• Date night-friendly chicken that won't tie you to the stove

    By MELISSA D'ARABIAN The Associated Press -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Fifteen years ago, I made the first of what would become thousands of meals for my husband. Back then, it was our fifth date, and he was visiting my tiny Parisian apartment for the first time, where we planned an evening of binging on episodes of "Friends" on the VCR. For our date, I...

  • Eat Well: Time to show your heart some love

    By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    While love has its own day on the 14th, heart health is the main focus of February. American Heart Month is a time to show yourself the love. And a statistic that always astonishes me is that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, as well as men, in the U.S., according...

  • Rethinking muffaletta as a thin-crust pizza for Mardi Gras

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    We love pizza. We love muffaletta. We decided they probably would be easy to love together. So we decided to combine them. In honor of Mardi Gras, we created a muffaletta flatbread, a basic thin-crust pizza topped with all the classic ingredients of New Orleans' beloved muffaletta...

  • Pack in protein _ and save the budget _ with beans and rice

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    When I was growing up, beans and rice were an end-of-month staple. As money got tight, my mom would whip up a beans and rice casserole, a healthy, budget-friendly choice that stretched our pantry a bit longer. Not that we necessarily appreciated it. "It's a complete protein!" Mom...

  • A carefree deviled egg you won't need to struggle over

    By ELIZABETH KARMEL The Associated Press -
    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    For me, it's just not a party without deviled eggs. Doesn't matter if it's a summer barbecue or a winter Super Bowl shindig. I need deviled eggs. And I know I am not alone! Which isn't to say it's always easy to make that happen. The last time I made them for whatever reason the eggs...

  • Session beers: More flavor, but less buzz for the Super Bowl

    By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM The Associated Press -
    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to beer, Super Bowl Sunday is a marathon, not a sprint. So if you're hoping to sip craft brews throughout the game, you might consider more "sessionable" beers to keep yourself from passing out before halftime. These naturally lower-alcohol brews also get...

  • Drive-thru review: Get yourself over to Denny's for a skillet before they go bye-bye

    By Ken Hoffman King Features Syndicate -
    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    When I was growing up, I had a friend whose grandfather would take 25 different leftovers in unmarked, undated plastic containers, throw them into a big frying pan, toss in a handful of flour and some butter, and simmer the mess on low heat for about 30 minutes. It's still one of the...

  • 5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the...

  • Forget fuss and focus on comfort food this Valentine's Day

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    The notion that a great Valentine's Day dinner should be fancy or somehow over-the-top is way overrated. I'll take delicious comfort food over a fussy meal any day, regardless of the romance quotient. And when I want real comfort — deep down, rich, winter night snuggling comfort — I...

  • You know the scent, now learn to love the flavor of roses

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    When it comes to romance, there can be no better floral answer than the rose. The bold red petals entice the eyes from across the room, while that intoxicating fragrance draws you closer... closer... just a little closer until you find yourself burying your nose in the lush petals,...