Home & Leisure



Brunch Brilliance Bagel and Lox

Recipes / 5 Ingredients or Less /

Let the brilliance of brunch shine with Brunch Brilliance Bagel and Lox. The combination of chewy bagel, smoky salmon, and tangy cream cheese is as brilliant and satisfying as the mid-morning sun.

Ingredients 2 bagels 4 ounces smoked salmon 4 tablespoons cream cheese 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced Fresh dill for ...Read more

Turn a dinner of roasted chicken and vegetables into a simple yet flavorful skillet standby

Recipes / America's Test Kitchen /

The chicken achieves a perfectly roasted hue and crispy skin from cooking first in the skillet, and once the chicken is moved to another dish to finish cooking in the oven (a must for bone-in chicken breasts to cook evenly), the skillet is left with a savory fond that is ideal for either making a rich pan sauce or flavoring pan-roasted ...Read more

Starlit Symphony Strawberry Shortcake

Recipes / 5 Ingredients or Less /

Experience the symphony of a starlit night with this divine strawberry shortcake. As delightful and refreshing as a star-studded sky, this dessert is a melodic blend of juicy strawberries and fluffy shortcakes.

Ingredients 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced 1/4 cup sugar 8 ready-made shortcakes Whipped cream for ...Read more

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/TNS

Fast food chains launch 'value menu' war after cost complaints. Will it last?

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Millions of American families are hitting the road to start summer vacation, and ordering food on the run tends to be par for the course. It couldn't come at a better time. Fast food joints are in the midst of a budget-meal war, offering promotions to lure customers back to their restaurants despite inflation woes and a minimum-wage increase in ...Read more

Fantastic Figs and Foie Gras

Recipes / 3 Ingredients or Less /

Embrace the charm of contrasts with this luxuriously sweet and savory appetizer. Fantastic Figs and Foie Gras is a celebration of the harmony that can exist between unlikely ingredients.

Ingredients Figs Foie gras Balsamic glazeInstructions Grill fig halves until caramelized.

Top each with a slice of foie gras and ...Read more

EatingWell: Peach crisp, the perfect summer dessert

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Sweet peaches star in this easy crisp. The crunchy topping adds nutty flavor and texture to juicy peach filling — no ice cream needed!

Peach Crisp

Serves 8

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

3 pounds fresh peaches, peeled, halved and sliced 1/2 inch thick

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, divided

2 tablespoons ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Foods not tasting the same as they used to? Here’s why

Recipes / Variety Menu /

We know that as we age, eyesight and hearing may decline, but did you know that taste and smell can as well? We start out with thousands of taste buds, not only on the tongue, but in the throat and on the roof of the mouth. Some taste buds are sensitive to sweet, others to sour, salty, bitter, and more. When taste buds are damaged (like from ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Mint and anchovy salsa verde is an Italian Seriously Simple summer staple

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Laura Vitale has penned a wonderful new book, “At My Italian Table,” that highlights her Italian family recipes. This book is a great gift for an Italian food lover with its beautiful photographs and recipes. You’ll find inspired recipes from appetizers to delectable desserts. Think Focaccia, Tomato Pie, Bucatini with Tuna and Breadcrumbs,...Read more

JeanMarie Brownson: A Filipino restaurant in Chicago inspires our Fourth of July main dish this year

Recipes / Variety Menu /

On the Fourth of July, we love inviting friends from far and wide to our backyard for a delicious celebration. When dusk falls, we’ll head to the local high school for patriotic music and fireworks.

Before the pyrotechnics, we’ll make some of our own by lighting the grill. The afternoon begins with an array of foods that represent our ...Read more

The Kitchn: You’ll want to put this 5-ingredient rub on everything

Recipes / Variety Menu /

One thing I always do as spring picnics heat up into summer cookouts is mix up a batch of rib rub. Despite what the dozens of highly branded and cleverly pitched homeandleisure/recipes/varietymenu/s-3291917">Read more

The Kitchn: This summer side won’t even last 10 minutes at the barbecue

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I’m gonna be real with you: I’m not into sweet beans (I’m a savory gal myself). So you won’t find me stocking my pantry with cans of baked beans or ordering them on the side of my barbecue. This is why I was intrigued when I came across cowboy beans for the first time.

