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Country Store good: Great cooks, savvy hosts count days until this annual fundraiser

Posted 11/19/2014 in Food

"Do you have a chocolate pie for us?" Lucy Phillips tends to hear that question a lot from one or the other of her six grandchildren, or their parents.


Food books -- a very good year for geeks and grains

Posted 11/19/2014 in Food

Geeks, grains and globe-trotting. Nearly every one of this year's best food books seems to fall into one of those categories.


Eggs make all the difference in mashed potatoes

Posted 11/19/2014 in Food

Much as I'd like to take credit for this rich version of mashed potatoes, that honor goes to Stanley Tucci. Or rather, to Stanley Tucci's wife.

Elevate green beans from Thanksgiving afterthought

Posted 11/19/2014 in Food

Admit it, when it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner, the greens are an afterthought.

Shortcut produces fluffiest, best sweet potato pie

Posted 11/19/2014 in Food

Much as I love a classic pumpkin pie, I have to be honest: My heart belongs to sweet potato pie.

Singing for their supper: An all-day singing -- shared voices, shared table

Posted 11/12/2014 in Food

There's a certain communal beauty in a potluck meal.


Anne's Kitchen: A good time for matzoh ball soup

Posted 11/12/2014 in Food

Matzoh ball soup is on my mind today for two reasons: The fall weather brings cold nights and thoughts of hot soup, and one of my oldest friends came through town and spent the night with Terry and me.


Looking for ways to freshen the feast? One of these stuffing variations might do the trick

Posted 11/5/2014 in Food

Admit it: You've already begun thinking about the Thanksgiving dinner.


Tomato rice soup: A speedy bowl of creamy comfort

Posted 11/5/2014 in Food

When I was a kid, creamy tomato and rice soup was one of my go-to comfort foods.



Putting the kids to work on a sweet potato tart

Posted 11/5/2014 in Food

It seemed an unlikely goal. I wanted a single solution for two problems -- how to keep kids entertained while preparing Thanksgiving dinner and how to serve sweet potatoes in a fresh, creative way.


Big, bold creamy spinach that won't keep you busy

Posted 11/5/2014 in Food

For such a simple dish, creamed spinach can be a pain to make.

Beans in your beef stew make it deliciously leaner

Posted 11/5/2014 in Food

Picture this: after a long day at the office (or at the kids' soccer field or wherever) you turn the key to open your front door and you are greeted by the heady aroma of a steamy meaty stew.

Last minute? No fear, with 11th-hour ideas for All Hallow's Eve

Posted 10/29/2014 in Food

Two days before Halloween and the festive spirit has caught up with you.


Market Fresh: A community jewel

Posted 10/29/2014 in Food

The Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus has officially closed for the season.



No trick-or-treaters? Buy Halloween candy anyway!

Posted 10/29/2014 in Food

Don Stewart and his wife will be home with the lights on Halloween night, waiting for trick-or-treaters. But like a lot of folks who stock up on candy, they'll probably end up eating it themselves.


Halloween treats don't have to rot your teeth

Posted 10/29/2014 in Food

It's true... Despite what the kids think, not all Halloween treats need to rot your teeth on contact.

Savory turnovers that can save you time for dinner

Posted 10/29/2014 in Food

These earthy, hearty turnovers work equally well as a fall gathering appetizer and an easy weeknight meal.

Think beyond Thanksgiving pies with canned pumpkin

Posted 10/29/2014 in Food

Let's talk about one of the season's most iconic vegetables -- canned pumpkin.


Market Fresh: Some favorite cookbooks

Posted 10/22/2014 in Food

Recently I went through my five cookbook shelves (each with about 50 books) and took some to the library for the book sale.



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