In praise of grocery shopping

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 07, 2015, 02:53 PM

Want the healthiest and most flavorful choices? Shop on the edges of the store.

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Healthy family: A renewed commitment to healthy eating

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 31, 2014, 12:56 PM

As resolutions are in full swing, it's a good reminder that you don't have to sacrifice taste to eat healthfully.

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A make-ahead meal feeds a full house of company

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 17, 2014, 02:50 PM

If you have a full house for the holidays, making dinner before guests arrive will help ensure a less stressful visit.

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Add choices with make-your-own flatbread and toppings

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 03, 2014, 04:03 PM

Make dinner a collaborative event by topping flatbread with personal preferences.

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Healthy Family: Simple dishes offer long-lasting memories

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune November 05, 2014, 06:02 PM

Branch out with your pantry staples and have some hominy on hand.

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Dinner recipes get family test

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 29, 2014, 02:40 PM

The reality for the family of a professional cook: There’s lots of food to eat.

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Mushrooms add the extra flavor

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 22, 2014, 03:16 PM

Adding high-flavor ingredients can make light work of high-fat dishes.

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Plan ahead with leftovers for dinner tomorrow

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 15, 2014, 06:04 PM

A second meal out of yesterday’s dinner? It fits the schedule and the family preferences.

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Healthy family: Stuff those vegetables

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 02, 2014, 11:16 AM

Introduce more flavors — and nutrients — into the mix. Your kids will be delighted (really).

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Versatile meatball gets a makeover

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune September 24, 2014, 01:44 PM

Dinner options increase when you’ve got a stash of meatballs in the freezer.

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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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