Most people know about fava beans, but did you know the greens are also edible? Tender and succulent, they are a lovely way to enjoy fava flavor without the laborious process of preparing the beans (though that is one of our favorite spring rituals, too).
It's been an interesting few weeks in my house, to say the least. My fiance, in an effort to get back to "fighting weight," gave up beer and refined sugar for Lent. (As for me, I gave up French fries. It's been tough. I really really like French fries.) His abstinence has been hard on the both of us: I lost my number one recipe tester and he's forced to watch me eat sweets from the sideline.
Whether you are a full-time vegetarian, a Meatless Monday participant, or an accommodating host, keep these vegetarian-friendly dinner ideas close at hand over the next couple of months. From spring risotto to roasted rhubarb, each menu features the bright and fresh flavors emerging from our forests, fields, and farms. It's a splendid time of year to cook and celebrate!
My parents visited Sicily last fall (lucky dogs!) and brought back a wonderful recipe to accompany any main dish at dinner. I've riffed on the combination of blood oranges, mint, and red onion and added my own spin. The results? Shockingly good in color and in flavor!
Late winter and early spring are a tough time for me, personally. I am weary of wintertime, and while the weather softens, there isn't anything new to show for it at the market yet. I've run through my repertoire of root vegetables and hearty braises, and I'm ready for a change. What do you eat this time of year? What dishes do you enjoy the most in this slow transition from winter to spring?
As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast today, we thought we'd republish one of our all-time most popular cocktail recipes. Here's a Hurricane to sip in your own kitchen! Raise a glass to everyone braving out the storm this week... - Faith
A hurricane is a bit like a Long Island Iced Tea — you can order one almost anywhere, but you never know quite what you're going to get.
What is summer cooking, to you? For me, it means keeping things as simple as possible. In the summertime, I want meals that come together in one big pot, easy to cook and easy to reheat later. I want meals that taste like the garden, fragrant with herbs and bright flavors. I want hands-off meals, so I can retire to the back porch with a cucumber gimlet while my supper cooks.
Well, this braised chicken dish fits all those requirements beautifully.
Grilling is an art — but it is an art assembled from just a few simple techniques that can be mastered by anyone. Unless you grew up with a pair of tongs in your hand and a spatula in the other, there are probably a few things you've yet to learn. Over the years our team has shared a wealth of grilling tips and tricks so we thought it was time to put all of them in one place. Consider this your guide to grilling greatness this summer!
Asparagus season is all but over where I live in California, but it's just getting into full swing for many of you. Here's a tip I learned this spring: when it comes to picking the best asparagus, size doesn't matter at all.