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Recipe: Tomato Vinaigrette
Next time you’re at the grocery store or farmers market and spot some super-ripe tomatoes, snatch them up quickly for this vinaigrette. You need half a pound of those juicy gems to make this dressing. My favorite part is squeezing them over a strainer — you end up with a pool of the finest, freshest tomato juice.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Nigella Lawson’s Thai Turkey Meatballs
There’s been a jar of Thai green curry paste lurking in the back of my pantry for ages. Ages. Resolved to use it, I even brought it with me when I moved from Iowa back to New York. So when I opened up Nigella Lawson’s new book, “Simply Nigella,” and discovered this cheery dish that prominently features green Thai curry paste, I knew this is what this jar was waiting for.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Breast with Blackberry-Corn Salsa
Cumin is a spice that makes friends easily. Its earthy, warm flavor shows off just how well it pairs with a number of ingredients including blackberries, corn, and smoky grilled chicken. When you feel like dinner has lost some of its flair, this is the dish to add to the rotation. The corn in this salad isn’t cooked, so it’s worth waiting until the first crop of the season rears its head. Your patience will be worth every sweet and starchy bite.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Charred Corn Salsa
Smoke itself can be one of the best accomplices in a recipe featuring corn, mostly because corn doesn’t shrink in its presence. Rather than being masked by the assertive flavors of the flame, the sweetness of corn is amplified. Now take those sweet and smoky flavors and use them as a backbone for this salsa, which we highly recommend you use as the condiment of choice this summer. Scooping it up with chips is only the beginning.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Pineapple Rum Sunset Punch
Sometimes an end-of-summer sunset can feel bittersweet. You know the number of sunsets is dwindling, yet the beauty of it never wears off. Much like those sunsets, this punch brings together bitter and sweet flavors with a combination of Campari and pineapple juice for a big pitcher cocktail that looks and tastes like those bittersweet sunsets themselves.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Amy Halloran’s Perfect Pancakes
When I first met Amy Halloran, she was cooking pancakes on a griddle she brought to someone else’s house. After I tasted her pancakes, which were thin, tender, and sweet with the taste for fresh flour, I knew why her name was synonymous with pancakes. Her genuine passion for the pancake has been a lifelong affair. The years of study, measuring, mixing, and flipping have resulted in the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten.
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Honeyed Eggplant and Polenta Cake with Orange Mascarpone Frosting
Here’s a cake that stopped me in my tracks — and it was very specifically because it contained eggplant. I’m a big believer in eggplant’s chameleon ability — after all, I’ve seen it transformed into jerky, bolognese, bacon, and my favorite, roses — but a cake seemed like a bit of a stretch.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Puff Pastry Samosa Pockets
Unlike traditional samosas, these are made with puff pastry for a buttery, flaky crunch. The filling, however, is very much full of South Indian ingredients and flavors.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Sour Cream Balsamic Sweet Potatoes
Make them ahead, make them now; these sweet potatoes with sour cream are versatile and more delicious than you can possibly imagine.
Nov 15, 2019
The One Ingredient You Didn’t Know You Needed for the Easiest French Toast
Hint: It's in your freezer!
Jun 21, 2019
5 Recipes That Prove Indian Food and Slow Cookers Are Meant to Be
Soups, veggie dishes, and one fragrant curry.
Jun 9, 2019
The Fastest Way to Prep Kale for Cooking
When I first started to really think about food, it was around the time people first started wearing shirts with kale slogans on them. This was in the early aughts and well before the second-wave Beyoncé kale shirt. Dark leaves of Lacinato kale were always stuffed in my fridge at that time. I was eating them by the boatload in soups and sautés (Never smoothies, though — that’s just a hot bitter mess, in my opinion).
Jun 8, 2019
What’s the Difference Between East Coast Butter and West Coast Butter?
It's what's on the inside that counts.
Jun 8, 2019
16 Lighter, Healthier Recipes for Your Favorite Comfort Foods
A creamy bowl of macaroni and cheese, a juicy burger, and gooey slices of pizza — delicious, sure, but eat too much and that heavy feeling will start to weigh you down. So how do we enjoy comfort food without the feeling of indulgence? Up the veggies and swap in healthier ingredients. Here are 16 lighter takes on classic comfort food — with a healthy twist.
Jun 8, 2019
Recipe: Dorie Greenspan’s Classic Jammer Cookies
If you made me choose a favorite cookie from Dorie Greenspan, I’d have to plead the Fifth. There are far too many delights to choose from — beginning with those classic, chocolatey World Peace Cookies to these Jammers. But if I had to pick a favorite Dorie Greenspan cookie story, this one would be it. Because these cookies — made with a vanilla sablé dough, topped with thick jam, surrounded by tender, crumbly streusel — came to Dorie in a dream.
