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Sheet Pan Honey-Miso Glazed Halibut and Asparagus is a quick weeknight meal but worthy of a special occasion, too.

Why miso is an essential cooking powerhouse

Use the traditional Japanese paste in this recipe for sweet-savory halibut and asparagus.
A bowl of pasta salad made with spaghetti noodles, roasted cherry tomatoes and chickpeas, flavored with a tahini dressing.

Kick off pasta salad season with this Middle Eastern-flavored recipe

Spaghetti noodles tossed with roasted vegetables and a creamy tahini dressing make a bold salad statement.
A bowl of orecchiette pasta with peas, pancetta and fresh herbs.

Peas and pasta are always a winning combination

This recipe adds pancetta for a salty kick and an extra dose of spring with fresh herbs and lemon.
A bowl of chicken curry salad surrounded by bowls of toppings.

This isn't your grandma's curry chicken salad recipe

Well, maybe just a little. The recipe is inspired by the British staple coronation chicken and a childhood favorite of author Meredith Deeds.
A homemade pizza is topped with Buffalo chicken, green onions and blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo chicken pizza: All the spice with none of mess

Flavors of the classic appetizer have a tidy home atop homemade pizza crust in this spicy, winning combination — fewer napkins required.
Creamy Green Chicken and Roasted Corn Enchilada Casserole is a cheesy variation on a favorite childhood dish.

Cheesy chicken enchilada casserole spices up dinner

Inspired by the flavors of enchiladas verdes, this easy one-pan meal is sure to become a family favorite.
Cottage pie, a version of shepherd's pie made with hamburger and vegetables, is topped with sliced potatoes instead of mashed.

Cottage pie will take the chill out of spring nights

This recipe improves on the classic comfort food dish with a few modern twists, and no potato mashing is necessary.
Enjoy a homemade version of Steak Frites with this steak, potatoes, and herb-filled butter.

Make any night date night with this riff on steak frites

Tonight's dinner for two: Crispy potatoes and pan-seared steak topped with compound butter. Candlelight optional.
A bowl of cheesy dumplings with asparagus in a lemon-brown butter sauce.

The best recipes are made from shopping your fridge

Turn cottage cheese into easy, cheesy dumplings for a weeknight dinner win.
A pan of Chicken Scarpariello with vegetables on top.

This is the best Italian dish you've never heard of

Peppers, Italian sausage and chicken combine to make a sweet, sour and sensational dish.
A warming bowl of Tuscan Bean and Farro Soup.

Warm, Italian soup puts farro in the spotlight

The sturdy, nutty ancient grain holds up in soup, unlike its starchy counterparts.
Pork chops are smothered in a maple-mustard sauce and served with mashed potatoes.

How do you improve Southern smothered pork chops? By giving it a Minnesota maple twist.

Plus, a few cooking tips that will make this classic comfort food recipe even better.
Three Pan-Fried Crispy Fish Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Slaw on a wooden cutting board.

This fish taco recipe will perk up your fish-filled Fridays

A creamy, zesty coleslaw tops these tacos, which were inspired by the iconic San Diego dish.
Image of Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff, a classic comfort food made with chicken, mushrooms, and a sour cream-based sauce

Chicken stroganoff is a new take on an old favorite dish

This recipe keeps the creamy flavors you love, but lightens it up. And it's still ready in 30 minutes.
A comfort food classic gets a modern upgrade in Skillet Tamale Pie with Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread Crust.

Remember tamale pie? The classic comfort dish gets an upgrade

The recipe has little resemblance to tamales, but the cornbread topping makes it a dinnertime favorite.
Three types of mushrooms help give Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup its earthy flavor.

How to take a recipe from good to great

Creamy roasted mushroom soup uses a few key tricks and ingredients to bring out the best flavors.
Red Beans and Rice is a classic Creole dish, but this one has a twist.

