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Last Updated Apr 23, 2015 02:54PM

Eating a vegan meal is one of the best ways to love the planet Wednesday — the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. While meat lovers may be shaking their heads at the thought, know this: Eating vegan doesn’t always mean …

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  • This March 12, 2015 photo shows The Little Beet restaurant during lunchtime in New York. For years, healthy chains have sputtered and flopped but The Little Beet chef Franklin Becker, who’s opening seven more restaurants in the New York area this year, says the demand is growing. “That’s what people want to eat. They want honest foods now.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Veggies take center plate as healthy fast-food chains expand
    They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don’t want it to taste like it’s good for them. That’s a tall or...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • This March 9, 2015 photo shows sweet and sour cashew cauliflower in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: A sweet-and-sour dish that will have you ditching take-out
    There is just something disgustingly delicious about sweet-and-sour chicken — that deep-fried, sugar-slathered staple of Asian take-out. No matter how...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • This April 6, 2015 photo taken in Concord, N.H., shows Marcella's Sauce. On the right is a jarred version, while a homemade version is at left. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) A legend of Italian food could live on at your local grocer
    We’ve lost the woman who taught America to love Italian food, but her tomato sauce may soon live on at a grocer near you. Marcella Hazan — often unfai...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • This March 23, 2015 photo shows lamb burger with watercress and creamy mint sauce in Concord, N.H. To keep the lamb burgers extra mild, the recipe adds another variety of ground meat, usually turkey or lean beef. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: A trick for keeping healthy spring lamb burgers from tasting gamey
    No meat says spring quite like lamb. When I lived in France, the seasonality of meats such as lamb was celebrated. Rarely have I tasted lamb so mild a...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 08:57 pm   |     |   Share


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  • This March 23, 2015 photo shows baked steelhead trout with asparagus, potatoes and herbs in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead Recipe: You need this one-pan approach to getting dinner done fast
    As kitchen wisdom goes, I often think the best tricks are the simplest. One-pan cooking, for example. The ability to cook an entire meal on a single r...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah food news: Winter Market ending soon, new cookbook combines Dutch oven and food storage
    Winter Market ends Saturday Saturday is the last day of the Winter Market at the Rio Grande Depot. Customers can stock up on spring produce, meats, c...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes, artificial preservatives
    New York • This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic c...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 12:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • This March 23, 2015 photo shows fresh dill pesto in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Feeling peckish for pesto? Don’t limit yourself to basil!
    Fresh herbs are one of nature’s best low-cal flavor sources. And as the weather warms up, we’ll transition from buying herbs in cute little clamshells...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • This March 9, 2015 photo shows gingery rhubarb compote with piloncillo and orange in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Use an unusual sugar to bring a fresh sweetness to spring
    Given the size of my sweet tooth (think saber tooth tiger), I have myriad sweeteners in my cupboards. White, brown and coconut sugars, crunchy turbina...
    Updated Apr 18 2015 02:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Health Department closes Salt Lake diner, Mexican eatery
    A popular mom-and-pop diner in the Canyon Rim area and a Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City were closed recently after inspectors found numerous hea...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 09:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah food news: Beer, Blues & Brats benefit this weekend, grocery store gets update at children’s museum
    Beer, Blues and Brats Benefit The fifth annual Beer, Blues & Brats Benefit Party features beer from Epic Brewing Co., brats from Harmons grocery sto...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 10:46 am   |     |   Share
  • This March 23 2015, shows a pepper steak frittata in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Frittatas — the ultimate have-it-your-way weeknight dinner
    Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner. They also are the ultimate have-it-your-way ...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 08:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • This March 9, 2015 photo shows edamame and walnut lettuce wraps in Concord, N.H. This recipe pairs firm edamame with crunchy walnuts and some spices to make a cold vegetarian “meat” for lettuce wraps or tacos. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Combine edamame and walnuts for savory vegan taco ‘meat’
    For my daughter’s 10th birthday, I took 15 giggling girls to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse. Let that sink in for a moment. Because I probably could ...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 08:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jessica Seinfeld heads back to the kitchen with new cookbook
    If you’re still not comfortable in the kitchen, Jessica Seinfeld is ready to hold your hand one more time. Seinfeld is writing two new books for Balla...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by Ikea shows a steel rolling cart like these Flytta carts from Ikea that can work as mobile prep surface as well as moving storage.  In a small kitchen they’re practical for everyday use; in a larger one they’re handy to store baking/sweets decorating accessories or any gear that isn’t needed frequently. Roll it out of sight when not in use. (AP Photo/Ikea) Try these tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen
    If you’ve lived with your kitchen for awhile, chances are you’ve got drawers full of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you just hate. Wouldn’t it be ...
    Updated Apr 18 2015 11:57 am   |     |   Share
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The Waffle & Whiskey with egg and pork belly ($15) at Rye Diner & Drinks. Pigging out: Utah’s pork belly obsession
    Pork belly has become the darling dish at Utah restaurants, and there’s good reason to love all that luscious fat and rich meatiness. This boneless c...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 11:56 am   |     |   Share
  • This March 9, 2015 shows a vinaigrette dressing with a salad in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Mastering the simple vinaigrette to deliver maximum flavor
    Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else. Becaus...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 08:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • This March 2, 2015 photo shows Hawaiin toast in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Here are 10 fresh ideas for turning toast into something exciting
    We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings. Then again, ma...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 08:59 am   |     |   Share
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Food news: Vote for Park City Chef and Festival; new low-calorie cookbook by Utah bloggers
    Vote now for Park City chef and food festival Briar Handley, the chef/owner of Handle in Park City, and the annual Park City Food and Wine Classic ha...
    Updated Apr 07 2015 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • This March 9, 2015 photo shows pressure cooker teriyaki chicken in Concord, N.H. This recipe takes chicken from frozen to delicious in under 30 minutes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Taking chicken from frozen to delicious in under 30 minutes
    Despite its reputed speed at getting dinner done, the pressure cooker was slow to win me over. Sure, its skill with baked beans and brisket is impress...
    Updated Apr 07 2015 08:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • This March 2, 2015 photo shows grilled pear and blue cheese sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Borrowing a lesson from barbecue for a better grilled cheese
    For me, a grilled cheese sandwich is just pure comfort. And truth is, even a bad grilled cheese is satisfying. But a great grilled cheese will change ...
    Updated Apr 07 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share