Food

Make a buttery crumb cake with a lightly spiced topping

The essence of crumb cake is the balance between the buttery cake and the thick, lightly spiced topping. Starting with our favorite yellow cake recipe, we realized we needed to reduce the amount of butter or the richness would be overwhelming. We also wanted our crumb topping to be soft and ...

Pasta loaded with tender bites of sausage, kale and beans

We had our hearts set on a one-pot pasta loaded with tender bites of browned sausage, hearty kale, and creamy cannellini beans. To streamline the recipe, rather than boil the pasta separately or remove the sausage from the pot once it had browned, we built flavor in layers, allowing the ...

Stout beer adds richness to this gingerbread bundt cake

In our opinion, gingerbread is only worth eating if its flavor is unmistakably bold and spicy. For our gingerbread bundt cake, the standard liquid combination of mild molasses and water seemed lackluster. Robust molasses had more presence in our scaled-up cake, and we replaced the water with ...

Robust grilled cheese sandwiches for adults, not just kids

Grilled cheese has a kids' menu reputation, but just a few tweaks make it a sophisticated dinner option. To create a sandwich with more robust flavor and personality without going overboard on toppings and additions, we focused on the cheese. Our recipe began by mixing flavorful aged cheddar ...

Start a classic brunch with a stack of airy, tangy pancakes

A stack of fluffy, golden pancakes is the perfect starting place for a standout brunch, delivering piping hot cakes with distinct sweet tang and an open, airy texture. Buttermilk was a must_it contributed to the pancakes' flavor and, with some leavening help from small amounts of baking powder ...

COOKING ON DEADLINE: One-Pot Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

Mexican hot chocolate is a beloved beverage made from chocolate (yup, got it) and often cinnamon and another spice or two to bring up the heat. The combination of spicy and chocolate just plain works, and I wanted to see how it would translate into another beloved treat, the good old American ...

For Sunday supper, try something bold, classic and easy

Puttanesca, a classic Italian sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, anchovies, capers, and olives, offers bold flavor and comes together fairly quickly_perfect for a Sunday supper. Cooking the tomato sauce in a skillet and then cooking the pasta directly in the sauce made things even speedier. For ...

A chicken that’s tender and juicy, thanks to a beer can

A few weeks ago, a new friend of mine asked me to make beer-can chicken. He had never had it before and had always wanted to try it. At first, I was surprised because_to me_beer-can chicken is as common as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But then, I posed the question to the other people ...

For a delicious lamb stew, bring on the Instant Pot

Beef usually hogs the spotlight when it comes to stews, but there are plenty of other meats that can star in this quintessential, cold-weather comfort food. Pork, chicken and here, lamb, a big favorite of my younger son, Charlie. This rich meat also takes well to many flavor combos, and in ...

Try a simplified meaty pasta sauce that has no flavor lost

Authentic lasagna Bolognese is all about the meaty, luxurious ragu. Typically, the rich sauce is bound between thin sheets of pasta along with a creamy bechamel sauce and Parmesan cheese. To simplify the process and keep our Ragu alla Bolognese in the spotlight, we decided to replace the ...

Ditch the store-bought raspberry jam for a jar made at home

Store-bought raspberry jam can be a disappointment, tasting more like gummy candy than raspberries. We wanted a jam bursting with fresh fruit flavor, and we started by finding the perfect balance of fruit and sugar. For intense fruit flavor, we added a grated Granny Smith apple. Traditionally, ...

Make taco night into an easy one-dish meal with a beef bake

Our spicy beef taco bake packs all the great texture and flavor of taco night into an easy one-dish meal that could easily be prepped ahead of time. We used 93 percent lean ground beef instead of the usual 90 percent because we found that excess grease pooled on the bottom of the dish if ...

Chuck roast sings after a slow grill and some smoke flavor

For our Shredded Barbecued Beef, we cut a chuck roast into quarters. The smaller pieces of beef absorbed more smoke flavor and cooked much faster. After cooking the meat in a disposable roasting pan on the cooler side of the grill for a few hours, we flipped all four pieces, wrapped the pan in ...

Bring 2 beloved desserts into 1 with an ice cream cake

The appeal of ice cream cake is obvious: These two beloved desserts belong together, and a cold, creamy slice of ice cream cake is far more satisfying than a scoop of ice cream haphazardly dolloped onto a slice of cake. We wanted to develop a basic ice cream cake that would be a hit at any ...

Grind your own turkey thigh for great-tasting, juicy burgers

Most turkey burgers are dry, bland, or loaded up with flavor-blunting fillers. To create juicy, well-textured turkey burgers, we ditched store-bought ground turkey in favor of a home-ground turkey thigh, which boasts more fat and flavor. To ensure that our turkey burger recipe delivered ...

Why buy popsicles when you can make healthier ones at home?

Multicolored popsicles are fun and festive, but store-bought versions are loaded with sugar, corn syrup, and artificial colorings_and their lackluster flavor leaves something to be desired. To make an ultra-flavorful, naturally sweetened version that would please kids and adults alike, we ...

How to turn campfire favorite s’mores into an ice cream cake

The combination of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows is irresistible. We wanted to take each element of s'mores and reimagine this beloved campfire snack as a magnificent ice cream cake. Combining warm, gooey s'mores with ice cream may sound like a mess, but we found a way to add the ...

A streamlined way for making veggie casserole

This colorful vegetable casserole has a striking look but a simple approach. A tian is an assortment of roasted vegetables cooking in a shallow dish, sometimes with cheese or au gratin. Arranging slices of moisture-rich zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes over the uncooked orzo and baking ...

An easy, delicious and rustic cherry cobbler

For an easy, rustic dessert, you really can’t beat a cobbler. With a fleet of tender biscuits floating on a sea of sweet fruit, a good cobbler can hold its own against any fancy cake or pastry. For our cast-iron skillet cherry cobbler, we looked to jarred, pitted cherries in syrup to deliver ...

Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts

NEW YORK — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated? Browse supermarket shelves, and it's easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That's because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice they say helps people enjoy treats with less guilt ...