Food

American Table: Here’s a nubby whole-wheat quick bread with scotch butter

I have been searching for this recipe for years. Early in my career, I worked with a girl who was originally from Ireland. Most weeks, she would make wheaten bread and bring it to the office with a stick of soft butter. I fell in love with it. It was so satisfying, a nubby whole-wheat quick ...

How to make a creamy cauliflower soup but without any cream

For a creamy cauliflower soup without cream, we relied on cauliflower's low insoluble fiber content to produce a velvety smooth puree. To ensure that cauliflower flavor remained at the forefront, we cooked the cauliflower in seasoned water (instead of broth), skipped the spice rack entirely, ...

COOKING ON A DEADLINE: Try different variations of Cauliflower Tots

There is no question that cauliflower has been having a long, popular moment. I was already a cauliflower fan, even a cauliflower lover, mostly favoring sliced and broken chunks of cauliflower tossed with a generous amount of olive oil, sprinkled with a liberal amount of salt, and roasted to a ...

The key to making a flavorful, tender butternut squash soup

This simple butternut squash soup is little more than squash, cooking liquid, and a few aromatic ingredients; it comes together easily yet is creamy and deeply flavorful. Many squash soups fail to live up to their potential, often ending up too sweet or with too little squash flavor. We got ...

The trick to getting velvety pumpkin soup is canned pumpkin

This velvety pumpkin soup is surprisingly easy and fast thanks to canned pumpkin. The trick is getting rich, balanced pumpkin flavor out of a can. We started by creating a deeply flavorful base for our soup by softening onion and then adding cumin, coriander, and nutmeg, which gave us a ...

KitchenWise: Toasted pumpkin seeds can be plain or spicy

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? In the same vein, I propose that when fall gives us pumpkins, we should make toasted pumpkin seeds. We have to scoop them out anyway when we cook the squash, so why not turn them into something delicious instead of tossing them into the ...

Robust grilled cheese sandwiches for adults, not just kids

GROWN-UP GRILLED CHEESE WITH CHEDDAR AND SHALLOT Servings: 4 Start to finish: 30 minutes 7 ounces aged cheddar cheese, cut into 24 equal pieces, room temperature 2 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed 2 tablespoons dry white wine or dry vermouth 4 teaspoons minced shallot 3 tablespoons ...

Berry scones that are a flaky, honey-glazed brunch delight

These scones are a flaky, honey-glazed brunch delight, brimming with juicy, sweet berries in a buttery, rich crumb. We achieved a perfectly crumbly texture by incorporating butter in two ways, processing some with flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt for even distribution, then pulsing more ...

One-Pot Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Mexican hot chocolate is a beloved beverage made from chocolate (yup, got it) and often cinnamon and another spice or two to bring up the heat. The combination of spicy and chocolate just plain works, and I wanted to see how it would translate into another ...

You can get great meaty, bold chili thanks to a multicooker

Great chili should have bold, long-simmered flavor, even if it's made with convenient ground beef. The multicooker was the perfect way to achieve this with a minimum of hands-on time. A combination of chili powder, cumin, and garlic was all we needed to give the chili great spice flavor. We ...

A bright, lively minestrone can be made with a slow cooker

Creating anything garden-fresh in a slow cooker is a tall order, but we were willing to try to beat the odds and develop a recipe for a bright, lively tasting minestrone that married a flavorful tomato broth with fresh vegetables, beans, and pasta. The base of our soup would be our broth, and ...

American Table: Dive into a rich dish of zucchini, basil and mozzarella

This summer, my sister, Mary Pat, traveled to Italy on a bike tour. One of the advantages of biking through Italy is that you can eat anything and everything you want and not worry a bit about the calories. Turns out, my sister's favorite dish was actually a healthy dish of local zucchini, ...

KitchenWise: Serve chicken cutlets with tart orange sauce and olives

Now that my kids are on their own and cooking for themselves, both have thanked me for passing on one technique in particular: how to cook a thin piece of protein and make a pan sauce from the drippings. It is indeed a quick, easy and affordable skill with endless variations. It also guarantees ...

Adore pumpkin cheesecake? Make a portable version

With a tangy, rich flavor and velvety consistency, cheesecake's characteristic qualities make it well-suited to variation: Lemon cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, and berry cheesecake are all common. But our favorite variation might just be pumpkin cheesecake. We love the way the tangy cream ...

A bourbon bread pudding with a real taste of New Orleans

We started our New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding recipe by tearing a baguette into ragged pieces, which gave the bread pudding a rustic look. We then toasted the bread to a deep golden brown, which prevented the prepared recipe from turning soggy. Once the custard set up in the oven, we ...