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Fright night delight: Conjure up a batch of spicy ginger cookies for Halloween

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

This Halloween, I expect I'll accompany my sons, Oliver and Alexander, to a party at the home of their school friends and maybe even to a few neighborhood houses to ring the doorbell and yell, "Trick or treat!" Lots of candy will be involved, of course, and maybe my boys will even indulge their papa's sweet tooth just a little bit...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Lavender beyond aroma; health impact of altitude

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Environmental Nutrition

Q: I'm seeing lavender used in recipes, is it safe?

A: Lavender, a member of the mint family, has a sweet floral flavor that is intensified with drying. Dried lavender is part of the mixture of herbs called Herbes de Provence, but it can be used safely alone as a ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Rice and noodles team up in an autumn side dish

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I am always searching for side dishes that can accompany main courses without overpowering them. This is a recipe that does just that. Rice and noodles combined with toasted almonds and red peppers is one of my favorite autumn side dishes. The flavors are simple so you can pair many entrees with this dish.

When shopping for the rice, look for ...Read more

EatingWell: Quick chili recipe gets the party started

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This truly tasty half-hour vegetarian chili is made possible by using convenient canned beans and tomatoes (no pantry should be without them). Whole-grain bulgur adds another layer of toothsome texture and nutritional heft. This chili is relatively mild, so it's a good crowd-pleaser. If you like it spicy, add extra chili powder or serve with hot...Read more

One for the Table: Start your morning with breakfast couscous

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I blame my mom. Growing up eating her hearty Italian pasta dinners has made nearly all other grains seem insubstantial. Rice is good, but you have to eat more of it to get full. Wheatberries are filling, but they take too long to cook. Couscous is, well, wimpy. That's right, ...Read more

The Kitchn: Saucy Thai curry hits the spot

Recipes / Variety Menu /

This Thai curry can be whipped up in less time than it takes to call for takeout, so put the phone down and get in the kitchen. It's also meatless, but thanks to hearty vegetables like butternut squash and broccoli, plus creamy coconut milk, it's immensely satisfying and has all the ...Read more

The Kitchn: Some sliders should be breakfast staples

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If you've been limiting your slider consumption to just burgers, I encourage you to broaden your horizons. Grab a muffin pan, a carton of eggs and a tube of biscuit dough -- it's time to bring these bite-sized sandwiches to breakfast.

With all the ingredients baked in a single muffin pan, ...Read more

Five Obscure Gems

Even those with a mere casual interest in wine know the term "wine country" applies to Napa, California, Sonoma, California, parts of California's Central Coast, parts of Oregon and parts of Washington. Beyond those well-established viticultural boundaries, however, there is a blossoming culture of winemakers who are not content with the ...Read more

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

Editor's Note: Zola is on a Fall leaf tour this week. We hope you enjoy this previously published column and recipe!

Halloween Treats

I like Halloween more than Christmas. My husband and I used to have huge celebrations on Halloween. We’d throw a costume party and would invite friends over for food and drinks. Although we no longer ...Read more

Have a Homemade Halloween Every Day

Recipes / After-Work Gourmet /

Formal Halloween parties are full of orange-and-black-colored treats and tempters. One day a year, though, just isn't enough. Like all of the coffeehouses and bakeries in our neighborhoods that advertise spook day goodies well ahead of the holiday, why not make every day in your house that is prior to Halloween an homage to orange and black ...Read more

Make the most of apple season with these delicious veal cutlets

Recipes / Quick Fix /

It's apple season. The stores are filled with colorful displays of crisp, juicy apples. Tart Granny Smith apples lightly coated with maple syrup make a perfect topping for sauteed veal cutlets. I created this dinner after tasting several different types of maple syrup at this year's Fancy Food Show. The veal takes only 2 or 3 minutes to cook. It...Read more

Pizza party: Make a classic pie the centerpiece of casual autumn meals

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

In October, many home cooks turn their thoughts toward the entertaining soon to come, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas to New Year's. While such advance planning can be both fun and sensible, it also can have a serious drawback: It shortchanges opportunities for ...Read more

Hearty red wines for cold weather

Recipes / All About Wine /

The frost is on the punkin now, as the iconic American poet James Whitcomb Riley liked to say. At least it is in areas where they grow "punkins" and have frost. So it must be time for my annual "hearty red wines for cold weather" column.

It's not that we give up white wines for the season. We don't. Whites go very nicely with lighter foods, ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Humble hummus is a good snack

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Environmental Nutrition

Creamy, loaded with protein-rich beans and heart-healthy olive oil, what's not to like about hummus? For those looking to swap out their chips and dip for something healthier, hummus is the perfect answer. It pairs well with raw veggies or whole grain bread for an ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Viceroy Zihuatanejo's shrimp al tequila shows off Mexico's finest ingredients

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In my best-case scenario for celebrating an anniversary, I imagine an intimate seaside resort with lush landscaping, waterfalls and beach lounges that call out your name. A small stretch of beach might give the impression you are on your own private island. Warm breezes accent the mesmerizing ocean waves as you sip your favorite cocktail.

The ...Read more

EatingWell: Boo-tiful brownies for Halloween

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There's no time like All Hallows Eve to bake a festive batch of pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies. For bigger hits of chocolate goodness, use chopped bittersweet chocolate in place of the chips. And hold on to the leftover pumpkin puree -- it's yummy stirred into your morning oatmeal or yogurt.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Serves 16

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One for the Table: It's easy to fall for a good cupcake

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The gluten-free cupcake had become my nemesis. Cupcakes are a household favorite, and not having this in our recipe binder made not only my kids sad, but me as well. Maybe not sad, but more disappointed. However, several failed attempts at making both vanilla and chocolate gluten-...Read more

The Kitchn: How to make the ultimate Caesar salad

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A phenomenal classic Caesar salad is sort of like a unicorn -- they are both rare and elusive -- but a really good Caesar salad is much easier to find than a unicorn. The tools and ingredients needed to make an exceptional Caesar salad can be found in almost every kitchen, and the techniques...Read more

Go nuts! Pear, hazelnut salad offers a taste of Oregon

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Buttery and slightly sweet, hazelnuts are one of the most delicious treasures of Oregon. Family-owned hazelnut orchards -- nestled between the temperate sweet spot of the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains -- completely capture the beauty of the Pacific Coast. It's the last, but certainly not least of the eight regions that I feature in my ...Read more

Pairing Is a Two-Way Street

If you have even a passing interest in wine, you've no doubt heard that wine enhances the dining experience. Entire books are dedicated to explaining which wines go best with what foods. For the most part, wine-pairing advice is well-thought out, and it will no doubt impress family and friends when you follow the suggestions.

But there is ...Read more