<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> food]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/food Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:36:32 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Eat Well: What you may like and dislike about a new kind of peanut butter]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-what-you-may-like-and-dislike-about-a-new-kind-of-peanut-butter/article/1579125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-what-you-may-like-and-dislike-about-a-new-kind-of-peanut-butter/article/1579125?custom_click=rss

Peanut butter.

I love the stuff. I've been known to eat it by the spoonful. Its creamy texture and rich, fatty flavor almost make me swoon.

So when the topic of powdered peanut butter came up at a Weight Watchers meeting, I had to wonder. Surely something that is mixed together with water couldn't be as delicious as regular ol' nutter butter.

I did some research and learned that powdered peanut butter is made in such a way that the fat and calorie count are half of that in regular peanut butter. Solid peanuts are pressed to remove fat and oil content. The process turns the nuts into peanut powder and, when mixed with water, it becomes butterlike.

I decided to do a taste test of Bell Plantation's PB2.



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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:04:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Cardamom lends fragrant twist to banana bread]]> http://gazette.com/cardamom-lends-fragrant-twist-to-banana-bread/article/1579139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardamom-lends-fragrant-twist-to-banana-bread/article/1579139?custom_click=rss

Banana bread is a time-tested American classic, perfect for making in advance for picnics, gifts and for using up ripe bananas. And given it's all-American status, it's a perfect way to start (or end) July 4th.

Here's a variation with an Indian twist - cardamom, which often grows next to bananas in Kerala. In small amounts, cardamom has delicate floral and eucalyptus notes, which brings out the best in more traditional ingredients in banana bread and makes for a fragrant treat.

Like many Indians, I add jaggery for sweetness. It is an unrefined sugar made from the sap of date palms or sugarcane. It has a deep caramel flavor to it - a cross between molasses and fudge that adds a richness and great color to the bread.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:30:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Marinating salmon in juice can make a delicious difference]]> http://gazette.com/marinating-salmon-in-juice-can-make-a-delicious-difference/article/1579124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marinating-salmon-in-juice-can-make-a-delicious-difference/article/1579124?custom_click=rss

I try to get fish on my table two or three times a week. The research describing the heart and brain benefits to eating fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, is compelling.

A bonus? Fatty fish is more filling, which means I'm less hungry for late-night snacks a few hours after dinner.

However, many home cooks shy away from making salmon, thinking it is too strong or fishy. With a few tips, you can be on your way to restaurant-quality salmon dishes.

First tip: Buy salmon straight from the fish counter. Because it is so perishable, the fish counter often will have gorgeous wild salmon on sale. The fish should smell like a salty ocean, not "fishy." Buy it and make it the same day.

Second tip: Use high heat, and

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]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Put a Brazilian twist on succotash with black beans]]> http://gazette.com/put-a-brazilian-twist-on-succotash-with-black-beans/article/feed/365985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/put-a-brazilian-twist-on-succotash-with-black-beans/article/feed/365985?custom_click=rss

This week's recipe puts a Brazilian twist on an American staple, succotash. It should be just the ticket in August, when millions of us watch the Olympics being played in Rio de Janeiro.

The classic version of succotash is a combination of fresh corn and lima beans (or some other shell bean), sometimes embellished with tomatoes or peppers.

At least as old as the arrival of the Europeans in America, the dish takes its name from a Narragansett term meaning "broken corn kernels." (The Narragansett people are a Native American tribe centered in Rhode Island.) To this day succotash often appears on menus throughout New England on Thanksgiving.

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]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:26:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Smoking your own ribs as easy as grilling them]]> http://gazette.com/smoking-your-own-ribs-as-easy-as-grilling-them/article/feed/364765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smoking-your-own-ribs-as-easy-as-grilling-them/article/feed/364765?custom_click=rss

There was the year that I demonstrated how to make ribs eight times on the same national morning show. Each time, I would remind them we did ribs the last time, and the producer would say, "I know but everyone loves ribs!" And that is true.

The bonus: They're easy to make — and easy to smoke — at home. You don't need a smoker to smoke ribs. All you need is a grill, some soaked wood chips and great meaty ribs.

