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Saturday: Weekend

This apple crisp gets an unlikely boost from cranberries

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Although it’s hard to imagine that apple crisp needs much improvement, we liked the tartness and texture that cranberries added to one of our favorite standard dessert recipes. The challenges were balancing the fruit flavors and making sure that the filling ...

Make this green bean casserole ahead of the party and relax

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Green bean casserole is a holiday staple, so we set out to develop a version that could be assembled in advance to make our holiday cooking easier. To ensure that the flavor of the casserole didn’t become dull in the freezer, we boosted flavor by using ...

Food Waste

MARQUETTE — Between 30 to 40 percent of the food supply is uneaten and discarded in the United States. Although it’s challenging to gauge the absolute total of food loss, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service estimates that there’s around 133 billion pounds of ...

Smoked turkey and melty cheddar panini

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Panini, sandwiches traditionally cooked in a ridged press, are hard to get wrong_but also surprisingly hard to get just right. To turn a crowd-pleasing combination of smoked turkey and melty cheddar cheese into an inspired lunch, we needed a condiment with ...

Crisp, moist turkey with mahogany skin? No sweat

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Unless you have access to multiple ovens, only a very large turkey will do when you’ve got a crowd coming to dinner. But finding a container large enough to brine a gargantuan bird can be tricky, and turning the bird in the oven (our usual method for evenly ...

Scratch the mushy stuffing and make cornbread from scratch

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Cornbread and sausage stuffing is a compelling alternative to the usual bread-based dish. But the recipes we tried all called for store-bought cornbread, which had a fluffy texture that resulted in mushy stuffing. We’d have to make the cornbread from ...

Bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called ‘healthy’

By CANDICE CHOI AP Food & Health Writer NEW YORK — Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revamping its definition of healthy to reflect our changing ...

Get ready … Get set … shop!

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Food Co-op hosted its first ever Co-op Sweep competition at its Washington Street storefront this week. Contestants Katie LeClair and Nathan Mapes cruised the aisles for two minutes Tuesday afternoon searching for items to fill their carts that totaled as close to ...

Texas Red Chili

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press If you know anything about Texas chili, then you know for certain the one thing that is NOT in this recipe. If you have just yelled “BEANS!”, then you are correct (and you knew you were correct and did not need me to tell you, thank you very ...

Forget the mess: This shepherd’s pie uses only one skillet

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Despite its status as a classic comfort food, there‘s nothing comforting about the many steps and piles of dirty dishes that shepherd‘s pie usually requires. Using the cast-iron skillet as our sauteing, baking, and serving pan streamlined the process. We ...

Welcome The 51st State

KINGSFORD — 51st State Brewing Company has been welcomed with open arms since opening in January, even receiving recognition at the state level for being the first brewery in the Kingsford area. What began as a retirement homebrewing hobby for Jeff Brickley, ventured into a thriving ...

Why not a pumpkin jelly roll cake?

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Perhaps the most famous holiday cake is the Yule Log, which, for good reason, gets trotted out every holiday season. There’s much to be said for this classic, but we wanted to develop a unique variation for the holidays with a pumpkin jelly roll cake encasing ...

Mt. Shasta Lodge OPEN FOR BUSINESS

MICHIGAMME — The historic Mt. Shasta Lodge of Michigamme opened its doors as a casual fine-dining establishment under new ownership a month ago. After being closed for three years, the rustic building was brought back to life after Ishpeming native and Northern Michigan University Trustee ...

Beer lovers, listen up: New book has great life hacks

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK — Beer snobs, turn away, Ben Robinson has some hacks involving your favorite, foamy beverage. The editor in chief of The Observer has written a handy little every guy's illustrated guide of 100 tips, tricks and projects involving ...

Not at his beck and call

Dear Annie: I was widowed two years ago. I joined a group last year that gets out and does things together. About 10 months ago, I started dating one of the guys in the group. We are both in our 60s. In the beginning, he called and asked me to dinner and other activities. Now, when I am running ...

Late night GRUB

MARQUETTE — A new establishment in the downtown Marquette district is offering another option to those looking for a late night snack during the weekend. The Preserve, a casual dining cafe owned by local residents Jeremy Johnson, Devin Mahoney and Tim Piirala, opened several weeks ago ...

Make flavorful, tender butternut squash soup

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN This simple butternut squash soup is little more than squash, cooking liquid, and a few aromatic ingredients; it comes together easily yet is creamy and deeply flavorful. Many squash soups fail to live up to their potential, often ending up too sweet or with ...

Start brunch with a stack of airy, tangy pancakes

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN A stack of fluffy, golden pancakes is the perfect starting place for a standout brunch, delivering piping hot cakes with distinct sweet tang and an open, airy texture. Buttermilk was a must_it contributed to the pancakes’ flavor and, with some leavening help ...

Iron Town Oktoberfest

NEGAUNEE — Planning for the third annual Negaunee Oktoberfest is underway in Iron Town. Negaunee’s Oktoberfest will begin at noon Oct. 6, where the city will honor the German traditional festival with its own celebration along Iron Street. Maryhanna Ockerna, Downtown Negaunee Business ...

Soup that’s garden-fresh

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Creating anything garden-fresh in a slow cooker is a tall order, but we were willing to try to beat the odds and develop a recipe for a bright, lively tasting minestrone that married a flavorful tomato broth with fresh vegetables, beans, and pasta. The base of ...