Look, it's been a long two years for everyone. We're tired, our brains have been melted to a thin pap by the news cycle, and we've soundly backslid into our slothful ways despite resolving to exercise off all the cookies we cry-ate over the holiday. During times like this, it's necessary to celebrate small victories. Celebrate the fact that you ...Read more
Presidents Day has always puzzled me a bit, for two reasons.
Officially, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday of February since the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, created to give workers more three-day weekends, was passed into law by the U.S. Congress in 1968 and then took effect three years after that. But did you know that no U.S. ...Read more
In 2016, Chile's Matetic Wine Group purchased an obscure but modern winery in the Colchagua Valley, one of the country's most renowned wine regions. Matetic, true believers in organic and biodynamic farming, did two things to move the needle for the TerraPura winery: hired a new winemaker, Felipe Vial, and enlisted the services of Napa Valley ...Read more
Recently I was browsing through my first book, "The Cuisine of California," and came across a recipe that I fondly remember.
I grew up in Los Angeles, a block away from Trader Vic's. This restaurant was like no other -- dark and daring with tropical drink concoctions adorned with umbrellas being ...Read more
Get an extra serving of vegetables and cut back on carbs by replacing rice with riced cauliflower in this healthy chicken fried rice recipe.
Cauliflower Chicken Fried "Rice"
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
1 teaspoon peanut oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
2 large eggs, beaten
3 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and ...Read more
The first time I went to visit my new baby niece, my brother's mother-in-law put out a plate of brownies to go with our tea. To me, the squares looked like healthy brownies. If I wasn't so hungry, I would have been polite and asked about the healthy brownie recipe. Instead, I dove in.
From purees and sauces to soups and slow-simmered stews, there's a whole lot you can do with butternut squash, but I'd argue the simplest and most delicious way to cook it is simply roasting it. A simple trip to a hot oven gives the naturally sweet winter squash gently charred, caramelized ...Read more
I'm not exaggerating when I say one of my best and strongest childhood memories is eating single-serve cups of chocolate cream pie from my elementary school's cafeteria. My sister and I loved those things -- to the point where I've since looked them up to try to order some to my apartment, ...Read more
Can chocolate possibly be good for you? YES. A resounding yes.
Here’s what you have to remember, though:
You need to eat GOOD Chocolate. That means DARK chocolate that is 72 percent cacao or higher. Good news is the number is front and center now on many packaged chocolate bars.
You need to eat it in moderation. You don’t buy one of those...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- A typical brewery's color palette may range from gold lager and black stout to brown and amber ale. Now, there's a new shade in craft breweries' arsenal, and it's clear.
Hard seltzer is the latest release from Stillwater craft brewery Lift Bridge Brewing Co., which joins a handful of others nationwide in brewing up the latest ...Read more
The beer: Mind Haze (Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif.), a hazy IPA.
The back story: We're several years into the haze craze -- that is, the ascendance of low-bitterness, fruit-forward India pale ales -- and the largest craft breweries have taken notice. Sierra Nevada and Boston Beer were among the first large craft breweries to ...Read more
Beef tenderloin dressed with a tangy Gorgonzola sauce is a perfect special dinner for Valentine's Day or any day.
Gorgonzola is a blue-veined, cow's-milk cheese that takes its name from the town of that name in Lombardy, Italy. Like its cousins Roquefort and Stilton, its piquant flavor and blue veining are the result of the addition of mold ...Read more
Don't have an icemaker that makes crushed cubes? An online retailer of specialty barware and accessories is now selling trays to help home bartenders fill their glasses with tiny, perfectly shaped blocks.
Rabbit, a Seattle company that offers everything from beer growlers to high-end corkscrews, launched the crushed ice tray last week. It comes...Read more
I don't need to spend much time examining why you should pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, do I? Obviously, it's faster than roasting a chicken at home. It's also a shockingly good deal. For what's often cheaper than a whole raw chicken in the meat department, you can nab one that's spent an hour spinning lazily in front of a ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Ice can be the color of a cloudy sky or a glittering diamond. But crystal-clear cubes don't just look prettier. They melt more slowly -- and they even taste better.
To bartenders and beverage managers at some Philadelphia cocktail bars, ice is one of the most important ingredients, a crucial tool for bringing a spirit, mixed ...Read more
Ellen Brown was the first food editor for USA Today when the national newspaper launched in 1982. Since then, she's written more than 40 cookbooks, including such topics as cooking with a cast-iron skillet, pressure cooker and slow cooker. Her new cookbook is "One Pot Recipes," which includes all those methods and several more, with the idea of ...Read more
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats put a twist on a classic with their new Snap Crackle Poppers. These bite-sized Rice Krispies Treats come coated in three flavors: Chocolatey, Vanilla Creme and Cookies 'n' Creme.
Size: 7.1 ounces
Available: Grocery stores, including Walmart
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Deep in the dusty bowels of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch building are files upon files of old recipes that ran in the paper years ago. It's the kind of place where a fellow could get lost for hours.
Somehow, I only heard about it recently. I went down to explore. I got lost there for hours.
Thousands of recipes have been collected, cut out from...Read more
Lately, I've been on a bacon spree. I've scored some darn good sales at several local grocery stores.
A lesson I learned long ago is to never be without bacon. After all, who doesn't love the stuff?
If you have impromptu overnight guests, bacon is the answer if you need to prepare a quick breakfast or brunch. When you have bacon on hand, you ...Read more