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Last Updated Feb 12, 2016 08:53AM

It’s time to start thinking about sweets for Valentine’s Day. Need a suggestion? Take advice from top culinary experts who, in a blind tasting, selected Salt Lake City’s Amour Spreads and Park City’s Ritual Chocolate for honors in the 2016 …

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  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Lamb Koozi at the Shawarma King on 3300 South in Salt Lake, Thursday, November 14, 2013. Utah food news: Restaurants celebrate Chinese New Year, Shawarma King opens 2nd eatery
    Chinese New Year Celebrations Celebrate the Lunar Year of the Monkey at The Mandarin in Bountiful and J. Wong’s Bistro in Salt Lake City. Both resta...
    Updated Feb 09 2016 07:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Jan. 18, 2016 photo shows an assortment of red and white wine in Concord, N.H. Aiming for a new and improved you in 2016? That’s tough. Improving your wine experience? That’s not hard at all. Because if you want to drink better wine, the first step is drinking wine better.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) 9 hacks to help you drink better wine by drinking it better
    Aiming for a new and improved you in 2016? That’s tough. Improving your wine experience? That’s not hard at all. Because if you want to drink better w...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 04:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows chai spice chocolate truffles in Concord, N.H. They are dark and dense orbs, made using good quality 70 percent dark chocolate infused with cream and the gorgeous sweet spices ordinarily used in chai, including ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Do Valentine’s Day your own way with chai spice truffles
    Valentine’s Day can throw the best of us into a wild panic. How to show the one you love the way you feel without succumbing to cliches? You know what...
    Updated Feb 09 2016 07:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows a chocolate brownie in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Like some heat with your Valentine sweet? Try Mexican-spiced brownies
    Mexican hot chocolate is a beloved beverage made from chocolate (no surprise there) combined with cinnamon and another spice or two to bring up the he...
    Updated Feb 09 2016 07:54 pm   |     |   Share


