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Grits or polenta, by any name it’s good

February 27, 2013 Italian polenta and southern grits aren’t exactly the same thing. more »»

Sprucing up side dishes

February 20, 2013 Let’s be honest. Potatoes are very healthy and full of vitamins, but most people use them simply as a vehicle for fattening sauces, cheese, sour cream, butter and bacon. more »»

Cookies just like Mom used to make

February 12, 2013 I was a really lucky kid growing up — my mom stayed home with my three siblings and me until my brother, the youngest, was in kindergarten. more »»

Pudding parfait is sure to delight

February 6, 2013 Pudding parfait is something my family has been obsessed with since the early- to mid-1990s. more »»

Round steak great option for beef tips

January 30, 2013 When I was growing up, every year my mom would make a special meal for me and my brother on our birthdays. more »»

Taking popcorn to the next level

January 23, 2013 For the Tribune Cooks feature, I have largely been trying to replicate dishes I have tried at restaurants. more »»

Charm party guests

January 16, 2013 Is it too early to start planning for the Super Bowl? For some it’s the Big Game. But let’s face it, unless a favorite team is playing, it really is the Big Party. more »»

Breadcrumbs don’t just come from a can

January 9, 2013 Even when I wasn’t working full time and leading a busy lifestyle, I hated taking the time to visit the grocery store. more »»

A new twist on traditional cookies

January 2, 2013 There comes a time when every cook gets to a point where they pretty much know what they’re doing. When you’re making something savory, you generally saute the onions firs. more »»

Dad’s stuffing is family tradition

December 26, 2012 Every Thanksgiving or Christmas, my family always looks forward to Dad’s stuffin. more »»

Memories the best part of holiday baking

December 19, 2012 According to my kids, there truly is nothing better than a heaping plate of freshly baked cookies at Christmastime. more »»

Using his noodle

December 12, 2012 When Nate Barker was about 4 years old, his family would go to eat every Sunday at Seito’s in Warren, where he used to love watching the Japanese chefs prepare food tableside. more »»

Cookies are a Christmas tradition

November 28, 2012 The acceleration of the Christmas season is annoying, from the retailers who can’t wait until Halloween is over to start dragging out the red and green decorations to the radio stations that switch... more »»

Potato pancakes, by any other name

November 21, 2012 If your heritage is German or Pennsylvania Dutch, you probably call them bellinis. If you’re of the Jewish faith, you never celebrate Hanukkah without latkes. more »»

Vlahos brings Greek cuisine to Valley

November 7, 2012 If you’ve eaten a gyro in Trumbull County in the last 30 years, there’s a good chance John and Alex Vlahos made it. more »»

There’s nothing like homemade sauce

October 31, 2012 It’s true I was born of parents mostly of Italian heritage. My mother-in-law also is Italian-American. more »»

Pies make good use of autumn produce

October 24, 2012 By SARAH SEPANEK Tribune Chronicle This time of year, everyone is trying to squeeze as much autumn splendor as they can into every part of their day. Pumpkin everything. Apple everythin. more »»

Pumpkin brings fall flavor to pork, casserole

October 17, 2012 With the leaves changing color, fall is gorgeous. It’s also gourd-eous. more »»

Cooking with ‘love and passion’

October 10, 2012 When Ottavio Musumeci moved to America 13 years ago, he had “zero” English. But at the time, all he needed were his skills as a chef. And maybe his wife, Bridget. more »»

Four women and a cake

October 3, 2012 Dianna Simpson and I have been friends since junior high and considering we’re both grandmothers now, that’s a very long time. more »»



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