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The Breakfast Boat Is the Smarter, Better Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast sandwiches can be stacked between a split roll or biscuit, stuffed into a pita, rolled into a burrito, even folded into a tidy closed quesadilla pocket, but as I recently learned, there’s one sandwich we’ve been neglecting for far too long: the breakfast boat. The breakfast boat is an egg-filled breakfast sandwich baked directly into a hollowed-out demi-baguette.
Sep 9, 2016
3 Rules for Freezing and Reheating Breakfast Sandwiches
Prepping and freezing your own breakfast sandwiches is a morning game-changer, but knowing how to do it right is equally important. There are a few simple rules to follow to achieve freezer-friendly breakfast-sandwich success. Follow them and your rushed weekday mornings are bound to be better. When prepping breakfast sandwiches for the freezer, it’s important to wrap up each one individually.
Sep 8, 2016
The 5-Step Guide to Wrapping Your Breakfast Sandwich Like a Pro
There is no better way to start the day than with a breakfast sandwich. Seriously, no one at the office is going to be jealous of your cereal bars and yogurt. However, everyone will be looking at you like a lottery winner if you walk in with that magical combo of egg, cheese, sausage or bacon, and a bun, bagel, or English muffin. Extra credit if your sandwich is homemade. But even if you’ve assembled the elements just so, you still need to get your creation from here to there.
Sep 8, 2016
7 Creamy Spreads for a Breakfast Sandwich
If I've learned one thing about making breakfast sandwiches over the years, it's that it's always necessary to have a creamy element to bring the whole thing together.
Sep 8, 2016
How I Use Costco and My Freezer for a Month of Breakfast Sandwiches
Bulking up the freezer with breakfast options is one of the secrets to successful meal planning. Costco and an afternoon of cooking is the secret to making freezer breakfasts to last my family a month. Here’s how a trip to Costco and one afternoon of work can save breakfast — one freezer sandwich at a time. While a dozen freezer breakfast burritos might last a week or two in your house, they last just three days with my family of four.
Sep 8, 2016
Recipe: Herbed Egg Whites & Feta on English Muffins
Not only will you love pulling this make-ahead sandwich out of the freezer on weekday mornings, but it will also totally change the way you think about egg whites.
Sep 7, 2016
The Breakfast Sandwich Taste Test: We Tried 7 Brands and Ranked Them
Not to be dramatic, but a breakfast sandwich can make or break your entire day. We tried seven from national and regional chains and ranked them from worst to best.
Sep 6, 2016
This Is the Most Popular Breakfast Sandwich on Pinterest
When a yogurt parfait or smoothie just won’t cut it in the morning, a breakfast sandwich will surely be your ticket to breakfast success. What recipe do you fall on to keep hunger at bay? Do you go the classic bacon, egg, and cheese route? Do you reach for a bagel? Do you opt for the freezer-friendly breakfast sandwich? Well, the internet has spoken. Pinterest has dubbed this the most popular breakfast sandwich on its platform — it has been saved over 75,000 times.
Sep 6, 2016
How To Make Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos
The secret to successful stress-free mornings is a stash of these freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.
Sep 5, 2016
12 Ways to Fancy Up Your PB&J with 1 Ingredient
Peanut butter and jelly is a comforting classic that hardly needs improving. Instead, these one-ingredient twists turn a lunch-box staple into something fun and unexpected. Are you read to liven up lunchtime? These are the single-ingredient upgrades that go beyond the simple swaps of jam and nut butter, or the extra drizzle of honey. These are the unexpected ingredients that add a crunch factor to your lunch and sneak in a pop of flavor.
Sep 1, 2016
Recipe: Caprese Grilled Cheese
I wait all year to eat my weight in caprese salads during the summer. While I could easily make them through the year, they’re barely average with sub-par, out-of-season tomatoes. So it’s worth it to hold out until tomatoes peak and creamy, fresh mozzarella begs to join in on the fun. But eating caprese in its classic form is just one way to enjoy it — this twist on a grilled cheese just might rival the original.
