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In college I said — more than a couple of times — a first date should either include ribs or popcorn, because both are messy. Life is messy. Those two foods show a person’s true colors.

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It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love a bowl of spaghetti topped with meatballs and marinara, but stovetop versions are often messy (between the spattering oil from frying the meatballs and the sputtering tomato sauce), and the sauce requires a long simmering time to develop rich, deep flavor.

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Good gingerbread is dark and moist, with an intriguing hint of bitterness and a peppery finish. Usually it’s a rustic square cake or maybe even an attractive Bundt, but it’s never quite sophisticated enough to serve as the centerpiece holiday dessert.

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Rolled in powdered sugar before baking, chocolate crinkle cookies (often called earthquakes) feature chocolaty fissures that break through the bright white surface during baking. While striking in appearance, these cookies often fall short on taste.

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This time of year, the focus is on food. Whether that is the Thanksgiving meal, the holiday baked goods or Christmas dinner, nearly every bite is courtesy of insect pollination.

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Every Thanksgiving, my family would go around the table and we would have to say what we are grateful for.

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Second Street:Is closed from 1-2:30 p.m. today from 4J Road to Osborne Avenue for the annual Veterans Day Parade.Emerson and Carey Avenues:The alley between Emerson and Carey and Sixth and Seventh streets is closed through Monday for removing and replacing asphalt as part of the 2019 Large A…

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Ever wonder why the cookies spread out so thin in Wyoming? Or your hard boiled eggs take way longer than the recipe calls for?

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How to skim fat off soupDon't despair about soup that's too fatty — it can be fixed.If you have time, put the pot of soup in the refrigerator, wait 30 minutes, then skim the grease from the top and reheat. If you're short on time, add a few ice cubes and remove them as soon as you see grease…

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Fall is here. It’s a time when the sunlight begins to shorten, the plants return to the earth and people spend more time indoors, cuddling up with Netflix and a bowl of popcorn.

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For some this is pumpkin spice season, but for me, it’s soup season.

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The spookiest day of the year is nearly here so don’t settle for subpar treats. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just haunting the house, you can spice up your celebration with recipes featuring pecans.

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Plastic is everywhere. You see it in everything from a Starbucks iced coffee to every grocery store shelf and checkout. It’s even in places that aren’t visible, like shampoo and toothpaste.

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When you think of the use of plastic, it tends to be about large plastic containers or plastic bags. But the more you think about it, the more you realize plastic is everywhere. Each year, Americans dispose of 32 million tons of plastic waste.

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Now that my kids are on their own and cooking for themselves, both have thanked me for passing on one technique in particular: how to cook a thin piece of protein and make a pan sauce from the drippings. It is indeed a quick, easy and affordable skill with endless variations.

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According to Johna Mason, there is no wrong way to do art.

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I’m a millennial. Sort of. At 35 years old, I’m actually at the very edge of the gap, so I’m what is considered a Xennial, a new term being used to describe people born between 1977 and 1983.

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I had no idea until recently that the numbers on the side of the toaster are for minutes and not degree of toasty-ness. I found out via Instagram a week ago.

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The sound of bells are ringing, moms and dads are rejoicing and backpacks are hung in the closet with care.

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Restaurant busted over tarantula tacos

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My garden is finally flourishing. I’ve got tomatoes, a few cucumbers, several small bell peppers and basil out the wazoo.

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For peak flavor from your garden, here are a few tips:

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Inside the Central Pavilion at Cam-plex, hundreds of people walked up and down four aisles, passing dozens of booths selling items such as a three-in-one massage machine to the perfect chip bag sealer.

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If you went to Google earlier this month, one of the “doodle” was a cookbook that opens to a map of the United States with a food for each state. Clicking on the states, though, turns up a strange menu.

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Growing up on a ranch north of Gillette, Lee McClure knew good ice cream. In his mind, it was always fresh and always vanilla.

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I took my kids to the farmers market a few weeks back. On one wrist was a bag of produce and in the hand of that wrist was my toddler’s hand and I was feeding the sleepy baby with the other, trying to dig into my purse to find my wallet to pay the ice cream vendor for my toddler’s cone.

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In a time of Pinterest boards and blogs galore, thousands (if not millions) of recipes can be found with just a few keystrokes.

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Celebrity Chef Kevin Roberts, also known as The Food Dude, will be in Gillette for a cooking demonstration at the Family Motor Coach Association’s National Rally and Show at Cam-plex.

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Herb and spice mixes are essential to cuisines around the world, but you don’t have to leave the kitchen to bring the blends into your own kitchen.

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