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  1. From the food editor: A wholesome bowl to counteract all of the comfort foods of 2017


    A couple weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast while cooking. I do this a lot. It's how I pass the time in a quiet kitchen. (Though I need more food podcasts to listen to — let me know if you have any suggestions.)

    Balsamic-Honey Farro Bowl. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  2. Could hops be Florida's next big crop? Researchers aren't so sure yet



    The King of Beers is not at risk of being dethroned, but its reign is looking shakier.

    Hop cones of the cascade variety on the twine at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, where two UF researchers are doing work to develop hops in the state of Florida.
  3. Dull, dry boneless chicken breasts? No way


    When you need to turn out a fast, tasty and healthful weeknight dinner, it ought to be so easy to reach for skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

    Chicken With Goat Cheese Vinaigrette and Pasta is just one delicious way to use chicken breasts.
  4. Five ideas for almonds: Almond cake, almond-herb sauce, almond-crusted fish


    It's important to take cooking inspiration where you can find it. It's easy for me to get into a rut, cook the same old stuff for dinner each night and leave my creative cooking muscles to languish. So when I stumble on something that really inspires me, I usually take a deep dive.

    Almonds in a bowl.
  5. From the food editor: Making ricotta gnocchi is the easiest path to homemade pasta


    Usually, there comes a point at which something goes terribly wrong.

    Ricotta Gnocchi. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  6. Dutch babies 101: What they are and how to cook them, plus recipes


    When it comes to pancakes, I usually go Dutch.

    One variation we recommend: the savory Everything Bagel Dutch Baby Pancake with smoked salmon, dill and herb-yogurt sauce.
  7. Tips for making Dutch baby pancakes, plus topping ideas


    For the uninitiated, a Dutch baby is a large baked pancake akin to a popover. Read more about them here, then check out the tips below to guarantee success.

    A couple minutes out of the oven, and the freshly baked Dutch baby pancake has started to collapse in on itself. It's ready for toppings. Photo by Ileana Morales Valentine, Times correspondent.
  8. Sheet-pan salmon a quick and easy way to eat healthfully


    New year new you. Right?

    So let's get right down to it: If healthy eating is complicated and time-consuming, we will lose interest before the end of February. That's why sheet-pan salmon suppers are so terrific — they take minutes to make, and yet the healthy fats in salmon are filling. Today's recipe …

    Cook salmon alongside asparagus or swap out the ingredients for more easy sheet-pan dinners.
  9. Raspberry pavlova recipe lowers the sugar, not the taste


    Pavlovas are dreamy. For the uninitiated, a pavlova (named after the famed ballerina's fluffy tutu) is essentially a meringue shell baked at low heat until the outside is barely golden crisp but the inside remains soft and billowy, like a creamy marshmallow. The shell then is typically filled with whipped cream, custard …

    A pavlova is essentially a meringue shell baked at low heat so the outside crisps.
  10. Cookbook review: 'Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook' offers a guide to balance


    When January resolutions roll over into February, it can be enough to test anyone's allegiance to eating better in the new year.

    By Andie Mitchell Clarkson Potter, 240 pages, $27.99

New #CookClub recipe: White Chicken Chili

This is a hearty and warming stew for this time of year.