Jun 7, 2019
Recipe: Dorie Greenspan’s Blondies
According to Dorie, there are three ways to bake a better blondie.
Jun 7, 2019
Recipe: Dorie Greenspan’s Coconut Patties
This cookie is pretty much the epitome of what a Dorie Greenspan cookie is: steeped in expert technique, enhanced with a bit of French baking wisdom, and full of all the whimsy and wonder baking can offer. Because at first this may seem like a pretty old-school coconut macaroon, with the eggs, coconut, and sugar, but the technique makes them unique. The dough for these cookies takes a turn on the stove for a stunning result: Cookies that have a tender, chewy core and crackling, crispy crust.
Jun 7, 2019
Recipe: Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Chip Mandelbrot
Dorie’s new cookbook, perfectly titled Dorie’s Cookies, is truly a treasure trove of cookie recipes. Perfect for the astute beginner or intrepid pro, it has a fair share of recipes to appeal to any and all bakers. But for someone like me, who comes to baking with a bit of a groan at the thought of all that measuring, there are also stories to help get me in the baking spirit.
Jun 7, 2019
Recipe: Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Matzo Morsels
Perfect for Christmas, Hanukkah, and all the days in between, these morsels are spun together from melted chocolate, a bit of butter, crushed matzo cookies, and plump raisins.
Jun 7, 2019
Recipe: Coconut Cream Fool with Raspberries
What better duo to illustrate the ease of simple-yet-sublime summer desserts than berries and cream? Here, sun-kissed raspberries are enveloped in whipped coconut milk in a modern twist on the traditional British fool. And despite its classification as a vegan dessert, it’s every bit as luxurious — and light — as its dairy-filled counterpart. This dessert comes to us from Yossy Arefi, the creator behind Apt 2B Baking Co.
Jun 4, 2019
Recipe: Red Fruit Salad with Lemon-Vanilla Bean Syrup
I suppose one could make the case that dressing a fruit salad is a bit like gilding the lily, especially when the fruit is at the height of season. To that argument I say, a little extra bling never hurt anybody! In this fruit salad from Yossy Arefi, the bling comes in the form of sweet-tart lemon-vanilla bean syrup. Beyond the syrup (which you can use to jazz up sparkling water or a cocktail), this fruit salad is all about using what you like, what looks good, and what smells good.
Jun 4, 2019
Recipe: Blackberry and Nectarine Upside-Down Sheet Cake
Don’t think pineapple is the only fruit that gets to have all the fun when it comes to upside-down cakes. Here, a sparkling combination of inky sweet blackberries and tender nectarines gives a classic yellow cake a jewel-toned finish. If you’re due to bring a summery dessert to an office party or barbecue, you’ll want to save this recipe for just that. We’re nominating this cake from Yossy Arefi of Apt. 2B Baking Co. “the official cake of summer.
Jun 4, 2019
Recipe: Strawberry Slab Pie
Strawberries don’t have to work very hard to earn a place as one of our favorite berries of summer. They are the first to arrive, tend to be the most affordable, and really know how to work the spotlight with very little help. So when you’re ready to take your fresh munching to the next level, make this slab pie dreamed up by cookbook author Yossy Arefi.
Jun 4, 2019
Your Guide to Slow-Cooking During the Summer
Consider this your road map for harnessing the power of the slow cooker during the summer. While the basic tenets of using this appliance remain the same, there is a tailored set of knowledge that’s going to help you get the most out of it come summer. From recipes to all the tips that will make you successful, here’s what you need to know about summer slow-cooking. “Set it and forget it” still leaves room for error.
Jun 3, 2019
A Guide to the Flavors of Pop Rocks
A long while ago, I got it into my head to try every single flavor of Pop Rocks as a service to a wanting public, and today that dream is being realized. If a detailed description of grape-flavored Pop Rocks is what you’re after, or you’re seriously in need of Pop Rocks recommendations from a newly minted expert, my friends, you have come to the right place. This is the last guide you’ll ever need on the canon of Pop Rocks flavors.
May 30, 2019
Can I Put Another Dish in My Slow Cooker?
Q: I now have a slow cooker, which is too large for my needs, as I live alone. I wanted to ask if it would be OK to put a small casserole dish with the ingredients into the slow cooker, and then switch it on? Sent by Jeff Editor: The short answer is yes. As long as the dish is oven-safe, it can go into your slow cooker. Although by the time you scale down a recipe to fit into a dish small enough to fit in your slow cooker, you may find it easier to cook it in the slow cooker itself.
