It's exciting to read about the latest discoveries that link what we eat to our health. What is even more fortifying is to turn that knowledge into our own culinary masterpieces. For instance, cinnamon has been shown to positively affect blood sugar, peppermint to help curb appetite and ginger to relieve digestive problems.
Often, in the ...Read more
Summer is now officially here, and everyone seems to be craving barbecue. Of course, that word can mean different things to different people, from the slowly smoked meat of the American South or Midwest to the Caribbean- and Mexican-influenced spicy barbacoa of the Southwest to the quickly grilled foods many people think of as barbecue in ...Read more
The prestige and importance of any major wine competition relies to some extent on the quality of the entries, particularly the presence of top-notch wines from other parts of the world. The annual Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits competition typically attracts strong global representation, which makes an award a bit more ...Read more
Sandwiches ... harmless, right? A couple of slices of bread filled with a bit of lean meat and maybe some veggies. Sure, if you make them at home, sandwiches can make a great light lunch or dinner entree. But picking up a deli-style sandwich at a restaurant is another ...Read more
Desserts can be tricky for a Seriously Simple cook, especially as the temperature goes up. Making pie dough or baking a fancy cake isn't what I have in mind in the heat of the season: Ice cream pie answers the call for a decadent, delicious and very easy to-put-together dessert.
Here are two of my favorite ice cream desserts, perfect for ...Read more
This muffin-tin recipe for strawberry-rhubarb pies is cute as can be -- and delicious too! These mini strawberry-rhubarb pies have a special crust made from almonds and white whole-wheat flour. Make sure you let the baked pies cool in the pan for the full 30 minutes so the filling has time to set. Serve with fresh whipped cream or a dollop of ...Read more
Do you love cheese and light, fluffy bread? That's a silly question. Cheesy bread is one of the most satisfying combinations we know, especially when it's paired with a tall glass of something crisp and bubbly. In which case, you should really meet gougeres, the French cheese puff that you ...Read more
I feel the most delicious summertime suppers are comprised of uncomplicated antipasti that I can both make and enjoy al fresco. At this year's Fourth of July feast, bread meets grill for a bruschetta inspired by a since closed fantastic seafood trattoria in Atrani, Italy, just south of the picturesque town of Amalfi called da ...Read more
Cassie's Marvelous Music LessonsSheri Poe-Pape
In this delightful story, Cassie is welcomed to a new home filled with music, but when Mrs. Applebaum doesn’t seem to understand what Cassie is saying, or how talented she is, the happy little dog becomes an unhappy little dog. Fortunately, with a good ear and a kind heart, Mrs. Applebaum ...
The Goodness of Ghee
My first encounter with ghee happened when I was a little kid. I had no idea it was ghee, but it had a special fascination for me.
On rare occasions, my mom and dad would take us out to dinner on Sunday evening. We usually went to a little bar/supper club call Bleiers. The long bar in front was usually crowded. ...Read more
Combine fresh sauteed vegetables with fresh fettuccine for this quick, vegetarian dinner. You can use the vegetables in this recipe, or mix and match any type you have on hand. Use the recipe as a blueprint for the amounts needed.
The recipe calls for fresh fettuccine, which can be found in most supermarkets. Dried can be used. Follow the ...Read more
A patriotic day calls for an equally patriotic dessert that brings out the red, white and blue. This easy bar cookie checks all the above boxes, with a creamy white cheesecake base, fresh blueberries for the stars section and raspberry jam piped in thin lines for the stripes.
The bars hold together better when they're chilled, so try to keep ...Read more
It's a simple, if dramatic, presentation: A butterflied whole branzino is marinated with turmeric, garlic and spicy Thai chiles just long enough for the flavors to infuse, 30 minutes or so. The fish is then quickly grilled until the skin is burnished and blistered and the interior is barely cooked through, and plated under an assortment of ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- To get a barrel of bourbon with your name on it in Raleigh, you'll need two things: $350 and a year's worth of patience.
That's how long it takes to move to the top of the wait list for the small, personal barrels of house-aged bourbon at The Oak. But once you've got your own supply, you can buy the house a round of some of the...Read more
You'd think Teddy Soft Bakes would be strictly for kids -- the fact that they are shaped like a teddy bear might be your first clue -- but adults may like them, too (even if they feel compelled to eat them in secret). They're basically a spongecake with a chocolate puddinglike filling, a combination that works well. Also, they're kind of cute, ...Read more
The French are running out of butter.
A butter shortage has forced the price of butter to go up more than 90 percent in the last year, putting iconic French staples like croissants in jeopardy, according to a story in The Guardian.
"Last April, we were paying 2,500 (euros) a tonne," Matthieu Labbe of the baking industry body FEB told The ...Read more
Remember "Twin Peaks"? Remember how the surreal murder mystery was populated with surreal characters: the woman who lugged a log, the dwarf dressed in red, the special agent who tape recorded every move and bite? Me neither. All that drifts back from Thursday nights in the '90s is the show's eerie theme music and its obsession with cherry pie.
ANCHO CHILE CHICKEN THIGHS WITH TOMATO CHUTNEY
Serves: 4 to 6 / Preparation time: 20 / Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/3cup packed light brown sugar
1/3cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepepr flakes
I never envisioned myself as a person who would spend $200 on a waffle maker.
Turns out I am, and the mortifying extent to which I've come to love this stainless steel beauty is tipping dangerously into character-flaw territory.
Weighing in at 12 pounds, this is one substantial appliance -- it reminds me of the heavy, no-nonsense General ...Read more
The picture caught my eye -- and my taste buds. One look at the photograph of the Patagonia Hot Dog and I knew I wanted that to land on my plate.
That's the power of visuals. The photo was in a cookbook, but had that hot dog been displayed on a picnic table, I would have been as hungry and ready to indulge.
It's a reminder that small additions...Read more
For a burger influenced by the flavors of the Mediterranean -- Kalamata olives, parsley, sage -- look to the region for a wine as well. Drink local; it's good advice. These white, rose and red choices burst with flavor themselves.
Grilled turkey burgers with Kalamata olives and herbs
In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 pounds ground ...Read more