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N.C. chef’s clever take on banana bread is a sweet success

When “Foster’s Market Favorites” (Brown Books Publishing Group) landed on my desk, I was in heaven. Exquisite photography coupled with time-tested comfort dishes are highlighted from Sara Foster’s amazing market in Chapel Hill. The introduction, written by her husband, tells her story, from her roots in Tennessee to finally settling in North Carolina where her market has become a culinary institution.

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Dress up for dinner with a more sensible vodka cream sauce

Your average pasta with vodka cream sauce often comes with a choice of two sides: regret or a damn-the-calories attitude. But this recipe, plucked from the pages of a new cookbook that pairs menus with classic movies, puts a more positive spin on the dish. (It was suggested as an accompaniment to the 1933 film “Female,” because the movie “ends with a kick.”)

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Watch for the next bread trend: The return of great rye

Any adventurous eater who has wandered into the woods of modern Nordic cuisine has probably tripped over a loaf of rye bread. There is wonderfully chewy rugbrod at Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York, spice-scented Swedish limpa at Plaj in San Francisco, and darkly rugged toast at Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis.

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Lasagne lovers should try baking ravioli

Perhaps this really should be called lazy lasagna. When cheese ravioli is tossed in an abundance of marinara sauce, piled in a casserole dish, layered with even more cheese, and baked, it takes on all the good qualities of the classic layered pasta dish.

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Baking with coconut oil? Here are the basics

If coconut oil has a regular place in your pantry, you may already know what a treat it can be to bake with. While it’s a staple in vegan desserts, you don’t have to follow a special diet to work this fragrant oil into your cakes, cookies and muffins. Coconut oil is a versatile baking staple; here’s what you should know about making it work for you.

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Soups for swapping

Start a new January tradition, create a soup swap with friends; everyone makes a batch of soup and each family takes home quarts of soup for future meals.

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