Aug 25, 2016
12 Ways to Eat a Sandwich for Dinner
Don’t mistake sandwiches as a lunchtime-only food. Yes, PB&J might not be the most exciting dinner, but there are plenty of complex (but not complicated) sandwiches out there that will satisfy you for your evening meal. Here are a dozen of our favorite dinner-worthy sandwiches. You’ll be happy to know that making bánh mì sandwiches at home is easier than you might think — especially this tofu version. The Cuban sandwich is one of our favorites.
Aug 23, 2016
How To Make the Best Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese with fresh tomato always seems like a really satisfying sandwich — until you sit down and eat one, that is. The problem is that melty cheese and wet tomatoes make for a very unstable sandwich. By making an open-faced grilled cheese and adding fresh tomatoes that have been patted dry, we can avoid many of the pitfalls that plague what should be a perfect pair. This sandwich is a little bit more involved than your classic grilled cheese.
Aug 19, 2016
17 Simple Summer Suppers to Eat with Your Hands
Summer is all about casual and relaxing meals. With the sun shining bright, it’s prime time to spend more time outside than caught up in the kitchen. Enter: the sandwich. Sandwiches are the perfect way to spend less time in the kitchen and less time cleaning while still feeling satisfied after a meal. They come together quickly and, since you don’t need any silverware, you can skip cleaning some dishes. Plus, it’s always more fun to eat with your hands.
Aug 16, 2016
5 Tips to Help You Make a Better Sandwich
Anyone can make a sandwich — after all, for many of us, a PB&J was our first experience in the kitchen — but it’s those extra little tips and tricks, like these five here, that make all the difference in building a really great sandwich. Bread is the backbone of your sandwich, so this isn’t the place to skimp on quality. Go for a loaf that you’d be just as thrilled to eat solo as you would stacked with other ingredients.
Aug 13, 2016
Recipe: Caesar White Bean Burgers
You don’t actually have to eat a Caesar salad to savor the essence of its best flavors. Inspired by the dressing that brings the classic salad together, these bean-filled veggie burgers get a big boost of flavor with the help of a few simple pantry ingredients. You won’t find bottled dressing anywhere near these burgers.
Aug 5, 2016
Recipe: Salmon and Kale Caesar Wraps
Chicken Caesar wraps have had their time to shine, but now we forge ahead with a well-deserved (and much-needed) update. Inspired by the lunchtime classic, this salmon-packed version has everything you’d expect, with a twist. Crisp romaine is swapped for leafy kale, while rich and flaky canned salmon takes the place of chicken. To make this no-cook meal complete, everything is tossed with creamy Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan before getting folded into your favorite tortilla.
Aug 1, 2016
7 Vegetables That Are Way Better on a Bun than a Veggie Burger
If you’ve had your fill of veggie burgers this summer, but still want to load up on the vegetables, it’s time to reach for any one of these sturdy vegetables that make an awesome substitute on a hamburger bun. Sliced in thick rounds and grilled or roasted, sweet potato is a hearty veggie burger substitute. It holds up on a bun and doesn’t need much in the way of toppings, although a little tangy goat cheese and peppery arugula provide a nice contrast to its natural sweetness.
Jul 27, 2016
This Veggie-Packed Sandwich Is the Only Lunch Recipe You Need
Looking for an exciting new lunch to bring to the office? One you’ll actually want to eat instead of ordering takeout? Need a picnic- or beach-friendly midday meal option? This veggie-packed sandwich is just the ticket. For a sandwich to be truly great, it needs to have a balance of flavors and textures.
Jul 26, 2016
The Ultimate Picnic Sandwich Is French, of Course
Pan bagna is a beloved sandwich in Provence. The warm breezes of the Côte d’Azur, the delicate sand, the crispy baguettes — a gentle rosé and a pan bagna are the makings of a magical picnic. I won’t be strolling at Cannes anytime soon, but here are four reasons why pan bagna is at the top of my always-ready-for-a-picnic list.
Jul 14, 2016
Make These Ham & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches for Dinner Tonight
In honor of Bastille Day, today’s Delicious Link is a nod to French cuisine. While you could certainly make a simple ham-and-cheese baguette, this slightly more decadent version of the classic sandwich — served warm on a buttery croissant — kicks things up a notch. Stop by your local bakery, pick up a couple of croissants, and make this sandwich for dinner tonight. The key to these delicious sandwiches is the glaze that gets brushed on top of the croissants before baking.
