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Food and Fun

  • Avoid peach panic: Make the best of leftover fruit

    Don’t worry. We’ve all done it. Those peaches come into season and when we drive by produce stands, we are drawn in by their voluptuous looks.

  • Snap out of rut with summertime twists on traditional recipes

    Your summer dinners are starting to drag. Don’t worry; you aren’t alone. It’s easy to get into a rut preparing the same meals over and over again.But it’s just as easy to snap out of it and start a culinary revolution by twisting something old into something new. Just put a spin on your favorite recipes by doing the summertime twist.An updated version of the tried and true All-American cheeseburger and Baked Sweet Potato Fries will keep your Labor Day cookout guests on their toes.

  • Get kids involved, excited about school lunch choices

    Your nerves are shot.After spending endless hours pushing a shopping cart through every store in three counties for weeks, you found the perfect Hannah Montana or Kasey Kahne lunch box.Now, all that’s left to do is find something to put in it that will give your little Disney Channel wannabe or NASCAR novice enough brain power to make it through the day.And you thought finding that lunch box was hard.Try finding the suggested good-for-you protein, vegetable, fruit and a fun treat combination you can pack each day that they will eat.

  • Eat light to beat the heat

    August lends itself to eating lighter meals to get through sweltering summer days. But eating light doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. You may even want to move the cooking outside for these sizzling, grilled Smell Good Chicken Sandwiches. As soon as your neighbors whiff the aroma drifting from your yard to theirs, they’re going to understand where the name comes from.

  • Saffron adds kick to Paella Marisco

    Cooking is an inexpensive culinary adventure to an exotic excursion. It gives you a chance to savor the delectable cuisine of some faraway place from the comfort of your own kitchen. Plus, there is very little hassle and no travel expenses.

  • Brown bag lunches from home save time, money

    With the price of gasoline going up almost daily, many families are looking for ways to save a little money, including packing a brown bag from home instead of eating at a restaurant or opting for fast food.

  • Back yard feast: Side dishes add fireworks to Great American Cookout

    Light the grill; Independence Day is here.While hot dogs, hamburger patties and barbecue chicken take center stage in the backyard on Friday, nothing adds spice to a star-spangled July 4 feast like all-American side dishes.The great thing about side dishes is you can mix and match them, depending on what your tastes are.From baked beans and coleslaw to potato salad and fresh-shucked corn, the combinations are endless.Nothing is better than topping it with homemade ice cream and a patriotic sweet treat or two, including an ice cold watermelon.

  • Farmer's markets have local flavor

    If you want some of the freshest produce around, you’ll find it at a local farmer’s market.The reasoning is simple. There is no “jet lag” involved. While most of the produce that hits the supermarket shelves is trucked in, local produce has traveled less than a day to get to market, making it as garden fresh as possible.

  • Rubs take art of grilling to a new level

    Grill enthusiasts who depend on barbecue sauces and marinades to awaken meats may be missing the boat.Nothing can add character and a kick to beef and pork like a good rub.A rub is simple, dry powder usually made of spices, salts and sugars that’s applied to meat before it’s grilled.It not only boosts the flavor, but also forms a tasty crust by clinging to the meat.According to the Web site www.fiery–foods.com, rubs work well because they “open up” the meat.

  • Culinary arts students at LHS learning to cook with passion

    The culinary arts classes at Lancaster High School are taught in such a way that students can take it to the next level if they want to.