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Kombucha: Fermented, fizzy sweet-tart tea is easily brewed in the kitchen

posted: 07/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

As with any diverse, thriving community, there is a creation story. Once upon a time about 2,000 years ago, an insect fell into a vat of sweet tea, trailing bacteria that colonized with local yeast. In the manner of empires, this first symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (commonly called a SCOBY or scoby) birthed vast colonies in new lands. A Korean doctor reportedly used the fermented tea to heal a Japanese emperor around A.D. 414. Five hundreds years later, it jostled in samurais' wine bags, an early take on Gatorade, and five hundred years after that, soldiers returned from the Russo-Japanese war to plop scobys in vats across Eastern Europe.

FRONT BURNER: Craving carnitas

posted: 07/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A dish that takes hours to cook in the oven isn't exactly the ideal summer dish, but food cravings don't always fall in line with the weather.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 07/13/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Sure we use canning jars for canning and preserving our favorite foods, but more often than not we reach for canning jars for storing dry goods like grains and beans, spice blends, leftovers, nonfood items like buttons and thumb tacks, and making salad dressings (just combine the ingredients, screw on the lid and shake).

Cooking for two: Tangy salad sides with glazed pork chops

posted: 07/13/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Dijon mustard and orange marmalade create a spicy, sweet glaze for quick-cooking boneless pork chops. The secret to speedy cooking is to buy thin-cut pork chops or cut thick ones in half horizontally to make a 1/2-inch thick chop.

Smoked salmon joins avocado in toasty treat

posted: 07/13/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Avocado toast is all the rage these days and I have always loved avocado and smoked salmon together. So this toast is really a mash up of the popular avocado toast and the best flavors from Sunday's lox and bagels.

7day menu planner

posted: 07/13/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Bring the family together for Citrus-Marinated Beef and Fruit Kebabs (see recipe). Serve the sizzling summer combo with rice and a mixed greens salad. Add sourdough bread. Buy a Key lime pie for dessert.

Uncorked: Picking the best wine for those summer salads

posted: 07/13/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Gone are the days when the mere mention of having salad for dinner conjures up images of sad assorted greens and a few misplaced carrots and tomatoes. Today's salad choices are not just for those looking for a healthful option, but those wanting delicious too.

Cooking with diabetes: Farro, vegetables fine summer meal

posted: 07/13/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Farro, a variety of wheat, is a hearty whole grain that may well become a staple in your kitchen. It can be used in everything from soups and casseroles to sides and salads.

Revised recipe fills chocolate cake gap

posted: 07/13/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Chocolate cake perfection once was mine. Then, readers may recall, I lost the recipe.

Spatchcocking chicken will slash roasting time

posted: 07/13/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Spatchcocking isn't just a fun word to teach your kids to say on the playground. It's also a great way to get dinner on the table fast.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/13/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I have an inexpensive package of clear plastic processing caps, used in hair salons. Can I also use these elasticized caps in the kitchen as bowl covers for food storage and/or microwaving?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/13/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Your birthday wish is a tall order, but it's not out of line, nor is it outside the realm of possibility. Strides made in the next 10 weeks will make it so. A deal wraps up favorably next month. September highlights family togetherness. There will be exciting developments in the realm of love and relationships in October.

On Christianity

posted: 07/13/2016 1:46 a.m. Comment 1

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Who is to blame for all the evil in the world -- God or the devil? I'd like to think it's the devil, but if God is all-powerful, doesn't that make Him responsible for everything that happens -- even evil?

Super Quiz: The Devil

posted: 07/13/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

1. Name of a moist, airy, rich chocolate layer cake

Food: Kombucha 101

posted: 07/12/2016 11:14 a.m. Discuss

As with any diverse, thriving community, there is a creation story. Once upon a time about 2,000 years ago, an insect fell into a vat of sweet tea, trailing bacteria that colonized with local yeast. In the manner of empires, this first symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (commonly called a SCOBY or scoby) birthed vast colonies in new lands, writes Cheree Franco.

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