Food

Crave: An anytime meal any way you stack it

If John Montagu had a nickel for every sandwich consumed since his title became the eponym for the delectable and ingenious food invention, well, he probably would have spent them all at the card table. The fourth Earl of Sandwich, who was fond of gambling, received the name and fame for the ...

Crave: Flavorful bread adds to summer favorite

The first hamburger as we know it (grilled ground-beef patty on a bun) allegedly was made by Oscar Weber Bilby on July 4, 1891, in Oklahoma Territory. Oscar’s burgers were such a hit that he served them every Fourth of July after that, sometimes to as many as 125 friends and neighbors. ...

Crave: Jellies made with edible flowers can complement dishes

Flower jelly is easy to make, and makes a flavorful addition to the pantry. Almost any edible flower can be made into jelly. Because flowers taste differently, a combination of flowers can be used to produce unique flavors to add to a variety of culinary creations. When choosing flowers to ...

Crave: A healthy take on 1-bowl meals

When we think of one-bowl suppers or meals, it’s usually a starch like pasta, rice or mashed potatoes as the base, topped with a mix of meat and vegetables. But these days, lots of folks are looking to replace those carbs with lighter fare. Spaghetti Squash Boats You can substitute ...

Crave: Don’t waste your watermelon rinds; make pickles

Don’t throw away the rinds of your summer watermelons — they’re actually edible. Pickling is one way to use every part of your melon. Adding a small bottle of maraschino cherries gives the pickles a pretty rosy color. Watermelon Rind Pickles Yields 5 pints. Ingredients: 4 to 5 ...

Crave: Make the most of fresh fruit

As delicious as fresh fruit is all on its own, it’s also great to incorporate into your cook-ing and baking. Here are a few fruity recipes to welcome warmer days. Strawberry Spinach Salad Yields 6 servings. Ingredients: Vinaigrette: 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar 1⁄4 cup red wine ...

Crave: Make your own pizza crusts

Homemade pizza is not only delicious, but it can be an adventure. Deciding on the crust, toppings and sauce makes pizza night an event rather than just another meal. Get cooking the best from-scratch pizza right at home — no tip necessary. As the vehicle for transporting pizza toppings, ...

Crave: Sourdough is simpler than it sounds

Creating a sourdough starter from scratch is simple and ultimately marks the beginning of an ongoing relationship. It’s also the most intimidating part of the sourdough-baking process, because it’s often misunderstood. Here are step-by-step instructions for making a starter, as well as a ...

Crave: The secret ingredient for homemade ‘stone soup’

As the days go by, I am being forced to become more creative with my cooking. I’ve always been a fan of stews and hearty soups, and I make them all year round to stock my freezer. That stash has started to run low lately. So it was time to see what I could make out of the slim pickings I had ...

Crave: Make your hot dogs extra crispy

Hot dogs are the first food most of us grilled, and you don’t need a cookbook to show you how. So what special technique could you possibly bring to a food that’s essentially ready to eat when it comes out of the package? Scoring, that’s what. Cutting a crisscross pattern in the hot ...

Crave: No frosting, no fuss with 2 simple chocolate cakes

When you need a cake without much fuss, try these recipes. They don’t use any fancy or uncommon ingredients, and they can be baked quickly in a simple square or rectangular pan. Mahogany Cake This chocolate cake is so rich and moist that it doesn’t really need frosting. The secret ...

Crave: Making bread when supplies are scarce

LONDON — Are you struggling to find bread flour and fresh yeast at the moment? If so, you’re not alone. With millions of people across the globe stuck at home due to lockdown measures imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, many people are choosing to make their own bread, rather than ...

Crave: Cooking outdoors? Remember to season your grill

Unless you are like me and grill year-round, the warmer weather signals the start of the grilling season. This spring especially, as millions of us are told to stay home, a trip outside to the backyard or patio is a welcome change. If you have a new grill or have taken one out of winter ...

Crave: Tips for crispy pickles

When it comes to making crispy pickles, heat is the enemy. But while you could guarantee crisp pickles by never subjecting them to heat, that would mean avoiding the canner, which is necessary for long-term storage. When you’re making pickles from your surplus, the challenge becomes how to ...

Crave: Simple, healthy roasted veggies

Cooking at home more these days? Here’s a primer on a basic technique for creating simple, healthy meals: roasting vegetables. If you love ordering deeply caramelized, crispy Brussels sprouts, carrots or cauliflower from a restaurant but have never made them yourself, now is your chance to ...

Crave: For an impressive flan, timing is everything

A classic flan is an impressive dessert if you have some eggs on hand. Don’t skip the hot water bath in this recipe. It insulates the custard from the direct heat of the oven and promotes even cooking so the edges don’t overcook before the center is done. Very hot tap water will do. The ...

Crave: Cheesecake without the fuss

When you need a stellar dessert but don’t want to put in much work, no-bake cheesecake has your back. It’s comforting and rich, and it’s exceptionally easy to make. This recipe calls for a pre-made graham cracker crust and pie filling, but you could just as easily swap out your own ...

Crave: Get creative with your pantry during quarantine

Just about now, you might be tired of cooking and eating what’s in your refrigerator. We are all used to asking “What’s for dinner?” What are we in the mood for — pizza, sushi, Mexican? And then going to a restaurant to get it. Now, with the coronavirus forcing many of us to stay ...

Crave: Make your own ricotta

Most cheeses are produced with circumstances or tools that are tricky to replicate in a typical kitchen. For instance, cheddar requires a cave-style curing area that maintains a constant temperature, while mozzarella needs hand-stretching to come out smooth. But ricotta is exceptionally ...

Crave: Poach your chicken for juicy, flavorful results

This time of year, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are my go-to protein. You can add them to a grain bowl, a green salad or Caesar, or shred them to make chicken salad, soup, casseroles, one-pot meals, etc. But so often they are dried out and tasteless. You know what I mean: that flat, ...