Master your Mardi Gras celebration with red beans and rice

The traditional Creole recipe takes its own sweet time to develop the flavors, but it's worth the wait.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp. Recipe and photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Cook up a taste of Mardi Gras with Barbecue Shrimp

You don't need a grill to prepare this classic New Orleans recipe, but you should have some bread.
Buttermilk biscuits are at the heart of this cinnamon roll, a great solution when you're craving cinnamon rolls but don't have the time to make a yeas

Buttermilk biscuits make quick work of cinnamon rolls

When the craving hits, you can get the same, homey taste (and smell) in a fraction of the time.
Slow Cooker Spiced Pomegranate Beef Brisket is an impressive dish for your holiday table. Photo and recipe by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Trib

A slow cooker is the help you need for this year's holiday dinner

A few easy steps ensure a flavor-packed beef brisket fit for any meal, holiday or not.
Black Bean, Poblano and Butternut Squash Chili is quick, easy, delicious and freezable. Recipe and photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribun

A simple meatless chili that will quickly become your go-to meal when you're on the go

Go ahead and double the batch — it freezes beautifully, too.
Creamy chicken and spinach manicotti is comfort in a 9-by-13 pan.

Forget lasagna, this creamy manicotti is your new favorite baked pasta

In a delightfully creamy twist, the recipe uses cottage cheese instead of ricotta.
Butter Toasted Oatmeal Pancakes will be your new go-to breakfast. Recipe and photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Say hello to your new favorite pancake recipe

Toasting oats in butter delivers big flavor.
Italian sausage and sautéed vegetables make strata into an anytime meal.

A breakfast casserole so good it deserves to be promoted to dinnertime staple

Strata, a holiday brunch staple, can be tailored to a cook's whims and is a worthy meal any time of year.
Normandy-Style Pork Stew with Apple Cider and Bacon.

Comforting fall stew ties together French, Minnesota influences

Forget raindrops and roses: Apples and dairy are our favorite things, and they shine in this hearty meal.
Pasta mainstay cacio e pepe is great in dip form, too. Recipe and photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

If you love Cacio e Pepe, then you'll really love this cheesy dip

Hold the pasta: Pepper and Pecorino bring all the flavor you need for entertaining.
How can chicken soup get even better? Spaetzle.

Soup weather is here: Start with this delicious twist on chicken soup

Spaetzle stands in for noodles in this homey version.
You'll want to serve butter chicken with steamed rice and naan to soak up all the sauce. Recipe and photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribu

Learn to make this traditional Indian chicken dish at home

Butter chicken is rich, delicious and definitely worth a spot in your dinner rotation.
Serve Basque cheesecake at room temperature. The Spanish dessert is much simpler than the standard recipe. Photo and recipe from Meredith Deeds, Speci

This is the dessert that will change the cheesecake game

The luxurious Spanish dessert tastes like a cross between cheesecake and crème brûlée.
Grilled Spice-Rubbed Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Herbs. Recipe and photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Chicken gets a flavor boost from homemade spice rubs

Keep this flavorful blend on hand to use on anything that needs a little pick-me-up.
Spicy Eggplant Pasta combines the flavors of Italy and Greece in one decadent dish. Photo and recipe by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Spice up eggplant season with flavors of Italy and Greece

This luxurious pasta dish is easy to make, even on a weeknight.
Corn and Zucchini Fritters with Parmesan Chive Dipping Sauce. Recipe and photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

The only thing that can make corn fritters even better is adding zucchini

Plus, tips for preparing the late-summer treat that will put an end to spattering oil.
Marinated Tomato Salad. Credit:

Spice up your tomato haul with a marinated salad

Perfectly ripe tomatoes don't need much. But if you want to give your tastebuds a thrill, this is a delicious way to do it.
Crispy Roasted Portobello Risotto Burgers, recipe and photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

You don't need beef to make these 3 great burgers

Mushrooms, seafood and other meats are options for a savory sandwich.
From-scratch baked beans are a perfect picnic side dish.

