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First Taste: Food critic visits CosMc's, a futuristic concept from McDonald's

Recipes / Variety Menu /

CHICAGO — CosMc’s, a new futuristic concept from McDonald’s, secretively opened its first location near Chicago Thursday. The fast-food chain originally announced that the beverage-focused shop would open in Bolingbrook, Illinois, Friday.

Some locals, though, noticed small lawn signs posted on-site stating that it was open to the public �...Read more

Holiday Aromatherapy -- Simmering Spices for your Kitchen

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

One in 20 people considers Christmas shopping more stressful than divorce or burglary. How sad is that!

I’ll admit I mostly hate shopping. I’m one of those rare women who doesn’t want to browse. If I need something I go get it. My husband calls me a destination shopper. That means I know what I want. I go to the store, I walk in and go ...Read more

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Gretchen's table: Mexican chiles, peppers and cheese make meatloaf amazing

Recipes / Variety Menu /

You don't have to be fan of "Game of Thrones" to know winter is coming.

The first snowflakes of the season swirled outside my window this afternoon, a sure sign fall's temperate weather will soon be in our rearview mirror.

A cozy sweater and heated car seats help to ward off the chill. But now is also the time to warm up both the body and soul...Read more


Say hello to your new favorite pancake recipe

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Pancakes are the superstar of the breakfast table — at least my breakfast table. A little sweet, a little eggy, a little salty and a touch buttery, they combine all the flavors people love in the morning (well, it's missing bacon, but you can serve that on the side). And, with this week's recipe, Butter-Toasted Oat Pancakes, you can also add ...Read more


Diabetes Quick Fix: Osso Buco alle Milanese (Braised Veal Shanks)

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Veal slices cut from the leg, slowly cooked in wine and herbs form the basis for this rich and tasty dish from Milan. The secret to this dish is a garnish of fresh parsley, grated lemon peel, and garlic called gremolada. It’s added at the end and gives the dish a light, fresh taste.

It only takes a few minutes to prepare the ingredients and ...Read more


Best Bites: Dean's Dairy Dip Sports Bar Deep Fried Pickle Flavored Dip

Recipes / Variety Menu /

The name of this week’s Best Bite nearly says it all.

First Dean’s, a well-known and respected name in quality dips. Second “dairy,” yes it’s made of milk, sort of like a ranch dip. Next, “Sports Bar,” yep, tastes just like you are at one (and I mean that in a good way). And “Deep Fried Pickle Flavored,” if you’ve ever had ...Read more


A slow cooker is the help you need for this year's holiday dinner

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Some of the best and most comforting dishes take a long time to cook. With time more precious than ever during the holiday season, meals can add an extra level of pressure. But smart hosts know that a make-ahead plan, with a slow-cooker assist, can be the key to a memorable, relaxing meal.

Slow cookers don't get the respect they deserve. You ...Read more

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Neman: What's the best thing you've ever eaten? Beef Wellington? A perfect fig?

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Recently, I wrote about the worst food I ever had (pizzaburgers in the Cincinnati Public Schools) and asked people on social media for their worst foods ever.

Now, as night follows day, it is time to pay tribute to the best things we have ever eaten.

Once again, narrowing the choice down to a single spectacular dish or food was not easy. As I ...Read more

Effortless Caprese Salad

This effortless Caprese salad is a ticket to Italy on your lunch break. It's a simple, elegant, and refreshing dish that's perfect for a light lunch.

Ingredients: 2 large ripe tomatoes 1 ball of fresh mozzarella Fresh basil leaves Olive oil Balsamic glaze Salt and pepper to tasteInstructions: Slice the tomatoes and ...Read more


Column: McDonald's Crocs are part of the weirdest trend in business

Recipes / Variety Menu /

The holidays have long been a corporate event. Malls filled with eager gift shoppers browsing department stores such as Macy’s Inc. for perfumes or sweaters and Best Buy Co Inc. for new laptops or smartphones. Porches brimming with stacks of online orders from Inc. or Walmart Inc. stamped with their logos.

