You need not have cousins in Cork or Mayo to stir up a few Irish dishes. Not with this trio of new cookbooks with their enticing recipes and beautiful photos.
OK, it's hardly bollito misto weather. But we can pretend. At least once every winter, I need to make the "mixed boiled meats" of northern Italy, one of the easiest and most festive meals I know. By rights, snow should be deep outside the window, but here we are, with the temperature nowhere near freezing. Only a few days ago, we were walking around in shorts. And you know what? Bollito misto suits milder weather just fine.
Linda Lahey from Baltimore was looking for the recipe for gooey butter cake that her father used to bring home every Sunday from the Marquad bakery when she was growing up. The bakery, in Baltimore, is long gone, but the memory of that delicious cake still makes her mouth water.
This Pinot Bianco is from South Tyrol's brilliant, almost 200-year-old wine estate Alois Lageder. With the fifth generation in charge now, Lageder produces a consistently excellent range of whites. The Pinot Bianco "Dolomiti," at less than $15, is always a great buy. The grapes are grown on cooler west-facing slopes and farmed bio-dynamically, giving a wine that is crisp and clean, with aromas of apples and delicate flowers.
Dear SOS: We were returning from a new year's trip and were delayed four hours at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The saving grace was the best tuna sandwich I've ever eaten. Hard to imagine something so simple was so outstanding. The sandwich was from La Grande Orange cafe at the airport. The tuna had large chunks of fish, golden raisins and what I think was sweet pickle relish. The sandwich had fresh sliced tomatoes and cucumbers and lettuce, and it was on a toasted nine-grain (or was it 12?) bread. The combination was delicious. Do you think they would share the recipe?
Question: My oven is slow. Should I increase the temperature or increase the cooking time?
Fans of cabernet sauvignon call it "the king of wines, the wine of kings." For good reason. It makes some of the finest, richest, most powerful, age-worthy wines in the world.
Worn down by drought and dwindling water supplies, Trey Nickels was disheartened about his future as a farmer growing black-eyed peas in Muleshoe, Texas.
I like to think that I'm the kind of open-minded cook who loves all ingredients equally. But I'm not.
Turning right onto the first dirt road after the "four-way" and then left onto the next dirt road is not how you'd expect to get to one of Pennsylvania's most exclusive restaurants.
Lent is a time when less can mean more, especially in the kitchen. Going without need not be faced with a frown. Let dietary restrictions spur creativity and boost flavor, however modest the meal.
When is a twist on something so different that it doesn't resemble the original at all? This might be one of those times.
Steak plays an important role in Korean cooking, unlike other Asian cuisines. Invading Mongols brought beef to Korea in the Middle Ages. Rice cooked with Spinach and Bean Sprouts is another Korean staple. I have adapted these recipes to showcase the intriguing flavors of Korean cooking while reducing preparation time.
The World Health Organization is challenging you to eat no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Please pardon any overly exuberant, bordering on childish moves you may see adults participating in this spring. (Cartwheels anyone? Outright cheers of joy?) After all, it's been a long, hard winter.
It was my son's birthday recently, and he requested a specific dish alongside his steak: lobster mac and cheese. Say what? Well, the way I look at it, on average we all get only 80 to 90 birthdays in a lifetime. So if you ask me to cook you something on your birthday, and you are a friend or family member, consider it done.
Based on the French pastries called palmiers (pronounced palm-YAYS), these two-bite treats are a savory delight. To double the fun, our recipe features two kinds of filling - broccoli, ham and Cheddar, and tomato, pesto and mozzarella. Although the result looks like a sophisticated party appetizer, the brushing, sprinkling and rolling steps are simple enough for kids to help with or do entirely on their own.
Also known as a German pancake or a Bismarck, a Dutch Baby is a tasty treat of plus-size proportions. According to legend, the first version of the pancakes, based on a traditional German recipe, was created by the owner of Manca's Cafe, a once-popular Seattle eatery. Their small size inspired the cafe owner's daughter to call them Dutch Babies - a moniker that stuck and has become the name of puffy, baked pancakes both large and small. We've used apples in our recipe, but pears, peaches, and plums also make delicious additions.
Pastry expert Kristina Petersen Migoya and the Culinary Institute of America offer more than 120 recipes in the cookbook, "Pies and Tarts" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $29.99), to make from scratch right in your kitchen.
It's hard to imagine a time when party planning required hours of brainstorming. To think, prior to Pinterest, people were forced to Google party ideas, purchase magazines, or (you better sit down), check out a library book to come up with the perfect party agenda. Now all it takes is a click and "pin" to offer a party host limitless inspiration.
Terroir: ter-WAHR. Dictionaries say it's the environment, particularly soil and climate, in which wine grapes are grown. Wine fans insist it's much broader, much deeper.
Wine of the Week: 2012 Stolpman Vineyards 'La Cuadrilla' red wine
Winter is the time to enjoy seasonal root vegetables such as parsnips. They resemble carrots without the orange color and have a slightly more complex and sweeter herbal flavor. The two vegetables taste great together, and nearly any recipe calling for either carrots or parsnips will produce lovely results if you use a combination of the two.
How do they bake up? We put 6 brands to the test.
If there ever were a food marriage made in heaven, it'd have to be milk and cookies.
I grew up with the English muffin; I know its habits. It comes from the grocery store, lives in the fridge, and has a thing for the toaster. It's quirky: brown spotted, fork split, craggy faced. I didn't pry.
As the hard-working husband of a hard-working wife and father of a very busy first grader, I'm lucky if I ever get a single hour to myself. It sometimes happens, as it did one recent night when my wife took my son to music lessons and I happened to already be home from work. I had an hour all to myself, to do whatever I wanted!
Typically, wine clubs have had about as much coolness factor as the old Columbia Record Club. No serious wine drinkers would have ever considered joining such a club. But now a handful of new wine clubs is changing the game with selections focused on Santa Barbara wines, grand cru Burgundy or natural wines.