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Many Irish dishes focus on simple, fresh ingredients that can be purchased close to home. Potatoes long have been a staple of Irish cooking. Brought to Europe by Spanish explorers from the New World, … more
I am not a patient baker. My desserts tend to be free-form, which, in my case, is a polite way of saying messy and imprecise. Fortunately for me, there is a place in the dessert world for my … more
Seafood can be a healthy addition to anyone’s diet, and there are plenty of ways to cook fish. Seafood is often made even more delicious with the right accoutrements - such as a tasty dipping … more
Hosting is a big responsibility that only gets bigger when food is being served. Hosts without much time on their hands to prepare foods for cocktail hour need only a few minutes to whip up the … more
This time of year, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are my go-to protein. You can add them to a grain bowl, a green salad or Caesar, or shred them to make chicken salad, soup, casseroles, one-pot … more
Waiting for bananas to ripen for baking can try anyone’s patience. Laurie McNamara, author of “Simply Scratch: 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy” (Avery), admits she … more
For many of us who love to cook and host on Thanksgiving, one central mystery remains: What to pour?Before I turn to the experts, I’ll offer up three things I do know about wine on this … more
What would the holidays be without platters full of homemade cookies? It’s that time of year for pulling out favorite recipes and filling the house with delicious aromas and delectable … more
Hearty meals are best on cold nights, when food can provide a warming effect after coming in from the cold outdoors. This recipe for “Boeuf Bourguignon” from Jill Lightner’s … more
Here is what I think about risotto: A good risotto should be creamy, but not gummy or soupy. The rice should be tender, with a little give to each bite (al dente). Any accompanying ingredients should … more
Certain dishes that don’t make much sense serving during the summer sound more appealing when the weather is cold. Potpie is one such dish. Cooks who want to try something new with potpie can … more
Peanut butter is used in a multitude of recipes, from savory dishes to desserts. Peanuts are a strong source of protein, fiber and heart-healthy fats, and they’re also rich in potassium and B … more
This recipe is not entirely authentic. I prefer to call it an improvised Ma Po Tofu, because when the craving strikes for this spicy, satisfying Asian soup, but it happens to be a Sunday night in the … more
Lamb is a common component of spring meals. Lamb is a go-to dish for springtime religious celebrations, most notably Easter dinners. Many cultures have their own unique takes on preparing lamb, which … more
Nothing says “celebration” like a ridiculously expensive piece of meat. Well, that’s not really true, but this is the time of year for splurging, in dollars and eating. And with … more
Homecooking is made even more delicious when ingredients are made fresh. more
Most likely, you’ve cooked with red and white wines, but have you tried cooking with rose? Wine is a useful ingredient when cooking. A mere splash can enhance the flavor of soups and stews, … more
During the month of February, when Americans and Canadians celebrate their respective National Heart Months, an emphasis is placed on being heart-healthy. But February is also the month to celebrate … more
In this window of time between Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas excess, take a break from fancy feasts and indulge in a robust and rustic one-pot meal. This wine- and brandy-laced stew is guaranteed … more
My favorite kitchen tool is my stone mortar and pestle. It sits proudly on my kitchen counter, holding its own in a caveman-esque sort of way, flaunting its primal elegance in between the stove and … more
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