Food

Try a dish with bold North African-influenced spices

Espinacas is a traditional tapas dish found in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia consisting of tender stewed chickpeas, delicate wilted spinach, and bold North African-influenced spices. We set out to develop an adaptation of this dish that could work as part of a larger meal. For the ...

Make some plain biscuits and then feel free to dress them up

These plain biscuits can be dressed up with any flavorful, relatively dry ingredient, such as herbs, scallions, cheese, dried fruit, or spices. For variations on the recipe, see below. For more recipes, cooking tips and ingredient and product reviews, visit ...

Get in the mood with Molten Chocolate Cake

The season for aphrodisiac foods has arrived, and my personal favorite is chocolate. Particularly, dark chocolate. Aside from its natural flavor appeal, eating dark chocolate has been shown to cause an increase in dopamine levels, which can lead to feelings of pleasure. With Valentine’s Day ...

Retool the classic pound cake to make it ultra-chocolately

We love pound cake and we love chocolate, but the combination is often a disappointment. That's because most recipes simply add chocolate to a standard pound cake recipe, which mars its finely tuned texture and usually produces lackluster chocolate flavor. We wanted to retool classic pound ...

Peanut blossom cookies with a more robust peanut flavor

Peanut blossom cookies first gained notoriety at the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off. They're simply a peanut butter cookie topped with a Hershey's Kiss. We started with the original recipe and made tweaks to it with the goal of achieving a more robust peanut flavor. Adding more peanut butter didn't ...

Skip the boxed mac and cheese and make your own at home

Macaroni and cheese has always been on my "must-explore" list. It's just eaten too often in this country for us to ignore it. Kids in particular say yes to macaroni and cheese when they turn up their noses at everything else. Unfortunately, it's the boxed version, complete with orange cheese ...

Try a classic French soup celebrating seasonal vegetables

Highlighting the fresh flavors of Provencal cuisine, soupe au pistou is a classic French soup composed of seasonal vegetables, creamy white beans and fragrant herbs. Celebrating colorful, early-summer produce, this soup needed to be chock-full of vegetables and simple to prepare. Leeks, green ...

Score big this Super Bowl with Super Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

If you’re looking for a hearty appetizer to add to your Super Bowl spread this Sunday, my crowd-pleasing Super Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings are sure to score a touchdown with your fans. Most Buffalo wings served in restaurants get their crispy skin from a combination of breading and ...

This pork butt roast sings with orange juice, tomato paste

In Mexico, the dish known as cochinita pibil is made by rubbing a whole suckling pig with warm spices and juice from bitter oranges, then wrapping it in banana leaves and slowly pit-roasting it until it is succulent and richly flavored. To achieve a similar dish at home, we turned to ...

Healthy and delicious Sicilian Pork Tenderloin is a one-pan delight

This month’s series on lighter fare continues with an easy, delicious and healthy weeknight alternative featuring Sicilian Pork Tenderloin. This dish can be made in about 30 to 45 minutes, using just one pan and a few Sicilian staples to create a main course that has become a weeknight ...

Chickpeas and escarole combine for a hearty flavor combo

In Sicily, chickpeas are the favored legume to use in soup. In this version the mild bean shares the stage with escarole. We knew that dried chickpeas were the way to go for our traditional soup because we could infuse them with lots of flavor as they cooked. For aromatics, we started with ...

Salt turns out to be the key for ultratender white bean soup

The people of Tuscany are known as mangiafagioli, or "bean eaters," a nod to the prominent role beans play in their cuisine. Cannellini (white kidney) beans are the region's most famous legume, and Tuscan cooks go to extremes to ensure these beans are cooked perfectly, from simmering them in ...

A one-pan chili with maximum flavor starts with toasted rice

Looking to make enough chili for one night's dinner without hauling out a heavy pot, we turned to our trusty skillet. We would use it to make both the chili and the rice, cooking in stages, for a one-pan meal with maximum flavor and minimal fuss. We started by toasting and simmering the rice, ...

Home With the Lost Italian: Post-holiday detox with creamy broccoli salad

When it comes to food, there are only two ways I enter a new year: either by giving in to the bitter January cold with the most indulgent comfort food recipes (like Giovanni’s Comforting Bolognese from 2017) or by opting to give myself a much-needed P.H.D. – also known as the Post-Holiday ...

Lettuce wraps are the perfect low-carb vehicle for chicken

Lettuce wraps are the perfect low-carb vehicle for delicious fillings. We wanted a light but flavor-packed filling and knew an Asian-inspired flavor profile was the way to go. Chicken lettuce wraps are most often made with ground or chopped chicken thighs. To lighten up our wraps, we turned ...

Chinese chicken salad offers an enticing variety of tastes

With its juicy oranges, tender chicken and a crunchy topping, Chinese chicken salad offers an enticing variety of tastes and textures. But many versions seem to have lost their way, weighted down with gloppy sauces, lackluster chicken, sugary canned orange segments and watery greens. We saw ...

Low and slow is the way to go when making this fish dish

Low and slow is the way to go when it comes to making this yummy fish dish. A low-temperature oven (set to just 300 F) ensures that the fish cooks slowly, without drying out. Crispy, buttery, garlicky panko bread crumbs get a head start in a skillet so they're golden brown when the fish comes ...

The perfect snack: Yogurt, fresh fruit and crunchy granola

Creamy Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and crunchy granola make a delicious and wholesome start to the day or a great afternoon snack_and layering them in a glass makes this simple combination feel like a special occasion. Greek yogurt makes the creamiest parfait, but there's no rule against using ...