Eggplant ephiphany

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune September 17, 2014, 12:46 PM

Broaden your repertoire with a different method of prep for this vegetable.

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Fajitas on a stick offer a taste of fun

By Special to the Star Tribune September 04, 2014, 05:51 AM

Anyone who has worked in a restaurant can attest to the fact that some dishes sell themselves while others need...

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Corn chowder greets the season

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune August 28, 2014, 11:06 AM

While it’s the beginning of a new year for schoolchildren, the end of the months of fresh produce can be...

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Roast tomatoes for extra flavor

By Special to the Star Tribune August 20, 2014, 03:49 PM

Roast and freeze your home-growns for a treat in midwinter.

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Dry rubs spike up the flavor

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune August 14, 2014, 08:58 PM

What could a dusting of a mixture of ground spices, chiles and dried herbs do to infuse flavor into a piece of meat? Turns out, they can do a lot, and not just for meat.

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Lessons in eating well, from a mother's perspective

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune August 06, 2014, 02:41 PM

Broaden your children’s palates and ready them for adulthood, all at dinnertime.

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The magic of popovers at the family meal

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune July 23, 2014, 01:50 PM

Want some wows at the dinner table? Make popovers. Nothing makes a cook more excited than seeing a pan of perfectly popped popovers coming out of the oven.

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Shrimp tacos keep dinner simple and cool

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune July 16, 2014, 02:30 PM

Mexican seafood did not pass my lips, until I had my first fish taco. Though they’ve been around for decades in Baja California, they came to fame in San Diego with Rubio’s Fish Tacos in the early ’80s.

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How to cook without a recipe

By Special to the Star Tribune July 09, 2014, 02:47 PM

You don’t always need a recipe to cook dinner. Be open to using what’s on hand. (But be sure something...

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For moms, it's not easy being green in the kitchen

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune June 26, 2014, 09:11 AM

Greens — and by that I mean dark green, leafy vegetables like collard greens, kale, spinach and chard — have never been an easy sell when it comes to kids.

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A big, fat Greek burger does summer duty

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune June 11, 2014, 02:22 PM

For a change of pace for dinner, trade in your usual bun-with-patty for this flavorful variation.

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Empanadas: A dish to make with the kids

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune May 14, 2014, 03:40 PM

Get your hands messy — and your kids’ hands, too — with this dish that tucks vegetables into a hand-held package.

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Healthy family: Use sandwiches to introduce new tastes

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune May 07, 2014, 03:09 PM

Although always popular with kids, sandwiches also are a way to introduce new flavors.

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Celebrate dinner with lasagna soup

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune April 30, 2014, 02:55 PM

Surprise those at the table with a variation on the familiar medley of flavors and textures.

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Don't snub all convenience foods

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune April 23, 2014, 02:31 PM

Weeknight dinners can be challange, but getting buy-in – and help – from kids can help.

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Sprucing up the vegetables

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune April 16, 2014, 03:06 PM

For an easy meal in the oven, try roasting it all on a sheet pan.

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Citrus adds burst of sunshine to dishes

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune April 09, 2014, 02:10 PM

Offer the instant sense of summer with a bit of juicy flavor.

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Get off to a good start with English Muffin French Toast

By Special to the Star Tribune April 02, 2014, 03:53 PM

Thanks to English muffins, make-ahead French toast simplifies what could be a complicated breakfast.

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Reach for a spring pizza for a quick meal

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune March 12, 2014, 03:14 PM

Time to look forward to the season of fresh vegetables and bright flavors.

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Healthy Family: Souper solutions for picky eaters

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune March 05, 2014, 02:45 PM

As frustrating as it can be for both kids and parents, persistence can pay off.

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