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This Montana diner is '20 miles from anything' and still draws a crowd

Flipping through a recent issue of the Big Timber Pioneer, I noticed an ad for BBQ Night at Bill’s Place — a remote diner and catering business near Melville that occupies the former Big Sky Corner lunch counter and grocery store between Big Timber and Harlowton. Read more

Mirror-what? A basic veggie base for exceptional soup flavor

Spring is finally in the works, but winter isn't done yet. The local produce gods confirmed as much last weekend at the winter market, where I found carrots, onions and celery root, among other holdouts from area root cellars. Read more

Ham on Easter? Yep. Leftover ham and bean soup? Nah — try something different

A glazed ham is often the main feature on the table for Easter dinner, which means there is leftover ham to be enjoyed in other ways during the week following. Ham and bean soup is always a go-to choice for a follow-up meal, but if you are looking for a change from the usual, try any of the following recipes instead. Read more

Posh Chocolat eggs are an Easter tradition for many Missoula families

There’s something “theatrical” that I can’t quite pinpoint about Posh Chocolat’s retail kiosk in downtown Missoula. Read more

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Vegetarian options at fast-food restaurants

Check out these meat-free options at fast-food joints. Read more

Spatzle Primavera is made with vegetables, cream and cheese

Springtime is the right time for Pasta Primavera, which is, after all, the Italian word for spring. There's some controversy about who invented this wonderful dish, but everyone agrees that it was made famous in the late '70s at New York's Le Cirque restaurant. In any case, the recipe consists of spring vegetables, cream and cheese. How far wrong can you go? Read more

Which canned tuna makes best tuna salad? 13 brands rated

Chicago Tribune staff tasted 13 brands of canned light tuna to find which makes the best tuna salad for sandwiches or other favorite uses. … Read more

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Snowmelt floods roads, fields in much of northern Montana

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Runoff from a winter that approached or exceeded record snowfall across much of Montana is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks much of the northern part of the state. Read more

This classic shrimp and vegetable stir-fry is quick and delicious

Last week, my friend Marlene Sorosky published a recipe for Cecilia Chiang’s Sichuan Shrimp on her website, cookingwithclass.com. Marlene and Cecilia have known each other for about 40 years, and it was Cecilia — now 98 years old and still active in the food world — who, Marlene says, “Introduced San Francisco and America to authentic Chinese food in 1961 with the opening of her wildly popular restaurant, the Mandarin.” Read more

Chicken in a pressure cooker takes the pressure off dinner

Not a day goes by that I don't get a recipe request or question about the Instant Pot. So, dear readers, today is the day for my starter recipe for you Instant Pot (Multi-Pot, etc.) fans. Read more

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Which canned tuna makes best tuna salad? 13 brands rated

Chicago Tribune staff tasted 13 brands of canned light tuna to find which makes the best tuna salad for sandwiches or other favorite uses. … Read more

What are the best frozen chicken nuggets? Store brands put to test

The Chicago Tribune tested grocery store chicken nuggets with chef Stephanie Izard, the first female chef to win Bravo's "Top Chef." Here a… Read more

Red Vines salsa, anyone? Here are 5 ways to celebrate National Licorice Day

April 12 is National Licorice Day. Of course, you could celebrate simply by eating some licorice, but why not step it up a notch? Read more

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