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Updated Mar 27, 2015 at 8:06 AM

With a cooking surface several times larger than a Weber kettle, a wood pellet-fired smoker is seeing lots of use at my house. Mentioned in a previous post, my husbandís new Rec-Tec is proving its versatility, even as a pizza oven. Not only can we cook several components of a single meal at once, but [...]

Updated Mar 27, 2015 at 6:14 AM

As warmer weather approaches, backyard barbecues beckon. Are you dreaming of burgers, steaks and veggies cooked over an open flame? Check out some of our favorite barbecue-centric apps, offering everything from must-read recipes to top techniques...

Posted Mar 26, 2015 at 11:01 PM

TIP OF THE WEEKWhen it comes to a healthy lifestyle, nobody can be perfect all the time. We are human beings with cravings and behaviors that naturally make us want to diverge from a diet and exercise plan. The key to giving into...

Updated Mar 25, 2015 at 4:20 PM

Feeding your family a good meal is easy. Just go to the grocery store and empty out your pocketbook.But what if you aren’t so flush? What if your wallet is looking a little lean? What if times are hard and money is...

Updated Mar 25, 2015 at 2:13 PM

I am an inveterate clipper of recipes and collector of cookbooks. I make no apology for that in the modern era of “pinned” recipes and the plethora that is available online.Ask my husband: I like to experiment in the...

Updated Mar 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM

It’s over, at least according to the calendar. The long winter of much discontent has aged out, and we can look forward to warm breezes, sunshiny mornings and gentle showers. We can look forward to seasonal changes at the dinner...

Updated Mar 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM

We’ve all seen notes with scores from this or that publication posted on the shelf under a bottle in a wine shop or grocery store. Wine club members get emails touting medals won at this or that competition. Do these accolades...

Updated Mar 24, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Does that proverb also apply to the use of a waffle iron? It would seem so.I am not a fan of uni-taskers, and for years I viewed the waffle iron as just that: a piece of equipment that might get...

Posted Mar 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

TIP OF THE WEEKWhether you’re trying to achieve wellness goals or just looking for simple ways to add more nutrient-rich food sources into your family’s diet, now is the time to dust off that blender or juicer.

Updated Mar 23, 2015 at 9:40 AM

By Linda BassettMore Content NowIn the states that cling to the southernmost Canada, spring is a late-bloomer. A few brave crocuses jab their way through hard, cracked earth or mud-colored snow drifts, but most northerners...

Updated Mar 23, 2015 at 8:32 AM

Two years of researching brands and saving spare cash paid off last month when my husband set up a wood pellet-fired smoker on the back deck. Will has since smoked everything from whole chilies to rabbit in the Rec-Tec. It comes as little surprise,...

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