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Anchovies come out on top at the Feast of The Seven Fishes

Anchovies come out on top at the Feast of The Seven Fishes

Christmas Eve for many children is always one of the most anticipated and exciting nights of the year with the prospect that Santa will soon arrive. The traditional Christmas Eve dinner at our home was pickled herring, chili and oyster soups. After dinner, which we barely ate, the oldest ki…

December 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
SANDY ALLEY: Hanukkah recipes to be enjoyed by all

SANDY ALLEY: Hanukkah recipes to be enjoyed by all

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication celebration of the temple in Jerusalem in second century B.C. where one days worth of oil lasted eight. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, beginning this year on Dec. 16 and ending…

December 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
SANDY ALLEY: Cookie Monster had the right idea for his favorite dessert

SANDY ALLEY: Cookie Monster had the right idea for his favorite dessert

Today is dedicated to our blue friend Cookie Monster and his love of cookies. So here a few holiday cookie recipes that I make almost every year. My batch of chocolate turtle that I made a couple of weeks ago is almost gone, and we have three more weeks yet to Christmas.

December 03, 2014 12:30 amLoading…
SANDY ALLEY: Take the chill off with a steaming bowl of chili

SANDY ALLEY: Take the chill off with a steaming bowl of chili

Boy has it been cold outside.

November 19, 2014 1:00 amLoading…
SANDY ALLEY: Poor anchovies; they get no respect

SANDY ALLEY: Poor anchovies; they get no respect

A huge shout out to the men and women in the military! Thank you for your service. Salute!

November 12, 2014 12:30 amLoading…
SANDY ALLEY: Recipe preparedness rescues breakfast

SANDY ALLEY: Recipe preparedness rescues breakfast

Short on time? Eating a wholesome, nutritious morning meal will probably save you time in the long run. By recharging the brain and body, you’ll be more efficient in just about everything you do according to WebMD.com.

November 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
SANDY ALLEY: Coffee snob and proud of it

SANDY ALLEY: Coffee snob and proud of it

Okay, I admit it, I am a coffee snob.

October 29, 2014 12:30 amLoading…

SANDY ALLEY: Recipes to celebrate National Chocolate Day

One of my most favorite days of the year will happen next week on Oct. 28. No, it’s not my birthday, it’s National Chocolate Day (which I swear is one of the major food groups).

October 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
SANDY ALLEY: Recipes to help sustain the family farm

SANDY ALLEY: Recipes to help sustain the family farm

How often do you pay attention to where items you purchase at the grocery store are produced? Are they produced locally?

October 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
SANDY ALLEY: Cake baked in cardboard box

SANDY ALLEY: Cake baked in cardboard box

Several years ago when my mom was a Girl Scout leader, we attended a weekend camp. We put up tents, made benches out of twigs, built campfires and had a really great time until is started to storm, which included thunder, lightning, hail and tornadoes — a typical Iowa summer storm.

October 08, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Sandy Alley: Wild game cooking rule no. 1: Do not overcook

Sandy Alley: Wild game cooking rule no. 1: Do not overcook

Harold Kelso, former Gazette advertising manager sent me some good advice on cooking wild game.

October 01, 2014 12:10 amLoading…
The elusive Schnecken and a hunt for wild game recipes

The elusive Schnecken and a hunt for wild game recipes

Once again I am a hunting widow. My husband is an archery hunter off on his quest to bag an elk. He has been out flinging arrows every day for weeks to perfect his shot, yet he has never gotten “his” elk. I thought that this had to be his year, since he recently completed his treatment for p…

September 24, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
Sandy Alley: Trying out the French dish ratatouille

Sandy Alley: Trying out the French dish ratatouille

As far I knew it, ratatouille was a movie about a rat named Remy who wanted to become a chef. Little did I know, this French vegetable stew had been around long before the rat snuck into the restaurant. It’s the perfect fall dish that will use many of your garden vegetables.

September 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Sandy Alley: Trying out those recipes shared on Facebook

Sandy Alley: Trying out those recipes shared on Facebook

The Internet is now my primary cookbook. When I am looking to use a particular ingredient, I do a search and print the page. After preparation and the decision that it’s a good recipe, the recipes are placed in a sheet protector then into a 4-inch, three-ring binder under the appropriate category.

September 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Sandy Alley: Don't leave zucchini on my porch

Sandy Alley: Don't leave zucchini on my porch

Thank you to everyone who voted for me during the past few weeks of The Billings Gazette’s Cooking Columnist Contest. I am so excited and humbled at the same time.

August 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Sandy Alley: Lewis and Clark ate here

Sandy Alley: Lewis and Clark ate here

The first Montana trout ever cooked was probably at the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition, fried on a campfire in a rusty pan with buffalo grease, and salt if they had any left.

August 13, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
Sandy Alley: Where's the ham in hamburger?

Sandy Alley: Where's the ham in hamburger?

Where is the ham in a hamburger?

August 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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