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Cream Cheese: Sometimes the Less Creative, the Better

Recipes / After-Work Gourmet /

If you have been to a cheese tasting, chances are it didn't include cream cheese, but maybe it should have. The differences between various brands of cream cheese are no less important to bagel or cheesecake lovers than the nuances between hoity-toity aged cheeses from around the globe are to gourmands.

Easily spreadable cream cheese is an ...Read more

Saucy summer: Recipes for the height of tomato season

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

Now is the time of summer when, everywhere you turn, it seems that fresh sun-ripened tomatoes are plentifully in sight. Farmers' market stands are piled high with them, from big beefsteak tomatoes to all sizes, shapes and colors of heirloom varieties to tiny cherry tomatoes. Home gardens, too, are filled with tomato plants supported by cages or ...Read more

A Labor of Love

The upcoming Labor Day weekend is the grillmeister's annual swan song. In most parts of the country, the grill goes undercover and the tools are stored for winter after one last hurrah on this holiday. I am determined to end the season on a bold note rather than a whimper.

Of course, I refer to the wines for the Labor Day finale. I have ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Brighten up your Labor Day plate with a colorful side dish

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Labor Day is often our culinary send-off to summer. The signs of summer begin to wane. Darkness descends earlier, there is a chill in the air and the produce is beginning to change. I like to make up a big platter of colorful, complimentary vegetables, and on Labor Day I might grill up some barbecued chicken or ...Read more

EatingWell: Bit of bourbon adds kick to peach cobbler

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Easy buttermilk biscuits top this healthy peach cobbler recipe made with a glug of bourbon. If you prefer to leave out the liquor, try swapping apple juice, cider or vanilla extract for the bourbon.

Bourbon-Peach Cobbler

Serves 12

Serving size: 1 cup

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

For the fruit:

12 cups sliced firm...Read more

One for the Table: The secret's in the sauce

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Oneforthetable.com

Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are simply very ripe jalapeno peppers that have been dried, smoked and packed in a sauce of tomatoes, vinegar, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion. If you've never cooked with them before, you'll be shocked at what a shortcut they can be when ...Read more

The Kitchn: Bacon-wrapped corn brings the flavor

Recipes / Variety Menu /

TheKitchn.com

Corn and basil are fast friends when it comes to flavor. The sweetness of the corn is only amplified in the presence of this hot-tasting herb. Here, the two are literally bundled together with a bow of bacon and grilled until smoky and crisp.

This recipe has a tendency to sputter a bit as ...Read more

The Kitchn: Bite-sized cookies pack a nutritious punch

Recipes / Variety Menu /

TheKitchn.com

These are the kind of cookies you can snack on and feel good about it. They're packed with high-protein ingredients, like peanut butter, and naturally sweetened with banana and just a bit of maple syrup. A little chopped dark chocolate is mixed in -- just for good measure (gotta get those ...Read more

Keep summer sizzling with Balsamic Grilled Swordfish

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Swordfish steaks are a treat on the grill in the summer. The secret is not to overcook the swordfish. It should cook for 8 minutes per inch of thickness. Most steaks are about an inch thick. Alter your cooking time according to the thickness of the swordfish steak you buy. It will continue to cook in its own heat off the fire.

Arugula is mostly...Read more

Why is chardonnay so popular? Try these 11 to find out

Recipes / All About Wine /

Chardonnay is the most popular wine in America. It's 20 percent of all the wine we buy in shops and supermarkets, according to a Nielsen survey.

It's that popular because it can be all things to all people, from lean and crisp, scented with green apples and minerals to lush, buttery, oaky wines that taste like tropical fruit.

Why do different ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Summer's star ingredient shines bright

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Fresh ripe tomatoes are the essence of Seriously Simple. Whether it is in a zesty tomato salsa, a multi-colored tomato gazpacho or as a first course, sliced and layered with fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil, the fresh raw summer tomato never disappoints.

Recently I have found myself at the local farmers' market excitedly perusing the...Read more

Seafood Crepes

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

Julia Child was an August baby. She would have turned 104 years old this year. I miss Julia. That woman was a class act, a huge talent, and an early mentor for me.

Most kids came home from school in the 60s and watched cartoons. I used to come home from school, grab my after-school snack, pull up a chair at the kitchen table, and watch Julia...Read more

Make this classic Italian dinner with less than 10 minutes of stove time

Recipes / Wolfgang Puck /

Even people who love to cook may find themselves shying away from the stove in mid-August. When temperatures soar, and humidity isn't far behind, who wants to put up with the heat of the kitchen?

But you've still got to put dinner on the table most evenings. And I don't consider ready-to-serve, store-bought of fast foods an acceptable option.

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Dressed for success: Start your Labor Day cookout with a grilled veggie salad

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Nothing makes me feel all warm and summery like a seasonal main course salad, except maybe one served with a glass of wine. This grilled vegetable salad with tomato seed vinaigrette is perhaps the most celebratory of all.

I love grilling snow peas or sugar snap peas, and the radicchio makes the salad seem fancier than it really is. Plus, the ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Lighten up your salad

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Environmental Nutrition

If you're trying to eat more healthfully, but you still want to enjoy a meal out, ordering a salad is the ideal option, right? Not so fast. While a salad can certainly be a healthy, satisfying option, there are plenty on the menu that can actually short-circuit your ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Summer's star ingredient shines bright

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Fresh ripe tomatoes are the essence of Seriously Simple. Whether it is in a zesty tomato salsa, a multi-colored tomato gazpacho or as a first course, sliced and layered with fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil, the fresh raw summer tomato never disappoints.

Recently I have found myself at the local farmers' market excitedly perusing the...Read more

EatingWell: Elevate your classic burger with 'special sauce'

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean beef burgers. A quick blend of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar makes a perfect tangy, sweet and creamy "special sauce" for this burger. We love the dill relish here, but use sweet relish if you prefer it. Serve with sweet potato fries.

Classic Hamburger

Serves 4

Active Time: 45 ...Read more

One for the Table: Make the most of remaining summer fruit

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Oneforthetable.com

As the days of summer dwindle, so does my supply of summer fruit. The bowl that I filled on Thursday with the bounty from the farmers' market was down to a few lonely items by Sunday.

I was going to make a cake or a tart or a cobbler or a pie but everybody's so annoyingly calorie-...Read more

The Kitchn: A new way to enjoy barbecue meatballs

Recipes / Variety Menu /

TheKitchn.com

Here's a dinner you can make with three ingredients (or four ingredients, if you count the smoky hint from the grill). Use your favorite purchased meatballs, your favorite barbecue sauce and a few sweet bell peppers to make this meal in 15 minutes. You can probably do it in 10 if you really ...Read more

The $9 Solution

When the Dark Horse wines were in the planning stages a few short years ago, inside the brain trust at E. & J. Gallo Winery the concept was commonly called the "20-7 project."

Throughout its history, Gallo has been sensitive to the consumer need for quality value wine. Consider the cost, for example, of putting a modest $20 wine on the dinner...Read more