For years, nuts -- dense in calories and fat -- were considered off limits for people looking to shed a few pounds. However, in the last two decades research has uncovered numerous health benefits of tree nuts, including almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts,...Read more
Each year hundreds of food books and cookbooks pass by my desk, and I always look forward to sharing my favorites with you during the holiday season. I know how tough it can be to search for that perfect present for the cook on your list. So here are a few of my picks for various types of cooks.
"Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavors" (Mitchell ...Read more
With just a few simple steps, you can transform plain chocolate into a divine treat with this chocolate bark recipe. We stir chopped peppermint candies and chocolate-covered espresso beans into this chocolate bark, which is perfect for a gift.
Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Bark
Makes 36 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/2-inch piece
Active Time: 15 ...Read more
I'm a big fan of crowd-pleasing holiday meals that don't require carving a whole bird. Translation: Less time spent in the kitchen with hungry guests and more time sharing memories at the dinner table. During Christmastime in the Batali household, I look no further than braised chicken with sauteed apples and prosecco, which can be largely ...Read more
When you have type 2 diabetes, what you eat matters. Too much carbohydrate can make your blood sugar spike, and too little can provoke a potentially coma-inducing drop. But might there be individual foods you can add to your diet that could help control those spikes ...Read more
I'm not sure exactly how long I have been making holiday gifts from my kitchen. I think it started when I found a recipe for almond cookie crescents when I was just out of college and gave them to the people I see throughout the year: doctors, dentists, my cleaners, hair cutter, friends, family. I learned then that giving something you have ...Read more
You Shall Know Our Names (The Judah Halevi Journals) (Volume 1)Ezekiel Nieto Benzion
When Ezekiel Benzion's grandfather handed him the dusty journals written by Doctor Judah Halevi Nieto, he begged, "Before I die, tell me why our family protected these for two hundred years. Who were these men? And why were they revered?" The search for answers led to ...
In this play on shrimp and grits, we simmered oats with scallions and cheese for a savory, creamy dish reminiscent of risotto. You'll even get your veggies with the sauteed baby spinach on the side. Serve with hot sauce and a glass of unoaked chardonnay.
Two-Pepper Shrimp with Creamy Pecorino Oats
Serving Size: 4-5 shrimp, 1/2 cup ...Read more
There are many dishes that create a sense of togetherness, but none is as famous as fondue. This dish of melted cheese originates from the Alps. The Swiss popularized and designated it a national dish in the 1930s. It eventually crossed the pond and became extremely popular in ...Read more
If you've got leftover caramelized onions, or you are about to make a recipe that uses them, double up. And while you're at it, grab that loaf of leftover bread because you are about to embark on a trip to France in one delicious vegetarian casserole based on the famous soupe a l'oignon ...Read more
After a summer full of sweet local tomatoes, the winter months can look bleak. But canned tomatoes are a sunny opportunity to enjoy that robust tomato flavor year-round. It turns out those cans can be coaxed into something pretty close to summer's bounty -- all they need is a little TLC.
There is only so much food you can eat in any given day. So in the interest of maximizing the nutritional value of your diet, it makes sense to fill your grocery cart with nutrient-dense foods so you can spend your calorie budget wisely. Science shows that when we eat ...Read more
Fruit crisps have been around for years. They never seem to go out of style. Early Americans created fruit desserts with some very funny names like "pandowdy" or "buckle." The simpler named fruit crisp is nothing more than a mixture of fruit on the bottom and a layer of any kind of sweet crumbs on top. It can be as plain as buttered and sugared ...Read more
A store-bought rice blend and quick-cooking chicken breast help get this healthy chicken recipe on the dinner table fast. Check the label to avoid excessive sodium or other undesirable ingredients. Other herbs, such as rosemary and sage, are also delicious in this recipe.
Roast Chicken with Parmesan-Herb Sauce
Serving Size: 3 oz. ...Read more
Although New England clam chowder (the white creamy version) is probably more popular, Manhattan clam chowder is equally delicious. More like an Italian soup, this tomato-based clam chowder makes a great winter dish.
Traditional recipes often require cooking fresh clams and using ...Read more
Want to know what goes together like chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon? The earthy-sweet combo of coconut and ginger. Here, the two join forces to create the creamiest bowl of richly spiced oatmeal sure to warm up your morning routine.
This oatmeal manages to feel fresh in ...Read more
Though I'm much more of a savory guy than a sweets guy, I can't resist a spiced, fruit-filled dessert as we transition from fall to winter. Fresh apples are delightful in tarte tatins and pies, but I leave those up to the master of the fruit pie herself, my wife Susi Cahn. I want to amp up my dessert game for the holidays this year, so I'm going...Read more
Whole grains linked to longer life
Eating at least three servings of whole grains, such as bran, oatmeal and quinoa, every day could lower your risk of cardiovascular disease-related death. A review of studies by Harvard researchers that included 786,076 men and women...Read more
As Thanksgiving rolls around I begin to think about how I will cook my turkey. Once I make that decision it's on to the sides, my favorite part of planning our meal.
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard the same thing on Thanksgiving: "I love the turkey, but it's really all about the side dishes." So in ...Read more