Wine, meat and garlic combine for a hearty stew

This Friday Jan. 12, 2018 photo shows burgundy beef stew made with an electric pressure cooker in New York. Serve the stew over egg noodles, mashed potatoes or gnocchi for a satisfying cold-weather meal. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

During the recent bomb cyclone snowstorm, I couldn’t go to the store for several days as I waited to get plowed out of my driveway. I had plenty of food, but a lot of it was that first of January “diet” food and I was craving a warm stick-to-your ribs stew.

Cauliflower can morph into movie night snack food

This Jan. 8, 2018 photo shows a cheesy pull-apart whole roasted cauliflower In Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Years ago, I was attempting to reverse my daughter Valentine’s disdain for cauliflower. She was always my veggie-loving kiddo, so I was stumped by her dislike of one my favorites. Who doesn’t love roasted cauliflower florets, with those crispy caramelized golden edges?

Steak Fajitas

This November 2017 photo shows steak fajitas in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)

This year I’m looking to shake up the Super Bowl gathering a bit. Normally, a pot of chili anchors our party, but this year I’m thinking fajitas. They are customizable, have lots of visual appeal, and will definitely fuel the armchair athletes as they offer their unsolicited advice to the television.

How to keep evergreens green in winter

This undated photo shows winter burn of arborvitae leaves in New Paltz, N.Y. A few measures can be taken to lessen the chance of the leaves of your evergreen browning in winter. (Lee Reich via AP)

Did you notice browned areas on your evergreens at the end of last winter? You may still be able to do something to prevent a repeat performance of this condition, winter burn, which happens when evergreen leaves lose too much water in winter.

Over-ripe bananas? Then make better pancakes

This undated photo shows ripe banana pancakes. The bananas are mashed as if making banana bread and added to the batter right before the pancakes are prepared. The result is almost like banana bread pancakes. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

I hate to throw over-ripe bananas away. It is such a wasted opportunity for fresh fragrant banana bread. But, there is only so much banana bread that one can eat. That is why I asked myself, what else can I make with over-ripe bananas?



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