delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:55:49 +0000 Cooks’ Books: Possibilities for a special shower season Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:57:10 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate How to dazzle at a seasonal soiree — like a bridal or baby shower, spring tea party, picnic or potluck — when you have barely a second? Freeze these showstoppers ahead.
How to keep the children happily occupied at the kids' table? Let them draw on the paper tablecloth, eat in costumes or play with an interactive [...]]]>
After-Work Gourmet: Mini chefs can inspire big ideas Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:28:59 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate Instead, make it a point to partake in the practice meals prepared by the budding kid cooks in your circle. As they learn, they're usually searching the Internet, cookbooks and family members' prized recipe boxes for examples that are simple, impressive and [...]]]> Nutrition News: Leafy greens are nutrition rockstars Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:19:03 +0000 Creators Syndicate
We could pick a lot of food to fit this category, but when it comes to nutrition, leafy greens are rockstars, according to the latest issue of Food & Nutrition magazine.
Here's why — they top the charts in vitamins A, C and K, potassium and fiber with only 5 to 40 calories per cup. Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, collards and cabbages are natural defenders and recognized for their potential roles in cancer prevention. Kale, spinach and turnip [...]]]>
Wine Talk: New Souverain maintains value legacy Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:19:55 +0000 By Robert Whitley Creators Syndicate If money were no object, a top-notch Barolo or perhaps a grand cru Burgundy would do nicely as my house wine. That's not very realistic, however, because I, like most everyone else, have a limited budget for wine. Thus my never-ending search for value wines that deliver outstanding quality at a modest price.
Value is relative, of course. I was recently impressed with the 2010 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County [...]]]>
Food for Thought: Wine and food: Making a perfect match Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 If you've ever stood before an aisle of wine completely baffled by what to serve at your next dinner party, you aren't alone. Whether red or white, dry or sweet, the options can be overwhelming.
Two wine experts from The Art Institutes system of schools have teamed up to help you navigate the wine aisle like a pro.
"It's no longer necessary for wine to be just for special occasions," says Chef T. Stella Bernard, certified wine professional and an instructor for The Art [...]]]>
JOSHUA'S COLUMN — Glass and mixed blessings Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:57:52 +0000 Joshua Dixon, Staff Writer Cooks’ Books: No-frills diet advises to forget the fads Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:05:19 +0000 Creators Syndicate
"American Heart Association No-Fad Diet: A Personal Plan for Healthy Weight Loss" (Clarkson Potter)
Have you already tried the dozens of new diets that have emerged since the beginning of the year? Even if you're only on your first or second fad diet, it probably already feels like you've been down that road before. Millions have, with still only a less than 5 percent success rate for diets overall.
"The American Heart Association No-Fad Diet" [...]]]>
Cooks’ Books: Cure high prices with books from the drugstore Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:56:29 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate With political fights about raising the minimum wage and studies showing that wages for many employees throughout the rungs of the workforce have stayed flat, even during this time of other types of economic recovery, many families are still feeling the pinch of the recession, which began more than five years ago.
This doesn't mean that good cooks or wannabe gourmets need to give [...]]]>
After-Work Gourmet: Midnight snack attack? Let ‘Late Night’ heat up your kitchen Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:48:29 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate "Mr. Fallon's debut was more sweet than sassy," wrote Stanley of the "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night" alum, who thanked his visiting parents, predecessor Jay Leno and everyone else in earshot for his stab at the coveted spot.
If ultra-nice guy Fallon wasn't wielding a sharp chef's knife at political, celebrity and personal targets, [...]]]>
After-Work Gourmet: Almond milk offers guilt-free treats Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:35:25 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate What surprises many, however, upon first sampling even unsweetened almond milk is how thick, creamy, rich and sweet it tastes. For those reasons, simply [...]]]> Nutrition News: Careful with gluten-free Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:11:14 +0000 By Charlyn Fargo Creators Syndicate Today, with an increasing number of people avoiding gluten (whether from medical necessity or dietary preference) there's a tremendous growth in the development of gluten-free products on the market.
The [...]]]>
Wine Talk: The wonder of wine competitions Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:53:44 +0000 By Robert Whitley Creators Syndicate This year, I'm on board for nine competitions — four as director and five as a judge. Last week, I completed the first gig as a judge, heading a panel at the Dallas Morning News/TexSom competition in Dallas. Last month, we staged the fifth-annual Winemaker Challenge in San Diego, where I am director.
On my plate in April I [...]]]>
Kitchen Call: Top 5 warming winter recipes Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:01:31 +0000 More Content Now
Forget lions and lambs and groundhogs. Who needs animals and folklore giving us false hope of spring?
Cooks have dug deep to unearth enough warming winter dishes to last the duration. Some make top 10 or top 20 lists depending on their level of despair over unrelenting winter.
Here, we give a top five.
Criteria include dishes that finish in the oven; seasonal vegetables for vitamins and vitality; and color, meaning canned tomatoes. Hard squash [...]]]>
A Slice of Life: Gluten-free cooking made easy Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:27:19 +0000 By Joanna McQuillan Weeks More Content Now Gluten is the protein in wheat that wreaks havoc on the digestive systems of those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, who together amount to about 24 million people in the United States alone. A galaxy of other symptoms also is associated with the conditions.
It took years for Fenster to get an accurate diagnosis for her health [...]]]>
Redwood cattlemen to host annual state tour Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:01:00 +0000 Jim Hillibish: Any trade-off with K-Cups? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:01:59 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now Single-serving coffee began as a hospitality perk in hotel rooms. We now see them wherever people congregate and in private kitchens.
Keurig's parent, Green Mountain, has powered its brand beyond the flashy fad that sent their stock quadrupling last year. Revenues total $2 billion a year, and the company was second on the Forbes list of fastest growing businesses in the world.
Keurig is [...]]]>
Jim Hillibish: Monday chili fights the snowy blues Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:48:00 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now But, with my own incredibly complex recipe, we'd eat about midnight. My chili is definitely weekend chili.
I took a deep breath and pulled into Fishers. I forced my hand to buy a can of chili. Don't tell.
I'm as chili snob as anybody. I've judged dozens of high-end contests. I believe I know what multi-level flavors are, and my own [...]]]>
The Beer Nut: Sampling Harpoon, Samuel Adams and Widmer Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:57:28 +0000 By Norman Miller More Content Now Here's a look at the new beers.
First up is the new Harpoon Brewery's 100-Barrel Series #49, the Brown IPA.
OK, first off, this is not a brown ale and an IPA blended. It's an IPA, but it has the essence of a good brown ale.
The first thing you'll smell is the big, piney hops with some citrusy notes, but [...]]]>
Wine Talk: Wine education basics Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:11:08 +0000 By Robert Whitley Creators Syndicate Wine is such a vast topic, that acquiring even a modest level of expertise might seem daunting. In fact, it's as easy as one, two, three.
One, the most important element of wine knowledge is experience. If you are interested in knowing more about wine, there is [...]]]>
Relish weekly recipe: Beach Walk Cafe’s Key Lime Pie Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:03:00 +0000 By Relish Magazine BEACH WALK CAFE'S KEY LIME PIE
2 cups graham crackers crumbs
3 T dark brown sugar
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/16 t salt
6 T unsalted butter, melted
4 egg yolks, room temperature
Finely grated rind of 1 lime
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Whipped cream [...]]]>