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A restaurant owner who helped others now needs help: 'I cried a couple of tears'

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rosako Bailey has a chance at a break, and he deserves one.

In the pandemic, the persevering owner of Rosako's Soul Food & BBQ has gone from the Food Network and the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" to barely paying the rent on his Bedford home-cooking restaurant.

"At one point I cried a couple of tears," Bailey said on a ...Read more

EatingWell: This smoothie bowl is a cool summer treat

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Blending frozen melon with just enough liquid yields an almost ice cream-like texture. Make this a traditional, pourable smoothie by adding a touch more liquid before whizzing everything together. It’s a cool way to start off a hot and humid day.

Honeydew Smoothie Bowl

Serves 2

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

4 cups frozen ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Three reasons to add dates to your diet

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Dates are often used as alternative sweeteners because of their natural sweetness, but are dates healthy or are they just another form of sugar?

This sweet food contains more than just carbohydrates and sugars: dates are packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other health-promoting nutrients that can help you stay healthy. Dates ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Cornmeal-crusted soft-shell crabs are a seasonal delight

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Soft-shell crabs, a celebrated specialty of Maryland, are prized for their delicate flavor. The name refers to a growth stage of the crab (most commonly the blue crab found along the Atlantic and Gulf states), during which time it casts off its shell to grow a larger one. The crabs have an entirely different taste when they are in this state, ...Read more

Kary Osmond: Summer salad a perfect place for asparagus

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I had some yummy early summer asparagus in my fridge that I wanted to use up, but I wasn’t in the mood to grill it. Currently we’re in the middle of a heat wave, so I was looking for something cool and filling to have for dinner.

I cooked the asparagus for a very short time in salted boiling water (only 1-2 minutes max) and then left it to ...Read more

The Kitchn: Make a big batch of pesto pasta salad, eat it all week long

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Few weeks go by during the summertime months that I don’t have a big bowl of pasta salad in my fridge. This saucy pesto number (my family’s current favorite) is as verdant and vibrant as they come — corkscrew noodles are dressed with a vibrant basil pesto sauce, then tossed with sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and pearls ...Read more

The Kitchn: Lemon garlic butter shrimp packers are a dinner winner

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Shrimp on the grill is the very best shrimp there is — it cooks quickly and picks up smokiness and char. But you don’t have to limit yourself to simple shrimp skewers. Here, we’re taking inspiration from pasta and lemon garlic butter shrimp for a no-mess packet dinner you’ll crave all summer long.

The secret to cooking pasta in a foil ...Read more

Just .1% US winemakers are Black. Here's how to start changing that

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Wine has always been one of our planet's great social connectors, as well as a symbol of generosity, pleasure, and celebration.

This spring, however, while the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us how important human connection is, and the global Black Lives Matter protests have shown how far we have to go in creating a more equitable society, ...Read more

Gretchen's table: Spatchcocked Spice-Rubbed Chicken

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Chicken is a family favorite during summer, especially when it's cooked on the grill. But it can be kind of a pain to prepare because the white and dark parts cook at different temperatures.

There's an easy solution to this -- remove the bird's backbone so that it lays flat on a roasting sheet or grill grate.

The technique is called ...Read more

How to make super-tasty, adorably tiny open-faced sandwiches

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Many an article about sandwiches begins with ye tired olde origin story: The Earl of Sandwich, desirous of a snack easily and ungreasily handled whilst he continued to play cards, demanded his joint of meat or giant drumstick or what have you be ensconced between two slices of bread, and so forth. The Earl's idea, born though it was of laziness ...Read more

Ice pops and cream pops make an easy, cool summer snack

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Technically, we aren't supposed to call them "popsicles." That's a registered trademark. But ice pops, creamy pops made with milk or yogurt, and other fruity desserts-on-a-stick are having a moment. You might be seeing them pop up on your Instagram feed, in bright colors, made with orange and mango and filled with pieces of fruit.

Because pops ...Read more

Create your own simple syrup for the best summer drinks

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Making simple syrup is ridiculously easy -- boil sugar and water -- but most cocktail formulas call for only a spoonful. Do I really want to wash a pot just to have a splash of plain liquified sugar?

I do not. But I'll gladly scrub away stickiness for a more complex sweetener that I'll use every day. There are three things that can transform ...Read more

Best Bites: Kellogg's Club Minis Mix

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Tired of the traditional trail mix? If you're a cracker aficionado, you're in luck. Kellogg's sells its beloved Club crackers in a blend that includes caramel popcorn, yogurt-covered cranberries and salted roasted almonds. The distribution of the mix's snacks are not proportional, so don't expect a bag with enough caramel popcorn that you can ...Read more

Summer squash reaches its peak in the air fryer

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A few years ago, I wrote a cookbook on air frying. I vowed from the beginning to only develop recipes that benefited from being cooked in a special gadget by at least one of two metrics: The food is cooked dramatically faster than traditional methods -- good for time-crunched cooks, or anyone who doesn't want their oven on for hours in the ...Read more

EatingWell: Side salad showcases a perfect balance of sweet and savory

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Sweet ripe nectarines pair with peppery arugula and a hit of salty Parmesan and prosciutto in this outstanding side salad.

Nectarine & Prosciutto Salad

Serves 4

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: What makes a food ‘super’?

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Is there a hotter nutrition term than “superfood”? The term typically refers to foods with particular health benefits, but is this merely a marketing term, or is there actually science behind these superfoods?

“There is no legal definition of ‘superfood,’ but the broadest definition is it’s a food that has extraordinary nutritional ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Minestrone with pesto cream is the perfect summer soup

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Summer soups are usually served cold to offset the hot weather. But there is always an outlier. This vegetable soup is that one.

The hardest part of making this soup is the chopping the vegetables. You can even do it a day before finishing the recipe, and I prefer to do it early while it is still cool in the house. I cut the veggies in a small ...Read more

Kary Osmond: Ultimate comfort food breakfast is simply irresistible

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If you love hummus and pitas, you are going to love this recipe.

Ful medames is a power-house breakfast served in Egypt and all over the Middle East. It’s traditionally made by simmering fava beans until tender, and then finishing with a hit of garlic, cumin and lemon to perk up the flavor. It is the ultimate comfort food breakfast that will ...Read more

The Kitchn: If you haven’t put Nutella in your banana bread yet, what are you waiting for?

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Banana bread, thanks to its simplicity and of course the ability to use up whatever spotty bananas you have, has emerged as the official comfort food of quarantine. It’s also incredibly forgiving. No matter what substitutions you make or ingredients you add, you’re sure to end up with a comforting, heavenly scented loaf.

Over the past few ...Read more

The Kitchn: Giant Dutch babies are easy, tasty and thrilling

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If my Instagram feed is any indication, Dutch baby pancakes have soared in popularity during these last few weeks in quarantine. But in my household, our obsession is far from new. My 5-year-old has been enamored of Dutch babies for years! It’s the most thrilling breakfast either of us know how to make — a super-hot pan and fluffy batter ...Read more

 

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