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Fresh sides: New ways to fix stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberries

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Let’s be clear about something... When making stuffing, it’s always better to slice and dry your own bread cubes. Hands down, the taste and texture are better.

But let’s also be realistic. In the chaos of getting the many components of Thanksgiving dinner on the table in a timely manner, many of us won’t have the time to make that happen. It’s all good. Truth is, you can make a pretty respectable stuffing using those bagged stuffing mixes.

It all comes down to how you doctor it (in other words, what you add to it). If all you do is follow the package directions — which usually amount to not much more than adding broth and an onion — you’re doomed to dull stuffing. But if you’re willing to toss in some more exciting ingredients, you can have a great stuffing nobody will guess started in a bag.


Baking Christmas cheer in the dark of night

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Dick Rudin has a list and he’s checking it twice — or more.

On Rudin’s list are plenty of eggs, flour, butter, vanilla and sugar—ingredients he’ll need to oversee the making of some 25,000 holiday cookies this year.

A sweet tradition continues

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It’s time to dust off your baking sheets, strap on your apron and preheat the oven — the Kenosha News Holiday Cookie Contest is back.

We began last year with the hope of creating a new holiday tradition, and not much in the way of expectations for how many entries we’d receive.

All - day chili

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Slow cookers have legions of fans. I am not among them.

It’s partly philosophical, partly practical. Let’s start with the latter. Truth is, I’m just not good at producing food that tastes all that great in a slow cooker. Whatever I make ends up either tasteless mush or wildly overcooked or — on days when I’m really shining — both mushy and wildly overcooked.

Why make your own chicken stock? Because it rocks!

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Why bother making chicken stock at home when there are so many respectable versions at the supermarket? Because the stock you pour out of a can or a box just can’t touch the homemade variety.

The difference is in the flavor and the texture, both of which — but particularly the texture — come from the long, slow simmering of bones. Homemade has it. Store-bought doesn’t.

Contest judges choose the apple of their eyes

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With temperatures in the low 40s accompanied by a light drizzle, the pickings were slim — but delicious — at Saturday’s Kenosha HarborMarket.

Featured at the second-to-last outdoor market of the season was a tasting competition for apples and pears from among Saturday’s available vendors. Bob Kazmierski, greenhouse worker at Gateway Technical College’s Urban Farm, oversaw proceedings.

Fruitful harvest

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Wisconsin has more than four seasons.

In addition to the climatic ones and construction season, there is apple season. Weather accommodating, apple season is the time when urban and out-of-state families make annual treks to local orchards for their dose of country.

Falling for squash

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Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas.

But before we get cooking, let’s talk prep. Butternut’s thick skin and rock-hard flesh can make the peeling, seeding and chopping part of the meal a challenge. No wonder those bags of prepped squash chunks at the grocer are so popular. But they also are pricy, so let’s talk tips for making the work a little easier.

An American original: Wild rice rich with nutrients, history

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September is Wild Rice Month. Not just because it’s on the calendar at the Whole Grains Council — which it is — but because this semi-aquatic seed is harvested during a fairly short window each September.

Wild rice is as exotic as its name implies. A breed apart from white or brown rice, its unique characteristics include dark brown to black coloring, nutty flavor and chewy texture. Additionally, its delicate botany makes wild rice challenging to harvest, which translates into a higher price point than most other grains or rices.

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