If you are like most people, and only cook baby back ribs, up your rib game and try St. Louis ribs which are trimmed to remove the flap of meat on the underside of the breast bone and squared off to more easily fit on the grill. Spareribs are cut from the belly or side of the pig. They are longer and fattier th

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]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:21:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Marinating salmon in juice can make a delicious difference]]> http://gazette.com/marinating-salmon-in-juice-can-make-a-delicious-difference/article/feed/364253?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marinating-salmon-in-juice-can-make-a-delicious-difference/article/feed/364253?custom_click=rss

I try to get fish on my family's table two or three times a week. The research describing the incredible heart and brain benefits to eating fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, is compelling.

An extra bonus? Fatty fish is more filling, too, which means I'm less hungry for late night snacks a few hours after dinner.

However, many home cooks shy away from making salmon, thinking it is too strong or fishy. With a few tips, you can be on your way to restaurant-quality salmon dishes.

First tip: buy salmon straight from the fish counter. Because it is so perishable, the fish counter will often have gorgeous wild salmon on sale. The fish should smell like a salty ocean, not "fishy." Buy it and make it the same day.

S

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:29:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Wine Guy: Fresh fruit shines through in Chablis style]]> http://gazette.com/wine-guy-fresh-fruit-shines-through-in-chablis-style/article/1578625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wine-guy-fresh-fruit-shines-through-in-chablis-style/article/1578625?custom_click=rss

In my last column, I reviewed wines I described as reflecting a Cote d'Or style - emulating that area of Burgundy where wines are crafted using significant amounts of oak yielding a rich, lush, toasty, creamy flavor profile.

Today, I cover another area of France's Burgundy region and what I call the Chablis style. Increasing producers emulate Chablis by limiting new oak (in favor of used oak and stainless steel tanks) and malolactic fermentation, with some eschewing oak or malo altogether. This style emphasizes zesty, fresh, citrus fruits and crisp green apple with a vigorous, lively texture. The intent is to allow more of the pure, fresh fruit to shine through.

The wines below use much less oak, but still deftly walk the

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:55:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Chill out with ice cream pie]]> http://gazette.com/chill-out-with-ice-cream-pie/article/1578628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chill-out-with-ice-cream-pie/article/1578628?custom_click=rss

Today we're all about pies. Not in the mood to make pastry or heat up the oven? How about opting for an ice cream confection?

It's as simple as picking up a graham cracker shell in a tin at the grocery store. Then swing by the freezer section to pick up a quart or two of your favorite ice cream flavor. If you want to dress up the top, grab some Cool Whip and fudge sauce.

To assemble, let the ice cream soften a little, then pack it into the shell. Slip the pie back in the freezer for a couple of hours. Before serving, place the pie in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to soften a little so you can slice it. Top the cut wedges with whipped topping and a drizzle of fudge sauce.

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Baking experts give tips for making award-winning pies]]> http://gazette.com/baking-experts-give-tips-for-making-award-winning-pies/article/1578627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baking-experts-give-tips-for-making-award-winning-pies/article/1578627?custom_click=rss

Do you love making pie? Do your family and friends beg you to open a pie shop because your pies are so amazing? Do you read pie cookbooks before bed, then wake up during the night to write down recipe ideas you were dreaming about? Then this contest might up your alley: Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Making Contest in Manitou Springs on July 11.

With the contest about three weeks away, you have plenty of time to practice some of your creative ideas or hone your tried-and-true recipes. For you - and for those who have never made a pie - we have some tips from experts that might take your baking to a whole new, award-winning level.

But first, a little information about the contest: This is the 15th year it's been

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting June 22, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-june-22-2016/article/1578723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-june-22-2016/article/1578723?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING

CLASSES

ONGOING

Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990, chefmatthews@aol.com. - Basic Bourbon Training, 8-10 p.m. Fridays. Cost is minimal and varies.

The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House - 813 Macon Ave., Cañon City. Registration: 275-5354. - The Art of No-Bake Desserts, 2 p.m. July 16, $30.

