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For Christmas, keep things warm and cozy

December 21, 2011 When there are so many things that need to get in the oven for your holiday dinner, why not do most of the main dish on the stovetop? That’s what we do with this ham -- which, of course, frees up... more »»

FOOD on a DEADLINE: Try chicken pot pie as a party appetizer

December 21, 2011 It’s chicken pot pie, only smaller, easier, faster and more party-friendly. I took this classic winter comfort food and reimagined it as a holiday party appetizer. more »»

For healthier holiday, try Christmas pork instead of ham

December 21, 2011 In many ways, I’m a totally different person today than I was seven years ago. Back then, I was about 30 pounds overweight, carting around an unhealthy 20 percent body fat. I mean, I love food. more »»

LET'S COOK: Ponder, pause this season of Advent

December 21, 2011 “Calm, cool, and collected gets things done.” I was reminded of this the other day as I removed our Thanksgiving decorations from our porch steps. more »»

Holiday entertaining

December 14, 2011 Is shrimp cocktail a mainstay of your holiday party table? And are you a little bored with the same old dish? This year, try something different. more »»

Try a beautiful Christmas party cake

December 14, 2011 Cranberry Pear Cake Start to finish: 1 hour (plus cooling). Servings: 1. more »»

FOOD on a DEADLINE: Cinnamon bun-inspired treat is icing on the cake

December 14, 2011 As though the candy canes on the tree and the presents under it aren’t enough, here’s an excuse to have an even sweeter start to Christmas. Cinnamon buns were the inspiratio. more »»

Fondue can be healthy

December 14, 2011 For healthy holiday entertaining, drag out the fondue pot! Fondue is a casual and social way to celebrate. The trouble is, fondue -- especially cheese fondue -- can be incredibly unhealthy. more »»


December 13, 2011 Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary Monday: Hot ham and cheese on bun, peas, flavored brown rice, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Tater tot hotdish, salad bar, applesauce, peaches, granola mi. more »»

Warm up with some comfort food

December 7, 2011 Though apple pies tend to dominate this time of year, on chilly nights it’s nice to remember that pie can have a savory side, too. more »»


December 6, 2011 Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary Monday: Slushburger on bun, green beans, baked beans, fresh fruit. Tuesday: Corn dogs, salad bar, peach cups, strawberry cups, tortilla chips. more »»

Holiday preserves

November 30, 2011 For Daniel Gasteiger, the holiday season begins in May when the rhubarb and strawberries ripen. That’s when he starts putting foods aside for the many people on his gift list. more »»

Enjoy healthier versions of holiday cookies

November 30, 2011 The holidays are here... and my bathroom scale is getting nervous. Packing on pounds used to be one of my holiday tradition. more »»

LET'S COOK! Giving thanks for a holiday ride aboard a train

November 30, 2011 A flurry of modest snowflakes had taken away the russet splendor of our fall, but yet the blessings were many this past Thanksgiving Da. more »»

A taste of your favorites

November 23, 2011 Grasshopper pie reimagined as a minty holiday cookie Grasshopper Pie Cookies Start to finish: 2 hours 45 minutes (45 minutes active) Makes 3 dozen cookies. more »»

Turkey with a tan

November 16, 2011 Want the secret to a beautifully bronzed roasted Thanksgiving turkey? It’s all in a bottle. more »»

Make-ahead dinner rolls with sweet touch of apple

November 16, 2011 Apple-Thyme Dinner Rolls Start to finish: 3 hours (30 minutes active). more »»

Cranberries and squash, together at last

November 16, 2011 The trouble with cranberries at the Thanksgiving table is that they so often end up alone. These wonderfully tart and sweet berries generally are relegated to a sauce. more »»

Citrus punches up a classic stuffing blend

November 16, 2011 Orange-Pecan Stuffing Start to finish: 45 minutes. Serves 8. more »»

Celebrating a post-flood Thanksgiving in troubling, less than ideal circumstances

November 16, 2011 The best Thanksgiving dinner we ever had was far from previous flamboyant festivals – the expectation of which I inherited from my famil. more »»



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