My mom was not a baker. She could barbecue a steak and make a great salad, but when it came to dessert it was Van de Kamp's chocolate chip cookies from the cookie drawer or Baskin Robbins ice cream from the freezer. She once made a pineapple upside down cake from a box; and while I was intrigued with the whole notion of an upside down cake, I ...Read more
This muffin-tin mini cheesecake recipe is an adorable, healthy dessert that's the just the right size. If making two dozen seems like overkill, the recipe can easily be cut in half. If you avoid gluten, use gluten-free graham crackers to make the crust.
Mini Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecakes
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 10...Read more
Fresh salsa is always better than salsa you buy in a jar, and the flavor is second to none; especially when tomatoes are in season.
I used to make pails of this fresh salsa at the grocery store kitchen, and it would fly off the shelves. Not only is salsa great on chips, but you can use a ...Read more
The secret to a stress-free brunch party? Finding a foolproof, big-batch, crowd-pleasing recipe you can count on every time. This is mine (and should be yours too).
These fluffy buns are sweet enough to please the pastry-lovers but much less sugary than your average cinnamon roll. Round out...Read more
I'm a huge fan of cooking corn in the Instant Pot -- somehow the high, fast heat makes fresh, in-season corn taste even sweeter. This season I've also fallen hard for butter bath corn. Sometimes called "milk boiled corn," this method involves boiling corn on the cob in a mixture of water, ...Read more
At this point in the summer, my cooking needs refreshing. Good thing the mint bursts its boundaries in the herb garden.
There's a reason most of us enjoy mint in our toothpaste and chewing gum. It cleans the palate in a way no other ingredient can.
There are many varieties of mint -- smooth-leaved, crinkly, variegated, fuzzy, shiny. The square...Read more
The pick: Uncured Turkey Franks from Diestel Family Ranch
Why they rate: Both kids and health-savvy adults will appreciate these flavorful turkey hot dogs, made with uncured, whole-muscle, butcher cuts of turkey thigh meat that's smoked on hardwood. The franks are minimally processed and flavored with a handful of spices. Low in fat, with only ...Read more
Start your morning off with a sweet sugar buzz and leave the toaster behind, because Pop Tarts just became a cereal. The traditional Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart has been shrunk down to a slightly puffed cereal you can enjoy as a snack or in a bowl with milk.
Size: 11.2 ounces
Available: Grocery stores
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CHICAGO -- McDonald's franchisees want the company to focus on making an excellent chicken sandwich as they face a rising threat from fast-growing Chick-fil-A.
The National Owners Association, an independent group representing McDonald's U.S. franchisees, sent a letter to its members Wednesday warning of Chick-fil-A's expansion and said Chicago...Read more
I love chilled vegetable soup purees when the weather turns warm. The key is to know the basic principles: Purees require liquid (usually stock), vegetables and a thickening agent (more vegetables). There's no need for flour, because you can control the thickness of the soup by adding more or less stock.
The other secret to great pureed soup is...Read more
If you have time, let the dough stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes to make rolling it out easier in this 20-minute healthy pizza recipe. Thawed frozen corn works in place of fresh; just pat it dry before sprinkling it on the pizza.
Grilled Pizza with Prosciutto, Corn & Basil
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes...Read more
I've been on a mission ever since we went vegan to find a tofu scramble that my husband would love. And I finally nailed it!
He's British, so trying to sub tofu for eggs has been a challenge. Especially when you can't compare the two; they're not the same. That being said, it doesn't mean...Read more
There's comfort in knowing that as long as there's a box of pasta in the pantry, dinner is never far away. This summer, break away from the usual noodles and sauce and instead serve thick wedges of spaghetti pie, in which strands of spaghetti are bound with creamy ricotta and Italian cheeses...Read more
As a vegetarian, I sort of assumed I'd have to sit the poke bowl trend out. I wanted to participate -- the concept of mix-and-match bowls bursting with color is exactly the way I like to eat -- but the cubes of raw tuna kept me on the sidelines.
That is, until I discovered tofu poke. This ...Read more
Jessica and Stephen Rose have a passion for peaches.
When the couple moved to Nashville, Tenn., they discovered there were no freshly picked peaches available in the summertime. Stephen had grown up in Georgia and spent his childhood summers on a peach farm, so he knew what they were missing. In 2012, they bought a truck and began importing ...Read more
My fingers hurt, but at least my house won't burn down.
I spent an unpleasant hour recently cleaning my range hood -- that is, the ventilation system over the stove. It was a bloody chore, literally: I managed to give myself 12 cuts on six fingers. But I'm glad I did it.
I've done it before (including the cuts, unfortunately), and I'll do it ...Read more
The hottest wine region on the planet, Portugal, is giving us a reason to chill. Seaside Cellars' $5.99 Vinho Verde rose is a refreshing choice for all your summer sipping. If things couldn't get any better, it's a screw top. Twist. Pour. Enjoy.
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DETROIT -- Moments after the award-winning noodle shop Ima opened its doors for lunch on a recent Monday, a decibel meter perched high on a ledge above the dining room hovered around 70 decibels, about the same level of noise intensity as a working dishwasher.
Electronic music thrummed through two adjacent speakers, mixing with the low hum of ...Read more
This time of year, tender herbs grow like weeds in gardens and come cheap in markets. The only downside is needing to use them up before the plants go to seed or before grocery store bunches go slimy. The most obvious options are pesto and tabbouleh, but meatballs are my favorite way to finish off my herbs.
Not only do leafy herbs add a bright ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simon takes the gnarled carrots, undersized peaches and scarred peppers, all those grocery-store rejects, and he finds them a home. He wants those fruits and vegetables to become carrot cake, peach pie, stir-fry for a family dinner.
Flawed fruits and vegetables taste the same as the produce found on supermarket shelves, said...Read more