat pudding, mostly because my kids love...

  • Drive-thru review: You'll get hooked on Burger King's Spicy Big Fish Sandwich

    By Ken Hoffman King Features Syndicate -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The Spicy Big Fish Sandwich is not what I expected. I figured that Burger King would go the Wendy's route and use spicy breadcrumbs to bring the heat. Instead, BK simply slathers its regular Big Fish fillet with an up-tempo, creamy, spicy sauce to carry the payload. Here's the...

  • No need to hit the drive-thru for this seasonal minty shake

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    I'm ashamed to admit this, for I am no fan of fast food, but I've always had a soft spot for McDonald's shakes. It doesn't matter that I know what's in them. It doesn't matter that I understand how bad for me they are. It doesn't matter that I know I can make far better shakes at home...

  • Be a champ on St. Patrick's Day with buttery scallion champ

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    With St. Patrick's Day looming, let's whip up some champ, a rich and rustic Irish dish of mashed potatoes flecked with scallions and topped with butter. It couldn't be simpler, but as always, the devil is in the details. Let's start with a champ primer. The dish is a relative of the...

  • Give in to the pressure! Pressure cooking is safe and easy

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    It's one of the most pervasive of culinary cliches — the exploding pressure cooker. And thanks to it, all manner of otherwise adept home cooks fearfully retreat from this kitchen workhorse. Except that it's a fear justified only if you are using a pressure cooker manufactured decades...

  • SudSisters: Storybook Brewing champions beer, books in Colorado Springs

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    With beer names such as Java Dragon Porter, Roasted Ogre and Gnomish Beer Goggles, Storybook Brewing seems like a natural for the Ren-fest circuit. It could have been Kilhaven, the name owner and brewer Pete Kilman initially favored for his brewery, which opened in November in...

  • Ten fresh ways to use Brussels sprouts

    By ALISON LADMAN The Associated Press -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Not so long ago there really was only one way to eat Brussels sprouts. It involved boiling the sprouts into oblivion. Once they were reduced to near mush, you'd mound them on your plate, maybe add some butter and salt. You'd then gag down a few bites on the premise that they were...

  • Add a touch of white to rainbow of produce

    By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    ROASTED GARLIC, TURNIP AND SWEET POTATO SOUP - Yield: 6 servings

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