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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

‘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”

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

Baked cod in parsley sauce is redeemed from flavorless oblivion by drawing on French and Argentine influences. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Sauce and beans banish flavorless baked fish

Here’s the thing about baked white fish, such as haddock or cod: We know we should eat more of it because it’s such a healthy choice.