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Posted Dec 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM

TIP OF THE WEEKA nice glass of wine is the perfect finishing touch on a meal, whether we’re talking a gourmet, labor-intensive entree or a more ordinary-but-still-delicious store-bought dessert. Some things to keep in mind, for those who are just getting started with the concept:1. Acidity: Consider the acid balance between the wine and your dish of choice when planning a pairing. Acidic wines pair well with rich, fatty foods, and can help...

Updated Dec 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

By Linda BassettMore Content NowOf all the soups from literally thousands of recipes I could possibly put on my home menu, I find creamy ones serve both comforting and celebratory purposes.Both types are easy on...

Updated Dec 22, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Those of us still burning the midnight oil purchasing and wrapping Christmas gifts have little time to spare to in the kitchen. A lackluster baker, I consider this an optional task, one that gets appended to the holiday to-do lists. That’s why past...

Updated Dec 19, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Among the year’s must-have holiday gifts, books always get their due. And for enthusiastic cooks, great cookbooks are bound to top their wish lists, right? I guess it all depends. Christmases past have brought me such utilitarian classics as “Betty...

Updated Dec 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The latke is emblematic of Hanukkah in a spread that includes plenty of other traditional foods. Even non-Jews take the holiday as their cue to enjoy yet another comfort food in a season filled with them. This quintessential potato pancake can take...

Posted Dec 16, 2014 at 11:01 PM

If you are planning to toast the New Year with champagne or sparkling wine, there are many labels to choose from. Sparkling wine is made all over the world. Why not welcome 2015 with an outstanding sparkling wine made right here in Southern...

Posted Dec 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM

TIP OF THE WEEKIt’s the season for entertaining. Between the holidays, family gatherings and just needing an excuse to socialize during the long winter months, you’ll probably be organizing several fun...

Updated Dec 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

We’re not quite down to the wire yet. Still two more weekends of shopping pleasure or pressure, depending on your point of view. Cooks and foodies rarely return or re-gift kitchen items, so I took some time to compile a...

Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 8:11 AM

I love intricately plated appetizers probably more than the average person. So I’ve spent no small amount of time over the years rolling dates in prosciutto, folding phyllo into miniature triangles and topping off pastry cups with cheesy fillings.

Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

The past week has been spent devising the menu for a holiday party, composing to-do lists to prepare the house and penciling yet more dates onto the calendar for gatherings and revelry. Then I woke up this morning to the realization that just over...

Posted Dec 9, 2014 at 11:01 PM

At a time of year when we’re looking for more ways to bring fresh vegetables into our kitchen, consider the roasting maneuver.At its most basic level, the act of roasting vegetables only requires four things: the vegetable, a...

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