When I saw the name of this pasta recipe, Cheapskate Pasta, I wondered what it was. It’s in Francine Segan’s new book, "Pasta Modern: New & Inspired Recipes from Italy." In a recent interview she told me that it’s a recipe to use up foods from your cupboard. It’s also an easy vegetarian recipe. I’ve adapted her recipe for this quick ...Read more
A bowl of soup is like a blank piece of paper ready for your creative touches. Garnish bowls of soup with any of the following: a handful of croutons, a sprinkling of minced fresh herbs (chives and parsley are especially good), a dollop of yogurt or sour cream, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, or chopped nuts or sunflower seeds.
Creamless ...Read more
This healthier apple cake recipe relies on yogurt and canola oil instead of butter to make it moist. Grated apple and warm spices give it the flavor of fall. To finish off the cake, drizzle on a quick brown sugar glaze before serving.
Brown Sugar Glazed Apple Cake
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
1 cup ...Read more
There’s nothing like the festive spread of beloved holiday meals to heighten the season’s celebratory gatherings. If you’re looking to enhance this year’s menu, try increasing the amount of plant-based foods. Adding plant foods, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains, is a great way to make a meal healthier...Read more
Sweet slender green beans (called haricot verts) are the foundation of this Seriously Simple holiday vegetable dish. Don’t worry if you can’t find haricot verts; just look for fresh green beans that are not too thick.
I have made my share of green bean dishes, from cold green bean salads to green beans with caramelized lemon or onions. With...Read more
Eggnog so defines Christmas for our family that we have a set of glasses designated only for our annual toast. Topped with freshly grated nutmeg, the combination of iconic flavors embraces the history of all holidays, past, present and future.
After the requisite salute, we work eggnog into sweet breads, cookies and alcoholic beverages. Perhaps...Read more
Christmas Chex Mix is one of my favorite holiday treats that offers a welcome change from all the cookies and candy canes fighting for attention. This crispy, salty-sweet mixture even looks like Christmas — everything is coated in white chocolate, and red and green M&Ms peek through!
My favorite Christmas Chex Mix blend is pretty simple — ...Read more
I’m one of those people who is equally devoted to desserts as I am to salty, savory foods — I like to call that balance. When dinner is over, I’m that person at the table who insists on sharing dessert at the end of the meal. Recently, however, I hosted a group of friends for dinner and I realized, much to my shock and horror, that I hadn�...Read more
It's the Chili Chowdown
Chile is the pepper. Chili is the concoction.
And now that we’ve got that straight, let’s talk chili. It’s chilly outside these days so now’s a perfect time.
The history of chili is long and varied. Even the International Chili Society debates the origins of chili. (Yes, there IS an International Chili ...Read more
Raking leaves isn't the only thing I view with trepidation in fall. I also dread the cooldown that comes with the change of season, because turning on the heat in my drafty old house is not an inexpensive proposition.
On the plus side, colder weather calls for cozy pleasures like flannel sheets and turtleneck sweaters, along with comfort foods ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS — Like many chefs who found themselves without a dining room full of people to cook for in the early months of the pandemic, Gavin Kaysen threw his culinary energy into a new project: cooking classes.
These interactive, livestreamed events came with a basket of ingredients so participants could cook along at home with the James ...Read more
The "Big Red" cookbook was first published in 1950.
For someone who exists only in our collective imagination, Betty Crocker has made quite a mark on American home cooking.
Her eponymous “Big Red” cookbook, first published in 1950 and revised 12 times in the years since to reflect changes in taste, demographics and cooking methods, has ...Read more
CHICAGO — After digging into the Billy Goat Tavern’s new bun and realizing that the storied bar changed a lot more often than I thought, I wondered what else was buried in the Tribune archives.
In two words: a lot.
It shouldn’t be too surprising that a bar commonly known for being the official hangout of journalists would be mentioned ...Read more
Nov. 10—Like a lot of pizza enthusiasts, Chris and Caran Hayes have always loved authentic wood-fired pies. But they never thought much about recreating them at home until, in 2017, they took a hands-on cooking class while on vacation with friends in Napa, California.
It was so much fun that, when they were planning a remodel of their Ben ...Read more
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, regardless of race or ethnicity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although you can’t avoid risk factors such as family history, you can adopt a healthier lifestyle to improve your heart health.
Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, a Mayo Clinic ...Read more
This soup is filled with the fragrant flavors of Southeast Asia. As with most Asian dishes, it takes a little longer to prepare the ingredients, but then it takes less than 10 minutes to cook.
Lemon grass adds a special lemon flavor. It looks something like a scallion, but the stalks are a pale green color. Use the white bulbous end for the ...Read more
FRESNO, Calif. – A Fresno man who draws inspiration from his Mexican American heritage and personal identity has brought to life a world of culinary creations in his new “Chicano Bakes” cookbook.
Esteban Castillo, 32, is an award-winning blogger, recipe developer, food photographer, cookbook author and influencer.
Since 2016, Castillo, ...Read more
Here's a short-cut version of a Southern favorite: Gumbo Soup. It’s comfort food that can take hours to make. This gumbo captures the flavor without the hours. It’s a one-pot vegetarian meal.
The key to good gumbo is cooking the oil and flour together to form a rich, light brown roux. This gives the gumbo its distinctive flavor. Okra gives ...Read more
Forget the ketchup. Serve roasted potatoes with either of these creamy sauces for a special Thanksgiving side dish.
Chive Sour Cream
In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. For extra zing, stir in 1 minced garlic clove.
Garam Masala ...Read more
This delicious spinach omelet recipe is ready in just 10 minutes for a nutritious breakfast. Eggs and cheese help pack it with protein, while fresh dill boosts its flavor.
10-Minute Spinach Omelet
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup spinach
2 tablespoons shredded ...Read more