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For flavor fans, there is nearly no better combo than the complementary tastes in a Cubano sandwich. Complete with layers of roast pork, ham, soft swiss cheese, mustard and topped with tangy pickles, all the flavors and textures play in concert.

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I’ll be honest. The real star of this salmon dish is the green olive and almond tapenade. No offense to the salmon, which is sublime as always and a no-fail, simple, healthy meal.

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Come in from the cold and enjoy some cake. Spiced with ginger and not overly sweet, this coffee cake is light enough to enjoy for breakfast, tea or dessert. A double whammy of ginger, both ground and crystallized, in the topping jazzes up the simple, vanilla-infused cake, which is studded wi…

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Warm meals that come together quickly are a necessity for busy families, especially on weeknights filled with homework, practices, meetings and more. Serving up comfort foods that require less time in the kitchen make for more moments spent together at the table.

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Take time this winter to slow down and experience the pure delight of great-tasting food with family and friends.

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The origins of coq au vin (cock in wine) is steeped in frugality and addressed how to cook a tough rooster by tenderizing the meat with a long braise. The resulting stew was deliciously rich in wine and aromatics, so it’s easy to see why this French specialty has transcended time.

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While some may say being busy is good, it’s not always good for a healthy lifestyle. With less time to prep, the thought of planning nutritious meals and snacks may feel overwhelming, but with simple changes, you can power through your hectic schedule.

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One of the secrets to ordering less takeout and serving more nutritious homemade meals may be as simple as keeping a well-stocked pantry of canned foods. By cooking with canned foods, you can cut down prep time, meaning less time in the kitchen and more time with family.

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When the weather is cold, wet and snowy, nothing is more comforting than a platter of meatballs, browned and braised in a fragrant tomato sauce. These meatballs take inspiration from a Moroccan lamb kefta and an Italian meatball and are rolled into a spicy and oh-so satisfying dish.

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Just like your favorite sports team, hosting a winning big-game party or tailgate takes planning, preparation and teamwork. To make your festivities fun-filled, remember these entertaining tips that are sure to score big with your fans.

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Sometimes, a fluffy, creamy side dish is called for, and potatoes just won’t do the trick (shocker). It may simply be that potatoes are not the perfect match to the accompaniment, or the cuisine may not traditionally include potatoes, or (no judgment) you binged on a bowl of spuds last night…

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When bringing your friends and family together to watch the game, you’ll likely want to avoid any fumbles in the kitchen. Fret not and opt for a big batch of easy-to-make wings while incorporating these stress-free tips into your game plan to help ensure a resounding success:

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If the crew is coming over to root for your favorite team, it may be time to spice up the menu. Whether you’re hosting the weekend get-together or watching the game after work, switch up your typical spread and serve something new to leave your guests cheering for more.

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Just like forward-thinking culinary artists, many at-home chefs seek out the next trendy flavor to provide friends and family gathered around the table. When pondering which trend you’ll dive into in the future, consider incorporating tastes from an especially influential international locat…

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Bread pudding is a tasty concoction made with simple ingredients that, when combined, pack a delicious punch. Bread pudding often can be crafted from ingredients one likely already has in the kitchen. In addition, recipes can be adjusted depending on the number of servings desired.

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Few foodies would admit to using a microwave all that often. But busy weeknights call for some shortcuts, and microwaves can be a home cook’s best friend on those evenings when time is of the essence.

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It perplexes me when the subject of cheese fondue comes up, and it’s often accompanied by a smile and a reference to the ‘70s. This quintessential alpine dish should not be relegated to that bygone era evoking images of shag rugs, shaggier hair and textured bell-bottoms. This was certainly n…

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Few things go together quite like cold weather and comfort foods. However, those hearty dishes that are typically craved on blustery days are usually not classified as “healthy.”

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Starting a diet or diving headfirst into a workout plan may be the first steps to enhancing your personal health, but once you’ve started down the path to better fitness and nutrition, it’s important to find ways to stay on track.

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Editor’s Note: The recipe for “whoopie pies” in last week’s Tri-County Sunday brought a quick response from one faithful reader. Since I’ve never made a gob in my life, I’m bowing to the expert and her Mother’s delicious recipe. Thanks Beth for taking the time to set us straight on gobs!

