June 26, 2013 The pasta salads of the supermarket salad bar often range from unexciting to unappetizing, and many are choked with mayonnaise. But summer is a great time to reinvent the picnic staple with fresh vegetables and flavorful dressings.
June 19, 2013 Apricots are the finest of summer's fruits, with dense, juicy flesh and delicate, velvety skins. That's why it is so disheartening when you bite into one, only to find it is mealy and flavorless. To find the best ones, head to your local farmers market.
June 12, 2013 As Father's Day approaches, you can remind Dad that there's more to Father's Day grilling than just cheeseburgers.
June 4, 2013 Every culture loves its ice cream, or the frozen treat that stands in for it. From Mexican paletas to Indian kulfi, flavors like avocado, cardamom, berries and more infuse these cool treats.
May 29, 2013 A vegetable that often masquerades as a fruit in sweet dishes, rhubarb is a true harbinger of the season, appearing in April and, if we're lucky, lasting until July. You can save some for an off-season fix, too, because it freezes and thaws beautifully.
May 22, 2013 When a few humble elements are combined in perfect balance, butterscotch is born. And food writer Deena Prichep says she turns this childhood favorite into a dinner-party star with counterpoints like flaky salt or crunchy nuts.
May 15, 2013 Butterscotch seemed to have fallen out of fashion, but food writer Rina Rapuano says she's seeing glimmers of a comeback. And we don't mean hard candies and instant pudding. The revival of this old-fashioned flavor inspires a crepe cake, a chocolate-crusted tart and more.
May 8, 2013 Rather than waiting for someone to give you a treat, why not make one of your favorites for yourself? Something you can snack on all week when no one's around. Or, better yet, something you don't have to share. Food writer T. Susan Chang recommends slow-roasted pecans, salty-sweet matzo candy and more.
May 1, 2013 Famous for its grain, pork products and black truffles, this region's cuisine exemplifies the cardinal virtues of all Italian cooking: simplicity, tradition and respect for fresh, local ingredients. Food writer Tom Gilbert recalls his time there with recipes for pasta, soup and salad.
April 24, 2013 Emerald green and tender, yet with a gentle crunch, garden peas can be so delightful when fresh — and so disappointing when not. Try them now in their seasonal prime in these recipes for chilled soup, a citrusy spread and a traditional rice dish.
April 17, 2013 Stinging nettles are an overlooked bit of nature's bounty, their prickly leaves hiding a secret: They're good-tasting and good for you. (Consider them a stand-in for spinach.) To find them, just pull on some gloves and head out into the wild — or to a farmers market.
April 10, 2013 Salted and aged, the fruit develops mellow yet intensely lemony flavor, with none of the nose-tickling bright, high notes of the fresh version. Though they do take some time, preserved lemons are easy to make, keep practically forever, and make everything around them seem a little sweeter.
April 3, 2013 If you think you don't like grits, food writer Rina Rapuano says, you should give them another try. These recipes for savory grits fixings, pecan pie, pancakes and a cheesy casserole might just change your mind.
March 27, 2013 Though it's not as common as other proteins in American cuisine, lamb often gets a share of the spotlight on springtime's holiday tables. It's a good time to experiment with lamb's magical ability to absorb and alter flavors.
This version of Matzo Ball Soup is made with rendered chicken fat, or schmaltz.
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March 20, 2013 After years in culinary exile, animal fats are finding their way back into Americans' pots and pans. Pork, duck or chicken fat serves as a rich base that lifts an array of dishes to new flavor heights.
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