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  1. A guide to cooking with Asian noodles: what they are and how to use them


    About 10 years ago, American cooks started feeling pretty cocky. They could tell a fettuccine from a pappardelle, a mostaccioli from a penne (the mustaches have the pointy ends). We had this noodle thing dialed. But times change.

    Skinny rice noodles are nestled into an individual serving bowl with thinly sliced steak and a broth that includes ginger, star anise and other spices in Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pho.
  2. Cook Hack: a recipe for making compound butter


    Compound butter: Here's an easy way to impress dinner party guests and add instant flavor to veggies and roasted chicken: compound butter. It's a scientific-sounding term for flavored butter, and it's endlessly customizable; all you need is a stick of butter and anything from chopped herbs or grated lime to …

  3. 5 cooking ideas for cauliflower: soup, steaks, tabbouleh, more


    Cauliflower is certainly the most glamorous member of the cabbage family right now. The cruciferous veggie has been dubbed the next kale of 2015 and is popping up on restaurant menus resembling everything from tabbouleh to buffalo chicken. • It's a good thing, too, because unlike a bitter, leafy green, …

    Sink your teeth into a “cauliflower steak.”
  4. Easy weeknight meals: Shrimp Spoon Bread recipe and more ideas


    Mon | Meatless meal

    Make Roasted Butternut Squash and Onion Pizza a two-night project for simplicity. When you're cooking Sunday night supper, roast diced squash and sliced onions drizzled in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper for 20 minutes in a 400-degree oven. Set aside to cool, …

  5. Food fight: Here's the correct way to roast a marshmallow


    In this series we acknowledge there's just something about certain foods or ways of preparing dishes that people can be simply insufferable about. There is no debate; this is how it should be done. We're going to put ourselves out there and declare how certain things should be done — and release the …
  6. #CookClub bonus: Strawberry Shortcake


    When the strawberries come into season in Florida, the rest of the country is usually shivering cold.

    An easy recipe for Strawberry Shortcake from the Food Network is perfect for Florida's winter strawberry season.
  7. From Salade Nicoise to mussels, recipes for one


    Oh, the single-person-dinner thing.

    In my early 50s, about 10 years ago, I began living alone for the first time in my life when my second child left for college. Always a cook in the category of bountiful, I found myself trolling the frozen food aisles for Stouffer's mac and cheese and Marie Callender's …

Salade Nicoise is a fresh dinner choice.
  8. Cooking for one (or two) means thinking about storage, preparation, selection


    Consider it one of life's mysteries: If 60 percent of American households consist of one or two people, why are zucchini sold in packages of four?

    Ideally, you can shop for vegetables in whatever amounts you need, but if what you want is prepackaged, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your grocer to break up the package so you can buy only what you need. Your purchasing mantra should be “no waste.”
  9. Teas join the cocktail hour fun

    Bars & Spirits

    Darjeeling and Earl Grey: They conjure images of crustless cucumber sandwiches, quilted cozies that look like pope hats and delicate bone china cups wielded by the dowager countess on Downton Abbey. Tea comes with bag(gage), but in the past couple of years it has taken a steep turn (my last tea pun, promise), …

    Berry Bliss Champagne Cocktail
  10. Rotini With Creamy Burger Sauce makes for a rich weeknight meal


    Sure, we're all trying to lose those pesky 10 or 15 or whatever pounds, but that's no reason to not keep a pint of heavy cream in the refrigerator.

    Rotini With Creamy Burger Sauce makes for a fine weeknight meal. It’s flavorful and it comes together quickly.