But increasingly, ...Read more

Seaside Sigh Clam Chowder

Recipes / 5 Ingredients or Less /

Relive the sound of crashing waves and the smell of salt air with this Seaside Sigh Clam Chowder. The creamy richness of the soup, combined with the briny sweetness of the clams, is a comforting dish that will transport you to a seaside town.

Ingredients 1 can of clams, with juice 2 cups of heavy cream 2 potatoes Salt and ...Read more


A $10,000 members-only sushi restaurant is coming to Miami

Recipes / Variety Menu /

When top Japanese chefs and restaurateurs expand to the US, they have invariably headed to New York. Just look at the jammed counters at Yoshino, Odo and Sushi Nakazawa.

However, when first-time restaurateurs Samuel and Jose Tcherassi approached Hidefumi Namba, the revered shokunin, or craftsman, behind Tokyo’s eight-seat, referral-only Sushi...Read more

Wholesome Wheat Pasta

Recipes / 3 Ingredients or Less /

Bring the charm of an Italian countryside to your lunch table with this heartwarming dish. Wholesome Wheat Pasta is a love letter to simple, home-cooked meals.

Ingredients Whole wheat pasta Olive oil GarlicInstructions Cook the pasta as per package instructions.

Sauté garlic in olive oil and toss the cooked pasta ...Read more

Tropical Tuna Salad

Recipes / 3 Ingredients or Less /

Imagine yourself on a serene beach with this light and refreshing meal. Tropical Tuna Salad takes you on a tantalizing journey to the islands.

Ingredients Canned tuna Mayonnaise CeleryInstructions Mix the tuna and mayonnaise in a bowl.

Chop the celery and mix it in.

Brimming with the freshness of the sea and ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Provencal Pork with Pepper Potatoes

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Thinking about the flavors of Provence brings memories of the simple and delicious cooking in the South of France. For this Provencal Pork, I decided to add a simple tapenade to oven roasted pork tenderloin to make a quick meal. Another secret to bring out the French flavors is using Herbes de Provence seasoning. It’s an aromatic mixture ...Read more

Dainty Berry Parfait

Recipes / 3 Ingredients or Less /

Travel to a quaint French café with this simple yet decadent dessert. Dainty Berry Parfait encapsulates the essence of French indulgence in a glass.

Ingredients Fresh mixed berries Greek yogurt HoneyInstructions Layer the fresh mixed berries and Greek yogurt in a glass.

Drizzle honey on top for a touch of ...Read more

This weeknight combo is easy, protein-packed and not at all predictable

Recipes / America's Test Kitchen /

This meal is economical, nutritious comfort in a bowl. In this recipe, we boiled the pasta in a small volume of water, which left the water extra-starchy and thus ideal for building a creamy, full-bodied (but light) sauce. The starchy canned bean liquid helped in the same way. A small amount of bacon imbued the Brussels sprouts with a subtly ...Read more

Speedy Shrimp Scampi

Whisk your taste buds away to the Italian coastline with this zippy shrimp scampi. It's a delightful pasta dish that brings sunshine to your lunch.

Ingredients: 8 oz linguine 1 lb large shrimp 3 cloves garlic 1/2 cup white wine Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup chopped parsley Olive oil Salt and pepper to tasteInstruction...Read more

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Tourists are flooding Mexico's wine country. They're also destroying it

Recipes / All About Wine /

VALLE DE GUADALUPE, Mexico — Sunset closed in on the 70-year-old vines at Vinicola Mogor Badan on a spring afternoon. The sky transitioned to an icy hue. Natalia Badan, matriarch and owner of the winery, walked her family’s land and surveyed the vineyard and organic farm her Swiss-French parents built with rocks and mud in the 1950s here in...Read more

Moonbeam Mushroom Soup

Recipes / 5 Ingredients or Less /

Unearth the mystical flavors of the forest with Moonbeam Mushroom Soup. This simple yet comforting dish combines the earthy goodness of mushrooms with the rich creaminess of heavy cream, resulting in a dish that's as enchanting as a moonlit night in the woods.

Ingredients 500g of fresh mushrooms 1 onion 2 cups of heavy cream ...Read more