Cooked low and slow, Cowboy Beans are a perfect picnic partner

Using dried beans and a mix of seasonings — and a secret ingredient — keeps the dish's texture and sweetness in check.
Grilled Chicken and Elote tacos might be the best bite you'll have this summer. Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Usher in Minnesota's sweet corn season with elote tacos

Combine the flavors of the iconic Mexican street food with grilled chicken for one of the best bites you'll have this summer.
Pan-Seared Scallops with Mango Cucumber Salsa. Meredith Deeds photo

Brightly flavored salsa brings summer flavors to simple scallops

Choose the right scallops for a memorable summer meal.
Delicate vichyssoise can be made with any number of vegetables; this version uses zucchini.

Chill out on a hot summer night with vichyssoise

The creamy, luxurious soup is deceptively easy to make.
Buttermilk Brined Country Fried Pork Chops with Creamy Black Pepper Gravy is dinner tonight. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Chicken-fried pork chops are an ideal dinner companion to fresh produce

Just because it's summer doesn't mean the comfort-food cravings stop.
Grilled Steakhouse Lettuce Wraps.

Lighten up steakhouse favorites by making lettuce wraps

All the tastes you love — steak, corn, blue cheese — are streamlined into a weather-friendly wrap.
Salsa Macha is a must-have condiment that's good on just about everything. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

If you like chili crisp, you're going to love salsa macha

Use the oil-based Mexican condiment on everything from tacos to eggs and avocado toast.
Classic potato salad from Meredith Deeds. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

This potato salad will rule summer barbecues

With a touch of acidity, spice and sweetness — plus your favorite add-ins — the seasonal staple has never tasted so good.
Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata

Sunny Meyer lemons add a different kick to classic chicken piccata

You'll want to serve this sophisticated (but quick) dish with plenty of rice or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.
Creamy Chicken Parm Skillet Pasta for dinner tonight. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Chicken Parmesan pasta will be your new go-to weeknight supper

All the flavors of the classic dish come together in one pan — and in half an hour.
Creamy Spanish Rice with Chickpeas (Arroz Meloso con Garbanzos) is inspired by paella. Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Go beyond paella with this creamy Spanish rice dish

Just add a crisp salad and crusty bread for a hearty vegetarian meal. Wine is optional.
Hot Soppressata and Ricotta Skillet Pizza is similar to the deep-dish variations you'd find in Chicago. Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Revolutionize family pizza night with these 3 recipes

With a variety of crusts, toppings and homemade sauce, give your favorite food a crust-to-cheese makeover.
A snappy shrimp salad sits atop a swipe of creamy feta for a springtime salad. Shrimp and Arugula Salad with Mint Vinaigrette and Whipped Feta. Credit

Springtime shrimp salad is a lesson in contrasts

Salty and sweet, citrusy and creamy — all the flavor basics are covered in this salad, perfect for spring holiday tables.
Sheet Pan Roasted Lemon Dijon Chicken Thighs with Smashed Potatoes for Dinner Tonight column. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Bring on the heat for a top-notch sheet-pan chicken dinner

This saucy meal hits the cook's trifecta: Efficient, easy and delicious
Seared Pork Chops with Cider Vinegar Pan Sauce. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Juicy, delicious pork chops are in reach with these cooking techniques

Say goodbye to dry meat and hello to a quick weeknight meal.
What to make for dinner? Pasta and other pantry staples come to the rescue

What to make for dinner? Pasta and other pantry staples come to the rescue

Lean on pantry staples and a few key ingredients to turn out quality meals in no time.
Fried shallots top these cheesy Irish mashed potatoes.

Irish staple takes a decadent turn, resulting in your new favorite mashed potatoes

Adding Irish Cheddar and crispy shallots takes mashed potatoes to another level for St. Patrick's Day.
Korean flavors can spice up your burger game.

Beef up burgers with spicy Korean flavors

Kimchi and gochujang are the condiments that have been missing from your patty.
Poached Fish in Creamy, Spicy Tomato Broth 

Cream brings a splash of flavor to poached fish

Add crusty bread to catch the last of the tasty broth from this easy weeknight meal.
Roasted Sausage Dinner with Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts in Mustard Vinaigrette.

