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Trade secret: Enjoy a taste of spring in the heart of winter

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In the depths of winter, it can sometimes seem as if springtime will never come. Winds blow cold. Snow blankets fields of earth so hard that you can't imagine vegetables will ever grow again. The only truly soothing warmth you can reliably find usually comes from the kitchen stove.

So now is the perfect time for you to make fresh pea soup.

Pea...Read more

Kale me, maybe: Trends come and go, but kale has staying power

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In the new year, many food writers like to discuss the latest trends or what's hot and what's not. And lately, I've been seeing too many articles saying that kale, that crinkly, earthy, slightly bitter, and highly nutritious dark green has already enjoyed its moment in the culinary sun; that it should start disappearing from our menus and tables...Read more

Picture of good health: This year, get acquainted with a grain from the past

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I've made more than a few New Year's resolutions in the past. And, like most people, I can probably count on one hand those I've successfully kept for more than a few weeks. But I'm happy to report that one I've managed to stick to has been to eat more healthfully -- a goal with which so many of us struggle.

What I've learned is ...Read more

Give your New Year's celebration a lift with these easy souffles

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New Year's Eve dinners seem, to me, to offer contradictory challenges. Many people want the meal to be extra sophisticated, featuring foods you'd accompany with Champagne. After all, we want to ring in the new year with real style. Yet, right now we're also thinking seriously about our resolutions for the year ahead, and many ...Read more

Sweet spot: Cap off your holiday dinner with a lean version of chocolate bread pudding

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I've made my share of elaborate holiday desserts, whether it was a Christmas apple pie topped with a hand-woven, latticework crust or jelly-filled donuts for Hanukkah. It can sometimes seem as if the final course of a celebration meal can take as much (or more) time and effort to prepare as every dish served before it. And yet, ...Read more

Homemade for the holidays: Give a gift of cookies all season long

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I recently shared some memories centered on my love baking holiday cookies, along with an easy recipe for peanut butter cookies. But, from early childhood, I learned one very important rule on this subject from my mother and grandmother: One kind of cookie alone is never enough at the holidays.

That's why, while there's still plenty of time to ...Read more

Sweet start: Begin the holiday baking season with a batch of classic cookies

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I love the holiday season. It's not just the actual holidays that I love, though I certainly look forward to and enjoy them. But I get excited in early December, and for a very good reason that stretches back to my childhood.

My mother and grandmother began their holiday baking in early December. Both of them were excellent, professional-...Read more

Soup-er stress reliever: Take away holiday hassles with a quick pot of chicken soup

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'Tis the season to feel stressed out. At least, that's how too many people feel as December looms before us. Suddenly, there are too many gifts to buy, too many parties to plan and cook for, too many cookies to bake, too many errands to run, too much food to eat. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: too many pounds to gain.

Yes, the holiday ...Read more

On the ball: Introducing two of my favorite utility players for your holiday table

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Baseball ended just a few weeks ago, and I can't stop thinking about how the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years.

So why am I thinking about baseball as we approach the holiday season, with Thanksgiving almost here? The answer may be found in a term I love from ...Read more

In the know: Share the secrets of the sea with a classic oyster appetizer

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We're entering the busiest entertaining time of the year, with holiday parties coming on in quick succession. And many home cooks are looking for an easy, all-purpose appetizer that feels extra-special and yet doesn't demand too much in terms of shopping for special ingredients, extra time in the kitchen or expert cooking skills.

I'd like to ...Read more

A cornucopia of flavor: Even meat-eaters will love this vegan risotto

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As we enter the heart of autumn and move happily toward Thanksgiving, one image that comes to mind, as it does for many lovers of fresh seasonal produce, is the cornucopia. That "horn of plenty," a large cone-shaped basket overflowing with an abundance of harvest goodness, seems to me to capture so much that is good about cooking ...Read more

Magic moment: Transform an ordinary bowl of soup into an extraordinary meal

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It always interests me how just one special element can make the difference between a dish that's tastes just fine and one that people find amazing. It could be a seasoning -- the touch of honey that can brighten up a lemon vinaigrette, for example -- or maybe be a garnish (Imagine what a Caesar salad would be like without the garlicky crunch of...Read more

Fright night delight: Conjure up a batch of spicy ginger cookies for Halloween

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This Halloween, I expect I'll accompany my sons, Oliver and Alexander, to a party at the home of their school friends and maybe even to a few neighborhood houses to ring the doorbell and yell, "Trick or treat!" Lots of candy will be involved, of course, and maybe my boys will even indulge their papa's sweet tooth just a little bit...Read more

Pizza party: Make a classic pie the centerpiece of casual autumn meals

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In October, many home cooks turn their thoughts toward the entertaining soon to come, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas to New Year's. While such advance planning can be both fun and sensible, it also can have a serious drawback: It shortchanges opportunities for ...Read more

Game Day grub, revamped: Watch your favorite team while enjoying my Chinese version of an American favorite

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Of course, chips and dips are a must when you're watching weekend football on TV. A pot of homemade chili makes a great addition to the party. So do bratwursts or other favorite sausages. The list goes on and on of foods that are fun to eat while your eyes are on the action.

But nothing compares to chicken wings, which simply offer the perfect ...Read more

Let's do brunch: Italian-inspired recipe proves robust food also healthy

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Autumn is a wonderful time for entertaining, especially with a brunch party. Cooler temperatures and shorter days seem to welcome lazy, late-morning gatherings that linger into the afternoon as you and your guests enjoy delicious, robust foods.

"But Wolfgang, brunches can be so fattening," people sometimes tell me, especially when I use words ...Read more

Trend report: Retro appetizer proves everything old is new again

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It always interests me to hear people talk about the latest food trends. While my team of chefs and I do keep our eyes, ears and mouths open for exciting new things, I also try to remember the truth to be found in the word "trend" itself. It comes from an old German word meaning "to turn or revolve," which reminds us that trends are cyclical. So...Read more

 
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