August 25, 2010 It isn't quick -- or easy -- but making a cake for someone's wedding is a wonderful gift and a money-saver for the newlyweds. Food writer Nicole Spiridakis relays tips and recipes from her cake-crafting success story.
August 18, 2010 From a hamburger patty and gravy on rice ("loco moco") to poor man's sushi ("poke"), everyday cuisine in the ethnically diverse Aloha state reflects the intermingling of cultures that created it.
August 11, 2010 These luscious little dishes comprise alternating layers of complementary colors, textures and flavors -- all showcased in clear glass containers. A verrine is most commonly a dessert, but appetizers, salads, side dishes and even whole meals can be adapted to this stripey presentation.
Inside the cobbled shell of each lychee is a luscious white fruit tasting not unlike a grape -- with stronger, bolder flavors.
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August 3, 2010 Don't let the prickly skin deter you. Beneath that tough exterior is a bold, luscious fruit with tons of potential, from savory main courses to dessert.
July 28, 2010 Although traditionally served as an after-dinner sipper, this Italian liqueur is perfectly suited for any time of day -- particularly in a cocktail. But don't just drink it. Make your own, then use it for cooking and baking to impart creamy, lemony flavor without a lot of acidity.
July 21, 2010 Summertime inspires dizzying feats of laziness in the kitchen. Liquid lunches, random fruit meet-ups, meals consisting of things you can throw in a blender -- anything to avoid summer's Public Enemy No. 1: the stove. These easy-to-make, easy-to-eat salads won't impose on your downtime.
July 14, 2010 Tired of the same old ice pops? Try these cool treats from chefs and food writers to keep youngsters entertained this summer.
July 7, 2010 Tending her family's garden as a youngster seemed like one big summertime chore to Janet Zimmerman. But one thing made all the toil worth it, she says: corn so fresh it was growing in the afternoon, and on her plate by dinnertime. She's since discovered that on the cob isn't the only way to enjoy it.
June 30, 2010 In the Middle East, the origins of traditional dishes like hummus are the subject of contentious debate across cultures and borders. But Israeli food writer Vered Guttman suggests that these culinary similarities are reason for hope.
June 23, 2010 Instead of obliterating the plant pests in your garden, try harvesting them. After all, they've been fattened up on your good compost and diligent watering all season. All you need is an open mind — and the appetite to go with it.
June 16, 2010 Food writer Monica Bhide's father is an engineer by trade. But when he wasn't out of town for work, he was at home in the kitchen, making his child's favorite butter chicken. Though she now makes the dish herself for her own family, she's happy to still need Dad's help to get it just right.
June 7, 2010 Food writer Susan Russo's mom often served the vegetable to family -- never to visitors who might not be acquainted with it. But times have changed. Broccoli rabe's appeal has grown -- and Russo recommends sharing it with family and friends. Just don't tell her mom.
June 2, 2010 Fishing the sticky-sweet, hot-pink orb from the bottom of a soda glass was a rite of childhood. But set aside that store-bought variety and make your own, with fresh cherries -- and a few fresh ideas for showcasing them.
May 25, 2010 Like politics and religion, this leafy plant elicits strong opinions. Even its name is subject to debate: The leaves are called cilantro, while the seeds are called coriander -- at least in the U.S. But it's so easy-growing and versatile that it is featured in cuisines from all over the world -- which means ample opportunity to join the debate.
May 18, 2010 You don't have to wait till lunch or dinner to dig into your early-bird haul from the farmers market. Tuck some fresh vegetables into your morning meal -- or, better yet, give them a starring role at the table.
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