This Dec. 8 photo shows a Korean grain bowl in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Korean Grain Bowl is built on healthy, filling ingredients

Every New Year, lots of us resolve to lose weight. And every year, lots of us fail. The problem? We go from eating too much… Continue reading

This Dec. 8 photo shows a Korean grain bowl in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)
This Dec. 18 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows a vegetable carpaccio in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Vegetables get happy with garlic- and spice-infused drizzles

Obviously, we love cooking. At The Culinary Institute of America, it’s in our shared DNA to boil, braise, baste, and bake. But when it comes… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018
  • By The Culinary Institute of America
  • LifeFood
This Dec. 18 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows a vegetable carpaccio in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Pioneer Potluck: Tying up loose ends at the end of the year

This year has we have seen lots of changes and lots of different outcomes. Bob and I worked hard at making our life easier around… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood

Pioneer Potluck: About birthdays and old friends

We are blessed to have many great friends. We heard from many at Christmas by way of a pretty card and the “new” way to… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
This Jan. 1 photo shows cauliflower mashed potatoes, bottom right, in New York. Not only is this pur&

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes are simple to make

Let’s say you’ve resolved to eat healthier in the New Year, but find yourself tripped up over and over again by your unconquerable yen for… Continue reading

This Jan. 1 photo shows cauliflower mashed potatoes, bottom right, in New York. Not only is this pur&
This Dec. 26, 2017 photo shows shrimp and pineapple skewers in Bethesda, Md. A super easy go-to recipe, which uses easy pantry ingredients, you can even use canned pineapple, to create something that still feels high-end.(Melissa daArabian via AP)

Shrimp paired with pineapple brings elegance and sweetness

After all the cooking and shopping that the holidays inspire us to do, I’m looking forward to pulling out some easy recipes that use pantry… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This Dec. 26, 2017 photo shows shrimp and pineapple skewers in Bethesda, Md. A super easy go-to recipe, which uses easy pantry ingredients, you can even use canned pineapple, to create something that still feels high-end.(Melissa daArabian via AP)

Pioneer Potluck: Happy birthday, Mom

Wellington and on a farm in Northern Colorado Dec. 19,1915-1999 This is written in honor of our mother’s birthday, Dec. 19. Our mom was born in… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood

Pioneer Potluck: Getting ready for Christmas

On the farm 14 miles east of Fort Collins, Colorado 1937-1955 We woke up on the Monday after Thanksgiving with the slight noise coming out… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
Salmon Pirog/Pie

Pioneer Potluck: Getting ready for the holidays and meeting new friends

Northern Colorado, 1937-1955, and Kenai, 2017 Mom started early getting ready for the Holidays. Dad and some of his relatives or friends would go deer… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
Salmon Pirog/Pie
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pioneer Potluck: Halloweens past

1937-1967 on the farm and Fort Collins, Colorado; 1967 to present, Alaska My first memory of Halloween is when I was about 5. Our Dad,… Continue reading

  • Nov 2, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This Oct. 23 photo shows a pumpkin and spice breakfast bowl in Bethesda, Md. Loading up the freezer with these bowls is an excellent plan-ahead strategy, whether you’re a mom of four, or you just want to streamline your mornings. (Melissa D’Arabian via AP)

Put pumpkin puree to work as part of a frozen winter treat

All four of my daughters love frozen acai bowls because they feel like you’re eating ice cream for breakfast, except healthier. If you haven’t hopped… Continue reading

  • Nov 2, 2017
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This Oct. 23 photo shows a pumpkin and spice breakfast bowl in Bethesda, Md. Loading up the freezer with these bowls is an excellent plan-ahead strategy, whether you’re a mom of four, or you just want to streamline your mornings. (Melissa D’Arabian via AP)
This Feb. 13 photo shows pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with chorizo and toasted bread crumbs. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts lovers, you are in for a treat: a side dish that will threaten to steal center stage. Spanish chorizo, a wonderfully spiced smoked… Continue reading

This Feb. 13 photo shows pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with chorizo and toasted bread crumbs. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)
This Oct. 19 photo shows a root vegetable gratin made with turnips, carrots and parsnips. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Root Vegetable Gratin is tasty side dish for Thanksgiving

The side dishes on our annual Thanksgiving menu almost always include mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. This year I decided to change up the… Continue reading

This Oct. 19 photo shows a root vegetable gratin made with turnips, carrots and parsnips. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)
This undated photo shows cheese straws in Amagansett, N.Y. Cheese straws are more like a crumbly savory shortbread cookie than a biscuit and are often served as a nibble with cocktails or baked and wrapped as a homemade hostess gift. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)

You won’t believe the thing that makes great cheese straws

The South is credited with creating the cheese straw but no one knows who, where or why exactly. There is one vague story about leftover… Continue reading

This undated photo shows cheese straws in Amagansett, N.Y. Cheese straws are more like a crumbly savory shortbread cookie than a biscuit and are often served as a nibble with cocktails or baked and wrapped as a homemade hostess gift. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)
This Sept. 11 photo shows mashed sweet potatoes with roasted garlic in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic

There are certain vegetables that I bring home and have a stare-off with for a while before cooking them. I think sweet potatoes top the… Continue reading

This Sept. 11 photo shows mashed sweet potatoes with roasted garlic in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

Pioneer Potluck: Washday and various other things

Northern Colorado 1937-1955 Last week I wrote about Monday wash day and Tuesday ironing day. I received many comments about hanging clothes on the line… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
This Oct. 16 photo shows roasted sweet potato and Brussels sprouts hash in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)

Sweet potato and Brussels sprouts hash gets a bacon blast

A chill is finally in the air, which transforms what goes on our table. Winter squash, hardy greens like kale and chard, cabbage, cauliflower, and… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2017
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This Oct. 16 photo shows roasted sweet potato and Brussels sprouts hash in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)
This Oct. 4 photo shows a bowl of ten-minute tortilla soup in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)

This Ten-Minute Tortilla Soup is filling comfort food — fast

I owe the idea to well-meaning fans, who over the years would approach me to thank me for the genius of making 10-minute-meals. I never… Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2017
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This Oct. 4 photo shows a bowl of ten-minute tortilla soup in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)
This Jan. 27 photo shows roasted cauliflower with a sesame drizzle in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Cauliflower with Sesame Drizzle

Food writers (and I include myself) are often talking about what new things you can do with that package of chicken breasts or that pound… Continue reading

This Jan. 27 photo shows roasted cauliflower with a sesame drizzle in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)

Pioneer Potluck: Monday morning washing and Tuesday ironing

On a farm in Northern Colorado, 1937-1955 As far back as I can remember, I recall my Mother lugging a big basket of wet clothes… Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood