If you were a natural foods enthusiast in the early 1980s, you might recall cookbooks that used fructose instead of table sugar as a sweetener. Fructose is a natural sugar in fruit, so it was viewed as a healthier option. Plus, fructose is sweeter than table sugar, ...Read more
When my friend told me about her discovery of switching from bacon or pancetta to prosciutto for a variety of flavoring purposes, I had to try it. This simple recipe features crispy, mahogany prosciutto shards that can be utilized as an all-purpose garnish or filling ingredient. Once I found the best temperature and timing for making this ...Read more
Tender-crisp green beans tossed with creamy blue cheese and topped with toasted walnuts pair well with grilled steak or chicken.
Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ...Read more
Although they're often a favorite side dish staple, sometimes mashed potatoes need a little inspiration.
Root vegetables make a perfect addition to potatoes, and I particularly like the sweet flavor of carrots in this recipe, but parsnips, rutabagas, turnips and celery root will ...Read more
Chocolate chunks, chopped walnuts and banana chips -- once I got the idea in my head to make a cookie version of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream, I couldn't stop obsessing. With all the ingredients in my cupboard, why prolong the inevitable?
Since "chunky" is our aim with these ...Read more
I've come a long way as a host in the past several years, mostly thanks to finding ways to keep my stress level down so I can genuinely enjoy my friends' company. One key to that effort is having simple pre-meal snacks ready to go, so even if I find myself behind on the main meal I won't ...Read more
In his never-ending search for peculiar new food products, Mr. Tidbit seldom reaches out past those of major-brand manufacturers, on the notion that there is no point in mentioning a product that readers might be unable to find. On occasion, though, he comes across an unfamiliar-brand item that is so odd he feels compelled to ...Read more
Every time I take the meat off the bones from a chicken or turkey, I'm reminded of a Thanksgiving in the early '70s, when my mother invited two civil rights activists who were sleeping at her church to join us for the feast.
When it came time to package up the leftovers, I thought I'd done a thorough job of carving all the meat from the turkey ...Read more
Jackie: The Adventures of a Little Boy Trying to Grow UpJohn Tammela
"Jackie..." is the story of a little boy dealing with the ups and downs of growing up in the late '30's and early 40's. Young readers will discover how youngsters spent their holidays freely in contrast to children today. Many will relate to Jackie's situation as being the youngest with 2 ...
Risotto really is Seriously Simple to prepare, as long as you carve out some time to cook it. It's actually relaxing to slow down and stir the ingredients. You can also make this a few hours ahead and finish it just before serving.
I like to serve this dish at summer's end to bid goodbye to the best of the sunny season's bounty. That's when I ...Read more
Have your fruit and a little luxury, too, with this kid-friendly healthy chocolate and banana oatmeal recipe. Short on time in the morning? Try our overnight oatmeal variation.
Chocolate Banana Oatmeal
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 cup water
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 small banana, ...Read more
While apples are rolling in - out of Georgia's orchards in lieu of peaches - this fizzy drink makes for a cool refreshment on an Indian summer day. After the first frost of autumn, our Southern climate often experiences warm days reminiscent of summertime before the onset of winter...Read more
I discovered orzo salad in college while studying in Italy, and variations of it have been a supper staple ever since. In fact, it's probably one of the most requested recipes from my very picky husband. The formula is always the same: Toss some seasonal roasted vegetables with the pasta, ...Read more
A perfectly ripe tomato is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, tomatoes need to ripen slowly under a hot sun and have a short season. So, while a fresh tomato sauce made with ripe tomatoes may be perfect in summer, it is always better to use high-quality canned or packaged tomatoes in an off-season. The fresh tomato rule also rings true for this ...Read more
Grocery firms' happiness to meet the popular appetite for gluten-free items continues unabated, and even seems to have moved up a notch. Mr. Tidbit might be overreacting to the appearance of a new product from Lance, but he's pretty sure that a Rubicon has been crossed: Presenting Lance gluten-free bite-size sandwich crackers...Read more
Nasoya has taken a lot of the puzzle out of making tofu both easy to use and palatable for newbies with its baked and marinated sesame-ginger and teriyaki flavors that need no pressing or draining. I have even served it cold to tofu haters who were amazed to learn it was tofu.
This week, the company upped the offerings to include a smoky, ...Read more
SIMMER FOR YOUR SUPPER
Just in time for harvest festivals, Williams-Sonoma has introduced pumpkin-enhanced simmer sauces inspired by a pair of culinary classics: a guajillo-spiced Pumpkin Mole and a tomato-enriched Pumpkin Tagine. We loved how the pumpkin puree smoothed the distinct flavors of both. Simmer with a favorite meat, add a rice or ...Read more
It's not news that fruits are an important part of a healthy diet. These delicious plant foods are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, in addition to being low in fat and sodium, and modest in calories. Fruit intake has been linked with many benefits,...Read more
I am always surprised when people think that Mexican sauces are just different types of salsa. Actually, Mexican sauces can be complex and incredibly flavorful. If you've never tasted an authentic mole sauce, you owe it to yourself to seek one out. Full of rich smoked chile flavor and accented with Mexican chocolate, mole sauce is in a word "...Read more
For this healthy stuffed mushroom recipe, marinated artichokes and Parmesan cheese are mixed with thyme and panko breadcrumbs for a delicious filling. If serving at a party, you might consider doubling the recipe. These stuffed mushrooms will be devoured quickly!
Artichoke & Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms
Makes 8 Servings
Serving Size: 3 ...Read more
With summer drawing to a close, I'm still not ready to say goodbye. My garden, though less productive, has a lot of vegetables that are still ripening. But, alas, the cooler weather and shorter days will bring an end to summer's bounty. But with all the beautiful late summer ...Read more