May 30, 2019
Where Can I Find Indian Spices Online?
Q: Where online can I purchase the true Indian spices that you mention in the slow-cooker recipes by Neela Paniz? Sent by Bernie Editor: In our series on Indian slow-cooker recipes, Neela Paniz suggests heading to online spice retailers if you can’t find some of the harder-to-find ingredients called for in her recipes.
May 30, 2019
I Tried the Meal Kits from Terra’s Kitchen and Here’s What I Thought
Service: Terra’s Kitchen Price: You’ve got quite a few options. First you can choose between vegetarian or “I like it all.” From there you can choose three dinners for two people ($74.99), four dinners for two people ($99.99), or two dinners for four people ($99.99). I opted for two dinners for four people.
May 30, 2019
Meal Planning for the Person You Need to Be
A few years ago, I didn’t know what meal planning was. I thought it was something for people who had kids to feed, a budget to manage, and no interest in the triumph of a spontaneous dinner. But like any good assumption, I missed the nuance and gravity of what the practice of planning your dinners all at one could do for you — and certainly who it was for.
May 29, 2019
A South Indian New Year’s Eve: 5 Festive Recipes to Welcome the New Year
Our goal for ringing in the new year? Do it with a flash of color, vibrant flavor, heat, soulfulness, and, of course, sparkle. And no food said that for me this year like the creations coming out of Asha Gomez’s kitchen. Last year year, the chef and restaurateur became a cookbook author and published one of the year’s most celebrated cookbooks: My Two Souths.
May 29, 2019
Chungah Rhee of Damn Delicious Shares Her Miracle Meal
Chungah Rhee, author of the blog Damn Delicious, has been creating recipes and taking photos of food for five years, all with the goal of helping people figure out what to make for dinner. The blog began as a way to track the recipes she was making, but quickly gained a following on Pinterest, thanks to her short ingredient lists, popular dishes, and bright photography.
May 24, 2019
4 Things Jacques Pépin Taught Us About Eggs
In Essential Pepin, Jacques Pépin’s tome of the recipes he loves most, there’s an entire chapter devoted to eggs and cheese.
May 24, 2019
Here’s How to Crack an Egg Like Jacques Pépin
Look, if you’re going to trust anyone about best practices when it comes to eggs, it’s a safe bet to go with the man who named them as his desert island food. So, when it comes to cracking eggs, it’s worth pausing to listen to what egg whisperer Jaques Pépin has to say about how to do it right. At this point, you’ve probably seen JP make a French-style omelette. So elegant with that flip of the wrist, right?
May 24, 2019
5 Vegetarian Meals I Make Even Though I Now Eat Meat
I’ve been thinking about my life a few years ago, when the worries were fewer and the tofu was plentiful. After eating at a slew of wonderful vegetable-centric restaurants in New York City recently, a wave a nostalgia for the vegetarian years of my life has risen to the surface. I’m thinking about the cookbooks that inspired me but also the recipes and meals I still make even though I now eat meat. Some food and flavors stick with you.
May 24, 2019
Recipe: Fried Water (Onion and Egg Drop Soup)
When’s the last time a recipe stopped you in your tracks? It’s been a long time for me. That might be in part because it’s the medium I work in most often and I’m finding myself a little fatigued, or maybe it’s because sometimes recipes — even though they help you get dinner on the table — feel starved of a story. A perplexing conundrum, given their very intention is to feed us — and often in ways beyond just the meal they provide.
May 24, 2019
How Canned Cranberry Jelly Became a Thanksgiving Icon
The turkey, the mashed potatoes, and the stuffing often get starring roles on the Thanksgiving table, leaving cranberries off to the side as a obligatory “relish.” But the enduring place of the cranberry at Thanksgiving is anything but happenstance — and canned cranberry jelly, that ever-polarizing ridged and wiggly Thanksgiving dish we know today, has a very specific story born out American agriculture. Do you know why we eat canned cranberry jelly? Let me explain.
May 1, 2019
Here’s the One Important Thing to Know When Hosting Vegan Guests for Thanksgiving
Let’s start off with a definition, since clarity is the best place to begin when cooking for a guest with certain restrictions: Veganism is a plant-based dietary strategy that excludes any and all products that come from animals. The elimination of meat is explicit, but it’s worth saying that things vegetarians might eat — like eggs and dairy products — are completely off the list for vegans.
May 1, 2019
Your Pie Cheat Sheet
It may seem like the only equation you need for figuring out how much pie to have for Thanksgiving is pie + more pie = enough pie. After all, extra pie is the easiest way to ensure there’s enough for a slice the next morning. We’re with you — next-day pie for breakfast is always a good idea. Nevertheless, planning takes priority in some situations, so it’s also a good idea to know how many pies to have on hand.