Sausage is the star of this quick, flavorful sheet-pan dinner

Use this recipe as a blueprint — and as a chance to visit your local butcher shop to explore different tastes and types of sausage.
Try Harissa Honey Chicken Wings for Super Bowl Sunday. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Star Tribune

Moroccan-flavored chicken wings will score big at your Super Bowl party

A not-so-secret ingredient is key to getting wings crispy without frying.
Chorizo, butternut squash and poblano hash makes for a quick and spicy weeknight meal. Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Hash, that comfort food mainstay, gets a spicy makeover

Chorizo, squash and poblanos add kick to a quick dinner or hearty weekend breakfast.
Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Garlic and Spinach. Credit Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Quality ingredients help make the perfect weeknight pasta

When a recipe's ingredient list is short, buying the best is even more important.
Blistered Green Beans with Crispy Chiles and Shallots. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Blistering green beans turns up the flavor dial

The mild-mannered vegetable grows up
Ginger Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Ginger and lemon brighten up classic chicken noodle soup

This sunshine in a bowl is exactly what we need to help get us through a cold January.
After baking, an egg yolk, butter and parsley are stirred into the hot, cheesy filling to create a creamy dip for the crusty bread.

Bread, bacon and gooey cheese combine to make an over-the-top holiday appetizer

Half bread, half hot cheese dip, this dish is perfect for entertaining.
Chicken and Sausage Cacciatore provides warmth on a chilly winter night. Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Bold flavors are a comfort in this classic Italian braised chicken dish

If you're looking for something to take the chill out of the air, this recipe is it.
Soy Honey-Glazed Crispy Tofu with Broccoli and Carrots. Credit: Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

The key to crispy tofu? A shot of vodka

Tossed with vegetables and a quick yet complex sauce, it can be a hearty meat-free meal.
Leftover turkey finds a home in rice bowl with kimchi and gochujang sauce.

An easy solution to your biggest Thanksgiving dilemma: What to do with leftover turkey

Once the appeal of stuffing has worn off, rice bowls are a quick and versatile fix.
Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Meringue Topping is the best of both pie and cake worlds.

Showstopper dessert combines the best of pie and cake worlds

With a pumpkin-cake base and meringue topping, this sweet treat hints at holiday tradition but puts a new spin on it.
Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Tahini Honey Dressing.

Tahini works its magic on this fall salad

The nutty dressing gives peppery arugula and delicata squash a well deserved lift.
Pork and Lemongrass Meatball Lettuce Wraps. Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune

Meatball lettuce wraps are packed with flavor

The art of balancing sweet, salty, spicy and bitter flavors is perfected in Southeast Asian cuisine.
Photo by Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune. Celebrate Octoberfest with Creamy Kielbasa, Caramelized Onion and Gruyére Pasta.

Creamy pasta gives a nod to flavors of Oktoberfest

With a combination of sausage, mustard and cheese, all that's missing is the beer.
Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune Butternut Squash, Sausage and White Bean Soup

Fall is the right time for squash soup

Sausage and beans add savoriness and substance to a typically sweet seasonal soup.
Photo by Dennis Becker, Food styling by Lisa Golden Schroeder. Make curried chickpeas as a side dish for dinner ... and turn it into a vegan sandwich

4 ways to make today's dinner into tomorrow's lunch

A little planning will go a long way to avoiding ho-hum lunches.
Meredith Deeds • Special to the Star Tribune

Celebrate Minnesota apples with ginger-kissed crumble

No matter how you top it, fall fruits make the best desserts.

Shrimp is the ultimate taco filling, and it's easy to prepare

Do your homework before buying shrimp — and then make tacos.

These crisp fritters will make anyone a zucchini lover

Given proper attention, the much-maligned vegetable can play a starring role.

Rustic tart puts summery tomatoes front and center

The end of summer doesn't need to mean the end of tomato-centric dishes.

Grilled steak and salsa a perfect salute to summer

There's no better time for grilled rib-eyes and salsa.

Chowder makes the most of Minnesotans' garden bounty

And it's a perfect way to use up some of that zucchini.