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 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 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.
August 8, 2012 Many trendy desserts these days mimic childhood favorites — think upscale cupcakes, candy bars and whoopie pies. Here's another: frozen pops, remade for adults, with boozy fruit and adventurous flavors.
August 1, 2012 Toss out the notion that tofu is a mere substitute for meat or eggs, and embrace the essence of the soybean. Making your own tofu isn't hard. And the results more than make up for the labor — yielding a vegan staple that can star on its own, lightly dressed, or as a base in recipes from snacks to desserts.
July 25, 2012 This wild bramble can easily grow to take over a yard, becoming an impenetrable thicket. But all is forgiven when you find a particularly good patch of big, juicy, sweet-tart berries.
July 18, 2012 You may have had nori — the ubiquitous red seaweed that dries to black or green — wrapped around rice in sushi maki, or as roasted, salted crisps. Its popularity makes it a good gateway to an array of sea veggies.
July 11, 2012 This vegetable suffers all sorts of indignities. People say beets taste like metal, mud, wood — even dirty socks (that's hard-core beet hate). But despite their detractors, beets are experiencing a culinary heyday. Try them in soup, salad, rice or even a smoothie.
July 3, 2012 Originally just a convenient boxed lunch for Japanese field workers, bentos today can be high art, with flower-petal carrots, hard-boiled eggs shaped into bunnies, broccoli sculpted into trees. But you don't have to cook Japanese food — or make cute cutouts — to reap the benefits of the bento.
June 27, 2012 There's much more to slaw than the creamy muddle of carrot-flecked cabbage found on many a picnic table. Forgo the mayo — and even the cabbage — with these shredded salads reflecting flavors from around the globe.