Dinner on Mother’s Day is tricky—families want to give Mom a break from the kitchen, but they might lack the skills to prepare a festive meal. You could go out to eat, but it’s the busiest day of the year for restaurants, which doesn’t always make for an enjoyable occasion. If you’re looking for a show-stopping entrée that can be on the table in an instant and is easy enough for novice cooks, your search is over. This dish is pretty, it smells fabulous, and it’s intensely flavorful, but the…
Looking for healthful alternatives for a sweetie with diabetes? Give your special person one of these instead of a box of chocolates:
When the talk turns to favorite vegetables, I’m the odd one out. Others choose picked-that-day corn on the cob, sun-warmed tomatoes, baby peas fresh off the vine, or buttery-rich mashed potatoes—and that’s just fine, because it leaves more kale for me.
I first encountered kale in the early 1990s, when I subscribed to an organic-produce delivery service. Every Monday, I’d get a box of fruits and vegetables, one of which was invariably kale. Few cookbooks mentioned it, but a friendly gardener told me that it was delicious sautéed with bacon or…
Makes about 4 cups, or 12 servings
This has been part of my Thanksgiving dinner since I’ve been responsible for cooking it. You can make it a few days ahead or during the lull between getting the turkey in the oven and starting the mashed potatoes. Serve it chilled or at room temperature. Any leftovers are perfect as a spread for leftover turkey sandwiches. It also keeps for eons in the refrigerator.
1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon crystallized ginger or ½ teaspoon…
It’s important to cook the cabbage in a nonreactive pot—one made of stainless steel, anodized (e.g., heavy, dark) aluminum, or that has an enamel or nonstick coating—to keep it from turning blue or developing off flavors. Avoid using shiny aluminum, copper, tin, or cast iron, unless it is very well seasoned. (Follow this link, then scroll down to “Refurbish Your Finish” for step-by-step instructions for seasoning cast iron.)
1 small head red cabbage
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped (do not peel)
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup cider vinegar
This guest blog is by Lisa R. Young, PhD, RD, CDN. Dr. Young is a nutritionist in private practice, an adjunct professor at New York University, and a blogger for the Huffington Post.
While you may have been told to avoid nuts and seeds due to their high fat and caloric content, these tasty gems contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats, and are truly terrific to include in your diet. They contain protein, fiber, and plant stanols, which may help lower cholesterol, and antioxidants including vitamin E.
Research has found that including a serving…
My house was built in the 1880s. Over the years, it’s been renovated and updated to include such modern conveniences as indoor plumbing and electricity, but neither I nor any previous owners have installed the ducts necessary for central air conditioning.
For most of the summer, this isn’t a problem. Plenty of tall trees shade the house, and several industrial fans and strategically opened windows keep the air moving.
When the temperatures soar, though, there’s only so much that trees and fans can do. During a heat wave, I’m not about to…
Here is our summer drink round up for staying hydrated and healthy. Check out more hydrating summer drinks on our Pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/vnsny/hydrating-summer-drinks/ and if you have any favorite drinks of your own, add the link to the comments and we will add them to the Pinterest board.
In Tuscany, bistecca alla fiorentina, or Florentine-style beefsteak, is traditionally made by grilling a thick porterhouse over a wood-burning fire. I use a different steak and a different cooking method, and those two changes aren’t the only ones. Bistecca alla fiorentina, like all traditional recipes, seems to invite liberties—consult twenty cooks and you’ll find twenty recipes. Some use no garlic at all and just rub the steak with olive oil before seasoning with salt and pepper; others use a dozen cloves. Some add rosemary or sage to the garlic paste,…
Once upon a time, asparagus heralded spring. Times have changed, and asparagus is in stores for more than just a few weeks in April and May. Just because you can buy asparagus in December and pomegranates in July doesn’t mean you should. I’m a big believer in eating foods when they are in season. They’re fresher and tastier, and they cost half as much as those that are imported from halfway around the globe.
No matter when you buy asparagus, here’s a secret to choosing the best spears: Look at the…