Whether it's on a long car drive or a marathon session at the office, most of us need an energy boost from time to time. Many people turn to super-caffeinated beverages to get them through the task at hand. Although the stimulant caffeine is generally regarded as safe ...Read more
My favorite Thai restaurant serves an amazing chicken sate with a creamy, slightly exotic sauce. Cubes or thin slices of chicken are marinated, threaded onto skewers and grilled over charcoal. These piquant brochettes are inexpensive, flavorful and quick to prepare, and this is my Seriously Simple version. Figure about three to four brochettes ...Read more
This cast-iron steak recipe has what it takes to transform beef and vegetables from basic to brilliant. A pop of rosemary on the steak, an intense sear in a hot skillet and a sweet-and-sour glaze on the vegetables elevates the dish. Serve with sauteed spinach and a glass of red wine.
Steak with Glazed Carrots and Turnips
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I always crave banana bread -- moist, tender, nut-studded slabs with plenty of butter on top. However, I don't always crave the calories that come with it. That's why I have been experimenting with creating a healthier, reduced-fat banana bread that will keep both my tummy and hips...Read more
Allow me to present the humble broccoli -- beloved steamed side dish with lemon and butter, faithful team player to quick stir-fries, virtuous add-in to a number of cheesy pasta dishes. Broccoli is the vegetable we reach for when we need a little something extra to round out a meal. Here's ...Read more
Everyone has their comfort zone in the kitchen. Maybe you make a mean meatloaf or the very best chocolate chip cookies. Maybe your spaghetti sauce has garnered a reputation around your neighborhood. For me, quick breads, muffins and scones are my jam because they come together quickly, and I...Read more
VALENTINE'S-EASTER M&M'S TWOFER
Looking back, Mr. Tidbit believes that this year's Valentine candy merchandise appeared on some store shelves the day after Christmas, but he failed to make a note at the time. In any case, it showed up quite a while ago, but he didn't pay much attention to it until he was strolling recently past one supermarket'...Read more
Last week I wrote about grousing from friends about recipes that were too complicated or had too many ingredients. They gave me four-ingredient recipes as examples of go-to entrees. I asked readers to share some of their own inspirations and recipes. These were the first to come in; I'll publish more in upcoming columns.
"Thank you so much for ...Read more
A steaming plate of homemade spaghetti with tomato sauce is a good go-to for a pleasing meal. But when time is too short to simmer a home-cooked sauce, store-bought sauce comes to the rescue. A container of premade, red pasta sauce can help you whip up spaghetti -- or ...Read more
February is awards-viewing month, and I am always looking for an entree that would please everyone at my viewing party.
While there is much in the news suggesting that a plant-based diet will lengthen ones longevity. I'm not ready to give up my love of meat, fish and poultry just yet. However, I have been playing around with different dishes ...Read more
Perfect for Valentine's Day or a birthday, these chocolate-dipped strawberries are a cinch to make and are a healthy dessert. A bit of fresh lime zest adds an unexpected finish to this easy chocolate-dipped strawberry recipe.
Makes 12 strawberries
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
I believe everyone should try making a chocolate souffle at least once in their lives. Not only are they one of the most heavenly things you can eat with a spoon, but they are a total confidence booster. I'm not going to say they're easy, exactly, but they're also surprisingly not all that ...Read more
If my favorite team isn't playing in the Super Bowl, you best believe I'm going to at least have all of my favorite people over for all of my favorite snacks representing the two opposing teams. This year we lucked out ... think whole hog vinegary Carolina Panther barbecue and homeandleisure/recipes/varietymenu/s-1794274">Read more
CORNY BUT WHEATY
Presenting new Ritz Toasted Corn Chips, described elsewhere on the bag as "corn & wheat toasted chips," and "oven baked, not fried." So what the heck are they? Mr. Tidbit offers this trenchant description: They are thin, crisp crackers, similar to Ritz Toasted Chips, but triangular and with a somewhat Frito-like flavor. (Ritz ...Read more
Last week I was emailing with two old friends from Miami Shores, Fla., who used to cook with me all the time, but we have since scattered across the country. Both made the same complaint: They were tired of seeing recipes that called for a long list of ingredients.
"That's not how people really cook," Jane said.
Laura told me her favorite go-...Read more
Nothing warms you up on a chilly day quite like a steaming bowl of chili. But if you don't have the time or inclination to chop up the veggies and wait for everything to simmer into a flavorful one-pot-meal of comfort, that's where prepared chili comes in. Just pop ...Read more
So much has been written about pasta and whether or not it is good for us. The latest literature suggests it's best to use whole grain pastas, but Valentine's Day is when I throw caution to the wind and go for it big time.
What follows are two of my favorite Seriously Simple pasta recipes that will wow your partner. They take ...Read more
Looking for a lighter option to enjoy during the big game? The bold flavors of garlic, crushed red pepper and lemon make up for the fact that this white chicken pizza recipe has less sodium than a typical pizza. Not a fan of bitter greens? Opt for broccolini or broccoli instead. And if you need to save time (can't miss the pregame show?), look ...Read more
Wings are a major part of any Super Bowl party. For many people, they're just as important as the game. They're simply the classic football appetizer, but there's more to good wings than just a coating of hot sauce.
Sweet and spicy is my favorite combination of tastes. When a ...Read more