September 30, 2009 When the days grow shorter and corn is harder to come by, the ears smaller and less plump, turn to corn pudding for the perfect marriage of butter and corn. The sweet, silky concoction could be called "carnal pudding," but we'll just call it heavenly.
September 23, 2009 Afraid to take the plunge into traditional canning? Wade in instead by making freezer jam, which follows the same process — without the heat. It's a simple, delicious way to preserve the fruits of summer.
September 16, 2009 If you're intimidated by this sometimes-slimy Southern favorite, take baby steps: Try it stewed in a flavorful casserole or gumbo, or fried crisp in a cornmeal coating.
September 9, 2009 If you've never seen a beach plum, you're not the only one. They only grow in sandy, coastal areas — and some years, the gnarly, windblown bushes just don't bear fruit at all. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy them now, and ways to spread them out between years of plenty.
September 1, 2009 That plateful of crispy, tender little rings, often dunked in dipping sauce, bears little resemblance to its squirmy source. But food writer Domenica Marchetti suggests saluting the squid — aka calamari — by serving it in all its "tentacular" glory.
August 25, 2009 A collection of small, flavorful dishes called meze are a common evening meal in the Mediterranean, but journalist Joanna Kakissis finds they're a great way to make friends in the U.S., too.
August 19, 2009 If you're infatuated with lavender's slightly spicy, earthy aroma, you'll love the flavor of this flowering relative of mint. Try it in nearly anything: from cocktails, to roasted vegetables and meats, to creamy desserts.
August 12, 2009 These edible flowers have a texture that's soft and delicate when raw or steamed, crisp and toothsome when fried — and especially delectable when encasing dollops of soft, white cheese.
August 4, 2009 Although anchovies have been a staple of the global diet for thousands of years, their reputation scares a lot of people off. Their fishy, salty pungency just takes a little care in preparation. Once you harness their "umami," you'll learn to love this remarkable little fish.
July 29, 2009 Finding a vendor that sells local peaches in season isn't too hard to do; finding a way NOT to overindulge while the sweet, juicy fruit is bountiful can be a much tougher task — especially when it's dressing up muffins, meats, crepes and more.
July 22, 2009 Hibiscus, or jamaica, flowers are a common feature in Mexican cuisine. But beyond the traditional jamaica water, the flowers are turning up in ever-more-adventurous ways, casting a spell with their tart, flowery flavor and crimson tint.
July 15, 2009 Minimal cooking lets green beans shine — and keeps the kitchen cool as summer heats up. These crisp, bright dishes are a snap to make in the morning and leave in the fridge all day.
July 8, 2009 Dining en plein air doesn't mean you have to stick with the soggy potato salads and deviled eggs so endemic to childhood picnics. Dishes that are flavorful, sturdy and packable make for memorable meals no matter where you eat.
July 1, 2009 Demand for these hybrid fruits, especially pluots, has skyrocketed. Pluots now make up a majority of the plum market. In fact, you might be eating a pluot or an aprium and not even know it.
June 24, 2009 Personal chef Kevin Weeks sets out to tantalize taste buds with a light menu featuring a cornucopia of fresh herbs from appetizer to dessert.
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