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Sweet and sour beef is a popular Chinese stir-fry dish. Here's a simple version that has great flavor and can be made in minutes. The sweet and sour sauce is light so it gently coats the beef and vegetables blending the flavors together, but not masking the taste of each ingredient. Read more

As spring emerges and the world continues to heal, our cooking lightens and our commitment to exercise deepens — in theory, at least. At the very least, sunshine and warm breezes can’t help but brighten our attitude this time of year. Read more

Fresh salmon, lime juice and spices make up this easy ceviche dinner. It’s best to partially freeze the salmon for about 15 minutes before cutting it up for the ceviche. Also, rinse your knife in cold water between each cut of the salmon. These help you cut the salmon into neat cubes. Read more

If I had to guess, the fact that you’re carving time from your busy day to read this suggests you may be new to this whole “how to make pretzels at home” affair. Something to keep in mind is that pretzels can be fairly complicated, what with all the science and so on — especially if you’re s… Read more

You can have this homemade quiche ready in just 25 minutes, without fussing with pastry dough. Dr. Amy Ronner, law professor emeritus, created this vegetarian quiche looking for new recipes during the pandemic. It’s an easy mix-and-bake quiche. The secret to saving time and calories is to us… Read more

We all have cooking tasks that, for whatever reason, we simply refuse to do — the thought of doing them prompts feelings of dread or disdain. When I think of the arrival of spring each year, I’m reminded of my personal hell: preparing artichokes. Read more

When traveling in Mexico or dining out closer to home, I seek out antojitos — those little whims of street snacks and appetizers. My favorites include flavor-packed, handheld chalupas and sopes made from corn masa dough that has been transformed into crispy, crusty golden containers. They ar… Read more

Here’s a quick and light version of a classic French stew, chicken fricassee. Here I’ve shortened the usual slow cooking time for the stew, but it captures the essence of the dish’s traditional flavor. Microwaveable brown rice, which takes only a minute to microwave, helps make this an easy,… Read more

Fresh ginger and tamari sauce flavor salmon fillets and Chinese noodles for this Asian dinner. The salmon takes 10 minutes to marinate. Start it first and prepare the remaining ingredients. Once this is done the meal takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Tamari is a Japanese form of soy sauce.… Read more

PITTSBURGH – Condiments often play a role in elevating a dish's flavor. Where would a hot dog be without that ubiquitous squirt of ketchup or a ham sandwich without a slather of mayonnaise? Read more

Like many, we traditionally serve ham on Easter Sunday. Once upon a time, my grandfather cured and smoked his own hams, harvested in the fall from the family farm. By spring, the ham proved perfectly ready for our large family to enjoy. Read more

This is an Indian-flavored vegetarian dinner and it’s a one-pot meal. A pilaf is typically a rice dish that is cooked for about 20 minutes in stock with spices, vegetables and meat. For this quick dinner, I’ve shortened the time and work using microwaveable brown rice. Read more

In Southern California, where there’s a nearly imperceptible shift in weather between the seasons, I more and more find myself embracing holidays to mark the passing of time. In this regard, Easter warrants special consideration as it heralds the beginning of spring. Read more

Doctor up rotisserie or cooked chicken for this 10-minute dinner. And there’s very little preparation time with the help of the supermarket. Shredded lettuce, frozen chopped onion, minced garlic and a bottle of salsa verde cuts the prep time to only a few minutes. Read more

During several visits to Ireland, prolific Minneapolis cookbook author Zoë François became obsessed with the simple scones that she seemingly encountered everywhere. Read more

A fragrant crust made with five-spice powder, fresh ginger and scallion coats the top of a salmon fillet for this dinner. The salmon is placed on a foil lined baking sheet and the brown rice with broccoli side dish is made in the microwave, making this a 10-minute dinner with very little clean up. Read more

Spring break is upon us, but a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that it will not – should not – look like it has in years past. But we need bright spots and sunshine now more than ever. So this spring, we’ll travel by way of our imaginations – and taste buds. Read more

Have you been feeling a little cooped lately up with all the crummy weather? Me, too, and I’m guessing that’s why I’ve been obsessed with adding fresh, leafy greens to every meal for the past couple of weeks. Read more

Light but still satisfying, chicken salad is the ultimate girls’ lunch menu item. But it also can be dressed up with fruits and spices to create a quick and easy weeknight meal. Read more