Sunday, September 23, 2018

Cooking

Five ideas for cooking with watermelon

Five ideas for cooking with watermelon

Watermelon has always felt indulgent to me: a staple of backyard Fourth of July celebrations, a respite from the summer heat. The last time I had it, I was sipping a watermelon-mint cooler in a Brooklyn cafe, trying to escape the sweltering air that ...
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Grits make a compact cushion for spicy shrimp in this recipe

Grits make a compact cushion for spicy shrimp in this recipe

By Leah EskinGrit is grainy and annoying, as in: Whatís that grit on the countertop? Itís grating, as in: Scrubbing the countertop makes me grit my teeth. It honors pluck: That girlís got grit. Perhaps it could also pinpoint one speck of the breakfas...
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Roasting tomatoes is a delicious way to use them at their summer peak, like in this steak recipe

Roasting tomatoes is a delicious way to use them at their summer peak, like in this steak recipe

Sometimes I spend hours in the kitchen working on new recipes, starting with a kernel of an idea and playing with it a bit, adding stuff here and tweaking stuff there. Other times, I shamelessly steal recipe ideas from my friends. My husband and I we...
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Taste test: Ginger salad dressing

Taste test: Ginger salad dressing

After years of enjoying Japanese restaurants, I have tried numerous times to re-create a delicious ginger salad dressing. Every time, though, I fall short of that tangy-sweet balance and chunky gingery mixture that perks up even a plain, green salad....
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10 ideas for no-cook summer meals

10 ideas for no-cook summer meals

Now that summer is in full swing, the oven roasts my apartment along with my food. Even turning on the stovetop is risky, dooming me to sticky misery for the sake of a single tortilla. Iíve started eating cereal for dinner.Weíve got a couple more mon...
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Tofu gets a bad rap sometimes. Hereís how to make it great.

Tofu gets a bad rap sometimes. Hereís how to make it great.

Tofu has long since ceased to be a special ingredient, especially now that meatless eating has become mainstream. But it still confounds some of us. Perhaps because itís so versatile ó you can do so much with it, you may not know where to start. Plus...
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Stuffed Peppers are easily adaptable, for carnivores and vegans alike

Stuffed Peppers are easily adaptable, for carnivores and vegans alike

Cooking for friends or family members who do not share your tastes, or have special dietary restrictions, is one of my greatest challenges in the kitchen. My brother and his girlfriend are vegans (and I, pretty avowedly, am not). My husbandís still o...
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This chicken recipe is so good it could bring back the balsamic craze

This chicken recipe is so good it could bring back the balsamic craze

I share with you a go-to recipe thatís so simple and versatile that it actually dropped out of my weeknight rotation, because (a) itís "just chicken," and (b) there are so many other chicken dishes to try. I came up with it back when balsamic vinegar...
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Taste test: Coffee-flavored ice cream

Taste test: Coffee-flavored ice cream

Always looking for creative summer desserts, I once tuned in to see a television chef put together an impromptu dinner party with foods she had in her pantry. Dessert, too, was easily arranged from her freezer. She took a few different flavors of gel...
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Summer stone fruit season is the perfect time to make this Cherry Almond Cobbler

Summer stone fruit season is the perfect time to make this Cherry Almond Cobbler

You know the saying: When life hands you a bag of cherries, make cobbler. Itís the season for these stone fruit beauties, and while they work in a ton of recipes both savory and sweet, I wanted to take things in a more dessert-y direction this week....
Updated: 2 months ago