My catering team's biggest challenge every year is preparing the food served to more than a thousand stars at the Governors Ball following the Academy Awards, which takes place this coming Sunday, Feb. 26. Across the nation, from here on the California coast in "La La Land" to "Manchester by the Sea" on the Massachusetts shoreline...Read more
More and more people put sustainability at the top of their list of concerns when it comes to the food supply. Yet one of the most powerful tools for lowering your impact on the planet is simple, and within your reach: Just cut down on how much food goes into your ...Read more
Sometimes a cookbook comes across my desk that is intriguing. "Soup Swap" (Chronicle Books, 2016) is one such book that is fun to read and really tasty to imagine. Author Kathy Gunst is a broadcaster and cookbook author, and she has fashioned this soup book into something different. She came up with a way to enjoy myriad soups with other soup ...Read more
Hot roasted potatoes in this healthy kale salad recipe wilt the kale just enough to make it tender. Bacon and blue cheese layer on smoky, salty flavors to stand up to the flavor of the kale. Serve this salad with steak or chicken.
Kale Salad with Bacon-Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Serving Size: About 1 1/3 cups
Active Time: 30 minutes
For most of us, a jolt of energy in the morning is a necessity. While coffee tends to be the most popular choice, there are plenty of other drinks out there that give you that buzz -- some via a caffeine kick, and others that give you energy in non-caffeinated ways. Here are five sips to try...Read more
If you've been to my restaurant, OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria in New York City, you know that the verdure -- or vegetable -- section of our menu is just as extensive as the pizza and pasta. That's because, to me, there's nothing better than getting people psyched about fresh, seasonal produce with a variety of antipasti. If you're new in the kitchen ...Read more
Regardless of its name, I didn't see right through cellophane noodles. I had ordered it on and off from my favorite Chinese restaurants for years and had no idea that the thin, flexible transparent noodles were made from mung beans. It wasn't until a relative was eating gluten free that I decided to call and check on a take-out order I had ...Read more
A Sharp Knife Can Save A Finger
My father was an engineer; a smart and precise man who had his weekend rituals. About once a month, I’d find my father at the kitchen table on a weekend afternoon sharpening the kitchen knives.
He’d have a sharpening stone in front of him set on a spread of newspaper print. He had a little can of oil that ...Read more
The Average GirlAngelina Goode
Olivia Fowler, a surreptitious matchmaker, runs a successful business helping average people meet celebrities in everyday ways. Flawless at what she does, the celebrities don’t have a clue they’re part of a pre-planned meeting. Business is booming, but when Olivia ...
And now for some affordable, refreshing white wines from Spain. That's a pleasant group of words, isn't it? I'm thinking of the wines from the Rueda region in this case -- wines based on the verdejo grape variety that can ably offer an alternative to those looking for a break from their default order of pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. To ...Read more
For me, cooking is fun. It's a hobby, and there are few things I enjoy more than spending an entire Saturday afternoon assembling an elaborate dish that will wow my dinner guests.
Sadly, this personal passion doesn't jibe with my real life.
In real life, I get home from work and face a hungry family ready to eat NOW. Even worse, many members ...Read more
Even when I read novels, I get hungry.
"Back home, I told the cook girl to boil enough pots of water and to chop enough pork and vegetables to make a thousand dumplings, both steamed and boiled, with plenty of fresh ginger, good soy sauce and sweet vinegar for dipping." From "The Kitchen God's Wife" by Amy Tan.
Little wonder that I taught ...Read more
For Josephine Caminos Oria of O'Hara, Pa., the creamy caramel, dulce de leche, is a link to her heritage and preserves the memories of her grandmother.
Her family moved from Argentina to Pittsburgh when she was 1, and her maternal grandparents, who visited often to help out, would do everything possible to keep the old country traditions alive....Read more
Maruchan adds a bold new flavor to the world of microwavable noodles. This four-minute meal packs a delightfully spicy punch and a hearty, sort-of beef-like flavor. It's the heat that makes this a winner, but don't ignore the hefty dose of sodium -- and don't be fooled into believing the claim that one package contains two servings.
Size: 3.97 ...Read more
College kids dash out at all hours to Insomnia Cookies for chocolate chunk or oatmeal raisin. What happened to work ethic? What happened to melting butter and beating eggs? It takes 10 minutes to mix cookie batter, and those are minutes well spent.
Kids counter that they don't stash eggs and flour in their dorm rooms. Campus life offers no ...Read more
The doctor says you have to lower your sodium.
It's stunning news. After all, salt is what makes food taste like food. On the other hand, eating too much salt can be devastating to your health.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, too much sodium in the bloodstream can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, heart ...Read more
A coating of cumin and chili flavors firm-textured, slightly sweet snapper in this simple Latin meal. There are many varieties of snapper and any will work well for this dinner. I had some left over and found that the fish was delicious served at room temperature. Make extra, if you have time for another quick meal or lunch.
Arroz con Jitomate ...Read more
Donna Mott of Ooh De Lolli bakes out of a vintage kitchen in downtown Fresno that's perfect for a vintage recipe like currant tarts.
Her version of this classic needs just five ingredients and a prepared pie crust. Tarts can be made with a number of different fillings, but Zante currants, a type of dried berry, add sweetness to every bite.
Salty and a bit sweet, rich and a bit tangy, this grilled cheese with onion jam, adapted from "The Epicurious Cookbook," is everything we want for dinner (there are even greens!), between two slices of rustic bread. Just add wine. In this case, bottles that play well with the salty/sweet duality.
GRILLED CHEESE WITH ONION JAM
Brush ...Read more
We know about ice cream, gelato and sorbet. We're even familiar with frozen yogurt, frozen custard and sherbet. But we are not so acquainted with semifreddo.
An Italian frozen treat, semifreddo is similar to ice cream while showcasing more of a velvety, frozen mousse texture. It is not overly complicated to make because semifreddo doesn't ...Read more
Dumplings from every culture are labor-intensive. There's just no getting around that, and if someone sets a plate of dumplings before you, I hope you appreciate the work that went into them.
Of all the dumplings I know, manti, the little lamb-filled, open-face dumplings, please me most.
The Turks claim them most loudly, but I learned about ...Read more