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Oz Clarke brings a lot to the table in his new wine book

By Dave Buchanan

Interesting and attractive books about wine and related topics haven’t been in plentiful supply this year, so when a book appears such as Oz Clarke’s “Let Me Tell You About Wine,” it’s worth more than a ...

What would we do without the world’s bounty of spices?

By Tess Furey

Riddle me this. (Answers at the end. Warning: no prize attached.) 1. What is the traditional spice mixture from northern India? 2. Salt-preserved lemons are used in what country’s cuisine? 3. What is the most expensive spice in the ...

Las Palmas has fare from ocean-bordering states in Mexico

By Tess Furey

There’s something you’ve got to like about a place that reminds you of the Baja or the Bay of Campeche. Sipping a margarita and eating seafood is especially sweet when the year’s first snowstorm is rolling into western ...

That special bottle, or box, of wine

By Dave Buchanan

Looking out the kitchen window, I realize the weather outside really is frightful. Which must mean it’s time to find that special bottle of wine for the holidays. Since there is no such thing as the “perfect wine for ...

120810 Cookies Day 5

Holiday cookies — Day 5: Chocolate lace

By The AP

For Day 5 of The Associated Press’ 12 Days of Holiday Cookies, we’re all about the basic drop cookie. For the unskilled baker, drop cookies are among the easiest cookies to handle. These rich, crunchy and thin cookies come ...

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Heartwarming bread: It spreads comfort, stirs memories

By Rachel Sauer

Let’s say it’s been a lousy day — a pop quiz, maybe, or a finger-pointing boss. Rotten traffic, lunch squashed at the bottom of a backpack, a threadbare temper, the threat of a headache that hovers and descends. Let’s ...

120110 Cookies Day 4

Holiday cookies — Day 4: Basic icebox cookie

By The AP

It’s Day 4, so it’s time to show off your creative side. We created a basic icebox cookie — which is the sort of dough that is formed into a log, chilled, then sliced into rounds just before baking — that is easily ...

120110 Cookies Day 3

Holiday cookies — Day 3: Mix-and-go approach

By The AP

A mix-and-go approach was on order for Day 3 of the 12 Days of Holiday Cookies. As in, dump the ingredients in the mixer and you’re already nearly done. Because these buttery rich vanilla shortbread cookies take just minutes to pull ...

112410 Cookies Day 2

Holiday cookies — Day 2: Pink and peppery

By The AP

For Day 2, we decided to take a classic — yet simple — German pepper cookie and make it a bit more festive and a bit more peppery. Pfeffernusse are small, firm peppery balls often served with tea or cocoa. Traditional recipes call ...

112410 Cookies Day 1

Holiday cookies — Day 1: Baking not necessary

By The AP

To ease you into the holiday cookie baking spirit, we decided to keep it easy and start the season with a no-bake cookie. Day 1 of The Associated Press 12 Days of Holiday Cookies features a remake of the classic chocolate oatmeal no-bake ...

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