In the dark days of winter, there is nothing like red to warm our hearts ... and protect them, too. Here's an in depth look at some of the season's reddest, healthiest choices.
Pomegranates. Pomegranates are a good source of blood-clotting vitamin K, tissue-repairing ...Read more
Valentine's Day can often feel like a forced day to be happy and in love. For me, it's a time to remember those I love. Sometimes I celebrate with just my husband and other times I invite friends into the fold to have a delicious meal and stimulating conversation. Even those that are having a hard time can't help but relax and ...Read more
Coconut macaroons meet dark chocolate truffles in these little treats. Inside the snap of the dark chocolate shell lies the tender coconut-cocoa filling: a mix of naturally sweet dates, cocoa and coconut flour. Coconut flour is a healthy way to add decadent coconut flavor to this coconut-dark chocolate truffle recipe and other baked goods. It ...Read more
With its puffed edges and eggy pancake-meets-popover texture, a Dutch baby pancake is guaranteed to delight a crowd every time you pull one from the oven. This version, baked in a trusty 9-by-13-inch baking dish, has even more than what meets the eye, with a crackly cinnamon-sugar layer on ...Read more
"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" doesn't sound especially tasty. But the cookbook is a big hit. I flipped its pages, ever eager for new recipes, and found something better: inspiration to ditch recipes and cook intuitively, using what author Samin Nosrat considers the four elements: the zing of salt, the reach of fat, the kick of acid and the alchemy of ...Read more
A piping hot pan of lasagna takes the chill out of January. I fantasize about popping a tray of multi-layered goodness into a hot oven after an afternoon of cross-country skiing.
Sure, there are those of us on January diets (when are we ever not on a diet?), but lasagna needn't be the gut bomb of its reputation. In fact, eaten in the ...Read more
I recently heard of a man who had back surgery. After the operation was over, the hospital kept him on a cart for four hours because it didn't have any rooms available for him. All the others were occupied by people who had the flu.
Influenza is everywhere. You can't drop a Kleenex without having it land on someone who has it. We are standing ...Read more
I, WalterMike Hartner
Born of the working class in England, young Walter Crofter runs away from his dysfunctional family to seek fun and adventure. Becoming first mate on a trade ship, not only does Walter save the captain's life more than once, he excels at his position to find wealth, love...
There is a scene in "Somm," the 2013 documentary film about a group of master sommelier candidates preparing for their final exam, in which the father of candidate Ian Cauble says, "I think Ian gravitated towards wine because, first of all, it's an intoxicant, and it's fun."
The elder Cauble says all of this with a laugh because he realizes, in...Read more
A dish with a lot of upfront acidity, like this one, needs a wine that is equally assertive in that category. These three -- a Champagne, an albarino from western Spain and a riesling from northern Italy -- bring the acidity, along with bright fruit and aromatic notes all their own.
CITRUS-TEQUILA POACHED CHICKEN
Slide 8 boneless, ...Read more
Why put cheese on crackers when you can buy crackers that already taste like cheese? The pretzel folks at Snyder's of Hanover have come out with a line of light and crispy snack crackers in an assortment of cheese flavors. We tried the smoked gouda variety, which did indeed taste delightfully of smoked gouda. They're made from potato starch, so ...Read more
The act of cooking a meal can bring so much more to the table than just, well, dinner. There's the sustenance and comfort of that food, but what's also built into the sauce or dropped into the pot is a sometimes invisible and highly complex ingredient list that can include tradition, community, history, geography, art, religion and politics. ...Read more
Chefs call it a half-sheet and think it's used for baking.
That's because chefs don't think the same way as home cooks. They're not as resourceful.
What they call a half-sheet, we call a rimmed baking sheet. What they think is best used for, say, cookies, we picture using to cook a whole meal. It's simple, it's convenient, and the best part is...Read more
It's soup season and, no surprise, January is National Soup Month. And so, that means soup for you. With all these cold weather snaps, everyone appears to be making, talking and cozying up to a bowl of warm broth.
What I like most about soup is that it is filling and can be a meal in itself.
Today's soup is far from homemade and that's what ...Read more
I have had many a heated conversation over how to roast a chicken. I even taught a food writing class at The Culinary Institute in Napa Valley on how to write the perfect roast chicken recipe. As you can see, I really like roast chicken! It is pretty easy to prepare, but there are many variations and techniques that can make a cook wonder about ...Read more
Swap tortilla chips for pita chips in this Mediterranean nacho recipe. For a party, create one large platter -- just be sure to serve with plates!
Pita Chip Nachos
Serving Size: 2 1/2 cups
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 pound 90 percent-lean ground beef or lamb
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided
2 ...Read more
King cakes are named for the Three Kings of the Bible and were part of the Epiphany celebration at the end of the 12 Days of Christmas. They're variously called Galette des Rois in France, Rosca de Reyes in Spain, and vasilopita in Greece.
I spoke with Judy Walker, retired food editor for ...Read more
Spice up your life with the next big flavor sensation -- Korean hot-chile paste known as gochujang (go-choo-jang). It has a distinctive savory (umami), sweet flavor with an enjoyable burst of heat.
Gochujang is a beloved Korean condiment, but it's about to have its moment in the States.
It is a thick, red paste made from chile peppers, rice, ...Read more
Now that you've settled on a wine resolution or two for 2018, vowing to do more of this or less of that, perhaps you could use a little reference guide to help you do it all better. Below are some reminders on how to get the most out of your wine-drinking experiences -- from serving at the proper temperatures and partnering with a simpatico ...Read more