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  • This Jan.11, 2016 photo shows an acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms, farro and winter citrus in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: A vegan squash dish that’s bold enough to please meat eaters
    Looking for a vegan main dish that’s robust enough to leave a meat eater satisfied? This stuffed squash dish has you covered. We start by halving and ...
    Updated Feb 09 2016 07:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Marcia Hockman makes tacos at the new taqueria station at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley. Utah ski resorts boast great food on the greatest snow on Earth
    Many of Utah’s ski resorts spent the off-season upping their on-mountain gastronomic game, and the result is impressive ski resort cuisine across the ...
    Updated Feb 05 2016 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows baked egg rolls with sesame-soy dipping sauce in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: With a few tricks, baked egg rolls can be as good as fried
    Alice was our au pair from China, and when she joined our family she brought with her a slew of tasty dishes. Our family fell in love with her complex...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows chili jumbo shrimp in Concord, N.H. This Indo-Chinese dish, made with bird’s eye chilies, soy sauce, ginger and garlic, is perfect for celebrating the Chinese New Year. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: For Chinese New Year, find affinity in Indian, Chinese foods with this shrimp dish
    When it comes to food, India and China have more in common than you might think. Both harbor a deep love of ear-tingling chilies, vast quantities of g...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 08:59 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 16, 2015 photo shows congee in Concord, N.H. Known by different names across China, congee generally is understood to be a rice porridge that can be served at almost any meal. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Congee: A fresh, flavorful way to eat rice any time of day
    Want a delicious new way to eat rice? As in, a way that doesn’t involve eating it from a little white takeout box? Let’s talk congee. Though known by ...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 2, 2015 photo shows hot and creamy pesto spinach dip in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Don’t just dip. For serious Super Bowl comfort food, hot dip
    Hosting a horde of fans for the Super Bowl? Or are you crashing somebody’s party and tasked with bringing something delicious? Either way, you could s...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Recipe: Easy tips for making a tastier — healthier — Super Bowl turkey chili
    Everyone has a favorite chili recipe, and this is the time of year to break out yours, invite over some friends and yell at football players on TV. Ma...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 16, 2015 photo shows beer steamed cheese and mushroom beef sliders in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: A little beer is a lot of flavor in these Super Bowl sliders
    Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form — the slider. Indeed, if you pl...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 2, 2015 photo shows bacon wrapped Parmesan stuffed dates in Concord, N.H. The dates are easy to make, and even easier to eat. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Liver for the Super Bowl? No! But bacon-wrapped dates? Yes!
    It’s hard for me to believe that this Sunday marks the 50th Super Bowl. And food has become such an essential part of this event, I can’t help but won...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 09:42 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah food news: Giant cabbage earns award for Kaysville girl
    Giant Utah cabbage a winner Kaitlyn Terry and her family will be eating plenty of coleslaw this winter. The student at Snow Horse Elementary in Kays...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Nour Eddin Abdul Bari, a Syrian refugee, who was a chef in Damascus, prepares a meal for a focus group as part of the Spice Kitchen Incubator in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. He is getting help from the Spice Kitchen Incubator and plans on opening his own establishment in the Salt Lake Valley. Utah refugee kitchen helps Syrian chef shine light on his native cuisine.
    Nour Eddin Abdul Bari stands before members of a tasting panel and explains how the overflowing plate before them is his interpretation of East-meets-...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows coconut cinnamon roll microwave mug muffins in Concord, NH. The microwave mug muffin is suddenly an internet sensation. Mug muffins are a perfect warming treat for a family breakfast.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Healthy recipe: A microwaved muffin in a mug may be just the treat you need
    I’m not sure how it happened, but the microwave mug muffin is suddenly an Internet sensation. I’m a believer in making muffins in large batches and fr...
    Updated Jan 26 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • ÏFrom the Restaurants of Park City: A Mountain TownÌs Cookbook,’ features signature dishes from several restaurants, including the pork osso bucco from Silver Star Cafe. Courtesy Silver Star Cafe From Park City restaurants to your kitchen, new cookbook offers nearly 100 recipes
    Actors, directors and other Hollywood types will dine at some of Park City’s best restaurants during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which starts its...
    Updated Jan 20 2016 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 11, 2015, photo, shows a dark chocolate berry basket in Concord, N.H. These edible chocolate bowls take just minutes to make using chocolate chips, and you can fill them with berries, your favorite fruit, or anything else you want. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) The healthy plate: Some days fruit is enough. Other days chocolate is needed
    If you were to join my family for dinner on a regular weeknight (go for it, but call first!), you’d see our typical dessert routine in action. It work...
    Updated Jan 19 2016 07:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah food news: Official caterer for Eccles Theater named
    Official caterer for Eccles Theater named Cuisine Unlimited Catering of Salt Lake City will provide food and beverages at the new George S. and Dolo...
    Updated Jan 19 2016 07:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Terry and Sandy Stapley pose for a portrait with some of their vegetables growing at Deseret Peak Aquaponics in Grantsville on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Going with the flow, Utahns building farms of the future using aquaponics
    Granstville • The temperature outside says it is winter, but inside the Stapley greenhouse in Tooele County, it feels — and looks — like spring. Burst...
    Updated Jan 14 2016 08:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Chulita Charoenut serves pineapple curry and ginger stir fry, one of many lunch combinations at Krua Thai, a family-owned restaurant in Salt Lake City at 212 E. 500 South. Restaurant review: By any name, Krua Thai is rewarding introduction to cuisine of Thailand
    I might not agree, but I understand why restaurateurs make certain choices. Calling a dish Thai basil stir fried probably has broader appeal than its ...
    Updated Jan 14 2016 08:44 am   |     |   Share
  • This October 26, 2015 photo shows lightened cassoulet in Concord, NH. This recipe evokes some of the comfort of a classic French cassoulet, without quite so much heft. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Capture the flavor and comfort of cassoulet in a healthy way
    If you’ve ever spent any winter time in France, you’ve undoubtedly indulged in what I consider the ultimate comfort food of the French — cassoulet. Fo...
    Updated Jan 19 2016 07:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah food news: New butcher shop in Salt Lake City, Pazazz winter apple variety debuts on Wasatch Front
    Whole-animal butcher shop opens in SLC Beltex Meats, a new Salt Lake City butcher shop that specializes in whole-animal butchery, sells cuts that you...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 9, 2015 photo shows southwestern mini frittatas in Concord, NH. A frittata is an Italian omelet, but one in which all of the add-ins (cheese, veggies, meat, rice, what have you) are mixed directly into the eggs (rather than folded into the center). (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Frittatas — all the yum of omelets, but with way less effort
    Eggs for dinner! Talk about serious comfort food. And one of my favorite weeknight ways to prepare them is as frittatas. A frittata is an Italian omel...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 07:39 pm   |     |   Share