Food

A twist on traditional paella that uses hearty vegetables

riety of meat and seafood, we wanted to develop a vegetable-focused version that highlighted the array of hearty vegetables common in Spanish cuisine: artichokes, bell peppers, fennel, and peas. We gave the artichokes and peppers extra flavor by roasting and then tossing them with a bright, ...

KitchenWise: Reuben Pizza is quick and inexpensive for a graduation party

With the end of the school year looming, the proud parents of any number of soon-to-be-minted graduates are wondering how to pull off a celebratory party without spending a ton of time or money. Reuben Pizza is the answer. It's quick, easy to make, inexpensive and completely scrumptious. Even ...

Trip with mom to Kauai and Maui rekindles happy memories

PRINCEVILLE, Hawaii (AP) — My mother has always had a special connection to Hawaii. Her father flew there nearly 200 times as a commercial airline pilot. He would bring home fresh pineapples and Trader Vic's Mai Tai mix. The kids got the pineapples. The adults got the mix. They even ...

American Table: Make a killer margarita with some tequila-based liqueur

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Mexico to learn how to make tequila. I always liked sipping on tequila, but now I am in love with it. Tequila is like wine, it is a simple process. It is made by hand and reflects both the terroir of the highlands or the valley soil in which the ...

Asparagus with hollandaise gets a remake with dill, roasting

The combination of asparagus and hollandaise is quintessential in French cooking. Steamed asparagus is typically used, but the combination gets even better when the asparagus is roasted; the browning adds deep flavor to the sweet and verdant vegetable. This complexity called out for a ...

Perfect french omelets are quick, satisfying

Unlike diner-style omelets bursting with cheese, meat, and vegetables, French omelets are rolled, not folded, over minimal filling. Served for breakfast or as a light lunch or supper with a salad, a golden-hued, Gruyere-laced French omelet is elegant and satisfying. Because making these ...

Keys to moist bread pudding: Custard and type of bread

America's Test Kitchen's slow-cooker bread pudding boasts tender bread cubes enveloped by a rich custard and accented with a few stir-ins and a simple topping. Getting the texture of this company-worthy dessert just right was a challenge; early tests yielded mushy or dry puddings. After ...

Go weak in the knees

Cinco de Mayo is Saturday, and it’s become an annual tradition in our family to celebrate with a new taco recipe. There’s something about a fish taco that fills me with an almost weak-in-the-knees kind of craving, and this year’s Grilled Salmon Tacos with my new Avocado, Corn and Cucumber ...

KitchenWise: Wasabi Cracker-Crusted Salmon is a quick weeknight meal

Wild salmon season starts very soon, so be on the lookout for it at your local market. But, you say, I can find salmon at my supermarket all year-round. Yes, you can, because farmed salmon, which is what you find fresh at the store all the time, doesn't really have a season; wild salmon ...

KitchenWise: Spatzle Primavera is made with vegetables, cream and cheese

Springtime is the right time for Pasta Primavera, which is, after all, the Italian word for spring. There's some controversy about who invented this wonderful dish, but everyone agrees that it was made famous in the late '70s at New York's Le Cirque restaurant. In any case, the recipe consists ...

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Simple Vegetarian Spring Pasta Salad

A great pasta salad is a beautiful thing. It anchors a picnic, potluck or buffet with aplomb. It's portable, flexible, and easily and often vegetarian. One of the first things I made for my then-boyfriend's (now husband's) parents was a pasta salad, and for whatever reason, it won them over ...

BBQ & Cocktails

SMOKED MARTINI Servings: 1 Start to finish: 10 minutes 2-4 ounces vodka 1 generous cup of ice 2 ounces smoky single-malt scotch such as Laphroaig 10-year 1 mini pickle or cornichon for garnish Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker Martini glass Atomizer (small spray ...

KitchenWise: Serve Green Pozole with Chicken for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French army in a battle on that date — May 5 — in 1862. The holiday also happens to coincide with the start of the season for fresh tomatillos. Green Pozole with Chicken, a traditional, stew-y Mexican soup — based on a ...

How to be mere minutes away from a tasty crusted salmon

It seems like mere moments after I get the last dish dried and put away, it's time to make dinner again. Is it me or are the days actually getting shorter, whizzing by in a blur and then coming to a screeching halt at 6 p.m. when every person in my household starts wandering into the kitchen, ...

KitchenWise: Strawberries Baked Alaska is relatively simple to prepare

This recipe celebrates one of the first — and sweetest — harbingers of spring: local strawberries. Sure, the supermarket offers strawberries all year ’round, but the gems that are grown locally and show up in season boast way more flavor than their cousins from the other side of the ...

Cabbage soup, not the boiled diet version, can be glorious

The mere mention of cabbage soup in my household makes my husband a little stressed, and with good reason. He remembers all too well the cabbage soup diet fad that I talked him into trying before our wedding. To be fair, I wasn't alone: Everyone was making this magical cabbage soup, and ...

Minnesota cooking classes sprout interest in local food

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace wants to create a legion of locavores. And no, that's not a type of dinosaur. A locavore is a person whose diet primarily consists of locally grown, raised or produced food. But to eat local, you first must learn how to cook ...