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - Light Fresh Fiesta, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, $69. - Young Chefs Class: Introduction to Basic Skills, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday and June 29, $149. - Cooking the Paleo Way: Fantastic Fats, 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 29, $69. - Couples Class: A

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Cooking on Deadline: Roasted tomatoes deepen gazpacho flavor]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-roasted-tomatoes-deepen-gazpacho-flavor/article/feed/363869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-roasted-tomatoes-deepen-gazpacho-flavor/article/feed/363869?custom_click=rss

I could eat quarts of gazpacho all summer long. When I set about making this version, the goal was a gazpacho with great, fresh tomato taste, but even deeper flavor.

The solution was simple: roast the tomatoes first.

The sweet, layered result is well worth the slight extra hands-off time it took to bake them. If you feel like your tomatoes are perfect, then skip the roasting and get right to the chopping.

You can use peppers that are all the same color, but the blend of hues won't be as varied. You also can swap in one green pepper; some people love their slightly more bitter flavor.

In a perfect world, all of the vegetables in a gazpacho might be finely diced, and look pretty and symmetrical.

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]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:44:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Don't get so sour about pickles. Make them yourself]]> http://gazette.com/dont-get-so-sour-about-pickles.-make-them-yourself/article/1578622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-get-so-sour-about-pickles.-make-them-yourself/article/1578622?custom_click=rss

In the world of summer barbecues, the pickle hardly plays a starring role.

Truth be told, "hold the pickles" is my standard order, as I am not a fan of pickles on a burger nor do I particularly care for pickle juice leaking onto my deli sandwich bread.

But homemade quick pickles made from a variety of fresh vegetables, not just cucumbers, are a different story! Quick pickles are made in minutes, not days, so the veggies stay crisper than store-bought versions.

Since you control the ingredients, you can customize the pickles to make them as tart, sweet, sour, spicy or salty as you want.

Make one batch and you'll immediately know how to adjust the flavors to your liking.

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]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:15:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Pair stone fruits & raspberry jam for a sweet summer dessert]]> http://gazette.com/pair-stone-fruits-raspberry-jam-for-a-sweet-summer-dessert/article/feed/363366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pair-stone-fruits-raspberry-jam-for-a-sweet-summer-dessert/article/feed/363366?custom_click=rss

Summertime is harvest time for sweet stone fruits: apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and plumcots, a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. Plumcots have been around at least since the days of Luther Burbank, who named them. They're also known as apriplums.

The trouble with stone fruits is that doggone stone. Some stone fruits — the clingstone variety — have pits that are almost impossible to remove. Others — the freestone variety — are a cinch. You simply slice them in half along the natural seam that runs from the top to the bottom of the fruit, then pop out the pit.

Oddly enough, there are usually no labels advising us whether the fruits we're buying are clingstone or freestone. If indeed you end up with the clingston

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]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs campers offer tips for treating dad to outdoor meals on his special day]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-campers-offer-tips-for-treating-dad-to-outdoor-meals-on-his-special-day/article/1578223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-campers-offer-tips-for-treating-dad-to-outdoor-meals-on-his-special-day/article/1578223?custom_click=rss

Step away from the grill this Father's Day and head to the great outdoors for a little hiking, fishing or general hanging out - and good eatin'. Prep your food and wrap up your meals at home first, so that after a day of family fun, you can settle down by the campfire and cook or heat up that nice meal you prepped ahead of time.

It doesn't have to be fancy. So says Sue Love, who goes camping with her husband and friends several times each summer.

"We try to keep it pretty simple when fixing meals for camping," she said. "I cook the food at home and put it into foil."

Later, when stomachs are starting to growl, she just tosses the foil package right on the campfire coals.

Her favorite is a beef stew mixture that



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Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:26:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Cinnamon berry shortcake that isn't at all short on flavor]]> http://gazette.com/cinnamon-berry-shortcake-that-isnt-at-all-short-on-flavor/article/feed/358901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cinnamon-berry-shortcake-that-isnt-at-all-short-on-flavor/article/feed/358901?custom_click=rss Strawberry shortcake has always been a favorite dessert of mine — it reminds me of the carefree days of summer at my grandparent's house, where we'd buy strawberries by the pound and eat them in just about everything.

Our family always preferred the biscuit-shortcake to the spongecake variety, which was too sweet and ruined the strawberries, according to my grandma. I think she was right — a light fluffy biscuit with just a touch of sweetness and enough heft to handle seriously juicy berries is the ticket to perfect shortcake.