Jul 14, 2016
This Is the Frenchiest Thing You Can Make in Five Minutes
In addition to tucking into some macarons, my prerogative on Bastille Day is to watch Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, drink rosé, and make this five-minute dinner. The simplicity of this recipe reminds me why we get all fussy about French food in the first place — and it has really good cheese. If you hadn’t guessed, it’s a ham and cheese baguette! Done up just like they do at the little cafes I’ve visited in Paris.
Jul 12, 2016
This Korean BBQ Burrito Is Calling Your Name
If you’re tired of eating the same ol’ sandwich for lunch every day, switch things up this week with a flavorful burrito instead. From rice and Korean BBQ beef, to fresh herbs and kimchi, this burrito will keep you happy and full until dinnertime. Perhaps the best part of this recipe is the fact that you don’t even have to turn on your oven or stove.
Jul 12, 2016
Recipe: Smoked Turkey Sandwich for a Crowd
The turkey and cheese sandwich is a lunchtime classic. It’s the kind of midday meal you can count on being a universal hit with almost everyone at the table (except the vegetarians, obviously, but there’s a sandwich for them too). When you’re tackling lunch for a crowd, there’s no need to make 10 turkey sandwiches to go around. One or two big ones is all you need. This is how to pull it off. To get started, put away the bread and rolls — we’re going bigger.
Jul 7, 2016
Recipe: Caprese Sandwich for a Crowd
When I’m in charge of bringing lunch to a picnic or tackling lunch duty for the whole family, my game plan is tried, true, and most importantly, simple: one sandwich that’s big enough to feed everyone. And right now, in the spirit of celebrating ripe summer produce, this version gets its inspiration from one of my favorite fresh salads.
Jul 6, 2016
How To Make a Sandwich for a Crowd
My dad was one of eight children, and his mother and father owned a general store and deli after escaping the New Jersey suburbs for a small town in Vermont, which is just to say — my grandmother knew how to make a big sandwich for a crowd. I spent many summers in her kitchen preparing picnic lunches for two or three aunts and a circus of cousins to take to the lake. These large sandwiches became a staple of summer. They were filling, could be made well in advance, and traveled well.
Jul 5, 2016
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes
Once you nail the classic recipe for sloppy joes, you can continue to customize it by adding flavor and swapping ingredients to make this weeknight staple just what your family wants. In this rendition of the sloppy joe, we used light and lean ground turkey in place of ground beef, and made a few ingredient swaps to ensure the filling was Paleo-friendly and gluten-free. Sloppy joes are a blank canvas.
Jun 15, 2016
How To Make Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker
The weeknight classic, slow cooker-style.
Jun 15, 2016
A Simple Upgrade for Your Summer Lobster Roll
My husband’s family has a little house on Southport Island, Maine. Every summer we trek to this beautiful, quiet oasis to unplug and relax — and eat lobster, of course. The classic lobster roll, however, leaves much to be desired; the sad, lifeless hotdog bun really ruins it for me every time. Enter: the garlic bread hoagie. While lobster roll purists may scoff at this idea, I think it’s rather ingenious.
Jun 15, 2016
Recipe: Ricotta and Fresh Pea Toast
When fancy toast swept through San Francisco, littering cafe menus with $4 slabs of thick bread showered in cinnamon sugar or almond butter and homemade jams, I resisted trying it for a long time. When I caved and ordered one, I finally understood the appeal of just-toasted bread and quality toppings. The toast revolution doesn’t have to be for breakfast only, though — here’s one with creamy ricotta cheese, lemony peas, and crispy prosciutto!
Jun 2, 2016
These Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Make Me So Happy
Although the first day of summer is not until June 20, I always feel like Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the new season. And that kind of transition deserves a fun, celebratory treat — like these colorful ice cream sandwiches, for instance. Did I mention the ice cream has cake batter in it? Oh yes, we’re going all out here. The most ingenious part of this whole recipe is the method the author uses to portion out the ice cream.
May 27, 2016
Lessons from Kentucky’s Hot Brown: 5 Steps to a Better Sandwich
At (open) face value, the Hot Brown might seem too simplistic to be considered one of our nation’s most iconic sandwiches. Turkey, cheese, and bacon on white bread? What’s so special about that? Look more closely, though, and what might seem like a hot mess of leftovers from the fridge is actually quite ingenious. And the principles of a Hot Brown can be applied to make every sandwich you put together even better. Here’s how.
