This Halloween, I expect I'll accompany my sons, Oliver and Alexander, to a party at the home of their school friends and maybe even to a few neighborhood houses to ring the doorbell and yell, "Trick or treat!" Lots of candy will be involved, of course, and maybe my boys will even indulge their papa's sweet tooth just a little bit...Read more
I am always searching for side dishes that can accompany main courses without overpowering them. This is a recipe that does just that. Rice and noodles combined with toasted almonds and red peppers is one of my favorite autumn side dishes. The flavors are simple so you can pair many entrees with this dish.
When shopping for the rice, look for ...Read more
This truly tasty half-hour vegetarian chili is made possible by using convenient canned beans and tomatoes (no pantry should be without them). Whole-grain bulgur adds another layer of toothsome texture and nutritional heft. This chili is relatively mild, so it's a good crowd-pleaser. If you like it spicy, add extra chili powder or serve with hot...Read more
I blame my mom. Growing up eating her hearty Italian pasta dinners has made nearly all other grains seem insubstantial. Rice is good, but you have to eat more of it to get full. Wheatberries are filling, but they take too long to cook. Couscous is, well, wimpy. That's right, ...Read more
This Thai curry can be whipped up in less time than it takes to call for takeout, so put the phone down and get in the kitchen. It's also meatless, but thanks to hearty vegetables like butternut squash and broccoli, plus creamy coconut milk, it's immensely satisfying and has all the ...Read more
If you've been limiting your slider consumption to just burgers, I encourage you to broaden your horizons. Grab a muffin pan, a carton of eggs and a tube of biscuit dough -- it's time to bring these bite-sized sandwiches to breakfast.
With all the ingredients baked in a single muffin pan, ...Read more
Even those with a mere casual interest in wine know the term "wine country" applies to Napa, California, Sonoma, California, parts of California's Central Coast, parts of Oregon and parts of Washington. Beyond those well-established viticultural boundaries, however, there is a blossoming culture of winemakers who are not content with the ...Read more
Nothing More, Nothing LessAshley Dukart
When Brandon finds that his mother committed suicide, he blames himself for her decision. His guilt drives his young life into a downward spiral of drugs, drug-dealing, and violent repercussions when his “business partners” don’t get what they want. Haunted by the...
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I like Halloween more than Christmas. My husband and I used to have huge celebrations on Halloween. We’d throw a costume party and would invite friends over for food and drinks. Although we no longer ...Read more
Formal Halloween parties are full of orange-and-black-colored treats and tempters. One day a year, though, just isn't enough. Like all of the coffeehouses and bakeries in our neighborhoods that advertise spook day goodies well ahead of the holiday, why not make every day in your house that is prior to Halloween an homage to orange and black ...Read more
It's apple season. The stores are filled with colorful displays of crisp, juicy apples. Tart Granny Smith apples lightly coated with maple syrup make a perfect topping for sauteed veal cutlets. I created this dinner after tasting several different types of maple syrup at this year's Fancy Food Show. The veal takes only 2 or 3 minutes to cook. It...Read more
In October, many home cooks turn their thoughts toward the entertaining soon to come, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas to New Year's. While such advance planning can be both fun and sensible, it also can have a serious drawback: It shortchanges opportunities for ...Read more
The frost is on the punkin now, as the iconic American poet James Whitcomb Riley liked to say. At least it is in areas where they grow "punkins" and have frost. So it must be time for my annual "hearty red wines for cold weather" column.
It's not that we give up white wines for the season. We don't. Whites go very nicely with lighter foods, ...Read more
Creamy, loaded with protein-rich beans and heart-healthy olive oil, what's not to like about hummus? For those looking to swap out their chips and dip for something healthier, hummus is the perfect answer. It pairs well with raw veggies or whole grain bread for an ...Read more
In my best-case scenario for celebrating an anniversary, I imagine an intimate seaside resort with lush landscaping, waterfalls and beach lounges that call out your name. A small stretch of beach might give the impression you are on your own private island. Warm breezes accent the mesmerizing ocean waves as you sip your favorite cocktail.
The ...Read more
There's no time like All Hallows Eve to bake a festive batch of pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies. For bigger hits of chocolate goodness, use chopped bittersweet chocolate in place of the chips. And hold on to the leftover pumpkin puree -- it's yummy stirred into your morning oatmeal or yogurt.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
The gluten-free cupcake had become my nemesis. Cupcakes are a household favorite, and not having this in our recipe binder made not only my kids sad, but me as well. Maybe not sad, but more disappointed. However, several failed attempts at making both vanilla and chocolate gluten-...Read more
A phenomenal classic Caesar salad is sort of like a unicorn -- they are both rare and elusive -- but a really good Caesar salad is much easier to find than a unicorn. The tools and ingredients needed to make an exceptional Caesar salad can be found in almost every kitchen, and the techniques...Read more
Buttery and slightly sweet, hazelnuts are one of the most delicious treasures of Oregon. Family-owned hazelnut orchards -- nestled between the temperate sweet spot of the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains -- completely capture the beauty of the Pacific Coast. It's the last, but certainly not least of the eight regions that I feature in my ...Read more
If you have even a passing interest in wine, you've no doubt heard that wine enhances the dining experience. Entire books are dedicated to explaining which wines go best with what foods. For the most part, wine-pairing advice is well-thought out, and it will no doubt impress family and friends when you follow the suggestions.
But there is ...Read more