Finding the right gift can be overwhelming. I know how tough it can be to search out that perfect present, so I've selected "foodie" gifts to help you narrow down your choices. You'll find a little of everything for those food and beverage loving friends of yours. What they all have in common is that they make life Seriously Simple.
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This weeknight-fast Swiss steak recipe is made on the stovetop in just 30 minutes (traditional Swiss steak braises in the oven for an hour or more). Sauteed peppers, onions and tomatoes make a quick, savory sauce. Ask your butcher for four equal-size cube steaks (about 4 ounces each) so they cook evenly.
Skillet Swiss Steak
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Is there anything better a nice piece of coffee cake in the morning with your coffee or tea? There isn't for me. In fact, I liked it so much, I knew I had to get this cake out of the house. I gave it all away, because I would have eaten the whole thing otherwise! With the right ...Read more
Have you ever had a scotcheroo? Where I grew up in Minnesota, no backyard cookout, birthday party or post-Little League pizza dinner was complete without a plate piled high with these squares. Imagine if Rice Krispies treats had a run-in with a jar of peanut butter and then got doused in a ...Read more
Lose a bit of your belly each day by avoiding these 5 foods...
My husband, Dan, would eat a cheeseburger pretty much every day of the week if I let him. It's his desert-island food, and should we ever be stuck on a magical cheeseburger-filled desert island, he's free to eat as many as he wants, as often as he wants.
It's also true that Dan works in ...Read more
SEEING THROUGH IT
As more and more supermarket space has been devoted to Swanson stocks and broths -- and their low-sodium, no-salt, organic, "flavor-infused" and other more or less reasonable variations, it probably was high time for Swanson to offer some kind of meaningless convenience packaging at inflated cost.
Most of the Swanson ...Read more
Glenda of Miami contacted Cook's Corner in response to a request for the Manhattan clam chowder recipe from the now-closed Mike Gordon's Seafood Restaurant off the 79th Street Causeway.
"I don't have that one, but I do have the recipe for the New England style, and it is the best I've ever tasted," Glenda wrote. "I got the recipe from my ...Read more
The Insiders: A ThrillerCraig Hickman
Thrill, suspense, conspiracy, mystery, corporate corruption, and more clash in this new brand of thriller by New York Times bestselling author Craig Hickman. Untainted by political, journalistic, or legal manipulation and uncorrupted by fear or threat of retribution, The Insiders enthralls ...
Your dad does the best grilled turkey. Only way to do it, you swear. Wait, what about granny's cornbread-stuffed bird, roasted bronze and filling the entire house with a delicious perfume?
Let's be honest: There are more "best" or "perfect" turkey prep methods on this planet than there are turkeys at any one time: Smoked. Deep-fried. Braised. ...Read more
So you made the turkey and now you have more leftovers than you know what to do with. Here's my answer. This old-fashioned, yet sophisticated version of pot pie includes a hefty sprinkling of mixed herbs and big chunks of turkey, and puff pastry dough sprinkled with Parmesan crowns the top. It's a great way to finish off the turkey without it ...Read more
This green bean recipe is impressive-looking but simple to make. The bundles make a wonderful addition to a holiday table or a fun presentation to liven up any dinner party menu.
Green Bean Bundles with Garlic Browned Butter
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
1 pound thin green beans or haricot verts, trimmed
24 long, ...Read more
When you cook a 22-pound turkey for Thanksgiving, leftovers are inevitable. The first round is devoured in a midnight dash to the fridge (straight from the Tupperware, no silverware required.) And then there's Friday's long-awaited turkey-cranberry panino, with a pile of green...Read more
While Brand New Potatoes alla Savonesa isn't a potato salad in the classic American "more mayonnaise, please" sort of way, it's one of my great side dishes perfect for cooking the extra potatoes left over from your Thanksgiving grocery list.
The best part about this recipe, courtesy of "Molto Batali" (Ecco, 2011), is that it's ...Read more
SOUP IN WHAT?
New from Campbell's, two kinds of sort-of chicken-noodle soup in K-Cups (for the Keurig hot-beverage system). Yes, you can produce Homestyle Chicken Broth & Noodle Soup or Southwest-Style Chicken Broth & Noodle Soup right in your coffee thingumajig. Campbell's seems not to have considered that, to a large number of people, ...Read more
I once scorned vanilla, made fun of those who chose vanilla ice cream over more-exciting flavors, even referred to the blandest person I ever met as Mr. Plain Vanilla.
Maybe I've mellowed, or maybe I've simply matured in my tastes, but I realize now that there is a beauty in vanilla, that its subtle touch enhances, and that -- given the right ...Read more
Pickling is more popular than ever, and for good reason. This traditional food preservation method is a fun way to extend the harvest and promote good health. Pickling has a long history in many cuisines, and with time and attention you can create a safe product that's...Read more
Cranberry sauce is one of the traditional dishes essential for any Thanksgiving menu. For me, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without at least one of the following recipes. The range of cranberry possibilities can be as simple as the back-of-the-package cranberry sauce to uncooked relish to sweet-and-spicy chutney. Here...Read more
In this healthy apple pie recipe, a touch of maple syrup spiked with lemon zest, cinnamon and ground ginger coats the apples while they bake. Serve this amazing homemade pie with lightly sweetened whipped cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Maple-Ginger Apple Pie
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 1/4 hours (plus cooling ...Read more
The other day at the market, a woman approached me and said, "Excuse me, but may I ask you a question?"
"What do you do with that?" she asked, and pointed to the huge pile of squash in my carriage.
"You mean the butternut squash?" I asked, incredulous.
"Yeah. I never ...Read more