Food

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 ...

Crave: Add some gelatin to your cake

Until the 1890s, gelatin — a substance made from the collagen in animal skin and bones — was odorless, colorless and tasteless. But when Jell-O was invented in 1897, the flavored product found its way into all kinds of dessert recipes. Here’s a good way to use flavored gelatin for summer: ...

Crave: Enjoy the bounty of summer fresh from your garden

Despite its nagging demands for water and protection from pests, your backyard garden is your biggest resource all summer long. From salads and salsas, to main dishes and dessert, relish your backyard abundance. Avocado Corn Salad The flavors of Mexico combine to make this salad ...

Crave: Relish a zucchini-based hamburger topping

Reports on food safety can be alarming, and many people have started their own gardens to counteract such concerns, in addition to yearning for more flavorful produce. Folks also are learning that great taste doesn’t need to end when the harvest is finished. As the season continues, the ...

Crave: A flower-infused syrup to flavor drinks and more

You don’t have to grow elderberries to have access to elderflowers. In the spring, take a drive in the countryside and be on the lookout for the big, lacy white blooms along the road. If fresh flower season has passed, don’t despair — dried elderflowers work, too! Elderflower ...

Crave: Reboot morning routine with breezy breakfast solutions

With a little advanced planning, healthy morning meals can easily become part of your weekly routine. Too much planning can be prohibitive, however. Choose two or three recipes to tackle on any given week and then stock up on breakfast basics — plain yogurt, eggs, good bread for toast, and ...

Crave: Use zucchini noodles to transform traditional pasta dish

Any day you can replace starchy pasta with a vegetable is a good food day in my book. So the classic spaghetti and meatballs gets a modern makeover here. This dish really satisfies without leaving you feeling stuffed and bloated. Make extra meatballs (double the recipe) and freeze them for ...

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 ...