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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Carrot Bars

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a good assortment of cookies, bars and the like. At least that’s the way it was in our house when I was growing up. My mom always made sure we had plenty of goodies around Christmas, which was very pleasing to her three growing boys and their dad. I have fond memories of her …


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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie

The thought of homemade pie conjures up warm memories of good times past for many people who grew up on farms or in the small towns that dot a map of the Plains and Midwest. During the summer, I could usually count on finding a pie, often rhubarb, on the counter at our house or Grandma and Grandpa Menard’s almost every …


CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Most cooks have a handful of go-to recipes — the ones that you know will be a hit with whomever you are serving. I don’t have to think too hard to come up with mine, which include a couple of main courses, a sandwich, an appetizer and a dessert. My baked pheasant with wild rice dressing probably tops the list, followed closely by my …

JUSTIN WELSH: Food Muse — Crème Brûlée

I am not a big dessert guy. I rarely order them when I go out to dine, and putting a nice cake together isn’t a bug I get too often. Baking in general has never been my strong suit. I blame that only on myself. I have never spent as much time working on it as I do perfecting other …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

It seems people who love rhubarb just can’t get enough recipes that feature the pie plant. That’s especially so if you grew up eating tasty rhubarb desserts straight out of your mother’s oven. I was reminded of that today by Becky Leguee Siani, whose older brother, Rory, was a good childhood friend of mine, and her sister, Eileen, a grade school classmate, …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Rhubarb Sauce

It’s the beginning of June, and to a lot of people in the Northland, that means it’s the beginning of lake season. But for the folks at University Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, it’s time for rhubarb. More specifically, the church’s annual Rhubarb Festival. The church, located at 2122 University Ave., will be a beehive of activity from 10 a.m. …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Apple Bars

It’s still many months until home-grown apples will be ready for pies, crisps and the like, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook tasty recipes that feature the main ingredient of the aforementioned desserts. That’s what I did yesterday, pulling a 4- to 6-cup bag of cored, peeled and sliced apples out of the freezer to make a tasty 9-by-13-inch pan …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Mom’s Rhubarb Crunch

Rhubarb is very likely the first vegetable — yes, it’s not a fruit — harvested in the spring by gardeners. It perhaps is also the most-awaited one by cooks who prefer making desserts above all else. Fresh rhubarb from the garden is still weeks away from being harvested, but that’s not stopping me from pleasuring my sweet tooth. That’s because I had …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Peanut Butter Blossoms

Christmas Day dinner — with all its fixin’s — might be in rear-view mirror for another year, but that doesn’t mean the sampling of delicious holiday food is over, especially with New Year’s Eve and Day celebrations looming. And for those of you who did a lot of baking, that’s probably a good thing. If you are anything like my mom, you probably have a half-dozen to a dozen …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Carrot Cake

Two 5-gallon buckets of carrots. What’s a guy to do? Well, in my case, scrubbing and drying them is the No. 1 priority. After that, the fun begins. As you might have guessed, I recently dug the carrots from my garden. I waited until we had a good frost before harvesting them because the plants respond to the cold by turning starches into …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch

No Midwest garden would be complete without a rhubarb patch. Add to that a nice bed of strawberries, and you have the makings for some wonderful desserts. We are fortunate enough to have both. A stand of rhubarb was growing next to the garage when Therese bought our house about 25 years ago. And four years ago, I bought a bunch …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Auntie Helen’s Rhubarb Pie

Cooks who are worth their salt know there are some recipes that just can’t be beaten. A lot of those recipes are ones that are passed down generation to generation. I have some of those recipes. For example, I still make stuffing the way my mom and grandma used make it. The baked oyster dressing I fix during the holidays is one that …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Rhubarb Crunch

Nothing makes me think of spring more than rhubarb. So, when I come across some of it in the freezer during the dead of winter, my heart soars. Actually, we’re less than a month away from the official first day of spring. And even though those of us who’ve lived in the Northland all of our lives know that we …