Q: Should I switch my sweetener to agave?
A: Agave nectar or syrup is a sweetener produced by cactus-like agave plants, including Agave tequilana, from which tequila is derived. Agave has been billed as a healthier alternative to other sweeteners because of its low ...Read more
Brisket and Rosh Hashanah just go together. Growing up, my family went to services in the morning and we all anticipated our late lunch. The table was laden with challah, apples and honey, whole pomegranates, braised vegetables, kugels, salad and, of course, brisket.
My mom's brisket was pretty simple: brisket, onions, ketchup ...Read more
In this satisfying avocado-egg toast recipe, try full-flavored, high-fiber bread, like a hearty slice of German-style rye or seeded multigrain from your favorite bakery. To turn this into a portable breakfast, swap the toast for a whole-wheat English muffin or wrap.
Avocado Toast with Egg, Spinach & Salsa
Active Time: 20 minutes
I like to prepare for my hectic weekdays by doing as much prep and organization in advance, which keeps me sane throughout the week. Onion marmalade, ketchup, barbeque sauce, teriyaki, and homemade sodas can easily be found in our fridge, stored in glass jars of all shapes and sizes...Read more
Do you really need a reason to bake a single chocolatey brownie? One that requires only pantry staples and a toaster oven? A brownie that you don't have to share? Fine, I'll give you a few reasons: It's better than a box mix and only takes about 20 minutes total to make, bake and cool. ...Read more
When I'm not ready to relinquish the summer's chill vibes and weekly cookouts, I turn to dishes that make for a seamless transition into fall. That means keeping the charcoal nearby, so I can grill up my seasonal favorites. This time of year, I look no further than barbecued endive in tarragon oil with pepato.
With a distinctive bulbous shape ...Read more
I've never been big on baking cookies. That's not to say I don't like cookies. Actually I love cookies. My chocolate chip Heath bar almond crispy cookies are legendary. Other than that, I don't have a big cookie repertoire. But I do like making cookie bars such as shortbread, lemon squares and these delightful apricot walnut cookie bars. For me,...Read more
Hearing ThoughtsAnthony Diffley
Daniel Burke is a young New York City Assistant DA currently prosecuting a man for the murder of his wife. Even though her body was never found, there is enough circumstantial evidence to bring him to trial. Danny has his own doubts about whether or not this man is guilty of the crime but he ...
This hearty grilled chicken salad recipe highlights the classic combination of sharp cheddar and sweet, crunchy apples. For a fabulous starter anytime you entertain, simply skip the chicken.
Apple & Grilled Chicken Salad with Cheddar Toasts
Serving Size: 3 cups salad, 3 oz. chicken & 1 cheese toast
Active Time: 50 minutes
Total ...Read more
In California, it's quite common to find a little "south-of-the-border" influence in many of our recipes, as is the case with this Mexican themed chopped salad. It is bursting with vibrant flavors; and while perfect for lunch, it's also hearty enough to serve for dinner.
Like most ...Read more
When it comes to simple, quick-cooking weeknight meals, salmon fillets always have a place in my regular lineup. This foolproof technique delivers a perfect medium-cooked fillet that's tender and flaky with deliciously crispy pan-seared skin.
Buying the salmon
When cooking salmon in the ...Read more
Ever wonder why snack mixes are called party mixes? I suspect it's because, like parties that have an interesting mix of people, snack mixes are always an interesting combination of ingredients, with every handful different from the last. This recipe is a hybrid of traditional Chex mix and ...Read more
Unlike the static human skeletons that commonly hang in biology classrooms, your bones are continually being broken down and rebuilt. In fact, your entire skeleton is replaced about every 10 years. In addition to exercise, about 20 different nutrients help prevent the ...Read more
I recently invited some people over for a last minute dinner and wanted to serve scallops. It was the first recipe I wrote for my Seriously Simple column. And here we are, 500 columns and counting!
The suggested dish and menu that follows is the essence of my Seriously Simple cooking style. Combining sea scallops with my homemade pesto brings ...Read more
This makeover of a Midwestern classic tops layers of lettuce, peas, bell pepper and tomatoes with a creamy, tangy dressing. The salad stays fresh underneath until it's served and gets even better when held overnight.
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
8 cups shredded romaine...Read more
There are plenty of reasons to enjoy apples this season. For me, it's because they make the best desserts. And with apples so plentiful at farmers' markets and supermarkets this time of year, I love to make tarts. There's just something special about an apple tart. Particularly, ...Read more
I strongly believe that pancakes are the greatest "anytime" food -- they shouldn't be reserved strictly for breakfast or brunch because they also make a filling lunch or dinner or snack. Basically anytime is the right time for pancakes, except when you don't have time to cook a whole batch -...Read more
If you've been following me on Instagram, you probably know that seafood is my go-to meal throughout summer. Whether I'm planning a casual dinner in Michigan or exploring coastal towns in Italy, I love picking up the day's fresh catch and firing up the grill. Capping off our Batali summer in Michigan before my sons head off to college, I'm ...Read more
No one really knows where fried rice originated, but one thing is for sure. Many countries have adopted it as their own dish with variations (e.g., Spanish paella, Thai fried rice, Italian risotto, Indian biryani, French pilaf and Hawaiian fried rice). It's easy to understand why fried rice is such a universal dish. Rice is the common thread, an...Read more