Food

Take your Caesar salad to the grill to get a smoky char

The smoky char of the grill brings a whole new dimension to plain old Caesar salad. To develop good char and maintain crisp lettuce without ending up with scorched, wilted, even slimy leaves, we used sturdy, compact romaine hearts, which withstood the heat of the grill better than whole ...

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with Old Glory M&M Cookie Bars

As I write this, the forecast for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is mostly cloudy with a chance of rain — surprise, surprise. While forecasts can change on a whim here in the Upper Midwest, one surefire way to add a little sunshine and festive flair to your holiday weekend is with my Old ...

Celebrate Syttende Mai with Chilled Poached Salmon

Norwegians love their salmon, and to celebrate Syttende Mai (the 17th of May) this Friday, we’re sharing one of our all-time favorite salmon recipes, Chilled Poached Salmon with Dill Cream Sauce. This specialty was a lunchtime favorite at our former restaurant, Sarello’s, and it is the ...

Easy-breezy: Planning ahead can make your picnic just that

As the weather warms up, many of us start thinking about enjoying our meals outdoors. But a seamless, successful picnic takes some planning. Having a checklist and some ideas for what foods work best can keep the easy-breezy notion of a summer picnic just that. Whether you are looking to ...

Plant-based burgers vs. beef burgers

NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to skip meat, a new era of options is here. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are among the companies racing to tap into the massive U.S. market of meat eaters by more closely mimicking the taste of beef than vegetarian patties of the past. Others are working to ...

You won’t miss the meat when you make this mushroom burger

Portobello mushroom burgers are no longer just a sad substitute for beef burgers; they are -legitimately delicious choices on their own. For charry grilled portobellos that wouldn't leak moisture and make the buns soggy, we decided to try scoring them, a technique that works well with ...

A foolproof way to make chicken drumsticks ultra-tender

With their built-in handles and small size, economical chicken drumsticks are tailor-made for a cookout. So we decided to devise a foolproof way to roast them on the grill to ultra-tender perfection with nicely browned skin and wonderfully juicy meat. We usually don't brine fattier dark meat, ...

Buttermilk and salt key to this crispy oven-fried chicken

Soaking chicken in seasoned buttermilk guarantees that your crispy chicken will come out of the oven moist and juicy on the inside. Salt doesn't just enhance flavor — when you soak meat in a salty solution (a brine), the salt reshapes protein molecules and helps them hold onto moisture when ...

No matter its origin, Dutch Baby Pancake is delicious

Pancakes are a breakfast favorite in our family, and I never cease to be amazed by the countless ways in which to prepare them. Nearly every culture has some version of a pancake, and this week we’re delving into the delicious controversy of the Dutch Baby Pancake. A Dutch Baby Pancake ...

6 little tricks that every cook should know

There are certain small skills that make life better and easier. I'm well aware that many of them take place outside of the kitchen, and I probably don't know as many of those as I should. I'm of no use if you have a flat tire or need to calculate the circumference of something or want to find ...

Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb is the star of Easter or Passover dinner

If you’re looking for a showstopping centerpiece for your upcoming Easter or Passover feast, look no further than our Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb with Mint Pistachio Pesto. This succulent main course is full of big flavor, stunning to behold and, even better, it’s surprisingly easy to ...

Sweet Potato Hash is the perfect Easter side dish

This week’s recipe for Sweet Potato Hash was inspired by a desire to bring the colors of spring to our table this Easter. With its bright colors and savory nature, this side dish is the perfect complement for roast meat dishes, especially last week’s featured recipe, Oven-Roasted Rack of ...

Is that soy in your Whopper? Plant-based meat sales rising

From soy-based sliders to ground lentil sausages, plant-based meat substitutes are surging in popularity. And carnivores — not vegans or vegetarians — are among the biggest consumers. Growing demand for healthier, more sustainable food is one reason people are seeking plant-based meats. ...

Rethinking pasta primavera to make it taste like spring

You'd never know that pasta primavera, a pseudo-Italian dish that appears on virtually every chain restaurant menu, actually has roots in French haute cuisine. The usual reproduction — a random jumble of produce tossed with noodles in a heavy, flavor-deadening cream sauce — tastes nothing ...

Enjoy the freshness & color of spring with Rainbow Layer Salad

Happy spring! Spring is a season of freshness and color, and my new Rainbow Layer Salad with Buttermilk Herb Dressing is a dazzling and delicious way to celebrate its arrival. With its showy presentation, this big-batch salad is designed to appeal to every palate, making it perfect for ...

What my DNA told me: Avoid fast food, eat vegetables

NEW YORK (AP) — Avoid fast food, eat vegetables and exercise. It sounds like generic health advice, but they're tips supposedly tailored to my DNA profile. The suggestions come from 23andme, one of the companies offering to point you toward the optimal eating and exercise habits for your ...

Pair earthy, hearty mushrooms with equally hearty farro

We wanted to pair earthy, hearty mushrooms with equally hearty farro. To start, we used the pasta method (an abundance of water) to boil our farro, which ensured the grains cooked evenly and required only half an hour. We then moved on to the mushrooms, sauteing them with shallot and thyme ...

Shopping to reduce food waste is easy on the wallet too

An expired date on an egg carton. Browning avocados. The Chinese takeout from last week. They're all foods likely destined for the trash. If you're hoping to reduce household food waste, experts say there are two key things to do: Eat what you have, and buy only what you need. Practicing ...