Formal Halloween parties are full of orange-and-black-colored treats and tempters. One day a year, though, just isn't enough. Like all of the coffeehouses and bakeries in our neighborhoods that advertise spook day goodies well ahead of the holiday, why not make every day in your house that is prior to Halloween an homage to orange and black ...Read more
In October, many home cooks turn their thoughts toward the entertaining soon to come, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas to New Year's. While such advance planning can be both fun and sensible, it also can have a serious drawback: It shortchanges opportunities for ...Read more
Creamy, loaded with protein-rich beans and heart-healthy olive oil, what's not to like about hummus? For those looking to swap out their chips and dip for something healthier, hummus is the perfect answer. It pairs well with raw veggies or whole grain bread for an ...Read more
In my best-case scenario for celebrating an anniversary, I imagine an intimate seaside resort with lush landscaping, waterfalls and beach lounges that call out your name. A small stretch of beach might give the impression you are on your own private island. Warm breezes accent the mesmerizing ocean waves as you sip your favorite cocktail.
The ...Read more
There's no time like All Hallows Eve to bake a festive batch of pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies. For bigger hits of chocolate goodness, use chopped bittersweet chocolate in place of the chips. And hold on to the leftover pumpkin puree -- it's yummy stirred into your morning oatmeal or yogurt.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
The gluten-free cupcake had become my nemesis. Cupcakes are a household favorite, and not having this in our recipe binder made not only my kids sad, but me as well. Maybe not sad, but more disappointed. However, several failed attempts at making both vanilla and chocolate gluten-...Read more
A phenomenal classic Caesar salad is sort of like a unicorn -- they are both rare and elusive -- but a really good Caesar salad is much easier to find than a unicorn. The tools and ingredients needed to make an exceptional Caesar salad can be found in almost every kitchen, and the techniques...Read more
Buttery and slightly sweet, hazelnuts are one of the most delicious treasures of Oregon. Family-owned hazelnut orchards -- nestled between the temperate sweet spot of the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains -- completely capture the beauty of the Pacific Coast. It's the last, but certainly not least of the eight regions that I feature in my ...Read more
If you have even a passing interest in wine, you've no doubt heard that wine enhances the dining experience. Entire books are dedicated to explaining which wines go best with what foods. For the most part, wine-pairing advice is well-thought out, and it will no doubt impress family and friends when you follow the suggestions.
But there is ...Read more
Anyone who grew up on treats like date nut bread and cream cheese -- or even English muffin "pizzas" from the toaster oven -- knows how comforting they can be. What's even more heartening is how easy it is to replicate the cozy experiences, even when you don't have all of the ingredients on hand. A flavor fest is just that. It's about memories...Read more
I’m one of those lucky people who can read a recipe and taste it in my head. I hope you are one too, but if you’re not, with a few guiding steps you can learn how to do it.
When you look on the internet (the world’s largest cookbook) these days, you’ll figure out there are duplications of recipes everywhere. Some of them are exact ...Read more
The exciting flavors of Chinese cuisine are captured in this five-spice stir-fried pork. Five-spice powder is a mixture of five ground spices usually consisting of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns. It gives a pungent, aromatic flavor to this quick dish. It can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. ...Read more
About this time of year wine writers send out their yearly columns on how it's time to put away the white wines and cuddle up to hearty reds for the coming cold weather.
So just to be contrary, I'm trotting out my "white wines for winter" column.
Now, I love red wines. And I drink them. All year, actually, even in August -- in my air-...Read more
Of course, chips and dips are a must when you're watching weekend football on TV. A pot of homemade chili makes a great addition to the party. So do bratwursts or other favorite sausages. The list goes on and on of foods that are fun to eat while your eyes are on the action.
But nothing compares to chicken wings, which simply offer the perfect ...Read more
As another grape harvest winds down throughout the northern hemisphere, it might be a good time to consider the importance of the vintage as it relates to wine.
Unlike distilled spirits, wines are a product of nature that vary from year to year depending on the conditions of the growing cycle. Not all vintages are created equal.
This matters...Read more
The health claims about juicing seem too good to be true: lose weight, cleanse toxins from your body, cure or prevent illness. Unfortunately, science doesn't back up those claims. But that doesn't mean drinking a fresh glass of fruit-and-veggie juice is a bad idea.
While watching the election unfold on TV, I can't think of anything I would like better than diving into this comforting dessert. Instead of biting my nails as the night goes on, I intend to dip my spoon many times into a luscious bread pudding.
Served in souffle dishes, in individual ramekins or in a shallow baking dish, bread puddings are ...Read more
Apples and blue cheese are quite the perfect pair in this salad recipe that is tossed with a tangy cider-vinegar dressing.
Apple & Fennel Salad with Blue Cheese
Serves 5 (about 2 cups each)
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ...Read more
For many years, we had always hosted the neighborhood Halloween Party. On the night of Halloween, everyone showed up in costume to chow down on big vats of homemade chili, corn muffins, and slaw or large trays of baked ziti, Caesar salad and garlic balls along with some sort of ...Read more
My days of trick-or-treating may be far behind me, but that doesn't mean I'll be spending Halloween without a sweet treat or two. I've got something far better than mini candy bars. It's a sweet and salty party mix that includes all the high points of this sugared-up holiday. ...Read more