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]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:17:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Cardamom lends fragrant twist to banana bread]]> http://gazette.com/cardamom-lends-fragrant-twist-to-banana-bread/article/feed/362101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardamom-lends-fragrant-twist-to-banana-bread/article/feed/362101?custom_click=rss

Banana bread is a time-tested American classic, perfect for making in advance for picnics, gifts and for using up ripe bananas. And given it's all-American status, it's a perfect way to start (or end) July 4th.

Here's a variation with an Indian twist — cardamom, which often grows next to bananas in Kerala. In small amounts, cardamom has delicate floral and eucalyptus notes, which brings out the best in more traditional ingredients in banana bread and makes for a fragrant treat.

Like many Indians, I add jiggery for sweetness. It is an unrefined sugar made from the sap of date palms or sugarcane. It has a deep caramel flavor to it, a cross between molasses and fudge that adds a richness and great color to the bread.

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]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:22:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Pikes Pub: Paradox tasting room opens at brewery's new digs in Teller County]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-paradox-tasting-room-opens-at-brewerys-new-digs-in-teller-county/article/1578224?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-paradox-tasting-room-opens-at-brewerys-new-digs-in-teller-county/article/1578224?custom_click=rss

Divide - When Paradox Beer Co. opened the tasting room at its new facility here last month, fans had a few things to say.

"Finally" and "about time" were at the top of the list.

"We built the anticipation up for a year," head brewer Brian Horton, who co-founded the brewery in Woodland Park in 2012 with friend Jeff Aragon, said jokingly. As it transferred operations to the new home base 8 miles away, Paradox continued bottling and distribution of its unique barrel-aged American wilds and sours, but last spring shuttered the brewery's tiny Woodland Park tasting area, set up in the barrel room.

"That previous location was really just designed for people to pick up bottles and go," Aragon said.



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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:14:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Hummus in land of gumbo: Israeli restaurant standout in NOLA]]> http://gazette.com/hummus-in-land-of-gumbo-israeli-restaurant-standout-in-nola/article/feed/361739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hummus-in-land-of-gumbo-israeli-restaurant-standout-in-nola/article/feed/361739?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chef Alon Shaya's unlikely love affair with Louisiana started years ago.

"My first cookbook was Emeril (Lagasse's) 'Louisiana Real & Rustic,'" said the chef, who was born the Tel Aviv, Israel suburb of Bat Yam. "I always thought that one day I could come and cook in Louisiana. It just seemed like this mystical place to me."

While Lagasse made his name by excelling at the city's classic Creole cooking, Shaya has forged a different path since arriving in New Orleans more than a decade ago. In 2015, he opened his namesake restaurant , a bustling Israeli eatery on chic Magazine Street that the James Beard Foundation last month named the Best New Restaurant in the U.S.

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:08:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Don't get so sour about pickles. Make them yourself]]> http://gazette.com/dont-get-so-sour-about-pickles.-make-them-yourself/article/feed/361630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-get-so-sour-about-pickles.-make-them-yourself/article/feed/361630?custom_click=rss

In the world of summer barbecues, the pickle hardly plays a starring role.

Truth to be told, "hold the pickles" is my standard order, as I am not a fan of pickles on a cheeseburger, nor do I particularly care for pickle juice leaking onto my sandwich bread at a deli.

But homemade quick pickles made from a variety of fresh veggies, not just cucumbers, are a completely different story! Quick pickles are made in minutes, not days, so the veggies stay crisper than store-bought versions. And since you control the ingredients, you can customize your pickles to make them as tart, sweet, sour, spicy or salty as you want.

Make one batch, and you'll immediately know how to adjust the flavors to your liking.

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:06:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Kohlrabi, miso and soy sauce lend an Asian flavor to slaw]]> http://gazette.com/kohlrabi-miso-and-soy-sauce-lend-an-asian-flavor-to-slaw/article/1578225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kohlrabi-miso-and-soy-sauce-lend-an-asian-flavor-to-slaw/article/1578225?custom_click=rss

I love all kinds of coleslaw, or "slaw" as many call it. I even like the sometimes mediocre, very creamy slaw served in those little paper cups alongside a sandwich at the deli.

