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‘Food Hacks’ takes bites to brilliance

Peggy Wang, founding editor of BuzzFeed, leads the attack on ordinary food, with “Amazing Food Hacks: 75 Incredibly Easy Tips, Tricks & Recipes to Amp Up Flavor”

Savory bread pudding with sausage gravy makes for a hearty, delicious brunch centerpiece. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Make-ahead dishes for brunch

Make-ahead menu allows for a leisurely late-morning repast for the cook, too

This lunchbox serves up appealing hues and nutritious veggies: pita wedges with colorful hummus dips made with carrots, avocado and beets, along with carrot hummus “sushi” rolls. (Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

The spread of hummus

Middle Eastern mainstay has grown beyond chickpeas — try beets, carrots and avocados

Coconut butternut squash soup with shrimp takes butternut squash soup to a whole new level. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)

New ways to use butternut

New and creative recipes for using up one of fall’s most prolific squashes

Fresh fix, local picks

September is prime time for locally grown food in New Mexico.