Most cooks reserve gravy-making for their annual Thanksgiving turkey pan drippings. But delicious gravy doesn’t need the Thanksgiving holiday or a bird. Tease out flavor from sautéed shallots and marry them with a light roux and some chicken stock. Spoon it over mashed potatoes or serve as a dip with potato tots.
Finding one masa dough recipe to use for several different tamale fillings can be difficult. This basic recipe yields a light, fluffy dough that can be used for practically any tamale you can come up with. What to buy: Lard, or rendered pork fat, gives masa dough its distinct piggy flavor. You can make your […]
These seven-layer bars, a.k.a. magic bars, are the ideal gateway dessert recipe for nonbakers. They only take one pan and require no mixing of ingredients. Just melt butter in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish, sprinkle it with crushed graham crackers, and layer on the coconut, chocolate chips, and nuts. Sweetened condensed milk binds it all together […]
This simple sauce is fabulous on everything from chicken to sandwiches.
Despite wild rice’s name, the majority of it available on supermarket shelves is now actually farmed, cultivated in flooded paddies in California and culled by machine. (Technically, it’s not rice either, but a type of long-grain marsh grass.) Genuine wild rice is still harvested by hand via canoe, mostly by the Ojibwe peoples of Minnesota […]
Berry cobbler can be thrown together in minutes if you start with a store-bought pie crust. Any combination of berries, with the exception of strawberries (too watery), will work, so use what’s in season and ripe. Pair the cobbler with some vanilla ice cream, and an easy summer dessert is ready for the table. If […]
Commercial vegetable broths hijack dishes with their strangely sweet or acidic aftertaste. In this recipe, the classic mirepoix flavors of celery, onion, and carrot harmonize with earthy mushrooms and herbs. Use this rich, savory broth to accentuate soups, braises, or stews. This dish was featured as part of our Recipes for Spring Ingredients photo gallery.
If you have never made your own tomato sauce, this is a great starter recipe. But even if you’re a pro, this sauce is a great base on which to riff. Try it in an easy chicken parm recipe. Game plan: If you’ve canned your own tomatoes, they can be used here. Just put the […]
Have you ever seen those packets of flavored tuna in the grocery store? They were on sale once and I got curious, so I bought a few. The idea was interesting, but the execution failed, IMHO. So what did I do? MAKE MY OWN. #storyofmylife I chose this Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad as my […]
I’m living off refrigerator salads all summer, what about you? Oh, you don’t know what a refrigerator salad is? It’s a salad that holds up well to refrigeration (doesn’t go limp and soggy like lettuce), and a meal prepper’s best friend. During the summer months I love mixing up a big batch of refrigerator salads, […]