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Sprouts, sausage make for healthy, hearty dinner

February 11, 2015 When my turn for Tribune Cooks comes around during the Fitness Challenge, I try to be supportive, even if it is the Wednesday before Valentine’s Day. more »»

Brussels sprouts with sausage and cumin

February 11, 2015 Brussels sprouts with sausage and cumin 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 pounds brussels sprouts (cut in half if large, leave whole if small- to medium-sized Salt Pepper 4 turkey Italian... more »»

Panna cotta: Nearly effortless elegance

January 28, 2015 As I’ve said before, Fox’s “MasterChef” is a huge source of inspiration for me. more »»

Stretch your game-day budget without sacrificing flavor

January 14, 2015 This game day special is a simple, yet homemade and delicious way to serve a large group of people. more »»

Turn burritos into Super Bowl party finger food

January 14, 2015 There is something magical about a burrito, that combination of crispy tortilla edges that turn doughy soft at the center, all concealing a delicious blend of beans and meat and melted chees. more »»


January 7, 2015 The first time I tasted this holiday cheeseball at our office Christmas party four years ago, I instantly fell in love. The next year, the first place I went was the cheese-and-crackers table. more »»

The secret to great tofu is all in the pressing

January 7, 2015 My mom started traveling abroad when I was in high school. And after each of her trips, we cooked a meal from the country she’d just visited. more »»

Chocolate chip cookies

December 31, 2014 You name it, I’ve tried making it: sugar cookies, Hershey Kiss cookies, peanut butter, nutrolls, M&M cookies, butter balls and many more. more »»

Souffles are easier than you think

December 24, 2014 The prospect of making a souffle strikes fear into the hearts of many home cooks. There’s this misconception that a souffle is so delicate it will collapse if you so much as look at it sideways. more »»

Seek the savory side of chocolate in the new year

December 24, 2014 While I still pay attention to what I eat during the holidays, I nonetheless allow plenty of small splurges. more »»

Health notes

December 23, 2014 MOOD DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP MEETS: The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance group is open to anyone who is diagnosed with a mood disorder, has a family member or friend who is diagnosed or who... more »»

Going to the next level with cream puffs

December 17, 2014 When it comes to cooking, there are certain recipes and certain equipment that seem to me to represent a “level up” in my cooking expertise. more »»

Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup

December 17, 2014 Talk about a vegetable that’s everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. And it’s not just for tast. more »»

Christmas Ale is not just for drinking

December 3, 2014 By ANDY GRAY Tribune Chronicle For beer drinkers in northeast Ohio, the release date of a certain holiday beer has become a holiday in itself. more »»

Mastering deep-frying to get perfect doughnuts

December 3, 2014 Plenty of us have a perfectly understandable fear of frying. After all, it can be both messy and dangerous. But it doesn’t have to be. more »»

Sweet and Sour Pork a reader recommendation

November 19, 2014 I’ve worked at the Tribune for about 20 years, and I’ve been writing “Trib Cooks” stories for more than five of them. By far, the food stories always seem to generate a big response from readers. more »»

Brussels sprouts, apples a great pair

November 12, 2014 Recently, my uncles Bob “Jerry” Sweet and Bob Bollas brought me a bag of fresh-picked apples, something they do every fal. more »»

Not just a dessert

November 5, 2014 My love of pumpkin is well documented on these pages. I’m the guy who has a pumpkin cake for his birthday, even though his birthday is in May. more »»

The 101 on great stuffing

November 5, 2014 For many Americans, the true star of the Thanksgiving table is not the big bird, but the stuffing (usually moistened with gravy. more »»

Fresh ways to dress mashed potatoes

November 5, 2014 By ALISON LADMAN The Associated Press Truth is, mashed potatoes don’t need a whole lot of love to come out pretty darn amazing. more »»



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