May 5, 2016
Recipe: Shrimp and Avocado Po’ Boys
Whenever I see a seafood po’ boy on a restaurant menu, I’m usually tempted to order it because I’m such a fan of the combination of crispy fried seafood, cool lettuce, and creamy mayo on a soft roll. A deep-fried po’ boy is not usually something I’d attempt in my own kitchen, but this version of it — with quickly sautéed shrimp — is easy enough to throw together on a busy weeknight.
May 2, 2016
You’ll Never Guess the Flavors in This Unicorn Grilled Cheese
It seems that the Internet’s fascination with rainbow-colored food is never-ending. But unlike many foods before it, the latest rainbow food fad isn’t sugary at all. Can you guess the flavors in this beautiful new sandwich creation? The rainbow-colored grilled cheese sandwich is not funfetti or cotton-candy. Instead, according to Instagram user @hkfoodiexblogger, this dream of a meal is flavored with lavender, basil, tomato, and cheese. Yes, that’s right!
Apr 19, 2016
Recipe: Mediterranean Chickpea and Feta Wraps
We’ve received a lot of requests over the years for healthy, portable meals. With busy lifestyles that juggle sports, after-school activities, and late nights in the office, it’s no wonder that people are looking for on-the-go meals. Wraps always fit the bill since they don’t need to be heated and can even be eaten with one hand. These vegetarian wraps are full of nutritious garbanzo beans and fresh vegetables and get a flavorful kick from salty feta.
Apr 18, 2016
This Grilled Cheese Has a Spicy, Fermented Secret
Filled with plenty of cheese and pan-fried in butter (or mayo!), grilled cheese sandwiches are notoriously decadent. If you want to cut through the richness with something a little spicy and a little funky, you’re going to love this recipe for a kimchi grilled cheese — or grilled kimcheese, if you will. This recipe calls for mixing softened butter with grated Parmesan and spreading it on one side of each slice of bread.
Apr 12, 2016
Move Over, Sushi Burritos: Sushi Burgers Are Where It’s At
So far, the most “American” sushi I’ve seen featured BBQ sauce and chicken tenders. But this … this tops that. In terms of, you know, eatability, sushi burgers seem to be a lot less effective than sushi burritos. They’re not strong enough to pick up and eat like an actual burger, but I’m assuming that’s a testament to the chef’s respect for the integrity of the rice.
Apr 5, 2016
21 Vegetarian Burgers, Wraps, and Sandwiches to Make for Meatless Monday
When the dinner rush means you need to put a healthy, flavorful meal on the table fast, it’s time to consider a sandwich — or burger, or wrap. These vegetarian takes on the handheld meal deliver on satisfaction and give you the added bonus of an extra helping of veggies, beans, or grains. There’s a chickpea and sweet potato patty laced with the sweet heat of Sriracha, and a beet-based veggie burger that owes its savory essence to smoked paprika.
Mar 28, 2016
5 Rules of Airplane Snacks, According to a Flight Attendant
It’s true that you can actually get a good meal, maybe even a great one, with wine pairings to boot, on an airplane — that is, if you’re flying first class. For main cabin passengers, it’s another story altogether. Airlines have whittled down their complimentary onboard options to a selection of itty-bitty packets of peanuts and pretzels — and that’s if you’re lucky.
Mar 28, 2016
Recipe: Beef Kofta with Tzatziki
If you’re looking for a variation on the standard meatball, it’s time to consider kofta. It is essentially a spiced meatball with many versions that can trace their origin across the Eastern Mediterranean and Central and South Asia. Depending on the region, kofta can be made with any number of ground meats or seafood.
Mar 14, 2016
Recipe: Mexican Meatball Subs
Meatball sandwiches are one of those hearty meals that I don’t mind eating as a filling lunch or for dinner — whenever the craving hits for some comfort food. Marinara sauce and mozzarella are a classic combination, but with the help of some enchilada sauce and Monterey Jack cheese, these meatballs can go in a spicy Mexican direction instead.
