Nell Evans of Aberdeen, Maryland, was looking for the recipe for the onion soup served at Outback Steakhouse. He said the last time he ate there he was told the restaurant was not going to have the soup anymore. He was hoping someone would have the recipe so that he could make it for himself at home.

Ripe, juicy tomatoes are perfect for stuffing and are very inviting served on a platter with White Bean Salad for the simple vegetarian meal.

ACCOUNTING FOR CHEX

CHILI DINNER IN A POUCH

It used to be that pickling was something only your grandmother did. But that doesn't apply anymore.

Just when you thought Nabisco couldn't possibly think of another Oreo flavor, they did. Select Target stores have started selling packages of Caramel Apple Oreos, Target marketing chief Jeff Jones announced via Twitter Tuesday.

Yellow Brick Cornbread. Cowardly Lion Quivering Gelatin. Flying Monkey Banana Saute.

Old man alert. I'd always thought that the phrase "dog days of summer" referred to the way dogs lazed around on the front porch most of the day come July and August. I got the time period right, just not the allusion.

Tomatoes and zucchini are summer favorites for backyard gardeners to grow. And non-gardeners are lucky to get some of the bounty.

I can't be the only one, can I?

Choosing your own toppings for your pizza is easy with DiGiorno's Design a Pizza Kit. The kit comes in three different styles. We tried the spinach, tomato and red onions with pepperoni kit. It was great because each person got to choose the toppings, personalizing the pizza slices. The kit also comes with extra cheese and a yummy pizza seasoning. Whether you want to design a crazy creation using the toppings, or just want to pick and choose, this pizza kit is fun and delicious.

My fellow food writer Kathleen Purvis shared her advice for making hummus in last week's main food story.

"Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting," wrote Guy Beringer in Britain's 1895 Hunter's Weekly, in an article titled "Brunch: A Plea." "It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week."

I have a running joke about a game I call "Things That Happen When Anheuser-Busch Buys You." As many beer fans will recognize, this game refers to global brewing behemoth Anheuser-Busch InBev buying Chicago's Goose Island Beer Co. three years ago for $38.8 million.

The boss plopped "The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom," on my desk and growled, "Gimme 300 words."

The scents of wood smoke and burnt sugar remind many people of times spent around a campfire singeing marshmallows for s'mores.

I wasn't a fan of sturdy, bitter lettuce like radicchio until I tasted a delicious radicchio salad made by chef Cathy Whims of Nostrana Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

Craft Beer of the Week: Michael's Genuine Home Brew

While Michigan doesn't have the climate to sun dry tomatoes outdoors, you can pop them in your oven to dry. The payoff: Sweet and leathery tomato pieces that can be added to dishes like today's Spaghetti with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce.

This spicy Thai treat is easy to make using a good quality Thai peanut sauce. My secret for cooking these kabobs is to leave about \-inch between the ingredients on kabob skewers. This gives the heat a chance to reach all around the food. If you have short skewers, use a few more.

Adding a touch of sweetness got a lot easier with two new products from C&H: Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar and Pourable Golden Brown Sugar.

What's the first lunch lesson of the school year?

Every night before bed, Sue Patterson packs her 10-year-old daughter, Emmy, a lunch that resembles a work of art.

Linda Taylor of Johnson City, Texas, asked if anyone knew of a recipe for a spice cake made with pinto beans - conceding that it sounded crazy, but is "absolutely delicious."

Q: I'm confused. Recipes call for butter with no salt and then add salt. Why not skip a step and use salted butter?

Sun Gold cherry tomatoes are a treasure - and I don't think that's an over-the-top claim or hyperbole at all.

Apicius was such an over-the-top foodie, even by the grand standards of the Roman Empire, that his name not only became synonymous with the culinary high life but, so scholars believe, also the popular title for a cookbook formally known as "De re coquinaria" (On cooking). This work, the only known cookbook to have survived from the ancient Greco-Roman world, has for centuries intrigued scholars and cooks with its glimpse of Roman life.

This smoked fish salad is a light and simple dish for a hot summer night.

Alta Maria Vineyards makes mostly very serious and seriously delicious Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is lighthearted and fun. Made by fermenting whole clusters the way they do in Beaujolais, the Carbonic Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir delights with its bright fruit and unabashed charm.

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