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From Scratch: Welcome spring with greens and pasta

03/24/2015
Plant when the ground can be worked. I fell for this mantra on the seed packages for a couple of years until I finally wised up. 
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Matzo by way of Italy
03/24/2015 - As a child, my only experience with matzo was my dad's pizzas. This wasn't a good association. For a number of years, his go-to late night snack was a sheet of matzo smeared with tomato paste, then topped with slices of bright orange fat-free American "cheese. Full Story

A coconut confection for Easter dessert
03/24/2015 - It's just not Easter without some sort of coconut dessert, whether it's a classic Southern coconut cake or a creamy coconut chocolate egg. Full Story

Black cardamom adds intensity to flourless chocolate cake
03/24/2015 - If delicate green cardamom pods are the queen of spices, black cardamom might be Maleficent. Like the Disney character, the spice is shrouded in a black shell, wrinkled and gnarled, intimidating at first glance and even at first sniff. Full Story

Turn carrot cake into breakfast
03/24/2015 - This Easter, we've decided you can have cake for breakfast. After all, it is a holiday that's already loaded with treats, so why not embrace the sweeter side of every meal. Full Story

Cheap meals for expensive tastes: Feed 4 for under $7
03/17/2015 - Feeding your family a good meal is easy. Just go to the grocery store and empty out your pocketbook. But what if you aren't so flush? Full Story

Float into spring on a lemon souffle
03/17/2015 - March, aptly named, is a slow, obligatory trudge. The scenery is best indoors: cup, counter, cookbook. Full Story

Under pressure, tofu goes from bland to blazing
03/17/2015 - 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. Full Story

Make falafel in a flash for supper
03/17/2015 - Falafel is one of those easy weeknight meals I rarely think to make, but when I do I feel like a dolt for not doing it more often. Full Story

Eliminate the intimidation factor with easy Asian dumpling recipes
03/17/2015 - The thought of making some foods at home can be intimidating. For me, Asian dumplings fall into that camp. Full Story

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Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. Full Story
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From Scratch: Welcome spring with greens and pasta

Plant when the ground can be worked. I fell for this mantra on the seed packages for a couple of years until I finally wised up. Full Story
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Review: 'Woman in Gold,' a remarkable story lifelessly told

"Woman in Gold" has a rich story to tell. The true account of Maria Altmann's fight to reclaim a famed Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," first stolen by the Nazis and then appropriated by Austria after the war, is laced with riveting history, deep and complex emotion, and fascinating bureaucracy. Full Story