Mar 10, 2016
Recipe: Vegetarian Biscuit and Gravy Sandwiches
Mushrooms duxelle is just a fancy French term that refers to sautéeing finely chopped mushrooms, onions, and herbs for a long time until they form a paste-like texture. The creamy mushrooms are delicious when spread over crusty bread. But an even better use is to add some sour cream and make a sumptuous gravy to pour over a warm, buttery biscuit.
Mar 4, 2016
Recipe: Waffle Egg Sandwiches with Spicy Maple Butter
I’m a huge supporter of using store-bought ingredients and making them special. As if using two waffles as your breakfast sandwich bread wasn’t awesome enough, this super-impressive spicy maple butter will knock this meal out of the park. Whipping up a special butter right after you’ve crawled out of bed may seem to you like climbing Mount Everest with one leg, but you can make it ahead, and I promise you it is so worth it.
Mar 1, 2016
5 Delicious Sandwiches to Try for Lunch
I love how the concept of a sandwich is simple yet freeing. Yes, there’s usually bread involved, but the fillings are entirely up to you. There’s nothing wrong with the classics, but how about a few new ones to try out for lunch next week? Lunches get boring because they get repetitive, but I promise this week’s lunch plan is anything but.
Feb 27, 2016
Recipe: Vegan Sourdough Portobello Mushroom Sandwich
A good vegan sandwich needs some careful thought and construction. It has to have a good balance of textures and flavors, but it should also be satisfying without relying on meat or cheese. Portobello mushrooms are a popular ingredient choice (for good reason), and this one is no exception. Throw some sourdough bread in the toaster and let’s get cooking!
Feb 24, 2016
Recipe: Roasted Tomato and Turkey Club Sandwich
Club sandwiches are usually best in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak, but what do you when the craving hits in cold-weather season and the only tomatoes available are rock-hard and sad? Just pop those tomatoes into a hot oven and you’ll have juicy oven-roasted tomatoes in just 30 minutes. Stack them into a club sandwich that you can enjoy — even with a few feet of snow outside.
Feb 22, 2016
Recipe: Cubano Sheet Pan Sliders
The Cubano — a traditional pressed sandwich layered with two (!) kinds of pork and gooey cheese, balanced by tangy pickles and mustard — gets a quick-and-easy makeover with this big-batch version. Soft, squishy potato rolls replace the traditional crusty rolls for when you don’t want to be panini-ing sandwiches to order. Instead, by using a heavy sheet pan to press the sandwiches into crispy, melty form, you can make a dozen at a time without breaking a sweat.
Feb 10, 2016
Recipe: Collard Green Chicken Salad Wraps
I’ve always loved collard greens, but usually in a stewed, completely cooked-down form, with lots of broth flavored with smoky meat. But eating the greens raw never occurred to me until recently, when they were suggested as a sandwich bread substitute. Turns out they’re a great, light alternative when you’re looking for something other than bread. I always assumed raw collard greens would be tough, fibrous, and have an unpleasant vegetal taste.
Jan 20, 2016
Recipe: Mini Polenta Grilled Cheese Bites with Marinara
There’s no denying the comfort that a grilled cheese sandwich brings. In fact, I don’t think of a grilled cheese sandwich as kid food — I think of it just as good food. The concept is highly adaptable too, so if you’re looking for a new version, or perhaps a gluten-free one, here’s one for you. You know those big tubes of shrink-wrapped polenta you see in the store? They make perfect “bread” for an Italian-inspired grilled cheese sandwich.
Jan 15, 2016
Recipe: Wild Rice Burgers
On our recent trip to Minnesota, we ate wild rice every chance we could get, savoring the chewy texture and rich, nutty flavor of this Great Lakes specialty. Some of our most memorable meals were the meat-free, wild rice burgers served at restaurants like Fitger’s Brewhouse, Black Woods, and Grandma’s in Duluth.
Jan 6, 2016
Garlic Bread Is the Best Vessel for a Meatball Sub
A bowl of spaghetti and meatballs with a side of garlic bread is the epitome of comfort food. If you’re looking to combine all the best elements of this classic Italian meal, I’ve got just the sandwich for you. Yes, these meatball subs are made with garlic bread rolls. You brush garlic-infused butter on the outside and inside of some fresh rolls, and bake them in the oven until they’re slightly crisp and golden-brown.
