Food

Crave: Taking things slow

As the leaves change color and the first day of fall looms on our calendars, our thoughts of food turn to dishes more suited to colder temperatures. One kitchen gadget that comes in handy during this time of year is the slow cooker. In my kitchen cabinets you can find two slow cookers—a ...

Crave: Build a better burger

Some historians claim that hamburgers come from Germany. Others suggest the ancient Egyptians enjoyed beef patties. There’s also the story about the Mongols packing beef to travel and unwittingly inventing hamburgers because the meat was squashed from being packed so tightly beneath their ...

Crave: Celebrate autumn with these great pumpkin recipes

Fall is almost here, and even if it doesn’t yet feel like it in your neck of the woods, now is as good a time as any to start celebrating. There’s so much to love about fall—summer’s oppressive heat is finally subsiding in the wake of beautifully crisp days, made even more spectacular ...

Crave: Game on

The fall season brings with it excitement for multiple things: cooler weather, putting up vegetables and meat for winter, and hunting season, to name a few. Hunting season, for many, comes with much anticipation. Each year is another chance to bag the big one, try out your new gear and ...

Crave: From quick shortcuts to crock pots, how we’re eating now

In normal times, food trends often started in restaurants, with top chefs. Maybe they got written up in food magazines or blogs. After some time, you could find the trending ingredients on grocery store shelves. These days, the pandemic is determining how and what we eat, from quick shortcuts ...

Crave: How to dine like a Dane

As a child, I looked forward to winter mornings when Mom took the special æbleskiver pan from the cupboard. The kitchen soon filled with the delicious aroma of the sweet, round treats that connected me to my ancestors. Æbleskive are a tasty tradition in my family, offering a glimpse into ...

Crave: Back-to-school season calls for easy sheet-pan suppers

If you are a teacher or a parent, back-to-school season can mean a ramped-up schedule with less time to cook. If you’re a college student in your first apartment or dorm room, you might be cooking for yourself for the first time. And no matter who you are, the pandemic means you’re probably ...

Crave: A Scandinavian spread

In colloquial English, the word “smorgasbord” is used to describe “a delightful (if not overwhelming) array of choices,” and rightly so. The true and original meaning of the word relates to the traditional Scandinavian smörgåsbord that originated in Sweden, where myriad dishes were ...

Crave: Tried & true family recipes

If my house was burning down, the one item I’d grab would be a cookbook. But not just any cookbook — my great-grandmother’s handwritten recipes in an aged, olive-green, water-stained binder simply titled “Receipts,” the old-fashioned word for recipes. This binder represents my ...

Crave: Picnic perfection

A picnic is a great way to make the most of warm temperatures while they last. And what picnic would be complete without a pile of crispy fried chicken? Perfect Fried Chicken Ingredients: 1 broiler-fryer chicken, cut into serving pieces 1⁄2 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄4 teaspoon ...

Crave: Edible flowers can make dinner vibrant and tasty, too

Starving for that delicious-looking appetizer, you reach for those crispy little nuggets of deep-fried mushrooms, but … What the heck? Golden and delectable, those morsels turn out to be tasty little dandelion flower buds that have been fried up soft, tender, and reminiscent of wild morel ...

Crave: Versatile eggs work at start, end of day

If you happen to be one of the growing number of people who own chickens, sooner or later you’ll be faced with the task of figuring out what to do when your hens have been particularly generous. How about trying a few new and different recipes that feature the very thing you need to use up? ...

Crave: Winner, winner chicken dinners

Chicken is one of those versatile foods that delivers comfort in a multitude of ways. Hungry for Italian or Tex-Mex? How about Chinese? No problem; chicken fits the bill. Chicken is economical and readily available, and it cooks quickly and with ease. It’s good for any occasion, be it a ...

Crave: New ways to cook outside

Grilled fare doesn’t need to be limited to traditional hamburgers and hot dogs. The grill is an extremely versatile mode of cooking, and it can even handle baked goods like bread with the right preparation. Here are three tasty recipes to make outdoors — a variation on classic kabobs, and ...

Crave: A stunning summer feast

Grilled meat and fresh veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers are hallmarks of warm-weather cooking, and here’s a menu that takes full advantage of them — perfect for a summer evening. South-of-the-Border Burgers Yields 6 servings. Ingredients: 2 pounds ground bison or lean ground beef 3 ...

Crave: Baked beans for all seasons

Baked beans are just as welcome at summer barbecues as they are at winter socials. They can be a side dish, a main course, or easy leftovers. They even go well on a breakfast plate. Baked Beans with Salt Pork Ingredients: 2 pounds mixed dried beans 6 ounces salt pork, cut into ...

Crave: Make jerky at home

Jerky—meat that has been dried to a very low moisture content and usually does not require refrigeration—is a favorite food for many Americans. In days gone by, jerky was made to preserve meat while it was plentiful and was eaten when fresh meat was scarce. It’s still prized as a light, ...

Crave: Chill out with these cold dishes

When the mercury rises, hot food is probably the last thing you crave. Beat the heat with these cool dishes, both sweet and savory. PearFreezer Pops Yields 4 freezer pops. Ingredients: 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 ripe pears, peeled and ...

Crave: Try these unique takes on pasta salad

What better side dish for a summer cookout than a tangy, zesty pasta salad? Here are a few options to spice up your next barbecue — from Greek flavors to a Southwestern-style crowd pleaser. Zesty Shrimp Pasta Salad Ingredients: 8 ounces rotini pasta, cooked and drained 1 1⁄2 cups ...

Crave: Add more nuts to your menu

A handful of nuts, raw or roasted with a touch of salt, are delicious all on their own. They’re easy to take on the go, and they serve as a nutritional powerhouse with a wealth of nutrients, making them a great choice for snacking any time of the day. Here are a couple of ways to work more of ...