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These cookie recipes tested by Observer staffers come with stories of how they were passed down through families.

Friendship Trays, which provides meals for shut-ins, is offering a couple of new options for take-out meals.

How can you tell if a jar of minced garlic is still good?

A spicy Italian dish brings variety to Christmas.

The last time we talked about whipped cream, George Bush was in the White House. And if we didn’t mention it then, we’re mentioning it now: It’s not enough simply to take cream and whip it.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pudding Cake is an easy dessert to make for a crowd.

I didn’t think chicken tikka masala could get much better. Then I remembered my fall-season best friend – the slow cooker.

Despite their exotic-sounding name, latkes are just grated potatoes fried and topped with tasty things like sour cream, applesauce, maybe even smoked salmon. What’s not to love?

Check out these hidden shopportunities. That’s when you find something you like – and in my case, that’s always food – being sold in places you wouldn’t expect.

We spend a lot of time thinking about big holiday meals. What’s the main attraction? Who is bringing the sides? How many pies?

Readers helped us choose a winner and two runners-up, including a 9-year-old who would rather bake than do anything else.

Let’s do a roundup of sweet news.

Q: Does tea become stale? What’s the best way to store it?

At this time of year, we can use all the color we can get in our food. This winter coleslaw is a real mood booster, with its purples, oranges and reds. It just might carry me through the season.

The Cabarrus Homebrewers Society and Charlotte-based Lenny Boy Brewing have partnered to create Cabarrus County’s first commercially available craft beer.

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