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How caramel corn spiced up her life

A friend told me that she made caramel popcorn with M&Ms and Oreos in it, but that she hadn’t saved any for me because she was sure it was not the kind of thing I’d go for. She got me almost right. I like my M&Ms solo and my Oreos with milk. But I love caramel popcorn. You might even say that I owe my life to Cracker Jack, the most famous kind of caramel corn.

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Dinner in 20 minutes: Exposing scallops to the dark side; recipe

We’ve been taught never to expose a sea scallop in the skillet to very high heat, lest its tender meat turn rubbery and dry-looking cracks creep up from the bottom edges. The new “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories From a Modern Diner” (Ten Speed Press, $35, 304 pages) has forced me to reconsider that position because of the way chef Ashley Christensen puts a dark sear on them.

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Cooking can be the best lesson learned in college

The start of the school year brings a serious dilemma for today’s college students, far beyond which major or roommate to choose: whether to invest in the dining plan or pick up a spatula. With rising college costs dogging families, the decision can have a considerable financial impact. A meal plan can cost around $3,000 per year; with smart budgeting, cooking meals instead could cost half as much, or even less.

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Salmon for dinner? Here are three recipes to try

If, like me, you’ve been grilling salmon fillets all summer long and are ready to shake things up taste-wise, I have a burger recipe that is calling your name. Made with chopped fresh salmon and seasoned with lemon, dill and mustard, these burgers have a modern comfort-food appeal and a distinctly Greek flavor accent, which is punctuated by the accompanying herb-flecked cucumber-yogurt sauce (tzatziki).

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Lemon and pasta: A perfect pairing

Pasta is always a conundrum as a side dish. I want to pencil it into my weekly meal plan, but then I blank on how to sauce it: Cream? So fattening for a weeknight. Tomato? Good, but it gets old. Lots of cheese? Heavy again.

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Make salted butterscotch cookies with the Domestic Rebel

Rocklin baking blogger and author Hayley Parker, a.k.a. The Domestic Rebel, demonstrates how to make her Salted Butterscotch Cookies as featured in her new cookbook, "Out of the Box Desserts."
Debbie Arrington The Sacramento Bee
Make salted butterscotch cookies with the Domestic Rebel 1:29

Make salted butterscotch cookies with the Domestic Rebel

Putting up tomatoes? Here are tips for safe canning 1:52

Putting up tomatoes? Here are tips for safe canning

Here's an easier way to peel tomatoes without wasting much 1:00

Here's an easier way to peel tomatoes without wasting much

Small-batch pulled pork 2:41

Small-batch pulled pork