But I like to change up the notion of slaw too, from the traditional all-American mayo-based types to this version, which is based on the salads we get when we frequent Japanese restaurants. My older son, Jack, craves this gingery- miso dressing, and I figured it would be great tossed with a jumble of crunchy shredded vegetables.

Kohlrabi was a great place to start. It is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. They are about the size of an orange, with a bunch of stems sticking out and a thick skin that can range from pale green to purple-ish.

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area beer-related events starting June 15, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-beer-related-events-starting-june-15-2016/article/1578226?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-beer-related-events-starting-june-15-2016/article/1578226?custom_click=rss

BREW CALENDAR

SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH MONDAYS

Ales for Females - Beer education and discussion for women, 6:30 p.m., Left Hand Brewing Co., 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, $12. Advance tickets: lefthandbrewing.com.

Tuesdays

Tuesday Night Karma Hour - One dollar per pint sold will be donated to a local charity, 5-9 p.m., Bristol Brewing Co., 1604 S. Cascade Ave. Go online for host charity; bristolbrewing.com.

Tuesdays-SUNDAYS

Free Tours - Storybook Brewing, 3121 A N. El Paso St. Reservations: facebook.com/ storybookbrewing.

First Tuesdays

Yappy Hour - Hosted by Camp Bow Wow, 5-7 p.m., Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument.

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:00:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area cooking classes and events starting June 15, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-june-15-2016/article/1578278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-cooking-classes-and-events-starting-june-15-2016/article/1578278?custom_click=rss WHAT'S COOKING

CLASSES

ONGOING

Black Bear Bourbon Bar - 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls; 684-9648, 964-2990, chefmatthews@aol.com. - Basic Bourbon Training, 8-10 p.m. Fridays. Cost is minimal and varies.

The Seasoned Chef - 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100, Denver. Registration: 1-303-377-3222, theseasonedchef.com. - Young Chefs Class: Cooking for Father's Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, $59. - Wine Tasting: A Trip to South America, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, $59. - Basic Skills Every Cook Should Know, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and June 25, $155. - To the Wind: Vinegar - A Chef's Best Friend, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, $69. - Young Chefs Class: An Italian Adventure, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-1:30

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:00:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Martha Stewart gets into meal kit business]]> http://gazette.com/martha-stewart-gets-into-meal-kit-business/article/feed/361120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/martha-stewart-gets-into-meal-kit-business/article/feed/361120?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Cooking like Martha Stewart is about to get easier.

The home goods mogul and cookbook author is getting into the fast-growing meal kit business. Subscribers will get a box shipped to their door with Stewart's recipes and all the ingredients needed to cook up the dishes at home, including pre-measured raw meat, fish, vegetables and spices.

"It is, I think, the way to cook for the future," Stewart said.

The new venture is a licensing deal with existing meal kit company Marley Spoon and brand management company Sequential Brands Group Inc., which bought Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia last year. Financial details of the new partnership were not disclosed.

Marley Spoon will be renamed Martha & Marley

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]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:27:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Citrus filling, salty crust make Atlantic Beach Pie a winner]]> http://gazette.com/citrus-filling-salty-crust-make-atlantic-beach-pie-a-winner/article/feed/361162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/citrus-filling-salty-crust-make-atlantic-beach-pie-a-winner/article/feed/361162?custom_click=rss

This Atlantic Beach Pie recipe comes from Bill Smith, long-time chef of Crook's Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When I first tasted it, I went into a pie-induced trance. I have a fuzzy memory of finishing the pie, sharing it with my dinner companion, forks nudging each other for the final bites.

Atlantic Beach Pie was commonly served at seafood restaurants on the North Carolina coast when Smith was growing up. He told me that back in the day, there was a commonly held belief that if you ate sweets after a seafood meal you would get sick. The exception was this citrus pie, the only dessert served at many of these coastal seafood joints.

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]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:54:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Cinnamon berry shortcake that isn't at all short on flavor]]> http://gazette.com/cinnamon-berry-shortcake-that-isnt-at-all-short-on-flavor/article/1578212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cinnamon-berry-shortcake-that-isnt-at-all-short-on-flavor/article/1578212?custom_click=rss

Strawberry shortcake reminds me of the carefree days of summer as a kid when my family would buy strawberries by the pound and eat them in just about everything.