Dec 14, 2015
The Best Cheese for Grilled Cheese, According to Science
Close your eyes and imagine the perfect grilled cheese: The bread is perfectly buttered and crispy, and the cheese is gooey and stretches easily when you pull the two halves of the sandwich apart. Beautiful, right? If you want this idea of grilled cheese perfection, the first place you need to start is cheese. What do you tend to pick up at the supermarket? According to science, here’s what you need to look for.
Nov 13, 2015
Recipe: Giant Skillet Grilled Cheese with Ham and Apple
Cheesy? Check. Comforting? Check. Impressive? Check. Whereas most party-friendly ideas for grilled cheese involve shrinking everyone’s favorite sandwich down to finger food, we’re heading in the opposite direction with this recipe. Simply by grabbing a round bread boule instead of an oval loaf, you’ve got the tools to make a super-sized grilled cheese that really fills out the skillet. Think of this technique as a template for making your own crazy grilled cheese combinations.
Nov 4, 2015
The Perfect Grilled Cheese to Match the Soup You’re Eating
Grilled cheese and soup have been best friends since before you were even born. They are a natural match because they are both equally comforting, delicious, and easy to eat. But that doesn’t mean you should take this pairing for granted. Different kinds of soups deserve the appropriate kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches. Let me show you how it’s done. Then you should try this grilled cheese and apple sandwich with Sriracha butter from The Endless Meal.
Oct 16, 2015
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Grilled Cheese
The grilled cheese sandwich is a classic. Perfectly melted and oozy cheese, sandwiched between two golden, crisp, buttery slices of bread — it’s simple, comforting, and utterly timeless. It’s one of the first things we learn to cook, and one we carry with us through the years. But as basic as this sandwich is, there are a few hang-ups that could stand between you and the grilled cheese of your dreams. Don’t let it happen to you.
Oct 5, 2015
Recipe: Cheeseburger Hand Pies
My husband, Dan, would eat a cheeseburger pretty much every day of the week if I let him. This is not conjecture; it’s an established fact. It’s his desert-island food, and should we ever be stuck on a magical cheeseburger-filled desert island, he’s free to eat as many as he wants, as often as he wants. It’s also true that Dan works in Manhattan, which is in fact an island with no shortage of great burgers.
Sep 29, 2015
Recipe: Weeknight Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
I’m not going to pretend this is an authentic, best-in-the-world Philly cheesesteak — I’m from Alabama, for cryin’ out loud! For the real deal, you’ll have to head to Philadelphia; eat your way through a couple hundred hoagie shops, gas stations, and street food stands; and then decide a favorite for yourself.
Sep 17, 2015
Upgrade Your Croque Madame with Spinach and Smoked Salmon
The classic French croque madame — a ham-and-cheese sandwich, covered with a creamy béchamel and topped with a fried egg — is one of the most perfect meals out there. But when you want to stray a little from tradition, make this version, which adds a healthy dose of spinach to the béchamel and swaps smoked salmon for the requisite ham.
Sep 9, 2015
The 3rd Step in Teaching My Kid to Cook: The Art of Grilled Cheese
My sons are smart. They figured out how to make grilled cheese sandwiches on their own, but they were discerning enough to notice the sandwiches made by their parents were far superior. And they wanted to learn our secrets. We’ve had years of practice, and we agree that if there’s one thing we can teach our children, it’s how to make an excellent hot sandwich, any time of day, from breakfast to late-night snack time. Let’s start with breakfast.
Aug 26, 2015
Recipe: Burrito Bowl with Roasted Corn and Poblano Peppers
For this burrito-inspired dinner bowl, I ditched the tortilla and layered everything into a big bowl. Tender brown rice, garlicky black beans, spicy roasted corn, fresh cherry tomatoes, avocado chunks, and the most delicious cilantro-lime dressing drizzled over the top — each bite is perfect!
Aug 26, 2015
I May Have Grown Up, But I’ll Never Grow Out of Peanut Butter and Jelly
Being a food editor, people have made a lot of assumptions about the way I eat. Specifically, when I made the transition to working mostly from home, there was the general thought that I must have really upped my lunch game. I used to laugh at the idea, but really, it depends how you look at it: I’m no longer buying questionable sandwiches from the corner deli, but I’m not cooking myself a fancy meal either.
