The Taste

Summertime produce that brightens your meals

With zucchini season just right around the corner. Here is a weeknight casserole that is hearty and delicious. This meal can be gluten-free by swapping the regular pasta for gluten-free pasta. Zucchini casserole 1 pound ground beef or meat of choice 1/2 teaspoon basil 2 medium-size ...

Melt in your mouth no-bakes

By COURTNEY HAYDEN chayden@sungazette.com hen I was in Rock L. Butler Middle School in the Wellsboro Area School district, all the students took a cooking class for six weeks once a year. Mr. Kutbay’s cooking classes were an all-time favorite and personally sparked my passion for cooking. ...

Refreshing summertime meals

With the warm weather upon us here are a couple of cool and refreshing recipes that will satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Roasted shrimp with yum-yum sauce 1 pound bag of thawed medium to large shrimp peeled and deveined Olive oil Garlic powder Salt and pepper Remove shrimp from bag ...

Detox tea

When you hear detox tea, what do you think? A remedy to a flatter stomach, a quick fix? Ingrid Callenberger and Elizabeth Myers, co-owners of the upcoming business Tria Prima Art and Tea Bar, to be located on 6 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, will be opening up shop in July and are eliminating ...

Dress your kebabs with a rich za’atar yogurt sauce

In the Middle East, kebabs — called kofte — feature ground meat (not chunks) mixed with lots of spices and fresh herbs that is formed around metal skewers and quickly grilled. We like them dressed with a za’atar yogurt sauce; the kebabs’ spices and extreme savor are contrasted with ...

Brighten scallops with a sugar snap pea slaw

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Associated Press For a new take on vegetable slaw, we thinly sliced sweet snap peas, juicy English cucumbers and peppery radishes for a fresh, crunchy accompaniment to skillet-seared sea scallops. We brightened up the mayonnaise-based slaw dressing with plenty ...

Shrimp, garlic, oil and wine equals a quick dinner

In theory, garlic shrimp pasta has all the makings of an ideal weeknight meal. Toss a few quick-cooking ingredients — shrimp, garlic, oil, wine — with boiled dried pasta, and only the salad’s left holding up dinner. But there are challenges. Delicate shrimp overcooks in a matter of ...

Grilled avocados with chicken salad

We set out to create a fresh, bright chicken salad inspired by the flavors of Mexico. A simple tequila-lime mixture boosted the chicken’s flavor both in a quick marinade before cooking and, when cooked down with some orange juice, as a reduced sauce drizzled over the chicken after cooking. ...

French press iced coffee and simple syrup

Everyone loves coffee, there’s no doubt about it. Whether it’s your morning wake-up, afternoon pick-me-up or nighttime relaxation, coffee can be found anywhere, and in many different forms. On some occasions, I’ll treat myself to a latte or a cappuccino, but my day-to-day coffee is hot ...

Seasonal and quick dishes to make during the week

Paprika chicken Paprika chicken is great for a week-night dinner or company. Serve this dish with rice and a salad and you have a great week night meal or dinner for company and they will be impressed. This too can be gluten-free. Just swap out the flour for gluten-free flour and for the ...

Food bank hosts cook-off

Tensions and temperatures were on the rise recently at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Local chefs scrambled to the finish in a cook off to showcase common but rarely utilized ingredients. Peter Daugherty, chef at The James in The Holiday Inn, and Mike Ditchfield, culinary professor at ...

Chow down at the StrEAT Food Festival

The city Recreation Department is planning the annual Williamsport StrEAT Food Festival at Midtown Plaza outside Trade and Transit Centre II. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 8, said Jessie Novinger, city recreation department director. Successful last year, the ...

Vegetable kebabs with a crisp exterior and juicy interior

Vegetables on their own can be a great option for grilled kebabs, because they cook quickly and, when done right, offer a crisp, charred exterior and a juicy, tender interior. Tossing grilled vegetables with a bold dressing can do wonders to brighten up an otherwise boring dinner, but for our ...

Zucchini or summer squash makes for a colorful pasta dish

A combination of pasta and summer squash results in a light, flavorful dish that’s full of color. We decided against peeling the squash, as the skin helped to keep the pieces intact throughout the cooking process. Because summer squash contains so much liquid, we salted and drained it to ...

No fuss, no-bake icebox cheesecake

We love a tall New York-style cheesecake but there’s no denying it’s a bit of a project. It’s also incredibly rich and decadent. Sometimes we want the essence of a cheesecake with less fuss, and we want the tang of a cream cheese-based cake without the weight — something lighter and ...

Kitchen Dangers

Dinnertime looks different for everyone. For some, it’s a quick meal between a long workday and a nighttime youth sport, and for others, spending time in the kitchen becomes a creative outlet and a way to connect with others. Mary Trometter, department head, Culinary Arts assistant ...

Sinfully rich brownies for chocolate lovers

Brownies are controversial territory to chart: Some like them cakey and light in flavor — more of a snack than a rich dessert; some like them moist and chewy; and others, the biggest chocoholics, like them to be purely decadent — almost as dense as fudge and deliciously dark. We wanted to ...

Braising can maximize the freshness of spring vegetables with tarragon

While raw and roasted vegetables certainly have their place, braising is a great technique for cooking even the most delicate vegetables. You may think braising would turn verdant spring vegetables drab and watery but, in fact, braising can maximize their freshness and make them taste more ...

For a nutritious version of artichoke dip, use navy beans

Most artichoke dips could justifiably be called mayonnaise and cheese dips, given what goes into them. To create a more nutritious rendition, we looked to bean dip to provide a creamy base that contributed protein and fiber instead of saturated fat. We thought that the vegetal artichokes (high ...

Grilled portobello burgers

Portobello mushroom burgers are no longer just a sad substitute for beef burgers; they are legitimately delicious choices on their own. For charry grilled portobellos that wouldn’t leak moisture and make the buns soggy, we decided to try scoring them, a technique that works well with ...