Alaska Salmon

To those of you who have watched “The Deadliest Catch,” the Alaska seafood industry may seem tough and dangerous. It is. But this very important supplier of America’s seafood has also become remarkably sophisticated. Copper River Seafoods, named for the river that produces some of the world’s most prized king …

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The Right Stuffing

We may talk turkey on Thanksgiving but what we really want is the stuffing. That’s why many Thanksgiving tables have two kinds of stuffing. Who has two kinds of turkey? My mother made her stuffing the night before Thanksgiving. This remarkably simple bread stuffing, gently seasoned with celery, onions, and …

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Risotto

Many people still have trouble cooking plain long grain rice, let alone risotto. And risotto in a hurry? “Fuggedaboudit,” as Tony Soprano might say.  But you can make risotto in about 20 minutes any night of the week. In case you’ve been on another culinary planet for the past decade …

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Beefing up Quick Meals

Ground beef is one of the most versatile meats for quick meals that can satisfy almost any family member. A kid’s favorite is the sloppy Joe, ground beef sauteed with onions, and green peppers, then mixed with ketchup, chili sauce or better yet, canned tomato sauce or stewed tomatoes. Jazz …

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Triple Cream Cheeses: Triple Play

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve written about American food products catching up to (and sometimes surpassing) the benchmarks from Europe. The most recent American big dog is triple-cream cheeses, which is a group as rich and decadent as it sounds. It comes as no surprise that …

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