My Christmas tree is, unfortunately, in its last days. But despite turning dry and brittle, it remains deliciously fragrant. I love that scent so much, but even I'm on the fence about spruce beer. Have you ever tried it?
In my recent pantry reorganization, I found a bag of wheat berries I'd been meaning to use. A simple salad with some winter citrus and salty feta seemed like a good idea, and it all turned out very tasty. Light yet satisfying, this makes a perfect lunch or dinner side salad this time of year.
Cold soba noodles are the base of many a hot-weather salad, but I tend to like them best in winter, when I can eat them warm and paired with strong, hot flavors and winter greens. Here are a few favorite winter soba noodle recipes from around the web:
Light yet satisfying, grain salads are the perfect meal to eat while recovering from a month of heavy holiday food. They are also very adaptable, incorporating the hardy vegetables and warm flavors of winter as easily as the bright, fresh flavors of summer. These eight recipes mix whole grains like farro, brown rice and quinoa with the fruit and vegetable stars of winter, including Cara Cara oranges, maple roasted acorn squash and golden beets.
While many folks lament the produce available this time of year, I find the cooking opportunities to be rich and inspiring. Thankfully, I love winter greens, so while the more delicate lettuces, vibrant peppers, squashes and tomatoes are gone until warmer months, winter greens provide endless opportunities for healthy, delicious cold-weather meals.
What do you crave when you've got those post-holiday blues? The inevitable cold and flu symptoms that descend this time of year? Soup tops the list of things I want to eat when I'm sniffly and stuffed up, and so I'm craving it right now. Here are my own top 5 picks for soups that nourish me when I'm not feeling great — 5 soups to soothe a cold, from tangy, lime-infused turkey broth to classic Taiwanese beef noodles
While I love feasting during the holidays, I always find myself in need of a reset when the New Year rolls around. You probably know what I'm talking about: more salads, less heavy starches; more water, less alcohol. This bright, zingy winter salad is exactly what I'm in the mood for right now.
Happy New Year, everyone! It was good to have a little time off to enjoy the holiday with family and friends, but it's always good to be back here talking about home cooking with you all, too. To start off the new year, many of us make resolutions. Maybe yours include reading more novels or running a half marathon. Perhaps you want to learn a new language or stay more organized. This year, my boyfriend and I decided to set kitchen goals together: things we wanted to learn to make and create together at the dinner table and beyond.
They may not look that different from regular old dime-a-dozen lemons, but Meyer lemons have a little secret: these soft-skinned fruits are significantly sweeter and less acidic than their super-sour cousins. Once hard to find outside California, Meyer lemons are becoming a more common find in grocery stores, particularly right now in mid-winter as they start coming into season. What do you like to do with Meyer lemons?
There is entertaining, and there is entertaining. I hosted a formal cocktail party this past weekend for over 40 of my friends, with my event proving to be the latter. The dress code called for "sparkly attire", and I donned my mother's black velvet vintage couture dress, paired with big hair and lots of costume baubles! In keeping with a retro theme, I pulled out all of the stops, including a traditional Southern menu served in my mom's best silver. Here's a look at one of the hit recipes of the night — a cocktail meatball that needs no improvement.