Around the Kitchen

Pasta e fagioli a recipe worth singing about

By Bill Milligan For the Call A few weeks ago, I got into a conversation with a woman in my office in which she mentioned a dish her father was going to teach one of her family members how to cook. She had forgotten the name and wondered if I had ever heard of it.

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Simple apple syrup adds flavors to fruit

By Bill Milligan For the Call Making up appetizing desserts is so easy it’s a wonder everyone isn’t vegetarian. This recipe came about one day after sitting down to create a vegetarian recipe and discovering a mental block when it came to meatless dishes. I willed myself to get creative as a means of overcoming

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Still trying to perfect Chicken Wing Sauce

By Bill Milligan For the Call I never ate chicken wings as a child. My mom just never made them. I never even heard of them. I was introduced to them one evening at a bar in Cahokia, Ill., where they brought out a restaurant-style pan full of them and served them to patrons who

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Provide children with midday meal to succeed

What your child eats for lunch matters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are hints that can help you provide your children with the midday meal they need to succeed in school: • Some food is always good to go — fruits, especially dried fruit, vegetables, bread, crackers, peanut butter, jelly,

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Don’t skimp on kidney beans with chili

By Bill Milligan For the Call Even if a guy doesn’t know the difference between boiling or braising, he believes he can cook because he makes delicious chili. It’s a guy thing, just as sure as not needing to ask directions. I can find any address if I have a full tank of gas. Because

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Enter the Call’s Home for the Holidays Recipe Contest!

The deadline is fast approaching to enter your best recipes in the Call’s annual tradition, the Home for the Holidays Recipe Contest. The deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31. You can enter through the Call’s online form here. Enter one or all the contest categories and win fabulous prizes fit for a holiday feast. You may

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Enchilada Sauce adds zest to Mexican food

I like Mexican food because you can put so many fresh items on top of it to cover what otherwise would be a rather bland combination of meats, chiles, tortillas and mashed beans. The combination may not be all that appealing by itself, but with a lively sauce and fresh produce it transforms into a

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