Food

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 ...

Flavorful, well-marbled short ribs with crunchy crust

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Flavorful, well-marbled short ribs seem like the perfect candidate for grilling, but getting the texture just right can be a challenge. We wanted meltingly tender meat with the nicely browned exterior that the grill provides_without having to constantly fiddle with ...

Say hello to a new favorite summertime snack

Listen up, men, this one’s for you. June is not just about Father’s Day. It’s also Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to raise awareness for men’s health with a focus on prevention. We all know exercise, a good diet, hydration, and getting plenty of sleep are key factors of overall ...

Turkey cuts that will make you want to eat it more than once a year

Every November, we wonder why we don’t eat turkey more often. It’s high in protein, low in calories, affordable, and can instantly turn any side dish into an entrée. But I think we can all agree, preparing the whole bird is a labor of love we can justifiably reserve for special occasions. ...

5 reasons dietitians hope avocado craze never ends

If you’re not eating avocado toast every morning, chances are you’ve at least seen it in your social media feed. For a few good reasons, millennials are obsessed with this creamy green fruit, and dietitians are, too. Here’s why we hope this trend is here to stay. 1. Avocados contain ...

Milk alternatives: Choosing the right one for you

Lactose-free, dairy-free, plant-based — these are all labels you might find on beverages meant to replace cow’s milk. And with the demand for these products on the rise — especially for people with dairy or lactose intolerances and anyone trying to include more plant-based foods in their ...

Sugar Substitutes: The good, the bad, and the really sweet

They’re everywhere. In low-calorie ice creams, yogurts, breakfast bars, diet sodas, and more. Stevia, tagatose, erythitol — and blends of all of the above — these are just a few examples of the sugar substitutes you might find on an ingredient list. But what are they, why are they ...

Should you be taking a fiber supplement?

Perhaps this is a better question: Are you getting at least 28 grams of fiber per day? That’s the recommended daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Turns out the average American only gets 15 or 16 grams of fiber each day. While many dietitians encourage clients to consume fiber-rich ...

How the cauliflower can morph into movie night snack

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN Associated Press Years ago, I was attempting to reverse my daughter Valentine's disdain for cauliflower. She was always my veggie-loving kiddo, so I was stumped by her dislike of one my favorites. Who doesn't love roasted cauliflower florets, with those crispy ...

Healthy snacks can prevent you from overeating

By Laura Schmidt RD, LD 5 things you should know about Hy-Vee’s Dietitian Energy Bites, plus a few healthier snack ideas to get you through the week. You may have seen them on display in your local Hy-Vee. They’re the cookie dough-shaped balls that look too good to be healthy. So, what ...