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.
June 20, 2012 These aren't just treats to be served alongside a strong cuppa — they have tea leaves baked right in. Food writer Monica Bhide asks chefs which teas to try and how to use them.
June 13, 2012 A simple addition can coax an ordinary fruit salad into another dimension, one with texture and depth instead of just a rainbow spectrum of sweetness: nuts.
June 5, 2012 Alternating layers of moist, spongy cake, creamy custard and sweet fruit with a dreamy whipped topping, Britain's beloved trifle is a decadent dish that can be quite simple to make.
May 29, 2012 After some hikes, a granola bar or apple is all you need to recharge. But some treks call for a proper picnic — food you can sit and linger over, savoring the meal along with the summit view. These sturdy, well-seasoned dishes go the distance.
May 23, 2012 The side salad has undergone an evolution in mainstream America, from the simple heavily dressed chunk of lettuce, to vibrant kitchen-sink medleys. Now, in many areas, a bounty of local, seasonal ingredients is at our fingertips, helping to elevate the side salad to star status.
May 16, 2012 If you're like most Americans, you love chips, particularly potato chips. But that gloriously crunchy, fried snack isn't that good for you. These baked veggie chips are a health food in comparison. By making your own, you control what goes into them, and what stays out.
May 9, 2012 The souffle has a reputation for being finicky in the kitchen: a billowy, golden masterpiece that collapses as soon as it's out of the oven. But home cooks should have no fear, says food writer Nicole Spiridakis. The key to success, she says, is fresh eggs — and a pinch of moxie.
May 2, 2012 The word "pate" may elicit disgust or salivation depending on the listener's attitude toward liver. Yet not all pate is made from liver. It might be fish or another meat, or vegetables — even cheese. If you're looking for uncommonly rich flavor, though, don't shy away from the innards.
April 25, 2012 If you're the sort of person who thinks nothing of a midnight turn on the dance floor, you can handle mixing up a simple dough or cracking a couple of eggs while the moon sets sail across the sky. Then, when morning comes, flip on the oven or stovetop, and sip your coffee smugly while breakfast essentially makes itself.