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Turn your hinged grill into a panini press

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

One of the most popular kitchen countertop appliances in recent years has been the electric hinged grill, also known as a contact grill. (Many people still fondly refer to it using the name of a widely known boxing champion who helped make these devices famous.) I have my own special version of the appliance, which always excites viewers ...Read more

Recipe Finder: Jell-O salad makes a refreshing, retro dish

Recipes / Healthy Recipes /

Ellen Rogers of Granger, Ind., was in search of the recipe for a dish that her mother used to make with orange Jell-O, shredded carrots and small pineapple bits. She cannot locate the recipe and she has been unable to re-create the same taste.

Patricia Walter of Kingsville, Md., saw Rogers' request and thought she knew exactly the recipe Rogers...Read more

A tip for beefier-tasting tacos: Try buffalo

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Tacos are becoming one of our favorite hand-held foods; the pace of new taco shops opening in South Florida rivals that of hamburger joints.

I recently tasted one I liked with a bold cumin flavor at an event to benefit Common Threads, a nationwide organization geared to teaching kids to eat well. The taco was made by chef Todd Erickson of ...Read more

Get to know versatile white wine soave with these 6 to try

Recipes / All About Wine /

To most Americans, Italy's best-known white wine probably is pinot grigio, the light, crisp, mineral-scented wine we find reasonably priced on restaurant wine lists.

To Italians, a better-known local white wine is soave, also light and crisp, maybe a little fruitier than pinot grigio.

Americans should get more familiar with it.

Soave wines ...Read more

Cook's Corner: New 'Books of Pies' is filled with blue-ribbon dessert recipes

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I'm a road-tripper.

I love meandering, traveling byways instead of highways and always braking for food finds.

I love diners -- the more shine and neon, the better -- and country cafes and roadside smokers.

Some of my best travel memories revolve around picking wild blueberries in Maine, or taking the perfect bite of melting peach ice cream ...Read more

Hot stuff: Lemonade-margarita mix, chili-spiced garnish

Recipes / Variety Menu /

PUCKERY SUMMER SIPPER

Here's an antidote to dull margarita mixes: a new Tart & Spicy Jalapeno Lemonade & Margarita Mix by Urban Accents. Blend the powdered mix with water, then serve over ice on its own or tequila-spiked. We found the delayed fire of both options deliciously refreshing. Adjust mix-tequila proportions as you like; the package ...Read more

Tidbits: Stouffer's and Healthy Choice lines expanding

Recipes / Variety Menu /

KITCHEN FITNESS

Stouffer's has added a line of frozen dinners called Fit Kitchen: six choices including Cilantro Lime Chicken and Bourbon Steak.

Each package prominently displays within a wide black stripe the item's rather high protein content, as well as the "Fit Kitchen" lettering in white and a gray that resembles stainless steel. Mr. ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Ridding meat of antibiotics

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Environmental Nutrition

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health issue. It can limit your treatment options when you're sick, raise your healthcare costs and increase the number, severity and duration of some infections. Today there is evidence and consensus among scientific and ...Read more

Seriously Simple: A new twist on pasta salad: Asian style

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Pasta salads have traveled a long way from mayonnaise-dressed macaroni salad. In the last few decades, pasta salads have become colorful and fresh, featuring vinaigrettes and an array of seasonal vegetables, cheeses, meats, poultry and seafood to help them sparkle. You'll find pasta varieties now include whole wheat, egg, cellophane, soba, ...Read more

EatingWell: A healthier 'spaghetti'

Recipes / Variety Menu /

With this spaghetti squash and meatballs recipe, you can reduce the carbohydrates and increase the vegetable servings by skipping pasta and serving the Italian-seasoned turkey meatballs and quick, homemade marinara sauce over thin strands of cooked spaghetti squash instead. Cooking the squash first in the microwave and then in a skillet, to cook...Read more

One for the Table: The bright flavors of the Mediterranean

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Oneforthetable.com

Rosemary and garlic are traditionally used in Greek and Italian cooking, and I can't imagine not using them both when marinating meats, particularly lamb. The woody perfume of the rosemary permeates the meat, creating earthy flavor. Greek cuisine also utilizes lemons to add ...Read more

The Kitchn: Rhubarb Syrup

Recipes / Variety Menu /

TheKitchn.com

While many people make pie, there are many other things you can create with rhubarb: relishes, chutneys, compotes, sauces - both sweet and savory - ice cream and sorbets. The list is endless, but one of my favorite things to make when rhubarb is plentiful is this lovely, pink-hued syrup.

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The Kitchn: A healthy take on 'crab rangoon'

Recipes / Variety Menu /

TheKitchn.com

These baked veggie wontons are so quick and versatile that you'll never have to scramble for a vegetarian party appetizer again. I even added cream cheese for a veggie-spin on crab Rangoon, because we all need a little rich and creamy in our lives every now and then, right?

Up until a ...Read more

Quick Grilled Chicken and Veggies

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

Clean Grillin'

I’ve never been that fond of the grill. I think I can trace it back to when I was about 20 years old. I bought a charcoal grill that came in a box. I had to put it together. Even with perfectly clear directions, it still took me five hours to get that thing ready to cook a hotdog. It wasn’t the most expensive grill so ...Read more

Don't Give Up Slow Cooking During Warm Weather

Recipes / After-Work Gourmet /

During warm-weather months, many families are more on-the-go than ever, with jam-packed, activity-filled days. Quick, thrown-together, indistinguishable meals are often the solution. Sometimes, nutrition suffers, too.

If you think the nutrient-filled, hearty dishes whose flavors meld for hours in quick-prep, low time-commitment slow cookers ...Read more

Visit the Mediterranean without leaving your backyard

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

The long, cold winter so many people experienced is beginning to recede into memory. And it's likely to be almost forgotten when the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of grilling season and the start of summer vacation -- even though actual summer is still almost a month away.

One of the things many enthusiastic...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Plant waters make a splash

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Environmental Nutrition

With experts cautioning that sugar is a cause of obesity and chronic disease, combined with the trend towards all things "natural," it's no surprise that consumers are turning to plant waters, such as coconut, maple and birch water. These waters appeal to our desire ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Minced chicken in lettuce cups is easy for lunch or dinner

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Years ago I was invited to Hong Kong to attend a food festival, and we visited many historical spots and restaurants. One memorable meal began with lettuce cups filled with minced pigeon. I loved it. Since pigeon (squab) isn't easy to find and is very expensive, I decided to reinvent that taste memory with minced chicken. It has also become a ...Read more

EatingWell: Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans

Recipes / Variety Menu /

In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.

Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans

Makes 6 servings

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive ...Read more

One for the Table: Spring Greens and Fiddlehead Salad

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Oneforthetable.com

These curlicue-shaped fiddlehead greens are a specialty of the forest. They are actually fern fronds. Fiddleheads have such a short season since they're picked before the ferns have a chance to unfurl their fronds. They're definitely a specialty that you'll only see sold in farmers...Read more