I love having a dessert recipe in my backpocket that's simpler to make than it looks. These are the ones you break out for get-togethers, the ones that people think you spent all afternoon on and you really spent no more than 15 minutes of active time. This is one such dessert.
Q: My husband and I are interested in hosting a pig roast at our house. We've thrown a lot of parties, but never one of this magnitude and certainly never one that entailed an entire pig. Do you have any recipes, tips or advice?
Socca is easy to love, as I learned several summers ago when a friend made a big batch as an appetizer for a backyard party. The crispy-edged and pancake-thin slices have that sweet and nutty flavor of chickpeas, but they're also a little smoky from some time under the broiler. Since the recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan, it's a winner for any dinner party crowd.
Last week I spoke on a panel with my friend Melissa Clark at the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference in New York. The topic was recipe voice. As I was considering what I might say, I asked myself what it is that I hear when I read a recipe and what I want my readers to hear when I write one. I immediately thought about Judy Rodgers' book, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook, and how it was her recipe voice that first caught my attention as something unique: it was playful, breezy, sometimes annoyingly lengthy, and full of wit and memorable lessons, particularly her five-page recipe for roast chicken.
I've always been one to sleep late, and I'm a huge advocate of napping. It must run on my mother's side since my sisters share this fondness for snoozing. My father, on the other hand, is up before dawn and only needs an occasional five minutes of shut-eye in his recliner to recharge his batteries. But nap time is one thing; an energy crash at 4 PM when I'm running on a deadline is another.
Allow me to present to you the humble broccoli, beloved steamed side dish with lemon and butter, faithful team-player to quick stir-fries, virtuous add-in to any number of cheesy pasta dishes. Broccoli is the vegetable we reach for when we need a little something extra to round out a meal. Here's how to trim it down to bite-sized pieces, along with five ways to cook it up.
If you're looking to save time, and eat healthier, one of the best tips we can offer is to roast a week's worth of vegetables at once. Whichever day you choose – perhaps Sunday – make this a part of your routine, and in about 30 mostly hands-off minutes, you'll have the basis of several good meals, such as these five lunches…
While roasting beets for Valentine's Day-appropriate pink pasta, we tried something a little different from our usual wrap-in-foil technique, and it resulted in especially succulent tasting, easy-to-peel beets…
No matter which day of the week I happen to roast a chicken, it always feels like a Sunday dinner to me. Pulling a burnished chicken from the oven feels like a step above my usual haphazard meals, and special in its very simplicity. Here are a few different takes on roast chicken that have caught my eye recently.