October 3, 2012 Sweet peppers surge into ripeness in late summer and flourish into fall. When they're in season and plentiful, they're a bargain. So stock up now and explore their various forms — crisp and aromatic when raw, silky and alluring when cooked.
September 26, 2012 You might have had a Vietnamese-style "summer roll," with shrimp and fresh herbs wrapped in translucent rice paper. But what else could you tuck into this versatile wrapper? Sandwich fixings (minus the bread!), leftovers — your imagination's the limit.
September 19, 2012 It might look like a typical apple pie, but this is no cinnamon-sugar bomb. Cut into it and you'll find seasoned pork along with the sliced fruit. It's just one of many savory ways to highlight the versatile apple.
September 16, 2012 Processed wild rice dominates grocery store shelves, but around the Great Lakes, Native Americans still harvest it the same way their ancestors did centuries ago. This weekend, the Wild Rice Festival in Rosemont, Minn., celebrates the tradition.
September 12, 2012 The molasseslike sweetener that has long had a following in kitchens in the South and Midwest also has found its way onto fine restaurant menus. Try it with butter on a biscuit, or use it in desserts, a cocktail or even a vinaigrette.
September 5, 2012 Combine flavors and textures — sweet and citrusy, creamy and crunchy, fluffy and nutty — to make these showstopper sweets, without heating up the oven. Food writer Janet A. Zimmerman recommends a cool, lemony cheesecake, velvety chocolate pie and praline parfaits.
August 29, 2012 An Italian food expert delves into her collection of cookbooks to find a historical recipe for spinach and rice ravioli that was nearly identical to the one an NPR listener wants to re-create. And it turns out the secret to success is in the cheese.
August 29, 2012 Showcasing the delicate flavor and texture of this prolific squash can be a challenge. But these three recipes will make converts out of even the most ardent zucchini-phobes.
August 22, 2012 At the end of summer, when you're sunburned and hot and maybe a bit tired of peaches or berries, try adding tangy custard, a pecan crumble or dark caramel to your farmers market cache, or pair two or more fruits for a refreshing change.
August 15, 2012 Portugal's colonial explorers left a culinary trail behind them — and also brought some exotic flavors back home. Sample Portugal's fusion, flavors and history with these recipes for traditional soups, seafood and more.