"Say it with chocolate" seems to be one of the most popular themes of Valentine's Day, and for very good reasons. Chocolate, so luscious and sweet, is one of the world's most popular flavors. Studies have shown that naturally occurring substances in chocolate actually make us feel better, happier and maybe even more romantic. And ...Read more
Whether it's on a long car drive or a marathon session at the office, most of us need an energy boost from time to time. Many people turn to super-caffeinated beverages to get them through the task at hand. Although the stimulant caffeine is generally regarded as safe ...Read more
My favorite Thai restaurant serves an amazing chicken sate with a creamy, slightly exotic sauce. Cubes or thin slices of chicken are marinated, threaded onto skewers and grilled over charcoal. These piquant brochettes are inexpensive, flavorful and quick to prepare, and this is my Seriously Simple version. Figure about three to four brochettes ...Read more
This cast-iron steak recipe has what it takes to transform beef and vegetables from basic to brilliant. A pop of rosemary on the steak, an intense sear in a hot skillet and a sweet-and-sour glaze on the vegetables elevates the dish. Serve with sauteed spinach and a glass of red wine.
Steak with Glazed Carrots and Turnips
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I always crave banana bread -- moist, tender, nut-studded slabs with plenty of butter on top. However, I don't always crave the calories that come with it. That's why I have been experimenting with creating a healthier, reduced-fat banana bread that will keep both my tummy and hips...Read more
Allow me to present the humble broccoli -- beloved steamed side dish with lemon and butter, faithful team player to quick stir-fries, virtuous add-in to a number of cheesy pasta dishes. Broccoli is the vegetable we reach for when we need a little something extra to round out a meal. Here's ...Read more
Everyone has their comfort zone in the kitchen. Maybe you make a mean meatloaf or the very best chocolate chip cookies. Maybe your spaghetti sauce has garnered a reputation around your neighborhood. For me, quick breads, muffins and scones are my jam because they come together quickly, and I...Read more
There are three things you need to know this Valentine's Day: Domaine Carneros Cuvee de la Pompadour Brut Rose, Smith Woodhouse 20-Year-Old Tawny Port and The Dalmore 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
If you remember just those three things as you shop for that special someone, you are sure to make someone's day come February 14.
Come on Home, ChildrenVictoria Randall
In the future, when an unlicensed pregnancy is a felony, Willa’s daughter Katy has been abducted by the ruthless Bureau of Population Management. Unless Willa can rescue her she faces a life of stigma, toil, and despair. With the help of some unlikely allies, Willa devises an audacious ...
I have been wanting to scream at Oprah Winfrey ever since the news announced her investment in Weight Watchers. $48 Million is a LOT of money.
Not only have I wanted to tell her that her money would have been much more beneficial to the overweight population if she had teamed up with me, but that she is doing them a disservice.
I’m going to ...Read more
VALENTINE'S-EASTER M&M'S TWOFER
Looking back, Mr. Tidbit believes that this year's Valentine candy merchandise appeared on some store shelves the day after Christmas, but he failed to make a note at the time. In any case, it showed up quite a while ago, but he didn't pay much attention to it until he was strolling recently past one supermarket'...Read more
Last week I wrote about grousing from friends about recipes that were too complicated or had too many ingredients. They gave me four-ingredient recipes as examples of go-to entrees. I asked readers to share some of their own inspirations and recipes. These were the first to come in; I'll publish more in upcoming columns.
"Thank you so much for ...Read more
Jessica Wright of Ellicott City, Md., was in search of the recipe for a peanut butter cookie like the one she remembers from her school days in Harford County's public schools. She said that when she was a student there in the late 1970s and early '80s, the cafeteria served the best peanut butter cookies.
The cookies were very large and each ...Read more
Valentine's Day is Sunday, Feb. 15, so it seems appropriate for my annual appeal for wine lovers to drop their outmoded reluctance and drink rose wine.
For starters, it's delicious. The 1970s era when white zinfandel was born as an often sugary, low-alcohol soda pop of a wine are long behind us.
Today it comes in a wide range of styles -- from...Read more
There's one germ you should try to catch. Until recently, it was difficult to find whole-grain products -- like breads, crackers and bars -- in supermarkets, and many families tucked away a bottle of wheat germ in their pantries to sprinkle over the void. Though, fortunately, whole grains are now a store staple, wheat germ is a simple, yet ...Read more
Last year, much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. endured snowstorm after snowstorm. Right now, where I live in Southern California, we're in the grip of what meteorologists have been saying may be the biggest El Nino rain system ever.
Yes, winter can feel like a burden. But I like to think of it in much more optimistic terms: It's perfect soup ...Read more
A steaming plate of homemade spaghetti with tomato sauce is a good go-to for a pleasing meal. But when time is too short to simmer a home-cooked sauce, store-bought sauce comes to the rescue. A container of premade, red pasta sauce can help you whip up spaghetti -- or ...Read more
February is awards-viewing month, and I am always looking for an entree that would please everyone at my viewing party.
While there is much in the news suggesting that a plant-based diet will lengthen ones longevity. I'm not ready to give up my love of meat, fish and poultry just yet. However, I have been playing around with different dishes ...Read more
Perfect for Valentine's Day or a birthday, these chocolate-dipped strawberries are a cinch to make and are a healthy dessert. A bit of fresh lime zest adds an unexpected finish to this easy chocolate-dipped strawberry recipe.
Makes 12 strawberries
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
I believe everyone should try making a chocolate souffle at least once in their lives. Not only are they one of the most heavenly things you can eat with a spoon, but they are a total confidence booster. I'm not going to say they're easy, exactly, but they're also surprisingly not all that ...Read more