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Making a good thing better: These sloppy Joes will appeal to kids and adults alike

Recipes / America's Test Kitchen /

It’s easy to understand why sloppy Joes are a beloved family favorite. The filling couldn’t be easier to make, and it goes from skillet to table in less than 30 minutes. But there’s also room for improvement — such as the often dry meat, too-sweet sauce and the filling that falls off the bun — that if perfected, would make it more ...Read more

Creating a Wine Cellar

The COVID-19 Lockdown Blues have inspired many a hobbyist in recent months. I've noticed scores of friends have taken up baking to cope. The run on all-purpose flour in my neighborhood market was real.

Not everyone's a baker, however. It's time-consuming, and the measurements have to be precise.

If baking's not your thing, perhaps you should...Read more

EatingWell: A slice of heaven

Recipes / Variety Menu /

In this healthy mocha chocolate ice cream pie recipe, crumbled chocolate cookies make an easy and tasty crust for the chocolate-coffee filling made with nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt topped with chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Mocha Ice Cream Pie

Serves 8

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours 40 minutes

For the crust:

2 cups...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: A review of differences in non-organic milk vs. organic milk

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Residues of at least one antibiotic were found in most of the conventional or non-organic milk samples (60%) collected from retail stores across the U.S., while none were detected in any of the organic samples, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition 2019. Residues of several currently used pesticides were also detected in ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Cheesecake flan is the best of two worlds

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Flan is a traditional Latin dessert. Unlike its French cousin, crème caramel, flan blends evaporated milk with sweetened condensed milk instead using half and half. This blend creates its velvety texture. And this flan recipe will surprise you with its cream cheese addition. Something about the cream cheese elevates the dessert into a divine ...Read more

Kary Osmond: Stew on this

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Eggplant seems to be my latest infatuation. Whether it’s grilled, roasted or deep-fried, I can’t get enough. Pair eggplant with onions, peppers and tomatoes, and you can’t go wrong.

Serve this vegetable stew with a warm, crusty fresh baguette. Or, try it with steamed basmati rice or couscous to turn this into a satisfying meal. The fresh ...Read more

The Kitchn: Strawberry Oreo box cake is even better than it sounds

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Has there ever been a better time for an icebox cake? It’s pretty much the only thing I want to eat when it’s scorching hot outside. The retro summertime dessert requires absolutely no cooking or baking, meaning both you and your kitchen stay cool as a cucumber.

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The Kitchn: This $3 ingredient will fix dry, bland chicken breasts every time

Recipes / Variety Menu /

If the words “dry” and “bland” come to mind when you think of boneless, skinless chicken breast, you deserve a recipe that will show you otherwise. While we’ve shared a number of great ones over the years, we’re currently obsessing over this easy ...Read more

Asian Barbecue Salmon

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

The other evening, my husband opened a bottle of red wine. He decanted it and then poured himself a glass. Then he promptly announced that he was going to pour it down the drain.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“It smells bad. Like rotten.”

So down it went. Glug. Glug. It was corked...

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Make the most of basil, summer's favorite herb

Recipes / Variety Menu /

The garden gods have been good to me so far this summer, even if the weather has been something of a nightmare for those of us without central air.

Despite a long string of 90-degree days and not enough rain, my basil is thriving. Thanks to soft and tasty leaves at the ready, pesto is making regular appearances on my table. Being stuck at home ...Read more

Gretchen's table: Fried Green Tomato BLT

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The countdown has begun for when we can begin our daily diet of local garden-fresh tomatoes in salads, pies, tarts and sauces. But if you're lucky, or can't wait for the fruit to ripen into the luscious red (or yellow, orange or purple) orbs that make summer cooking and eating such a delight, you might happen upon unripe green tomatoes in your ...Read more

JUSTice Cream offers sweet social justice model for nonprofits — and ice cream shops

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CHICAGO -- Fudge the Police -- not just a family friendly wordplay on the 1988 N.W.A. rap hit, but a vegan ice cream flavor to benefit Black Lives Matter Chicago. The blend of mint cookies and cream, fudge and CBD was created by JUSTice Cream, a nonprofit ice cream shop focused not just on the flavors, but benefiting grassroots organizations ...Read more

Cars are uninvited guests when Americans dine in parking lots

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Outdoor spaces hastily fancified for low-risk dining are keeping thousands of U.S. restaurants from closing permanently. But crashing the dinner party are tropical storms, rats -- and the occasional out-of-control vehicle.

On July 5, five people were injured when a sport-utility vehicle crashed into sidewalk seating outside 12 Corazones ...Read more

Best Bites: Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I admit, I'm a sucker for a basic brownie treat. No nuts. No sprinkles. Just plain old processed chocolate. This brownie is no different -- the chocolate melts and sits in your mouth as you eat. It doesn't try to combine a variety of flavors that don't fit. Instead, it's just chocolate on chocolate on chocolate -- perfect for me.

Size: 5.34 ...Read more

Getting pickled: 7 recipes that don't use cucumbers

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Everyone sort of assumes it is the chicken. Everyone thinks that the process of pickling was invented as a way of preserving food in a time long before refrigeration, and that people who tried it decided that it tasted great, too.

But what if it were the egg? What if someone in that long-ago time dropped a cucumber in a vat of vinegar and salt ...Read more

Chilled wine, cold salads for warm evenings

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Outdoor entertaining takes on new meaning during a pandemic. The summer of 2020 finds us on decks, patios and porches sitting 6 feet apart with our own personal coolers and individual containers of food. Some neighbors even tote their own chairs. We agree: We'd rather be super cautious then not see each other at all.

I don't bring my own chair,...Read more

Daniel Neman: Plant your garden now for fall harvest

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ST. LOUIS -- The clock is ticking.

If you want the freshest broccoli, kale, carrots and more this fall, the time to plant it is now. It might even taste better than the same veggies you plant in the spring.

I'll admit, this is news to me. I am not a gardener. I thought that people wrap up all of their gardening around this time of year, throw ...Read more

Make the ice cream sandwich of your summertime dreams with this infinitely customizable recipe

Recipes / America's Test Kitchen /

When we decided to make a homemade version of ice cream sandwiches, we thought it would be as easy as smooshing some ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies. But all that gave us were rock-solid cookies that we struggled to bite through while we squished the ice cream out the sides. The takeaway: Cookies that are best eaten with a glass of ...Read more

For summer stone fruit, have your cake and eat it too

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While summer in the "before times" may have meant swimsuits and beach days to most people, to me it only ever meant it was time to eat all the stone fruit NOW! As anyone who counts fruit as their true love can attest, now is the season of lustful infatuation. Berries are great, but have you ever bitten into a peak-season peach and had its juice ...Read more

Easy Thai-inspired dish has a slightly spicy edge

Recipes / Quick Fix /

Here's a taste of Thai cuisine. Peanut-flavored sauce with a slight spicy edge coats chicken for this quick meal. Skewers are filled with the chicken and vegetables. All that's needed to complete this easy meal is to boil some noodles for a minute.

Leave about 1/4 inch between ingredients on the skewers. This helps the heat reach all sides of ...Read more