Aug 11, 2015
Italian Chicken Salad Sandwiches
It's all wrapped up in an easy Dijon vinaigrette.
Jul 28, 2015
Chill Out with These Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches
Is there anything more beautiful than a well-crafted ice cream sandwich? One with sturdy cookies to support a thick layer of ice cream filling? I don’t think so. It’s the perfect portable dessert to keep you cool all summer long. The mint cookies ‘n cream ice cream is the real star of the show here, as it’s packed with Oreos and hot fudge. I mean, I could probably eat a pint of that on its own, no problem.
Jul 7, 2015
Recipe: Salmon Burgers with Lime Mayonnaise
To keep these salmon burgers moist and tender, chop the salmon by hand rather than in the food processor. The salmon is easiest to chop when quite cold, as this makes the fish more firm and easier to cut. You can stick fresh salmon in the freezer for about 20 minutes — it won’t freeze, but it will firm up a bit. These may also be cooked on the grill.
Jul 3, 2015
Recipe: Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love these hearty, flavorful meatless burgers. (You can, however, give them even more savory meatiness by adding chopped sautéed shiitake or cremini mushrooms to the mixture before forming the burgers). And by all means, make a double batch of the ketchup — you’ll find a million uses for it, and it keeps well in the refrigerator for a week.
Jul 1, 2015
Recipe: Beef Burgers with Cabernet Onion Jam
A sweet, rich onion topping enhances the umami, or savory flavor, of these burgers. Look for 93% lean ground beef, which is enough fat to keep the burgers moist and tender, and lean enough to keep them healthy. Work the burgers as little as possible to prevent them from becoming dry. Form them into nice even patties that hold together, but try not to compact the meat too much. Also, indent the top with your thumb.
Jun 30, 2015
Recipe: Juicy Lucy Turkey Burgers
The Juicy Lucy — a thin burger with an oozing cheese filling — is beloved in Minneapolis, where two rival bars claim to have “invented” it. They are ideally suited to be made with lean ground turkey, because a Juicy Lucy is always served well-done. Just be sure to serve it with plenty of napkins! When using reduced-fat cheese, it is important to use a brand that melts well. My favorite is Kerrygold. Serve with classic condiments: ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.
Jun 29, 2015
Why I Ditched Sandwich Bread for Collard Green Wraps
What started off as an accidental purchase — blindly grabbing a bunch of collard greens instead of kale — ended up completely changing the way I do lunch. And I’m not talking about salads. Instead, collard greens put an end to my days of relying solely on bread, wraps, or tortillas to make my lunch sandwiches. My intention was to buy a bunch of kale for smoothies, but in my whirlwind dash through the produce section, I came home with a bunch of collard greens instead.
Jun 9, 2015
Make This Cheeseburger-Quesadilla Hybrid for Dinner Tonight
When you want something cheesy and decadent, which do you turn to: a cheeseburger or quesadilla? What if I told you that you didn’t have to choose? Yes, that’s right. You can make a cheeseburger in a quesadilla. You’re welcome. Now, I’ve seen cheeseburgers between two grilled cheeses before, but this is not quite at that level. This isn’t a cheeseburger between two quesadillas — you only have one tortilla on top and one on bottom.
Jun 3, 2015
10 Easy Ways to Stuff a Pita Pocket
A piece of pita bread is a little world unto itself — so round, so hollow, so open to whatever you desire for lunch. And so portable and convenient, too! But after a few too many of my old standby, kale salad-stuffed pockets, I decided I needed a little fresh inspiration for the daily marvel of the pita sandwich.
May 15, 2015
The Peanut Butter Taste Test: We Tried 7 Brands and Ranked Them
Young or old, who can resist peanut butter? When paired with jelly and made into a sandwich, this creamy, nutty spread it takes us back to our childhood. It has a place baked into cookies, stirred into oatmeal, and blended into smoothies. Not to mention eating it straight from the jar. (It’s OK — we do it too!) We tried seven well-known brands of natural peanut butter and ranked them from our least to most favorite. Want to see how they ranked?
May 13, 2015