Food

Make this green bean casserole ahead of the party and relax

Green bean casserole is a holiday staple, so we set out to develop a version that could be assembled in advance to make our holiday cooking easier. To ensure that the flavor of the casserole didn't become dull in the freezer, we boosted flavor by using plenty of garlic, white wine and ...

Roasting gets Brussels sprouts caramelized on the outside

Roasting is an easy way to produce Brussels sprouts that are caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. To ensure that we achieved this balance, we started by roasting them covered with foil; tossing them in a little bit of water to create a steamy environment helped cook them ...

Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing or Dressing

So, what do you say, dressing or stuffing? Technically, it's dressing if it's cooked in a pan and stuffing if it's cooked inside the bird. However, which word you choose seems to have more to do with where you come from: Midwestern or Southern folks often call it dressing, regardless of where ...

This apple crisp gets an unlikely boost from cranberries

Although it's hard to imagine that apple crisp needs much improvement, we liked the tartness and texture that cranberries added to one of our favorite standard dessert recipes. The challenges were balancing the fruit flavors and making sure that the filling baked evenly while the topping stayed ...

Want a crisp and moist turkey with mahogany skin? No sweat

Unless you have access to multiple ovens, only a very large turkey will do when you've got a crowd coming to dinner. But finding a container large enough to brine a gargantuan bird can be tricky, and turning the bird in the oven (our usual method for evenly cooked meat) can be tricky. We ...

Ugly and also delicious – Pickled Pepper Pull-Apart Beef sandwich

Many people who grew up outside the South think that all Southern food is the same. But this is far from the truth. You can live one county away and your food experience and your definition of Southern food is completely different. Sheri Castle is my favorite Southern cook of that nature. I ...

Forget the mess: This shepherd’s pie uses only one skillet

Despite its status as a classic comfort food, there's nothing comforting about the many steps and piles of dirty dishes that shepherd's pie usually requires. Using the cast-iron skillet as our sauteing, baking, and serving pan streamlined the process. We used ground beef as our base and added ...

Discover the secret ingredient for creating a great chili

Ground beef chili is way more convenient than chili made with whole chunks of meat, but a truly great version requires a few tricks. To keep the meat moist and tender, we treated it with salt and baking soda. Both ingredients helped the meat hold on to moisture, so it stayed juicy and didn't ...

Our turkey meatloaf offers a lighter take on the classic

Don't overlook the benefits of a good meatloaf; though humble, it can be just the thing for a comforting meal, and leftovers make great sandwiches. Turkey meatloaf offers a lighter take on the classic, but because store-bought ground turkey is fine and pasty, it often comes out dense and ...

Our creamy scalloped potatoes has a browned, cheesy crust

In our experience, most recipes for scalloped potatoes take hours of work yet still produce unevenly cooked potatoes in a heavy, curdled sauce. This version is faster than most and produces layer upon layer of thinly sliced, tender potatoes, creamy sauce, and nicely browned, cheesy ...

Cauliflower shows its versatility with Cauliflower Tots

There is no question that cauliflower has been having a long, popular moment. I was already a cauliflower fan, even a cauliflower lover, mostly favoring sliced and broken chunks of cauliflower tossed with a generous amount of olive oil, sprinkled with a liberal amount of salt, and roasted to a ...

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 ...

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 ...

The secret to deep-dish apple pie? Precooking apples

There's no better way to enjoy fall's abundant apple harvest than in a towering deep-dish pie. Unfortunately, this dessert often yields unevenly cooked, shrunken apples swimming in an ocean of their own exuded juices atop a pale, soggy crust. We wanted each slice to be dense with juicy ...

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 ...

Adore pumpkin cheesecake? Make a portable version

With a tangy, rich flavor and velvety consistency, cheesecake's characteristic qualities make it well-suited to variation: Lemon cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, and berry cheesecake are all common. But our favorite variation might just be pumpkin cheesecake. We love the way the tangy cream ...

A blueberry tart that simply works, so you don’t have to

Before our annual circuit around the sun forces us to kiss off the blueberry season, I urge one and all to try this blueberry tart. Super-tasty and much simpler to make than the standard recipe, it features the usual buttery bottom crust, loaded with gobs of fresh berries and topped off with a ...

This Spanish-inspired seafood dish is a simple one-pot meal

This Spanish-inspired seafood dish is a simple one-pot meal. You can substitute halibut, sea bass, or haddock for the cod in this recipe. Other varieties of hard, cured sausage (such as linguica) can be substituted for the Spanish chorizo; we do not recommend using fresh chorizo. When ...

10-minute back-to-school breakfasts

When health is on your mind but time is not on your side, reach for these easy meal options to start the day. You want your family to wake up to a breakfast packed with whole grains and healthy nutrients, but you also want to get everyone out the door on time. Here’s a few smart ideas to ...

Have your fruity beverage, and drink it, too

It’s summer. It’s hot. And chances are, you’re feeling extra thirsty. We know drinking water can be boring, but we also know that sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet. A 20-ounce soda, for example, can have between 15 and 18 teaspoons of ...

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