Category: Recipes

Category: Recipes

Jammin’ with Lettuce

You know something’s up when you return home from a few days out of town happy to see a crisper full of … wilted lettuce. But that’s just what happened this week when I opened the fridge to inspect the state of affairs inside. Great, I thought, I can make more Lettuce Jam! That’s a humble, […]

Immunity-Boosting Borscht

Quick, name a Russian dish. Bet borscht is the first thing that comes to mind. It’s practically a national dish in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Traditionally, this simple soup, also called borsch, starring beets (with a whole lotta other vegetables as supporting players) is made with beef or chicken stock and garnished with a dollop […]

Plan Ahead for Fast Meals

  You know that advice you always hear to cook a big batch of whole grains early in the week for healthy, fast meals later on? Well, it pays off. This salad — borne out of desperation, preparedness and luck — is proof. I needed to throw together a quick lunch to take out the […]

Dark Chocolate-Ancho Chile Cake

This recipe started with a tub of leftover sour cream in the fridge and a yen for something with dark chocolate. Come fall, I crave the flavors of Mexican chocolate, with its notes of ancho chile and almond. The sour cream was a just a nice bonus that adds richness to the cake. The recipe […]

Vegan Cheese, Part Two

I’ve said it before: I’m not vegan,  I’m not into raw food and the Paleo Diet isn’t for me. But I am into flavor, and I’ve been a big vegan cheese kick ever since I discovered how easy it is to make. As with anything you make a lot, the process evolves over time. This […]

A Hatch Chile Makes Great Content Strategy

Recently, while trolling the cheese counter at Whole Foods, I spied a display of Cheddar cheese flecked with Hatch chiles. “Must have ….” I thought. Kinda like Homer Simpson murmuring, “Donut …” Of course, I bought some. Then I realized my Pavlovian response was the result of ace content marketing. If you don’t happen to […]

Murder Scene? Nah, Just Plum Compote

I glanced down at the cutting board and it looked like a crime scene out of Dexter. My hands were covered with red, the knife was stained. It looked … incriminating. But it was all very innocent — really! I was just doing what cooks everywhere do this time of year, sitting on a boatload […]

A Cocktail Alternative for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebrations certainly bring out the tequila cocktails, and among them, the margarita reigns supreme. Well, come this Cinco de Mayo, meet the margarita’s humbler, lesser known sister: the Paloma. It’s a simpler, more streamlined cocktail that’s just tequila and grapefruit juice with a touch of lime juice and agave nectar. But it’s […]

A Better Banana Bread

I picked up some bananas for a staff snack during a photo shoot the other week. And as I grabbed a bunch at the store, I thought, “Well, if these aren’t eaten, I know where they’ll go.” In fact, I counted on them being ignored so they could ripen over the next few days and […]

Adventures with Vegan Cheese

A few years ago, I wrote a story about the benefits of a vegan diet. I interviewed Neil Barnard, M.D., founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and considered by many to be the “peaceful warrior” of the vegan movement. “So what’s keeping you from going vegan?” he asked. “I love cheese,” I admitted. […]

Vegan Baking Grows Up

I’m not vegan, but I’ve been on a bit of vegan kick lately. There are plenty of health, animal welfare and environmental reasons to adopt a plant-based diet. But my current interest is really more culinary than ethical. I’m seeing a whole lot of great vegan fare on restaurant menus — and often served alongside […]

Mango Salsa

Mango isn’t my all-time favorite fruit, but I do enjoy it in savory dishes, like this spicy-sweet salsa. Prepare this mango salsa at least a few hours ahead and refrigerate so the flavors have a chance to develop. The heat intensifies over time, which I think just makes it better. It’s great with grilled fish […]

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