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Sweet, cool summer soup beats the heat

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

On some of summer's hottest days, dessert can run the risk of turning what should be a meal's crowning glory into the last straw. When the weather feels oppressive, who needs something overly filling as the final course?

Most of the time, we turn to the freezer for warm-weather desserts. Ice creams, sorbets and other frozen treats are proven ...Read more

Gallo on the Move

The breaking news in the U.S. wine industry last week was the announcement that E. & J. Gallo of Modesto, California, had purchased Sonoma-based brand Souverain and the Asti vineyards from Treasury Wine Estates.

It was Gallo's second eye-popping purchase in the past couple of months. Gallo bought J Vineyards & Winery, best known for its ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Vitamin C health update

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Environmental Nutrition

When you hear "vitamin C," do you think about oranges and fending off colds? Think again! Many people are surprised to learn that a half cup of red peppers has twice as much vitamin C as an orange, and this versatile vitamin may be better at fighting cancer and ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Salad Nicoise a colorful alternative to cobb salad

Recipes / Variety Menu /

This classic Provencal salad is said to originate in Nice, France. Many modern Nicoise-style salads include fresh grilled ahi tuna, but I prefer the imported canned variety packed in oil for a more traditional recipe.

Look for small, bright green beans for sweet tender flavor. You can also use fingerling potatoes and just cut them into thin ...Read more

EatingWell: Pulled Chicken with coleslaw a summer staple

Recipes / Variety Menu /

This eastern North Carolina-style chicken barbecue recipe is vinegar-based, a far cry from the sweet tomato-heavy sauces from the western part of the state. Double the recipe to make a big batch that's perfect for game-day parties and potlucks.

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Coleslaw

Serves 4

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes ...Read more

One for the Table: A sip of summer

Recipes / Variety Menu /

The local farmers market was filled with several varieties of stone fruit, rhubarb, strawberries and melons. Melons were everywhere: red, orange, green, white. I grabbed whatever I could carry, I couldn't help myself.

After washing, cleaning and cutting all of my veggies, I stared...Read more

The Kitchn: Yogurt popsicles brighten up breakfast on-the-go

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Your eyes do not deceive you. This is breakfast that you can eat one-handed while walking to the bus stop, and it has just as much going for it as a bowl of yogurt with granola and fruit. In fact, it is a bowl of yogurt -- just in frozen popsicle form. Time to dig out those popsicle molds!

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The Kitchn: Power through the day snacking on carrot cake bites

Recipes / Variety Menu /

These snacks are vegan, require no baking and come together quickly in the food processor. But best of all, they taste like carrot cake! They're also made from whole ingredients (with just a teeny tiny drizzle of sugary icing on top), so even though they taste like dessert, they have enough ...Read more

Lemon Curd

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

Required Reading

I’m definitely not one to read the op-ed page. In fact, I don’t even read the newspaper. Okay, okay. In the interest of full disclosure, I might read my horoscope when I find the paper left on the kitchen counter by my husband. And on Sundays, I love to read the magazines inserted into the paper; things like Parade ...Read more

Chicken subs for veal in variation on Italian classic

Recipes / Quick Fix /

This is an easy, scaled-down version of the traditional Italian recipe, Vitello Tonnato (Veal in Tuna Sauce), using sauteed chicken instead of veal. It is a perfect dish to serve hot or cold.

The accompanying mayonnaise sauce has tangy flavors of capers, anchovies and tuna. The original recipe calls for fresh mayonnaise, which takes time and ...Read more

Tidbits: Oreos and Campbell's

Recipes / Variety Menu /


After all the advance media hoopla about new Oreo Thins -- styled as "the Oreo for adults," and "a thin, crisp, elegant take on the Oreo," all three varieties (regular, Golden and mint) turned up in stores last week.

Much ink has already been spilled over the cookie-to-filling ratio (it is alleged to be the same as ...Read more

8 crisp, lean Italian white wines to try

Recipes / All About Wine /

Italy is most famous for its red wines -- Chianti, Barolo, amarone, valpolicella, it goes on. But it also produces some pleasing white wines that are less-known but very much worth trying. They're often lean and crisp, with lots of fruit flavors and hints of minerals.

Italian whites go well with shellfish, finfish, light chicken and turkey ...Read more

Shelf Life: Ready-to-eat quinoa, waffle tongs, versatile sauces

Recipes / Variety Menu /


Road trippers, backpackers and cubicle dwellers will enjoy Quinoa Meal, a ready-to-eat dish from Cucina & Amore. The shelf-stable meal comes with a small serving of cooked quinoa, a flavorful mix-in plus a tiny spoon. The flavors: basil pesto, jalapeno and roasted peppers, mango and jalapeno and our favorite, artichoke...Read more

Cook's Corner: Get taste buds singing with Hummingbird Cake

Recipes / Variety Menu /

No child should go hungry, but 1 in 5 kids in America will face it today, according to the No Kid Hungry campaign.

Celebrity chef Art Smith (once Oprah's personal cook) snagged a $150,000 donation to the campaign from Philadelphia Cream Cheese by agreeing to share his most requested recipe: this version of traditional Hummingbird Cake.

It's ...Read more

Virtual Camp Can Be a Delicious Experience

Recipes / After-Work Gourmet /

No matter how much you love your kid, if you're in the middle of a long summer break, do you sometimes wish he or she could go and explore space for a while?

Google, NASA and the nonprofit educational organization the Khan Academy made that wish come true for children and parents everywhere. Camp Google is no farther away than the url: camp....Read more

Lighten up grilled meats for summer

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

Meat eaters face a special dilemma in summer. It's prime time for grilling, and for them the epitome of food cooked quickly over an open fire usually means a great steak, beautifully patterned and flavored with char marks and dripping with delicious juices.

But more and more, we're all being told to moderate our consumption of red meat for the ...Read more

Rising Star in Argentina

First there was Nicolas Catena, who took the family winery in Mendoza to new heights when he brought in California winemaker Paul Hobbs to rock the Argentine wine world.

Then there was Hobbs himself, who left Catena and opened his own Mendoza winery, Cobos, to much critical acclaim.

The brilliant winemaker from Bordeaux, Michel Rolland, also...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Beware of monster meals

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Environmental Nutrition

It's fun going out to eat! You can enjoy a delicious meal with someone special, with no worries about meal preparation and clean up. And we're eating out a lot these days; people spend 50 percent of their eating dollars on foods consumed away from home, in coffee shops...Read more

Seriously Simple: Palladio's Venetian apple cake fit for any occasion

Recipes / Variety Menu /

It has taken me a lifetime of travel to finally visit one of the most enchanting spots: Venice, Italy. As a food and travel writer, I was obsessed with making a visit to this most unique city. With no cars -- only boats that took us from place to place -- it's like a floating metro system.

We stayed at The BAUERs Palladio Hotel & SPA on the ...Read more

EatingWell: Cherry Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Recipes / Variety Menu /

This cherry ice cream pie is a simple summertime sweet treat! If you use frozen cherries, the pie will have a fun purple hue.

Cherry Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Servings: 8

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 1/4 hours (including 4 hours freezing time)

3 cups reduced-fat "light" vanilla ice cream, softened

1 1/4 cups ...Read more