Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cooking

Taste test: red velvet cake mixes

Taste test: red velvet cake mixes

Sorry, restaurateurs, but Valentine’s Day can be one of the worst evenings to eat out — especially if you like great food, prompt service and intimate dining. Restaurants can be crowded and loud, and the staff can be stressed and rushed. So if it’s n...
Published: 02/13/18
Recipe for sweet and sour cauliflower that’s not too sweet

Recipe for sweet and sour cauliflower that’s not too sweet

Washington PostHere’s the truth about sweet and sour dishes: One cook’s sweet is another cook’s sour. That is, the balance between the two is highly subjective. Take lemonade, the most beloved sweet and sour beverage that comes to mind. I prefer it o...
Updated one month ago
Engagement Chicken may not lead to lasting love, but it does dress to impress

Engagement Chicken may not lead to lasting love, but it does dress to impress

Frankly, the very idea behind Engagement Chicken makes me a little twitchy. It is essentially this: Make this chicken for your boyfriend and he will propose because you have proven you are a true woman now that you know your way around a roasted bird...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/21/18
Stories of food and romance from our readers

Stories of food and romance from our readers

We asked our readers to share a romantic food story or an especially memorable meal with their loved one. Here are some of our favorite submissions. Camping meal with flairA year before we married, Bob and I went on a camping trip to Key West, testin...
Updated one month ago
From the food editor: Recipe for my husband’s favorite Chicken and Dumplings, with a twist

From the food editor: Recipe for my husband’s favorite Chicken and Dumplings, with a twist

I really couldn’t tell you why, out of all the many dishes I have made for my husband, his favorite remains a chicken and dumplings dish from about five years ago. I remember it being good, but nothing too special, a pretty standard creamy sauce stud...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: reduced-fat chocolate milk

Taste test: reduced-fat chocolate milk

One of my children loved milk growing up, but the other wouldn’t touch it. The only way to get milk into her system was to mix it with heaping tablespoons of chocolate syrup. After a while, it was just easier to break down and buy chocolate milk. Tha...
Updated one month ago
Recipe for One-Pot Beans and Greens

Recipe for One-Pot Beans and Greens

Beans and greens are a staple dish served in many cultures around the world.But the best way to cook beans and greens is a hotly debated topic: Which greens? What beans? Add meat to the pot for flavoring, or skip it altogether? And how long do they n...
Updated one month ago
Creamless White Bean and Garlic Soup big on protein, fiber and flavor

Creamless White Bean and Garlic Soup big on protein, fiber and flavor

White bean soup with garlic is a classic comfort dish in the Mediterranean region. Usually, it’s loaded with heavy cream, which also loads up the fat and calories. My version uses no cream at all, getting its body from adding extra garlic plus a lone...
Updated one month ago
North African Carrot and Chickpea Salad exotic, easy

North African Carrot and Chickpea Salad exotic, easy

By Melissa D’ArabianI first tasted harissa when I was 19 and traveled on a lone adventure to Tunisia after spending a semester abroad in France. I browsed the open markets, with their appealing drapey white cotton clothing. I was particularly drawn t...
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At St. Petersburg urban farms Wunderfarms, growing and giving back go hand in hand

At St. Petersburg urban farms Wunderfarms, growing and giving back go hand in hand

ST. PETERSBURGe_SDLqThey’re the James Dean of the garden," Ray Wunderlich III says. He is giving a tour of a plot in Edgemoor, where leaves of lettuce sprout from the damp earth in vibrant, almost unreal, shades of chartreuse and plum. "Beautiful," h...
Updated one month ago