February 27, 2013 Like many other intrinsically boring foods — say, tofu or grits — lentils shine because they get out of the way. They provide a vehicle and a backdrop for other flavors — whether it's good olive oil and gently gilded onions, or ground spices and lemony pesto.
February 20, 2013 You can probably imagine using these cookies to make a dessert pizza, chocolaty popcorn or even bourbon balls. But as a crumb coating for fish, or in a savory stuffing? Oh, yes — it's Girl Scout cookie time.
February 13, 2013 It isn't just the fairy tale stuff of Goldilocks, or the pauper gruel of Oliver Twist. Really, porridge can be a beautiful (sweet or savory) thing, especially during the cold slog of winter.
Mole is a complex sauce that marries chocolate with chilies, onion, garlic, spices, nuts and seeds and dried fruits. But it's just one of many ways to break chocolate out of the candy box.
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February 5, 2013 There is nothing sadder than giving or receiving a box of boring chocolates on Valentine's Day. Instead, combine two things that will impress your significant other more than anything else: chocolate and a home-cooked meal — like beef short ribs braised in chocolate and wine.
January 30, 2013 This humble cabbage relative is undergoing a renaissance. Cookbooks are full of conversion stories and recipes. Food writer T. Susan Chang shares hers: The delectable versions she now enjoys bear no resemblance to the boiled, greenish-yellow sprouts of her youth.
January 23, 2013 This updated version of the traditional end-of-weekend meal is a great way to turn a lazy weekend into an occasion, to gather family or friends for good food and good times.
January 16, 2013 It may not be as sexy as farro, as healthy as quinoa or as versatile as oats. But barley has a lot more going for it than being malted for beer or being dumped in a soup. Its versatility shines in salads, soup — even risotto.
January 9, 2013 Who says you need a smoothie to feel great? Food writer Eve Turow says she'd rather gnaw than swish her way back to health after the indulgent holidays. Ingredients like ginger, tamarind and coconut are good for much more than so-called "detox" drinks.
January 2, 2013 You don't have to be a hunter (or know one) to master meals of boar, rabbit, venison, alligator and other game. Home cooks can find many of these meats — wild or farm-raised — at markets or online.
December 26, 2012 Want a little more kick to your cocktail? Rina Rapuano explains how to infuse your liquor with citrus, spices and more. She shares recipes from some serious spirit-makers — for Mandarin Tea Vodka, Pecan-Infused Rye and Pineapple-Habanero Tequila.
December 19, 2012 Dealing with varied dietary restrictions may seem daunting and can add yet another complication to this glorious yet hectic season. Don't fret. Keep it simple, fresh and real with these gluten-free and vegetarian — and even some vegan — options.
December 12, 2012 Spiced cookies shaped like windmills or villagers mark celebrations of St. Nicholas (or Sinterklaas) — and remind food writer Emily Hilliard of childhood visits with her grandmother. These speculaas even spawned a "cookie butter" that makes a festive base for a decadent pie.
December 5, 2012 The pressure cookers of a generation or two ago stoked fear with their explosive reputation. But don't let those bygone notions keep you from bringing faster, more flavorful meals to the table.
November 28, 2012 Think outside the bag of white flour that's ubiquitous in the kitchen this time of year. These delights are naturally flour-free yet still utterly delicious.
November 21, 2012 A fresh hot meal is a thing of beauty when you're having a tough go of things, and can literally bring tears to people's eyes. But a full freezer? That's money in the bank. So when it comes to feeding people in need, an extra meal for the freezer can be the best gift of all.
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