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By Angela Denstad Stigeler Once we cross the threshold of November, it seems the holiday melee can no longer be held at bay. This year, I’ve even seen Halloween décor mixed helter-skelter with some pilgrims and Christmas trees. Before it comes to this sort of pell-mell holiday melting pot, it’s a good idea to have [...]

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By Angela Denstad Stigeler Halloween is all about pumpkins, chocolate and disguises. So if you feel like concocting a little treat encompassing all three, here’s a handy trick: chocolate icebox wafers sandwiched with a pumpkin filling. The cookies are made with a simple slice-and-bake method, which means they come together in the bat of an [...]

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By Angela Denstad Stigeler Walnuts sometimes seem a bit drab in comparison with other members of the nut family. They’re more plentiful and less pricey than pine nuts, less rich in flavor than pecans, more rumpled than almonds. Nevertheless, these stalwart pantry staples are worth their weight in gold when it comes to health benefits, [...]

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By Angela Denstad Stigeler Around this time of year, it’s common to see pumpkin-filled pastas, like ravioli and tortelloni, draped in delectable creamy or buttery sauces. While it’s well worth the effort to make and fill your own pasta, most days that’s just not an option. That’s why, when I spied a pumpkin pasta sauce [...]

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By Angela Denstad Stigeler While winemaking is in full swing in much of Europe, there’s a great grapey little bread being baked as well – a special sort of focaccia, or Italian flatbread, that celebrates the harvest. Focaccia is found all over Italy in various forms and derives its name from the Latin word for [...]

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