Soups, stocks & stews

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Recipe: Go with the Flow Lentil Soup

I fell in love with lentil soup out of a sense of obligation. On a cold winter day on an early trip to Paris, I stepped inside a small bistro to get out of a frigid winter mist. Why ever did I book a … [Read More...]

My mostly veggie life

Recipe: White beans and greens soup

It's not as if I'm totally rejecting French cuisine. But I have done something in the past three weeks that will likely irk my French chefs. I've shifted my diet to about 85% vegetarian and I've … [Read More...]

ramen noodles

Ramen Soup Revisited: A Flexible, Healthier Strategy

It’s hard to beat the guilty pleasure of instant ramen. The first step to making it a more healthy dish? Throw out the flavor packet, which is little more than an artificially flavored salt lick. Use … [Read More...]

Holiday Recipes

Homemade Delicious Cranberry Bread

Recipe: Mom’s Cranberry Nut Bread

Gently warmed and slathered with butter, this bread tastes like Christmas morning to me. My mother has made this bread every Christmas for the past several years. She doesn't remember where the recipe … [Read More...]

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Fearless Holiday Cooking: Tips from the Pros

                       Holiday meals can cause even confident cooks anxiety. I asked some of my food writer friends for their best … [Read More...]

Cranberry cocktail with lemon twist

14 Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

“I think leftovers are one of the best things about Thanksgiving!” - Amy Sherman of Cooking with Amy.  This was the general consensus when I asked some food writer friends what they do with their … [Read More...]

Cooking fundamentals

Which one tastes the best... to you? There's only one way to find out.

How to do a Comparative Tasting and Why You Should

Salt to taste. If you’ve ever read a recipe, you’ve probably seen that line. Though common, it’s also a common source of confusion for home cooks. “Whose taste?” some ask. The answer, your taste, often leads to more questioning: “What is my taste?” or “What if my taster’s no good?” Salt to taste just means salt […]

Blueberry jam

Recipe: Blueberry Jam Like My Grandpa Charles’

“Who are you?” Mike asked me last week.  “What are you talking about?” I replied. He waved his hand over the counter and dozens of jars of canned jams, jellies and preserves. “Have you become your grandmother? You’re  canning like a maniac.” “No, I am not becoming my grandmother,” I sniffed indignantly. “You read the […]

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A “Cheat Sheet” to Flavor Profiles

What makes something taste Italian or Cajun or Moroccan? Whether crafting vinaigrette, seasoning chicken, or developing a soup, understanding the flavors of ingredients that help to define various cuisines can be deeply useful. Every cuisine has its regional variations; Basque cuisine is vastly different from the classic dishes from Provence, but they’re both French. So […]

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Cooking in Parchment (video lesson)

Cooking en papillote (French for “parchment”) is a wildly overlooked method of cooking in America. It’s an easy method for a quick weeknight dinner that’s also elegant enough for guests. The smell that escapes when the package is reason enough to try it. This works well for salmon and mild-flavored white fish such as snapper, cod and so […]