We always preferred the biscuit-shortcake to the spongecake variety, which was too sweet and ruined the strawberries, according to my grandma. I think she was right - a light fluffy biscuit with a touch of sweetness and enough heft to handle seriously juicy berries is the ticket to perfect shortcake.

Since we devour shortcake throughout the summer, I've created a recipe that includes a little extra fiber and protein by subbing out half the white flour with whole wheat flour (whole wheat pastry flour is particularly great for baked goods if you happen to have it).

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]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:15:05 -0600 <![CDATA[The simple chicken sandwich gets a picnic-worthy makeover]]> http://gazette.com/the-simple-chicken-sandwich-gets-a-picnic-worthy-makeover/article/feed/360754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-simple-chicken-sandwich-gets-a-picnic-worthy-makeover/article/feed/360754?custom_click=rss

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A famously claims that they didn't invent the chicken, just the fried chicken sandwich. There is no denying that the fried chicken sandwich is a classic and crave-able combination. Before I started making my own version of the sandwich it was always the first thing I would eat when I visited my hometown.

Six years ago, I created my version for one of my restaurants and called it the "chickwich." It was my public homage to the sandwiches that I knew and loved from growing up eating Chick-fil-A. For my version, I use aromatic buttermilk brine for the boneless skinless chicken breasts to keep them juicy and then dip them three times: First in seasoned flour, then an egg wash and finally crushed saltines to

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]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:58:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Creamy Buffalo Potato Salad a good dish for Fourth of July]]> http://gazette.com/creamy-buffalo-potato-salad-a-good-dish-for-fourth-of-july/article/feed/360778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/creamy-buffalo-potato-salad-a-good-dish-for-fourth-of-july/article/feed/360778?custom_click=rss

Chicken wings are wonderful, but Buffalo Chicken Wings are on another level — and that's thanks to the sauce. Defined by blue cheese, celery and hot sauce, Buffalo sauce could glorify any number of dishes. (Imagine how luscious it would be on a steak!) Looking ahead to the Fourth of July and its picnics, I wondered what would happen if I Buffalo'd some potato salad.

There are two main kinds of potatoes: baking and boiling. Baking potatoes (aka russets, the most famous of which is the Idaho) are higher in starch than boiling potatoes and fluffier in texture, falling apart when cooked. Excellent sponges for such flavorful ingredients as cream and butter, baking potatoes are your go-to choice when the ultimate plan is to mash them.

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]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:25:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Doughnut puffs make a childhood treat extra special]]> http://gazette.com/doughnut-puffs-make-a-childhood-treat-extra-special/article/feed/359444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doughnut-puffs-make-a-childhood-treat-extra-special/article/feed/359444?custom_click=rss

When I was growing up, my father would take us to get fresh hot doughnuts from Krispy Kreme every Sunday. The cake doughnuts, covered in peanuts or dipped in sprinkles, were always my favorite. And to this day, I crave cake doughnuts.

Fast forward 20 years to the time when both my sister and I lived in the same New York neighborhood. There was a fantastic bakery nearby where the counters were piled high with zucchini bread, apple walnut muffins, whoopie pies.

As a cook myself, I loved the setup as much as the pastries. It was an open commissary kitchen with a walk-up counter for ordering. As you waited in line, you could watch the bakers make all manner of homespun baked goods.

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]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:39:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Farro combines with raw asparagus for hearty summer salad]]> http://gazette.com/farro-combines-with-raw-asparagus-for-hearty-summer-salad/article/feed/358546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/farro-combines-with-raw-asparagus-for-hearty-summer-salad/article/feed/358546?custom_click=rss

Farro is a hearty whole grain that may well become a staple in your kitchen, in everything from soups and casseroles to sides and salads.

Once a mainstay of the ancient Roman diet, farro is high in fiber and a good source of iron and protein, which also makes it a great anchor for numerous vegetarian dishes. Try using it in recipes that you might ordinarily reach for barley or brown rice.

Fresh herbs and other leafy greens in whole grain salads balance out the heft of the grains and also provide a lovely pop of color and freshness. And I make these kinds of salads continuously during the warmer months, since they keep well, and having a whole grain salad in the fridge means you never have to wonder what to make for lunch on

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