Misunderstood spice is versatile and full of flavor

Allspice is a victim of its own name. You can’t blame someone for seeing the word “allspice” and thinking that it is a blend of many spices — or even all spices. It’s a natural assumption. But allspice is just one spice, a dried berry from a broadleaf evergreen tree that grows…

Master the homemade vinaigrette

Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else. Because after cooking a main course and some sides and tossing together a salad, who has the time and energy to make a dressing? I get it. It’s convenient. But homemade

12 ideas for Easter leftovers

Ham is the main event for most people’s Easter Sunday feast. The challenge is what to do with all the leftovers. To me, the best part about having an Easter ham is all the possibilities for future meals. There are omelets, frittatas and baked eggs. There are ham sandwiches, ham salad and chef’s salad. There are casseroles, pasta dishes

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Master the homemade vinaigrette

Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something…

14 April 2015 [11:00 PM]
High school students will compete to cook on a budget

Six area high school culinary teams will compete in the “SNAP Hot Food Challenge” on Tuesday, April 14th during the East Texas Restaurant Association’s annual “Taste of Tyler” event. (SNAP is the acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.) The first-ever…

13 April 2015 [04:12 PM]
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12 ideas for Easter leftovers

Ham is the main event for most people’s Easter Sunday feast. The challenge is what to do with all the leftovers. To…

07 April 2015 [09:15 PM]
Make fruits, vegetables easy choice

In Texas, three out of four deaths are attributed to a chronic disease. However, studies show an intake of at least 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and fruits per day as part of a healthy eating pattern can reduce the…

18 March 2015 [11:30 PM]
Can a bowl of ramen change your life?

It was the last meal in Tokyo, after many delicious days in Japan. Emphasis here on delicious, with one meal trumping the next, day after day. A final taste of the island was all we craved, in the form of…

03 March 2015 [10:44 PM]
Food writer inspires a hunger for seasonality

Richard Olney was an American living in France whose cookbooks, notably 1970’s “The French Menu Cookbook” and 1974’s “Simple French Food,” would inspire the birth of what is now called California cuisine, and focus greater attention on the interplay of…

24 February 2015 [09:13 PM]
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Chasing Mole poblano perfection

If you find yourself in Beverly Hills, Calif., you should head a couple of blocks south of Wilshire Boulevard to a restaurant…

24 February 2015 [09:11 PM]
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Maple Magic: It's not just for pancakes

In coffee, tea and barbecue sauce, with duck, turkey and salads, it’s become a go-to flavor. Growing up, I associated maple flavor…

17 February 2015 [09:41 PM]
XO sauce: Flavor for Chinese New Year

The name is something of a fake — XO sauce. The Asian condiment contains no cognac, which is what the XO (“extra old”) term famously applies to. Nor is it a sauce in the traditional, smooth sense but more of…

17 February 2015 [09:13 PM]
Valentine's Day: Say it sweetly with chocolate

The way to a man’s heart, so they say, is through his stomach. And as Ogden Nash might have put it, candy is dandy, but chocolate is where it’s at. Flowers are fine, if you don’t mind spending a hundred…

10 February 2015 [10:35 PM]
Best Chocolate Dessert contest set for Feb. 21

The Tenth Annual Best Chocolate Dessert in East Texas Contest is scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Tyler Senior Citizens Center, 1915 Garden Valley Road, organizers announced. The Smith County Extension Education Association and the city of Tyler Parks and…

10 February 2015 [07:40 PM]
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Fresh citrus to brighten winter meals

Maybe I’m just a grump, but even with that wintry wonderland outside our windows, it’s easy to feel kinda gloomy this time…

03 February 2015 [11:52 PM]
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