Cowboy beans strike a great balance between sweet and savory. They�...Read more

Italian Sausage, Mushroom and Cheese Brunch Casserole

Recipes / Recipes by Zola /

It was Sunday morning. We were in the mood for brunch, so we went to a restaurant called 1885.

1885 has indoor and outdoor seating. One section of the outdoor seating runs along one side of the bar. We sat there so we could chat with our favorite bartender, Daniel.

We were not there long when a couple of folks sat down beside us. Turns out ...Read more

Monika Adamczyk/Dreamstime/TNS

Kick off pasta salad season with this Middle Eastern-flavored recipe

Recipes / Variety Menu /

When I hear the words pasta salad, I don't typically jump for joy. I've had — and made — my fair share of mushy pasta, soaked in astringent Italian dressing and tossed with raw, flavorless veggies and cubes of bland cheese.

Oddly enough, I do get excited when cold peanut or sesame noodles pop up on my radar. For some reason, those are ...Read more

Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS

How I cooked my blues away

Recipes / Variety Menu /

It was a good day.

It was a Saturday, and I had to work on Sunday, so I only had one day to have fun. My wife announced that she wanted to do some gardening.

I would rather watch socks tumble in the dryer than do gardening. So I decided to kick back and relax the best way I know how. I decided to cook.

I hadn’t done any serious cooking in a...Read more

Gale Verhague/Dreamstime/TNS

Diabetes Quick Fix: Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Quinoa with Coconut and Spinach

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Bring a taste of Jamaica to your kitchen. Jerking is an ancient Jamaican method for preserving and cooking meat. The meat is marinated and slowly cooked over allspice wood. This recipe uses a dry-rub marinade to create the flavors of jerk cooking without spending hours cooking on a barbecue.

Use the jerk seasoning recipe here or buy one at the ...Read more

Vincent Alban/Chicago Tribune/TNS

A new Chicago brewery highlights the growing economic power of Latinos, celebrates community, culture and craft beer

Recipes / Variety Menu /

CHICAGO — Enrique Rivera lived in Pilsen long before Time Out magazine named 18th Street one of the “Coolest Streets in the World” earlier this year. He was there decades before the upscale restaurants and walking tours around the neighborhood and before the luxury houses and condominiums brought thousands of new faces to the area, ...Read more


Best Bites: Olipop Strawberry Vanilla soda

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I’ve cut back significantly on alcohol, but I still love a little bubbly treat after work. I’ve been searching for just the right thing, and I think I found it with this Olipop Strawberry Vanilla soda.

The creamy vanilla flavor melds perfectly with the bright strawberry for enough zing to feel like it’s a special treat. Even better, at ...Read more

Linda Gassenheimer/Linda Gassenheimer/TNS

Quick Fix: Summer Berry Salad

Recipes / Quick Fix /

This is a super-fast vegetarian dinner that takes less than 10 minutes to put together. It’s perfect for a warm summer evening during a busy weekday or weekend.

I love fresh berries at this time of year and used strawberries and blueberries for this salad. They looked great at the market. You can use raspberries or blackberries or whatever ...Read more

Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS

Gretchen's table: Taking chicken crust Caesar salad pizza from social media trend to table reality

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I'm often slow to pick up on viral trends, as my twin daughters like to remind me. So for better or worse, I'm woefully late on the chicken Caesar pizza recipe that's been making the rounds on TikTok and Instagram. But like much of America, I wanted to make it as soon as I saw a picture of the dish, despite the fact it would mean buying ...Read more


How to make chicken gyros at home, no rotisserie required

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Hearing the word gyro sparks my summer hungers, as well as memories of the years I spent working in a drab office building off 5th Avenue in lower Manhattan, where I'd stop for lunch at a sandwich joint run by a Greek family on the nearby corner. These two-fisted sandwiches are traditionally made with huge cuts of lamb or pork that are skewered ...Read more