Freekeh: The grain you’ll be eating when quinoa becomes passe

Freekeh: The grain you’ll be eating when quinoa becomes passe

Growing up in the Midwest, I ate a lot of meat and potatoes. Back then, white rice was an acceptable alternative to fancy things up, and asking for things like couscous and quinoa would’ve gotten you a blank stare from the grocer. Ordering exotic grains online was not an option. I’m making up for it in adulthood by pushing aside the potatoes — mashed, scalloped and baked — and sampling some of the alternative side dishes. Young...

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Seasonal treats for peanut butter addicts

Seasonal treats for peanut butter addicts

Unless you have a peanut allergy, you probably grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. A lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My house is a Jif house, so I jumped at the chance to try Jif’s new line of seasonal flavors. The company sent over samples of the summery Jif Whipped Peanut Butter & S’mores and the autumnal Jif Whipped Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Pie Spice, both of which are available at grocery stores...

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Would you drink applesauce?

Would you drink applesauce?

If I could get over the fact that I’m “drinking” applesauce, I’d like Smucker’s Fruit-Fulls quite a lot. But I’m too old to be a member of the Go-Gurt generation, and squeezing a Fruit-Full feels a lot like expecting a Capri Sun-style beverage and getting thick goo poured in my mouth. I get it, though: You’re on the road, running from activity to activity, and you want a healthy snack the kids can eat...

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Restaurant review: Lee’s Diner

Restaurant review: Lee’s Diner

The York Dispatch restaurant reviewers Hanna and Betty visited Lee’s Diner, 4320 W. Market St., West Manchester Township (792-1300). Hanna: What are the chances you could walk into a small, local, airstream diner on the side of Route 30 and find tableside jukeboxes with songs by J-Lo, Alan Jackson, Ricky Lee Shelton and Ozzy Osbourne? Well, that would be Lee’s Diner west of York. Betty and I need to eat breakfast or we complain all...

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Restaurant review: Round the Clock Diner

Restaurant review: Round the Clock Diner

The York Dispatch restaurant reviewers Hanna and Betty stopped by a York County classic: Round the Clock Diner, 222 Arsenal Road (848-5344 or online). Hanna: The Round the Clock Diner has been in York it seems forever. I have been there at least 100 times (if not more). One year, I went there for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve been there at noon and at midnight. Betty and I sometimes go there to get work done. We know where all...

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Oats: They’re what’s for dinner

Oats: They’re what’s for dinner

I’ve never been an oatmeal eater. Steaming bowl of oatmeal with fruit or brown sugar on a winter morning? No thanks. In my kitchen, oats have been reserved as an ingredient in cookies, crisps and cobblers. But a recent #Foodiechats was devoted to oats, and my Twitter stream filled up with gorgeous shots of oats used in all sorts of dishes. So when the chance came to try oats in a frozen dinner, I had to taste it for curiosity’s sake...

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