Time and time again, I hear home cooks saying something along the lines of, "I forgot all about my Thanksgiving dinner first course!" Fortunately, I have a perfect solution in the form of what may be my all-time favorite soups. One that guests in my restaurants ask for again and again: butternut squash soup. And once you've looked...Read more
Finding the right gift can be overwhelming. I know how tough it can be to search out that perfect present, so I've selected "foodie" gifts to help you narrow down your choices. You'll find a little of everything for those food and beverage loving friends of yours. What they all have in common is that they make life Seriously Simple.
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This weeknight-fast Swiss steak recipe is made on the stovetop in just 30 minutes (traditional Swiss steak braises in the oven for an hour or more). Sauteed peppers, onions and tomatoes make a quick, savory sauce. Ask your butcher for four equal-size cube steaks (about 4 ounces each) so they cook evenly.
Skillet Swiss Steak
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Is there anything better a nice piece of coffee cake in the morning with your coffee or tea? There isn't for me. In fact, I liked it so much, I knew I had to get this cake out of the house. I gave it all away, because I would have eaten the whole thing otherwise! With the right ...Read more
Lose a bit of your belly each day by avoiding these 5 foods...
Have you ever had a scotcheroo? Where I grew up in Minnesota, no backyard cookout, birthday party or post-Little League pizza dinner was complete without a plate piled high with these squares. Imagine if Rice Krispies treats had a run-in with a jar of peanut butter and then got doused in a ...Read more
My husband, Dan, would eat a cheeseburger pretty much every day of the week if I let him. It's his desert-island food, and should we ever be stuck on a magical cheeseburger-filled desert island, he's free to eat as many as he wants, as often as he wants.
It's also true that Dan works in ...Read more
You could say John Jordan was born into the wine business, although he spent most of his adult life avoiding it.
His parents, Tom and Sally Jordan, were dedicated Francophiles. They signed the deed on their Alexander Valley wine estate in May 1972, the same day John was born, so the story goes. John and his sister Jenny grew up amid the vines...Read more
The Brothers' Keepers (Parched Book) (Volume 2)NLB Horton
2014 LYRA AWARD WINNER
When a dear friend disappears, archaeologist Grace Madison exposes his deadly deception—and endangers everything she cherishes.
She is cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels when her son's bride is attacked in Switzerland and daughter disappears...
Thanksgiving In Paris
I spent one of my favorite Thanksgiving holidays in Paris.
They call it the “City of Lights”, and it’s an apt descriptor. During the day, Paris is beautiful, and you can walk for miles without noticing how tired your feet might be. The city has so much to offer you hardly want to sit and take in a meal; ...Read more
Anne West of Ruxton, Md., was looking for the recipe for a chicken roulade that she was served at a gathering not long ago. She said the boneless chicken breast was stuffed with a mixture of wild rice, tomato, spinach and most likely other ingredients, then rolled and baked with a sauce. The finished chicken was sliced into pinwheels to serve. ...Read more
SEEING THROUGH IT
As more and more supermarket space has been devoted to Swanson stocks and broths -- and their low-sodium, no-salt, organic, "flavor-infused" and other more or less reasonable variations, it probably was high time for Swanson to offer some kind of meaningless convenience packaging at inflated cost.
Most of the Swanson ...Read more
Glenda of Miami contacted Cook's Corner in response to a request for the Manhattan clam chowder recipe from the now-closed Mike Gordon's Seafood Restaurant off the 79th Street Causeway.
"I don't have that one, but I do have the recipe for the New England style, and it is the best I've ever tasted," Glenda wrote. "I got the recipe from my ...Read more
Every year about this time I write a column of mini-reviews of wine and spirits books as suggestions for holiday giving. I've come across some good ones this year. So let's get right to it.
-- "Wines of South America: The Essential Guide" by Evan Goldstein (University of California Press, 2014, $30 hardcover). Sure, we know that Chile and ...Read more
Your dad does the best grilled turkey. Only way to do it, you swear. Wait, what about granny's cornbread-stuffed bird, roasted bronze and filling the entire house with a delicious perfume?
Let's be honest: There are more "best" or "perfect" turkey prep methods on this planet than there are turkeys at any one time: Smoked. Deep-fried. Braised. ...Read more
This Thanksgiving, spend less time fussing in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of your friends and family. Here is a road map to a traditional turkey meal with all the trimmings, much of which can be made in advance and reheated.
-- Wild Mushroom Soup
-- Roasted Turkey with Stuffing and Quick Gravy
-- Cranberry Sauce
-- ...Read more
Fortunately, I was reading a book on creativity just before I settled on the dressing I would prepare for my festive holiday salad. "Positive Living and Health: The Complete Guide to Brain/Body Healing and Mental Empowerment" by Mark Bricklin and the editors of Prevention Magazine was a vintage tome of more than 500 pages that I bought last year...Read more
Whenever I think of special occasions from my childhood, one of the dishes that always comes to mind is the palatschinken, literally "pancakes with filling" in the Austrian dialect, that my mother or grandmother made as a special dessert or even a breakfast dish for my sisters, brother and me. Of course, the time of year during which I ate my ...Read more
So you made the turkey and now you have more leftovers than you know what to do with. Here's my answer. This old-fashioned, yet sophisticated version of pot pie includes a hefty sprinkling of mixed herbs and big chunks of turkey, and puff pastry dough sprinkled with Parmesan crowns the top. It's a great way to finish off the turkey without it ...Read more
This green bean recipe is impressive-looking but simple to make. The bundles make a wonderful addition to a holiday table or a fun presentation to liven up any dinner party menu.
Green Bean Bundles with Garlic Browned Butter
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
1 pound thin green beans or haricot verts, trimmed
24 long, ...Read more