Recipe ideas come from lots more than just cookbooks or TV cooking shows. Sometimes my shot in the arm emerges from a less-than-stellar restaurant experience. Using the encounter as a comparison to a better one immediately improves my next culinary adventure.
Tacos with high-quality meats and seafood at our corner spot, for instance, provided...Read more
Thai cuisine is my favorite, so much so that I once traveled the country reporting on the cooking I did with some masters. One of my favorite foods is the creamy, slightly spicy peanut sauce anyone who orders Thai takeout food will recognize as the condiment served with satay sticks and traditional Thai raw vegetable salad.
I've tried to ...Read more
Cold-weather dining often means cozy comfort foods that fill out our winter sweaters. Seasonal super foods, though, are the answer. They help with slimming down, squashing cravings (especially all the hearty varieties of winter squash) and tempting the taste buds.
Acorn squash, sugar pumpkin and sweet potatoes are excellent cooked as is, but ...Read more
I got my best holiday recipe this year from a garden designer. I was reading about California nursery co-owner Greg Salmeri and I translated his "best garden tip" into an indoor tip that I tested. Salmeri had told Better Homes & Gardens magazine that his best garden tip is: "Add fragrant plants, such as rosemary, scented geranium, sage and ...Read more
Recipes often give helpful options for ingredient substitutions or extensive variations. Savvy cooks can save time by looking for other changes that can be implemented.
Use your cooking knowledge to determine what steps can be altered without affecting a good final result. A vegetarian recipe I recently made inspired me. I had all of the ...Read more
Indulging in favorite foods often may mean replacing favorite clothes that have grown too small. If you crave pizza and milkshakes more than you do carrots and celery, you may notice the difference not only on your dinner plate, but on your scale. During the holiday season, when there are so many other chances to indulge, it can be even more ...Read more
A cornucopia can do more than serve as a centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table; it can serve the community and your family members as well. Traditional cornucopias -- which have been mentioned in mythology since 5 B.C. -- are symbols of abundance. During modern times, they are often centerpieces in horn-shaped baskets that are overflowing ...Read more
Food writers often want to encourage you to become a master of every seasonal ingredient under the sun or snow clouds, depending on the time of year. That makes for a fairly long shopping list and lots of energy spent on various techniques. In order to use your time wisely both in and out of the kitchen, why not instead focus inventively on ...Read more
The Mystery of Jessica BensonC.K. Laurence
Jessica Benson is hot, beautiful, bisexual and dead. Her life and death intersects the drama of a professional football team and the detectives who are on the case. The author has been a student of crime activity and weaves an exciting story of mystery and intrigue, ...
Meal prep services that send you a box of ingredients and cooking instructions of course can improve your skills and expand your recipe repertoire. However, I was surprised recently to note just how much a lazier option did the same.
Full-fledged finished meal delivery is the easy way out. Often bought by the week as part of a weight loss ...Read more