Mealtime helps bring families together

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune February 12, 2014, 03:59 PM

Family dinners are one of the best ways to enjoy food – and one another.

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Healthy family: Take control of your salt

By Special to the Star Tribune February 05, 2014, 05:00 PM

Watching the sodium levels on convenience foods and just salting to taste make a difference in cooking.

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Healthy family: Potstickers

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 29, 2014, 04:05 PM

Get your children into the kitchen with a recipe that’s fun to make. This recipe for potstickers, which we’ve run...

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A new look at sweet potatoes

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 22, 2014, 02:24 PM

Give this nutritious vegetable a taste beyond the Thanksgiving meal.

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Time to check your spices, then cook with them

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 15, 2014, 03:59 PM

Old spices won’t do your dishes justice, as their flavor lessens with time. Here are a few tips for keeping your spices as fresh as possible.

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An ancient grain — farro — finds a place at today's table

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 08, 2014, 03:36 PM

For the new year, branch out in your cooking repertoire.

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Healthy Family: Chicken and dumplings, lightened version

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 31, 2013, 12:21 PM

Deep winter calls for comfort food, but let’s start the year with a lightened version.

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A lucky start with black-eyed peas and greens

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 24, 2013, 10:02 AM

Reach for the greens and black-eyed peas to get a traditional start to the new year.

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For a gluten-free pizza, try polenta for a crust

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 11, 2013, 03:33 PM

For a gluten-free pizza, try polenta for a crust.

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A ready-made meal for guests

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 04, 2013, 02:09 PM

When guests descend, a slow cooker filled with pulled pork comes to the rescue.

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Thanksgiving leftovers keep the party going

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune November 25, 2013, 02:23 PM

A bit of creativity can stretch those leftovers long after everyone tires of the flavors of Thanksgiving.

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Make kid-friendly butternut squash part of your fall menu

By Special to the Star Tribune November 14, 2013, 06:42 AM

A member of the winter squash family, butternut squash is a kid-friendly vegetable that is good for you and tastes...

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Healthy family: Turning picky eaters into salad lovers

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune November 06, 2013, 04:24 PM

With a little strategy, you can get your child to welcome more produce at the dinner table.

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Frozen food makeover with crispy fish sticks

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 30, 2013, 04:22 PM

Get the tastes you remember as a child, but with flavors an adult palate can appreciate.

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A paprika primer for today's cook

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 16, 2013, 03:16 PM

Think like a chef and dip into the paprika for flavor. Today the spice is thought of as an ingredient with impact, not simply as a colorful accessory.

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Healthy family: It's the great pumpkin pancake

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 09, 2013, 02:22 PM

Usher in the fall season with decadent-tasting pancakes, which take advantage of fresh spices and the love for everything pumpkin.

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Healthy family: Alabama white sauce offers surprise

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 02, 2013, 02:44 PM

Bring out the Alabama white sauce for a barbecue surprise that’s a real keeper.

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Healthy Family: Freezing helps capture the season

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune October 02, 2013, 02:44 PM

Don’t let all those ripe tomatoes go to waste; roasting them – and then freezing them – gives you a fresh taste any time of year.

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Healthy family: preserving summer flavors

By Special to the Star Tribune October 02, 2013, 01:06 PM

Take advantage of farmers’ bounty and freeze produce so you’ll have a taste of summer all winter long.

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Healthy family: A tasty Thai twist on turkey burgers

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune September 25, 2013, 03:40 PM

Packed with flavorful ingredients and garnishes, these burgers will make believers out of those who think a good burger needs to have beef.

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