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Minneapolis taverns are famous for the Jucy Lucy, a moist beef burger stuffed with American cheese. Replicating the Jucy Lucy seemed easy enough — but our burgers, cooked to well-done to melt the cheese inside, were dry and tough or the cheese melted through the meat, leaving an empty cavern…

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Larb is a Thai minced-meat dish that some regard as the unofficial national dish of Laos. It is bursting with the quintessential flavors of this part of the world, that amazing balance between hot and sour, salty and sweet.

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Though traditional paella centers on a variety of meat and seafood, we wanted to develop a vegetable-focused version that highlighted the array of hearty vegetables common in Spanish cuisine: artichokes, bell peppers, fennel, and peas.

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In the most perfect of all worlds, things look as good as they taste. That’s true with this dish. Pink salmon, bright tomatoes (grab multicolored ones if that’s an option), flecks of purpley onion, pale chunks of toasty bread and a drizzle of bright green basil oil — a virtual rainbow.

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It’s easy to understand the appeal of preparing chicken parts and root vegetables together on one sheet pan, but without the right technique, you are apt to wind up with unevenly cooked meat and greasy, soggy vegetables.

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I won’t say this soup is authentic, but it did take inspiration from a Korean ramen-style bowl, while I improvised with ingredients already in my kitchen. It also nipped my craving for a healthy, spicy soup on a rainy day. You can see that there are no ramen noodles in the soup – I had a pac…

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A trip to the farmers market easily yields the ingredients to assemble a one-dish springtime dinner. It doesn’t require much: a whole chicken, a bunch of spring greens, new potatoes and green garlic. Add to it a generous glug of olive oil and the juice of a fresh lemon, and you have the fixi…

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If there is any food that evokes intergenerational and international comfort, it’s meatballs. Not only do meatballs simply taste great, they are also present in nearly every cuisine and enjoyed by children and adults alike. Your mother probably made meatballs, as did her mother, and chances …

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If you’re like me and can’t resist buying hothouse grape tomatoes in the middle of the winter – even when we know better – this recipe will address any buyer’s remorse. It’s not the fault of the tomatoes, of course. They do look irresistible, but looks can be deceiving with these plump and o…

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When it’s cold, snowy and gray outside, it’s the season for root vegetables. We can count on these not-so-fair-weather friends to usher us through the frigid months, gracing our tables and fortifying our diets with their sweet, nutrient-rich roots. These winter workhorses are storehouses of …

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It’s the time of year when I have an urge to travel. Call it cabin fever or simply the craving to be somewhere warm and exotic, where the sights, sounds and smells of a new culture are revitalizing. It just so happens that this is also the time of year when my urge to travel collides with re…

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When it’s cold, snowy and gray outside, it’s the season for root vegetables. We can count on these not-so-fair-weather friends to usher us through the frigid months, gracing our tables and fortifying our diets with their sweet, nutrient-rich roots. These winter workhorses are storehouses of …

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January invites slow-cooking and one-pot meals. After the fancy food and hoopla of the holidays, the first month of the new year welcomes comforting meals without any bling or pretension. This curry is a perfect example. Brimming with vegetables and infused with coconut, this rich and aromat…

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There is no better time to have a salad than in the winter. Yep, that’s right: Salads aren’t just summer fare. When the cold weather settles in, it’s even more important to get our daily dose of vitamins and nutrients. Luckily, winter brings its own produce rock stars — from glistening citru…

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Obviously, we love cooking. At The Culinary Institute of America, it’s in our shared DNA to boil, braise, baste, and bake. But when it comes to realizing the full potential of our ingredients, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, raw is the answer.

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After I finished cooking school in Paris, I lived in Switzerland for a number of years. During this time, I acquired another important form of education, which is the Swiss view of chocolate as sustenance. In Switzerland, chocolate is considered a staple and a panacea for all that is fraught…

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When it comes to landing dinner on the table on a weeknight, fish fillets are among the very quickest dishes you can prepare, rarely requiring more than five minutes to go from raw to ready to eat. And given the relative mildness of a fish’s flavor, they’re a natural canvas for a vast palett…

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I grew up on an incredibly tight budget, so I come by my thrifty ways naturally. My mom, a single college student with two daughters, was a master at stretching a dollar, unapologetic about her need to count every penny. Still, she insisted on the occasional small splurge, and for our birthd…