Hearty granola that you can eat by the handfuls

This undated photo provided by Elizabeth Karmel on Saturday Jan. 28, 2018 shows a dish made from her recipe for homemade Granola. The bottom line is that granola is all about what are your favorite flavors. If you like almonds and dried figs, hazelnuts, or even bits of dark chocolate, use them instead of, or alongside her mix-ins. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

I have been a fan of homemade granola for as long as I can remember. I literally grew up with it as my mother made it way before it was a trend to do so.

White bean soup with dumplings for hearty meal

This Jan. 26, 2018 photo shows white bean soup with bread dumplings in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

They say that everyone complains about the weather — winter especially — but no one ever does anything about it. Well, here’s something you can do that will make you feel much better. Cook up a big hot bowl of Italian soup for dinner, garnished with homemade — and idiot-proof! — dumplings.

Easy, pretty and cool: Terrariums are back in style

This Nov. 18, 2017 photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh shows a crowded hip hop bar in downtown Boston during Plant Nite where people where there to learn the craft of terrarium building. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — At a crowded, downtown bar one recent Saturday night, the lights were dim, hip-hop music played and most everyone had a drink in hand.

Pair pork with cabbage for a tasty main dish

This Jan 16, 2018 photo shows sweet and sour cabbage accompanying a pork chop in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

If you’re tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, here’s a recipe that promotes the lowly red cabbage from side dish to protein partner. All you have to do is cook it up sweet and sour and — voila! — your side dish is now ready to walk down the aisle arm in arm with pork in any form: chops, smoked chops, roast, ham, Canadian bacon, kielbasa, Italian sausages. Really, there’s nothing required — no sauces, no extras — other than cooking the pork and lowering it onto the cabbage. What makes this dish such a good partner for pork? Its sourness cuts right through the meat’s natural fattiness.

Wine, meat and garlic combine for a hearty stew

This Friday Jan. 12, 2018 photo shows burgundy beef stew made with an electric pressure cooker in New York. Serve the stew over egg noodles, mashed potatoes or gnocchi for a satisfying cold-weather meal. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

During the recent bomb cyclone snowstorm, I couldn’t go to the store for several days as I waited to get plowed out of my driveway. I had plenty of food, but a lot of it was that first of January “diet” food and I was craving a warm stick-to-your ribs stew.

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