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Whether mirepoix, soffritto or sofrito, cooking bases help build flavor in cuisines around the world. Three of the most popular ingredients are celery, carrots and onions. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Well-made bases key to flavor

Chopped and simmered aromatic vegetables can transform your cooking

Cookbook celebrates everything chile

Need recipes for red chile roux, flame-roasted green chile, green chile goddess dressing or cactus green chile salad?

Sweet ‘n’ creamy surprise

Admittedly, it sounds like a Halloween trick. Chocolate hummus.It’s either disgusting …

Tarragon can be used as a bright punctuation to chicken, such as in this grilled or baked chicken with Dijon mustard and fresh tarragon. (Roberto Rodriguez/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

Tarragon of virtue

Versatile herb, with a flavor reminiscent of licorice,
goes with everything

Fresh fix, local picks

October brings cool nights and mornings, and that means the looming threat and reality of frost for …