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Here’s a different take on chili. It’s made with black beans instead of kidney beans. These give a lighter texture to the chili and are perfect for a vegetarian meal.

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There’s nothing like a great hand-held snack when you’ve got the munchies but also don’t want to spend a lot of time fooling around in the kitchen.

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It’s this past August, and it’s my birthday, and the incoming voicemails are, as they have been for some time, inexplicably delayed. Today seems to be the day to consult the oracle: “How to fix ...” The answer comes from the ether immediately: Too much stuff from the past. Some of the old on…

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Now that the kids are back in school, it’s back to the grind of running from one place to the next, with a home-cooked dinner often an afterthought.

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HOPKINTON, Iowa — Standing beside a patch of fresh basil at her daughter’s house in Hopkinton, Jill Wagener demonstrated the proper way to harvest the delicate herb.

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Biz Buzz shares business tidbits from across the tri-state area. This edition highlights developments in Maquoketa and Dubuque, Iowa, as well as Galena, Ill.

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I wanted to make this enchilada dinner in a hurry without having to wait for my oven to preheat or to cook the filling ingredients. The answer was my microwave.

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One of our secret ingredients to build flavor fast is miso. As an umami base, it helps balance and unify sweet and sour notes in everything from chicken to pasta, even cookies.

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I’m a sucker for eggplant in any form but really adore it in Chinese food, especially when it’s tossed in a spicy garlic sauce accentuated with the gentle heat of chili.

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Julie Kremer gazed down the city-block-length table — covered with white linen, carefully arranged place settings, flowers, bottles of wine and pitchers of water. Strung lights hung above the tables, crossing the street at intervals. Lit torches burned along the curb.

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There are five “Blue Zones” around the world, and the people who live in these areas are 10 times likelier than Americans to reach age 100. The name comes from the blue circles researchers drew on the map when identifying them.

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Girl Scouts of the USA have unveiled a new cookie for the 2023 sales season, but you won’t be able to buy the Raspberry Rally directly in person.

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It’s time to stop thinking about the difference between sweet and savory spices. Many cooks around the world don’t make such a distinction.

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Biz Buzz shares business tidbits from across the tri-state area. This edition highlights developments in Maquoketa, Iowa, and Fennimore, Wis.

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For weeknight cooking, we love seared fish since it usually cooks in half the time as chicken or other proteins. But it’s a fine line between cooked and completely dried out.

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It’s peach season. Time to pull out your rolling pin and celebrate the juicy stone fruit with the free-form pastry known as a crostata.

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I doctored up rotisserie or bought cooked chicken breast and used zucchini noodles to make this very quick and easy “pasta” salad.

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Each November in Sardinia, purple crocus blossoms blanket the rolling fields. It’s a striking sight against a lush green backdrop. Those same flowers also provide what locals call “red gold,” or saffron.

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I am a terrible gardener. I hate weeding, and within weeks of planting anything, the tomato, pepper and other plants start to become overrun with unwanted greenery, and it’s just not a pretty sight.

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The Mediterranean diet and the ketogenic, or keto, diet have both received praise during the past few years for their abilities to help people lose and maintain weight, as well as cutting blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

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CUBA CITY and POTOSI, Wis. — Sinnipee Valley Vineyard and Winery had a full tasting room Saturday afternoon as people rushed in to beat the heat and enjoy the company.

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Just back from a trip to Chile, where I was introduced to several delicious quinoa salads. It was a surprise to learn there are hundreds of different types of quinoas.

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