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Father’s Day is around the corner, so get ready to fire up the grill and break out the big guns — or in this case, the big paella pan. Paella is always fun to make and, of course, to eat. 

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Dear Heloise: I tried everything to keep my guacamole from turning brown, but nothing worked until I tried this: Put the guac into a container, leaving space on top and at one side. Place some chopped onion pieces into the side area only, and put the airtight lid on it. After 4 1/2 days, it …

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It’s officially grilling season. Steaks, chicken, burgers and hot dogs will grace the grill through summer’s sultry afternoons and long, soft evenings.

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Dear Readers: Did you know the peanut is actually a legume? A legume is a seed that grows in a pod and can be eaten. Peanuts, as well as beans and peas, belong to the plant family Legum-inosae. Unlike walnuts or pecans, which grow on trees, peanuts grow underground. Research studies have sho…

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There’s no better way to enjoy ripe fruit than in a good old-fashioned crisp. In the summer, stone fruit and berries reign supreme, while in the fall, apples and pears take over. This crisp was inspired by late spring’s fresh rhubarb and boysenberries. I spied them at my weekend farmers market. 

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When I was young, one of my favorite side dishes was rice pilaf. It came in a slim box with a portion of rice and a sachet of spices, dehydrated chicken stock — and goodness knows what else — all set to prepare with water on the stovetop. 

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How can you make your burgers stand out? Here’s a mantra to remember: It isn’t the burger, it’s what you put on top of it. A hamburger is just a hamburger, but a bacon-cheeseburger is an event.

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If there is a single food that speaks to how we Americans eat in the early 21st century, it is rotisserie chicken.

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(MCC) — Cookouts are on the horizon, and people are always on the lookout for delicious dishes that are easily cooked on the grill. 

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If you are searching for an easy and rewarding family dinner, then look no further than a chicken. 

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Remember the first time you performed brain surgery? Yikes, what a mess, right?As it turns out, poking around the coconut’s not unlike making pommes dauphinoise, that creamy, strati ed casserole of potatoey French crazitude. Sure, they’re both daunting, but, once you get the hang, you’ll be …

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Make this quick Roasted Chicken Pasta Salad for Mom on her day and enjoy a family meal at home. No mess to clean. It uses only one pot, won’t heat up your kitchen and takes only 20 minutes to make. It also makes a great dinner salad anytime.I use a bought roasted or rotisserie chicken breast…

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Who doesn’t like a buttery, rich pound cake? Simple and pleasingly plain, it’s comfort food for adults and kids alike.While a winner as-is, a pound cake’s simplicity is also an inviting canvas, amenable to garnishes (whipped cream, anyone?) and fruity additions, such as citrus and berries. A…

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Dining at new restau- rants is high on the list of “must do’s” for vacation- ers, according to a 2018 Zagat survey. A vacation is the perfect time to indulge in local cuisine, claim 56 percent of those polled, who indicate they would seek out dining spots to enjoy a locale’s must-try dishes.…

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If you’ve ever driven through Louisiana, you’ve undoubtedly seen sign after sign at gas stations, fast food and gourmet restaurants advertising the best boudin (pronounced “boo-dan”) in town — or in all of Louisiana, for that matter.

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It's easy to be greedy at this time of year, when fresh spring produce clutters the farmers market tables. I can't resist buying a rotation of asparagus, sweet peas and early strawberries, which pass through our kitchen to the dining table on a daily basis. You'd think that we would tire of …

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It’s spring break. Kids are out of school and family adventures are on the schedule. With all the activities planned for the holiday, it can be very tempting to end up at a restaurant after a busy day of sight-seeing and playing. With a little planning, though, supper can be almost ready aft…

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If you’ve been paying attention to a guy named Michael Solomonov — the James Beard award-winning restaurant chef and owner of Zahav in Philadelphia — you already may be familiar with the nutty flavor and slight chew of Israeli couscous.

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October signals the time of year when our thoughts turn to Halloween delights. Cooler weather. Scary movies. Thinking about but not actually bothering to carve a pumpkin because seriously, that is a huge mess. Eating bucketloads of candy corn and fighting with the (sadly defective) 50 percen…

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Carne guisada translated into English literally means “stewed meat.” Of all translations that ever existed, this may be the phrase that loses the most in translation.

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Oh, pumpkin, we’ve done you wrong.

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South Central Texas’ long, hot summer is in full swing, and now’s the perfect time to move the cooking from the kitchen to the backyard — especially since July has been designated National Grilling Month.

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 grew up in a world where blackberry or dewberry vines weighed down almost every fence line down every little backroad. It was a world of boots and shorts, and a bucketful of berries that stained your fingers purple and made your cheeks pucker when you snuck a berry straight off the vine.

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Eggs are a fun and traditional Easter staple. Did you know that, at one time, they were banned during Lent and became a treat to eat on Easter? Eggs also symbolize fertility and renewal. They are associated with the end of winter and the coming of spring.

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On Friday, Kerrville Hills Winery staged a Murder Mystery Dinner, “Cruisin’ for a Murder” and it was an unqualified success. All tables were filled and the fun began in earnest as Chris Distel, of Playhouse 2000 — as Lawrence Law, security chief for The Legendary Carnival cruise ship — assis…

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The three-day Kerrville Fall Music Festival begins Friday at Quiet Valley Ranch, but music isn’t the only thing on the lineup: The event also includes wine and craft beer seminars in the Threadgill Theater.

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For nearly 30 years, Cari Kahn and her husband, Stuart Vexler, have been putting their culinary skills and volunteerism spirit to good use: The duo creates and prepares meals to serve the throng of people behind the scenes who bring the Kerrville Folk Festival and Kerrville Fall Music Festiv…

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How many of you own crockpots? Better question: How many of you own crockpots and forget to put them to frequent use? I’m certainly guilty of this, and I’ve vowed to remedy the situation by busting it out and using it at least a couple times a month. Frankly, it has been a godsend in this la…

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When Scott Van Klaveren was a teenager growing up in Leakey, he spent much of his free time in the great outdoors, but it was while indoors that he discovered an unexpected talent.

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BOERNE — The Sisterdale Volunteer Fire Department is all about putting out fires, but this weekend, it’s turning up the heat and fanning the flames for its 40th annual BBQ & Dance Fundraiser.

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When Dainelle Logan and her husband, Thomas Logan, were looking for a place to open a restaurant, they sought a town that would forever be home and where their three children would be raised.

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After considering opening restaurants in several locations, the owners of Thai O’cha, 417 Water St., decided it would be best to work on running one restaurant well. To the good fortune of local lovers of Thai cuisine, they decided that would be Kerrville.

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After considering opening restaurants in several locations, the owners of Thai O’cha, 417 Water St., decided it would be best to work on running one restaurant well. To the good fortune of local lovers of Thai cuisine, they decided that would be Kerrville.

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Every year, area food vendors join at least a half-dozen other caterers and head to Quiet Valley Ranch to help feed the throng who descends on the site for the 18-day Kerrville Folk Festival.