May 1, 2019
12 Winning Sides & Appetizers for Your Thanksgiving Potluck
Are you planning on bringing a dish to Thanksgiving this year? Something that will make a splash at Friendsgiving or at your in-laws’ house? Look no further. We’ve pulled together a few of our crowd-pleasing sides and apps to ensure your contribution to the Thanksgiving spread is an absolute win.
May 1, 2019
11 Refreshing Smoothie Recipes for Your Post-Holiday Restart
We’re at the holiday interlude, that all-too-short period of time between the big festive meals of Thanksgiving and Christmas, which means it’s the perfect time to take a break from all the ripping and running, and stock up on refreshing smoothie recipes. Mix up any one of these colorful blends the next time you need a recharge, a quick hit of veggies, or something sweet and satisfying to sip on between all that holiday shopping.
May 1, 2019
Is There a Way to Save Hardened Maple Syrup?
Q: I have some maple syrup that is beyond crystals — it’s like pieces of quartz with a little syrup. Should I pitch it or is there some way to save it? Sent by Sylvia Editor: There might be! The first thing we suggest is placing the bottle in a very hot water bath. If that doesn’t help, your next option is to splash the hardened maple crystal with hot water, a small amount at a time, until you see it begin to melt.
May 1, 2019
How Do I Keep Christmas Cookies Fresh?
Q: I would love to start my Christmas cookie baking, but am afraid that my cookies will be hard by Christmas. I’m thinking of making chocolate chip, oatmeal scotchies, and gingerbread men. Will storing them in a tin, bag, or tupperware keep them fresh into the new year? Sent by Katie Editor: When the list of Christmas cookies you’re making stretches from here to the North Pole, getting a jump-start on the process is always a good idea.
May 1, 2019
What Size Is a Small Onion?
Q: Your recipe for sweet and savory bacon jam is awesome. When you say two small sweet onions, how much weight or volume are you talking about? Sent by Tommy Editor: There’s really no hard-and-fast answer to the exact size of a small onion. In fact, the lack of specificity is often because the recipe works within a range of amounts. A part of knowing how much of an ingredient to add to a recipe is a matter of understanding how it works in a recipe.
May 1, 2019
What’s the Best Way to Store Walnuts?
Q: Shelled walnuts that were stored in the refrigerator turned black. This happened in hot, humid tropical weather. Does this mean the walnuts went bad? How can walnuts be stored in tropical weather to get the maximum shelf life out of them? Sent by Asana Editor: If your walnuts have turned black, they’re bad. Give them a whiff. Do they smell like paint thinner? That’s a sure sign it’s time to toss them.
May 1, 2019
Does Molasses Go Bad?
Q: How long will opened unsulfured molasses keep before spoiling? Sent by John Editor: Between its rich color and thick texture, it seems like a jar of molasses could go on sitting in our kitchen cabinets without spoiling for ages. There’s no cut-and-dry answer to the question of whether molasses goes bad. If you store it in a cool, dark place, it could last for years without obvious signs of spoilage (like mold or an off scent).
May 1, 2019
10 Times the Skillet Won Dinner (and Dessert!) in 2015
You’ve got to hand it to the skillet — it’s probably the most overworked, under-appreciated tool in the kitchen. It takes us from crowd-pleasing brunch recipes like chipotle chilaquiles to a dessert of cookie butter-swirled brownies without missing a beat. It goes from the oven to stove to tabletop without complaint, and it’s usually a breeze to clean. Cast iron, stainless steel, and even nonstick — here are 10 times we were thankful for our skillets this past year.
May 1, 2019
But First, Breakfast: 20 Recipes That Will Make Your Mornings Better
As the first meal of the day, breakfast holds a lot of power in swaying the way we start our mornings. Even if you’re more likely to grab a cup of coffee and rush out the door than sit down to a full spread of eggs and the works, there’s always a middle ground that delivers flavor, convenience, and a little delight. These recipes are either quick enough to whip up on an average weekday morning or can be made in advance over the weekend or on a quiet weeknight.
May 1, 2019
A Playlist for Christmas Morning
No matter how you like to unwrap it, there’s something undeniably magical about Christmas morning. The house smells like cinnamon and sugar, there’s the crunch and rustle of wrapping paper underfoot, and at some point The Carpenters will croon out, “Merry Christmas, Darling.” While you’re sipping your hot cocoa, biting into a hot cinnamon roll, or nursing a headache from too much eggnog, crank up this playlist full of new and old holiday cheer.
May 1, 2019