• Chris Van Dyke Kitchen Talk
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Dear Chris: I love making soups and sauces for my family. I cook on and off, but have never mastered one essential skill. I depend on prepared soup bases and packaged gravies. I would like to rely less on convenience products but am not sure about making my own stock to replace them. Any adv…

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I started making spaghetti squash in an attempt to curb my daughter’s pasta obsession in the hope that she wouldn’t notice the swap with the healthier alternative.

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When I was a kid, my sister and I would watch the Food Channel and attempt to cook our own versions of some of the recipes we would find there. That was long before finding a recipe on the Internet was as easy as it is today, so we had the luxury of a pen and paper to jot down the ingredient…

  • DIANE GRIFFIN Brews Review
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On Feb. 14, 1992, a do-it-yourself inclined homebrewer who was tired of driving at least 60 miles to get homebrew supplies, often stale, decided to take the plunge and open a small homebrew supply shop in his garage.

  • JULIA MOSKIN The New York Times
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chicken soup is one of the most painless and pleasing things to make in a home kitchen. But do modern cooks know that?

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While I am writing this my three youngest children are watching Ichabod Crane on the TV. In our home, it’s not officially fall until we’ve watched Disney’s version of Sleepy Hallow, hearing Bing Crosby tell us the story of the “itinerant school master.”

  • DIANE GRIFFIN Brews Review
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Nov. 5 was the official day designated worldwide as “Learn to Brew Day.” A dozen Umpqua Valley Brewers Guild members, new and old, experienced and inexperienced, got together outside Old 99 Brewing to simultaneously brew eight batches of beer and field questions from folks who stopped by to …

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This time of year always makes me want to gather my family around a table and just be together over a hot meal, but it seems our household can’t schedule weeknight meals easily. With school, dance classes, work schedules, and meetings, trying to slip in much more than a quick, “Here, eat thi…

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So, when my girl comes home from school one day asking to concoct the recipe they had handed out during their Bible lesson that morning, this mama is all in. I absolutely love when we can drive home lessons we are trying to instill with hands-on fun. There is so much to draw from creation to…

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There is simply no time like fall and winter for soups. This should be a real comfort to us all since soup is typically a healthier option for meals.

  • MANDY HATFIELD For The News-Review
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No matter what age your child is, there are many fun projects and chores they can help you with in the kitchen. This is a great time to share together and teacher your children skills they will be able to use forever. Also, having your kids help you in the kitchen can help encourage a picky …