SEATTLE — When I was little, the drive from our house on Capitol Hill to West Seattle seemed to take so long, it was like a trip to another state — and this was before Seattle had traffic. We went several times a year to Aunt Edith’s — my mom’s aunt and the de facto matriarch of that side of…

When I was a child, I loved Thanksgiving morning best: I’d awaken to the staccato banging of mom’s Chop-O-Matic — an avocado-green cylinder of plastic fitted with spring-loaded blade — and the toasty aroma of dad’s coffee.

At a Walmart, I spotted boxes of Patti LaBelle’s Sweet Potato Pies. A couple of years ago the pies, sold exclusively at Walmart, were scarce. It was all due to a video by James Wright of California at that time, who made a YouTube video of his review of what he refers to as “Patti’s Pie.” Si…

The road to prefect garlic-infused mashed potatoes is one worth taking. And there are several ways to prepare the garlic for adding to mashed potatoes. Nobody wants mediocre mashed potatoes, so flavoring and choosing the right potatoes are important.

I have vivid memories of driving through Vermont when the sap was being collected from the sugar maple trees and buying authentic maple syrup. Pure maple syrup has a rich, aromatic flavor that adds a special touch to this turkey loaf.

The chicken buttons her feathered lab coat, tucks a clipboard under wing and turns to her work: curing the common cold. Her efforts have yielded Chicken Soup, the standard of care in many a household. Served steaming hot, it reduces congestion and — by keeping the patient happily at home — c…

If you want to tweak your predictable Thanksgiving dinner and turn it into something memorable that your guests will talk about until next year, substitute the typical turkey centerpiece with an elegant pork alternative.

Cooking for someone with a wheat allergy or sensitivity is never easy, but it’s particularly trying during the holidays. So much of what we love to serve at our Thanksgiving table is chock-full of gluten — from the buttery crust on the pumpkin pie, to the giblet gravy, to the fresh-from-the-…

Looking for a quick meal at this busy time of year? Try this Sukiyaki (Japanese Beef and Soy Sauce). In Japan, sukiyaki is a one-dish meal made right at the table. It’s a great dinner for when you’re in a hurry. The cooking can be done in 5 minutes.

While getting dinner on the table is often a struggle, coming up with what to make is problematic, too. Especially during the week. I hear all too often that people are looking for simple recipes with simple ingredients.

Cumin and coriander add a taste of India to this vegetarian spinach dish. Onion, pine nuts and garlic complete the exciting ethnic flavors. Lentils combined with rice takes less than 5 minutes to make using microwaveable brown rice.