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Food Forum

A Daily Gazette life blog
News, recipes and ideas

Tomato-based juice soup makes a healthful winter comfort dish

In winter, a nice hot bowl of soup warms the body and feels like a substantial snack or even a light meal.

Learning to make pretzels by using a mix

Pretzels are boiled and then baked and the whole process seemed too difficult, until I found a box mix.

Family’s Pois Cache is favorite casserole with ‘hidden’ delights

Spend any time in Massachusetts, and you’ll run into a French-Canadian-American, as there are more FCAs in The Bay State than any other.

Mom’s Meatloaf is almost medicinal

Meatloaf is one of those magical foods that adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

Crispy stovetop mac and cheese satisfies hunger, eases angst

“What are you doing for dinner?” my son asked. “I’ve been craving your baked macaroni and cheese.”

Dublin offers unique meals, market items

I was able to indulge in some of my favorite pastimes recently, eating and food shopping in other places, in Dublin recently.

The ‘joy’ of Scotch Shortbread Cookies

As a young woman, I must have had “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, because this is one of the first recipes I made.

‘Salad in a Jar’ lets the chef mix any combination of edibles

I bought another Mason jar the other day, but it’s not for canning tomatoes and pickles.

Chicken soup is Rosh Hashana tradition

The very first time my husband tasted my chicken soup — at a Rosh Hashanah dinner many years ago — he was surprised. “Where’s the chicken?” he asked.

Keep it simple with grilled steak, twice-baked potatoes

Every summer, when we have dinner guests, I end up pulling out my mom’s recipe for twice-baked potatoes. The creamy, cheesy filling and crunchy shell make them a special treat.

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