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Savory bean bake stays sumptuous with healthful tweak

This recipe is my spin on a favorite from the very first cookbook I owned: the “Moosewood Cookbook,” by Mollie Katzen (Ten Speed Press, 1977). That book, which I still have – its cover sun-bleached and pages spattered – fed me throughout my college years and beyond. One dish from it that I made again and again was the simply named Cheese-Beans, a savory, chili-seasoned bake of red beans, fresh tomatoes, chunks of sweet apple and cheese. Lots of cheese.

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Sorting out the many yogurt options

It all started with Greek yogurt. Once available only in specialty stores, in the past decade it has come to dominate the yogurt aisle in just about every grocery store. Its success has opened our minds and taste buds to yogurt’s world of possibilities, clearing the path for other traditional takes on the beloved food. Now you can globe-hop in the dairy department with offerings from France, Australia, Bulgaria, Iceland and other countries.

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Solving the puzzle of the eggplant parmesan

“No dish has ever been devised that tastes more satisfyingly of summer,” Marcella Hazan wrote of eggplant Parmesan in her definitive (and assertive) cookbook, “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.” (I might argue that if she’d never been to a clambake or a crab boil, just this once she might have been wrong.)

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Pancake artists makes an edible Pennywise clown

Pancake artist Ben Daniels of Dancakes makes an edible creation from Stephen King’s “It” at the 14th annual Art in the Park. Dancakes was one in the over 50 artist stands that participated in the event, which was Oct. 14 and 15 at Lindendale Park in Highland.

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Lovina's Amish Kitchen | Distractions from toddler are hard to resist

It’s a cool Wednesday evening — we finally have a break from the heat. Tonight was a nice evening to go to the local u-pick farm for grapes. Tomorrow we will steam the grapes into juice. We make grape juice concentrate. Sugar and water can be added to suit your own taste when you open the jars. A good healthy drink on those cold winter mornings. The steamers have saved so much work. I have two of them so it keeps me busy to keep both filled and filling the jars.

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