Food

Pretty holiday cookies that don’t taste like cardboard

Making holiday cookies — the rolled, cutout, and glazed butter-cookie variety — is everyone's favorite December activity. Unfortunately, these cookies either look good but taste like cardboard or have buttery, rich flavor but lack visual appeal. We wanted a simple recipe that would ...

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

NEW YORK (AP) — Many companies including McDonald's and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don't expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren't going to stop playing into those ...

Christmas Brunch Strata is big on holiday style, but easy to make

The holiday season is upon us. As our days fill up with parties, concerts, shopping and visitors, I like to keep a few go-to recipes in my cooking arsenal that are easy to make but big on holiday style. This week’s Christmas Brunch Strata is at the top of that list — it’s beautiful, ...

How to transform homey gingerbread into a stately layer cake

Good gingerbread is dark and moist, with an intriguing hint of bitterness and a peppery finish. Usually it's a rustic square cake or maybe even an attractive Bundt, but it's never quite sophisticated enough to serve as the centerpiece holiday dessert. We wanted to transform homey gingerbread ...

For a classic rendition of chicken soup, go for the thighs

This classic rendition of chicken soup starts the old- fashioned way, by making a from-scratch broth. But instead of using a whole chicken we turned to meaty chicken thighs, which kept things easier; they also added intense, meaty flavor to the broth. To cut down on greasiness, we removed the ...

Gifts for the food, drink and coffee lover in your life

For the foodie on your holiday list — or just people who might appreciate a good tequila or pie pan — we offer a gift guide. It's got coffee machines, books, chocolate truffles and a fabulous tote to carry it all away. FOR THE ENTERTAINERS: Opinel Cheese Knife and Fork Set, $45 Opinel ...

Want a crisp and moist turkey with mahogany skin? No sweat

Unless you have access to multiple ovens, only a very large turkey will do when you've got a crowd coming to dinner. But finding a container large enough to brine a gargantuan bird can be tricky, and turning the bird in the oven (our usual method for evenly cooked meat) can be tricky. We ...

Celebrate the food processor by making a nice bowl of hummus

When the food processor was introduced in the 1970s, it suddenly made difficult or time-consuming recipes so much easier. The fast blades combine ingredients in just seconds. Hummus is a perfect example — this creamy spread is made with pureed chickpeas, tahini (which is like peanut butter ...

Turn smoked turkey, melty cheddar into an inspired lunch

Panini, sandwiches traditionally cooked in a ridged press, are hard to get wrong_but also surprisingly hard to get just right. To turn a crowd-pleasing combination of smoked turkey and melty cheddar cheese into an inspired lunch, we needed a condiment with some big personality. To that end, ...

Make this green bean casserole ahead of the party and relax

Green bean casserole is a holiday staple, so we set out to develop a version that could be assembled in advance to make our holiday cooking easier. To ensure that the flavor of the casserole didn't become dull in the freezer, we boosted flavor by using plenty of garlic, white wine and ...

This apple crisp gets an unlikely boost from cranberries

Although it's hard to imagine that apple crisp needs much improvement, we liked the tartness and texture that cranberries added to one of our favorite standard dessert recipes. The challenges were balancing the fruit flavors and making sure that the filling baked evenly while the topping stayed ...

KitchenWise: Serve Grape and Cranberry Crisp at Thanksgiving

For many of us, the menu for Thanksgiving is etched in stone. We eat the same dishes every year because we love every one of them. But what about switching it up a little by swapping in a Grape and Cranberry Crisp for the more traditional apple, pumpkin or pecan pie? "Eh," replies The ...

Cooking and glazing a moist and cured ham? It’s in the bag

Heating and glazing a cured ham seems effortless, but many recipes yield leathery meat in an overly sweet glaze. We wanted to guarantee moist meat in a nuanced glaze. Bone-in hams, labeled "with natural juices," have the best flavor and spiral-sliced ones make carving a cinch, but too much ...

A recipe for rolls as good as any from a European bakery

European-style dinner rolls are different from their rich, tender American cousins. The dough for these rustic rolls is lean and the crumb is open, with a yeasty, savory flavor. But the best part might be their crust — so crisp it practically shatters when you bite into it, yet chewy enough ...

COOKING ON A DEADLINE: Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing or Dressing

So, what do you say, dressing or stuffing? Technically, it's dressing if it's cooked in a pan and stuffing if it's cooked inside the bird. However, which word you choose seems to have more to do with where you come from: Midwestern or Southern folks often call it dressing, regardless of where ...

Home With the Lost Italian: Embrace fall with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkins are in season, and this week, I’m sharing the recipe for one of my family’s favorite fall-time treats: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. This seasonal quick bread is full of flavor, ultra-moist and easy to make. The wonderfully moist texture of this bread comes not just from the ...

COOKING ON A DEADLINE: Roasted Squash with Salsa Verde

Most of the time, I end up putting my energy into the main course. You, too, right? The side dishes then have a tiered level of time and effort afforded to each of them, often ending with something exciting like "rice." But sometimes it just makes sense to flip that paradigm on its head, keep ...

This Bundt cake demands a spot in your next brunch spread

Delivering bright apple flavor and a temptingly moist crumb, this simple yet stunning Bundt cake demands a prominent place in your brunch spread. We maximized this cake's apple taste by shredding 1 1/2 pounds of tart Granny Smiths and bolstering their flavor with an intense reduction of apple ...