Food

CRAVE: Chewy chilled noodles make the perfect salad for hot days

As summer sets in, warm bowls of chewy, satisfying ramen and soba can take a refreshing turn to become the center of chilled salads such as hiyashi chuka. The Japanese dish typically is served as a cone of chilled ramen noodles covered with julienned strips of several ingredients, including ...

CRAVE: Rub turns thinner cuts of steak into weekday delights

Thin cuts of steak such as flat iron and hanger are great for weeknight meals because they’re full of flavor and cook up fast. But a flavorful spice rub and quick marinade easily elevate the meat to something special. Pairing it with a simple side of partially mashed chickpeas makes for a ...

CRAVE: Ribbons make zucchini salad a first-rate dish

Spiralizing zucchini into “noodles” often translates into a wan and watery dish, a poor imitation of the pasta it attempts to emulate. Generally, it’s better to let an ingredient shine on its own merits. And for raw zucchini, we didn’t need to look far to find a better answer. The ...

CRAVE: Maple chicken skewers evoke Asia’s street vendors

Street vendors across East Asia scrunch small pieces of meat onto skewers and baste them over hot coals with a sweet and savory sauce. Amid the sizzle and aromatic puffs of smoke, the sauce thickens to a luscious glaze, and — importantly — the meat cooks up fast. This combination of speed ...

CRAVE: Thai chicken stir-fry maximizes flavor with loads of fresh basil

Western cooks too often go too light on fresh herbs, treating them more as garnish than flavoring. We prefer the Thai approach, which uses ingredients such as basil, mint and cilantro by the fistful. Take Thailand’s chicken-and-basil stir-fry — gai pad krapow — which piles on basil, ...

Some Jif peanut butters under recall, linked to salmonella cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers should double-check their jars of Jif peanut butter amid a recall, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. Jif's creamy, crunchy, natural and reduced fat peanut butters have been linked to a salmonella outbreak ...