Home & Leisure

How to make gnocchi extra — with arugula, mushrooms and truffle salt

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Extra means more, as well as more than more.

Tired of sidekick duty, chiming in on extra special and extra clean, extra is going solo. "She's extra," adults should note, means excessive.

Snide isn't a full-time gig. Extra still works its day job, cheering on adjectives, redoubling the efforts of nouns. It notes that gnocchi, delicious solo, ...Read more

Pork in lettuce wraps gets a Texas twist

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Throughout the year, I cook off-the-cuff versions of favorite dishes, such as chili, pizza, beef stew, roast chicken and vegetable soup. I employ subtle variations, inspired by dining out or ingredients and condiments on hand. Never the same dish twice.

Same goes for a dish I first made more than three dozen years ago as a young test cook for ...Read more

Jambalaya's Cajun spice will warm your winter soul

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I know the colder months have me craving different foods, so I want you to cook along with me and try some of the recipes. A warm bowl of jambalaya is all you need to warm your soul.

Cajun food was never on my radar pre-Randy. It's not a cuisine our Lebanese household ate, and there really aren't very many restaurants to get Cajun cuisine ...Read more

Dress up a pot of beans for dinner with a zesty, fruit-forward wine

Recipes / Variety Menu /

For a hearty, rustic dish like this one, versatility is key in a wine pairing. A fruity, zesty Rhone-style blend from California, and two other wines that offer qualities of both red and white wines -- an orange wine made from 100 percent California semillon, and a fizzy Lambrusco from Italy -- will do the trick.



Minnesota bakery's unique cake goes viral after people mistake it for female body part

Recipes / Variety Menu /

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nadia Cakes has deliciously sweet baked goods and even better comedic chops.

The bakery, with locations in Maple Grove and Woodbury, Minn., made a uniquely suggestive cake using pink fondant frosting with an oval cutout revealing an inside made of pink rock candy.

The winner of Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" called it a geode ...Read more

Why I'm obsessed with the Instant Pot's home-cooking magic

Recipes / Variety Menu /

My Instant Pot obsession started innocently enough, with a resolution to finally crack down on processed food.

Guess what? Unprocessed food takes time and attention. A good pot of brown rice takes 45 minutes or more, and still didn't soften enough to suit me. Steel-cut oats? There goes a half-hour and I scorched way too many pots because of ...Read more

Today's Special: It's time for a soothing bowl of steaming soup

Recipes / Variety Menu /

This time of the year puts me into the comfort-food mode. And nothing is more soothing than a steaming bowl of homemade soup on a cool February day.

A hearty soup, by itself or with a sandwich and salad, makes a complete dinner on a busy day. Assembling a whole meal in a bowl with simple ingredients, such as beans, sauteed onions, a handful of ...Read more

Best Bites: Cheez-It Sriracha Snack Mix

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Everything tastes better with sriracha. The Cheez-It folks decided to spice up their snack mix -- crispy toast, Chex-like corn squares, Cheeto-like crunchy curls and plenty of Cheez-It crackers -- with a dose of powdered sriracha (a sauce made from chili peppers, garlic and sugar). How hot is it? People who like hot food said it was not very hot...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Never eschew a cashew!

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Environmental Nutrition

The cashew is a favorite flavor-wise and is commonly regarded as a nutrition star for its punch of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

The folklore

Native to Brazil, the cashew was introduced to India and Africa by Portuguese explorers in the 16th ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Butternut squash soup is cozy comfort on a chilly night

Recipes / Variety Menu /

I love winter squash. I can't seem to get enough of it, be it in a soup, saute or gratin. Winter squash is usually orange-fleshed and has a velvety texture. This soup fits all my requirements for cozy comfort on a chilly night. It is creamy and intensely flavored yet doesn't use cream except for a garnishing dollop on top. The chipotle cream ...Read more

EatingWell: Coconut macaroons meet dark chocolate truffles

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Inside the snap of a dark chocolate shell lies a 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 packs a whopping 5 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons (with only 2 grams of ...Read more

The Kitchn: Dessert for breakfast

Recipes / Variety Menu /

As someone who consumes far too much muesli with yogurt, it's not surprising that bircher muesli (or "overnight oats," as it has popularly become known) is also a favorite of mine. Overnight oats are incredibly easy to make ahead of time, and they're perfect for on-the-go breakfasts.

This ...Read more

The Kitchn: Nachos for dinner is a hit with kids and grown-ups alike

Recipes / Variety Menu /

"Nachos!" That's pretty much the best answer you can give to your kids' favorite question about what's for dinner. And when you make them on potatoes and top them with a mix of flavorful toppings like beans, greens and cheese, parents will be happy too.

The beauty of these potato nachos is ...Read more

9 Chilean cabernets catch you up on what's been happening with country's iconic wine

Recipes / Variety Menu /

This is the wine that started it all for Chile: cabernet sauvignon. Roughly 30 years ago, it was this wine style that emerged from Chile, a South American country that obviously was well-known on its own but that lacked a reputation for being a wine-producing nation. Chilean cabernet sauvignon started showing up on American shelves, and people ...Read more

Spice up your salmon this Valentine's Day

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Salmon and avocado are two of my favorite foods. For this Valentine's Day, why not pair them together for your sweetie?

I chose salmon for a couple reasons. First, it's a good source of lean protein and is lauded for its omega-3 fatty acids. Secondly, I think salmon has that "special meal" feel because a nice fillet makes for a pretty ...Read more

Make your own chocolate bowls for Valentine's Day

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Nothing says "I love you" like chocolate. It's the universal way to melt your valentine's heart. It's also good for your heart. Thanks to flavanols, antioxidants also found in berries, red wine and grapes. So in small amounts, chocolate is good for you. Many health experts recommend eating a 1-ounce square of chocolate a day. And the darker the ...Read more

Pesto in winter? Of course, and here are wines that match the richness

Recipes / Variety Menu /

This rich pasta dish calls for bright and lively wines that will either complement the richness, cut through it or, in an ideal pairing, both. Any of these three wines-- a Champagne, a gruner veltliner from Austria or a sauvignon blanc from California -- will do the job nicely.



With the food processor running, drop 3 ...Read more

Flavor-packed sausage sandwiches on roster for parties

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Sausages are synonymous with good times. Think about it. We grill them on hot summer days, top bratwurst with onions and mustard at music fests and indulge in frankfurters at ballgames. Delicious and fun. So why not enjoy them in the middle of winter?

In addition to great flavor, there are a couple of bonuses: Sausage cooks quickly. It's also ...Read more

Carrots take off thanks to buzz over turmeric

Recipes / Variety Menu /

"Carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout," read one 1940s war propaganda advertisement.

While carrots are indeed loaded with vitamin A, which is necessary for good eyesight, eating them can't improve night vision.

Smithsonian Magazine notes the exaggeration didn't stop the British government from pushing the carrot's ...Read more

Chocolate-coffee ice cream and cake squares put all the good things together

Recipes / Variety Menu /

Cake and ice cream make a good couple. They balance each other out. One's churned cold, the other's baked hot. One's creamy, the other crumbles. One loves cold weather, the other resents it.

Blistering marital bliss. Ice cream insists on arctic temperatures; show it a cupboard or countertop, and it goes all drippy. Give cake a shelf in the ...Read more


Social Connections


DeFlocked Non Sequitur Long Story Short Darrin Bell Zack Hill Speed Bump