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Updated Feb 15, 2017 at 10:18 AM

Q: Older baking recipes use cream of tartar. What is it and is there any substitute when using vintage recipes?ó Meredith Booth, Wallkill, New YorkA: No need to look for a substitute for cream of tartar, it is readily available for purchase in any grocery store. Look for it in the aisle where spices and other baking ingredients are sold.

Updated Feb 15, 2017 at 10:13 AM

My personal calendar ó which marks winter as January, February and March ó tells me that the dreaded season of dark and cold is officially halfway over today.Hooray! (Sorry, winter-sports enthusiasts.)

Updated Feb 8, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Q: I have a recipe that calls for buttermilk. Can I use sour milk instead, or kefir? If so, how do I sour milk?ó Lyn Lombard Palka, Columbus, OhioA: Sour milk or kefir can be substituted for buttermilk.

Updated Feb 8, 2017 at 9:34 AM

Not too long ago, someone asked me whether I ever make mistakes in the kitchen.Of course, I said with a chuckle, knowing my failures all too well.

Posted Jan 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM

As dips tend to be, this is a party food that brings people together, an edible ice breaker, beckoning everyone to gather around and literally rub elbows as they dig in. But this one goes a step further...

Updated Jan 30, 2017 at 2:52 PM

On my annual list of summer salads, there's always fattoush. Like panzanella, its Italian cousin, fattoush makes use of leftover bread and combines it with fresh produce. This Middle Eastern dish often...

Updated Jan 27, 2017 at 3:48 PM

A dry rub blend of spices and peanuts rubbed into the meat forms a spicy crust that is a great alternative to a marinade. You don't have to wait for the meat to absorb the marinade flavors. The pork is roasted in the oven. Make sure your oven is...

Updated Jan 26, 2017 at 2:21 PM

The difference between tomato and rice soup and this roasted red pepper soup with orzo is more of a sidestep than a leap. But the elevation in flavor is noticeable - especially when you embellish the...

Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 1:19 PM

A Yoplait Strawberry commercial, released in June, shows a slender brunette dancing around a pink cottage. "Good news, everybody," she coos in a French accent. "There is now 25 percent less sugar!"

Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Q: I made oatmeal no-bake cookies, but they were extremely dry and crumbly. Would it matter that I used quick oats instead of old-fashioned? Or would the dryness of my house or humidity matter? I used the Food Network recipe.

Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Many beer geeks spent the end of 2016 debating their list of the year's best releases - Voodoo's ManBearPig imperial stout? Tree House's King JJJuliusss double IPA? Ocelot's Talking Backwards triple IPA?...

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