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
This Oct. 12 photo shows homemade ginger tea in New York. This drink is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Ginger Tea is a soothing drink

With the arrival of the cold-and-cough season, you may be thinking about cooking up a big batch of chicken soup as a cure for what… Continue reading

This Oct. 12 photo shows homemade ginger tea in New York. This drink is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Pioneer Potluck: Scrubbing and waxing the floors

On the farm in Northern Colorado, 1944 I was looking at our laminated wood floors this morning and thinking that I have it so easy… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
This Oct. 2 photo shows a meatless cheesy oat burger in Bethesda, Md. Part-skim ricotta cheese is the star of a tasty meatless burger patty that looks almost like a turkey burger, but tastes more like an Italian-inspired fried cheese appetizer. (Melissa D’Arabian via AP)

Cheese stars in this meatless burger that has a yum factor

As much as I love a juicy beef burger, I’ve become a little obsessed with creating veggie burgers that step in and satisfy without any… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2017
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This Oct. 2 photo shows a meatless cheesy oat burger in Bethesda, Md. Part-skim ricotta cheese is the star of a tasty meatless burger patty that looks almost like a turkey burger, but tastes more like an Italian-inspired fried cheese appetizer. (Melissa D’Arabian via AP)
This Nov. 21, 2016 photo shows red lentil and chicken slow-cooker soup in New York. The soup is thick from the lentils, and fragrant with cumin and coriander. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Red Lentil and Chicken Slow-Cooker Soup

I am a Football Mom. A New York City Football Mom, so Football Moms from, say, Texas or California might smirk at me a little.… Continue reading

This Nov. 21, 2016 photo shows red lentil and chicken slow-cooker soup in New York. The soup is thick from the lentils, and fragrant with cumin and coriander. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)
This Oct. 2 photo shows an Italian sausage frittata in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Flexible Frittata is thick, satisfying omelet

What to do on a busy weeknight when you poke your head into the fridge and discover a variety of souvenirs left over from previous… Continue reading

This Oct. 2 photo shows an Italian sausage frittata in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)
This Sept. 17, 2017 photo shows bratwurst sausages being grilled before simmering in beer in Houston. This dish is from a recipe by Elizabeth Karmel. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)

Don’t toss that old beer: Make some delicious bratwurst

When I first moved to Chicago from North Carolina, I was amazed at the variety of sausages. There were polish sausages, bratwurst, bockwurst, Italian; sweet… Continue reading

This Sept. 17, 2017 photo shows bratwurst sausages being grilled before simmering in beer in Houston. This dish is from a recipe by Elizabeth Karmel. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)
This Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 photo shows Kung Pao cod in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (AP Photo/Melissa d’Arabian)

Scratch the itch of Asian takeout craving with Kung Pao Cod

Eating healthy doesn’t mean there isn’t room for occasional treats like Chinese takeout or a drive-thru for our favorite one-of-a-kind cheeseburger. As long as we… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2017
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 photo shows Kung Pao cod in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (AP Photo/Melissa d’Arabian)
This Sept. 25 photo shows pumpkin coconut squares in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Pumpkin Coconut Squares are scrumptious treat for Halloween

Here’s a scrumptious treat for Halloween. It happens to be too delicate to give away to the trick-or-treaters, but it’s just right for y-o-u and… Continue reading

This Sept. 25 photo shows pumpkin coconut squares in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)
This Sept. 15 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows pumpkin bread French toast in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Face it, you need some pumpkin to really ring in the season

There are some major misconceptions about brunch, like that it’s just an excuse for people to drink mimosas and bloody marys before noon. And, well,… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2017
  • By The Culinary Institute of America
  • LifeFood
This Sept. 15 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows pumpkin bread French toast 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: Bear country

North Nikiski For the last two weeks we have been seeing a 2-year-old black bear in our yard or in a neighbor’s yard. He does… Continue reading

  • Sep 26, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood