SPILLING THE BEANS

Inching toward a plant-based, whole grain life.

As Cinderella would say, there's no ball like a matzo ball

These matzo balls are delicately textured, yet full-flavored globes of hardy goodness.

To end up with a rich broth, no need to marry a millionaire

To transform a good stock into a soulful broth, the hallmark of any respectable matzo ball soup, you need to add vegetables.

On the road to matzo ball soup, the first stop is poached chicken

This crazy recipe from Jeff Smith, known as The Frugal Gourmet, involves leaving a chicken in hot water for an hour until it's gently and perfectly done.

Chipotle in adobo: Put that in your meatball and smoke it

Everything’s better with a sweet and spicy meatball.

No tomatoes needed for this quick red sauce

I have a secret girl-crush on The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, who writes a blog and has a Food Network TV show...

Keep warm with Italian sausage and beans

I had one serving for my dinner then, a day or so later, my husband sent me a text at work that included a photo of the empty dish.

Rescuing spaghetti squash from years of bad marketing

Here’s one thing I know for sure. Spaghetti squash tastes nothing like spaghetti. 

Salad in a jar means healthy lunch in my belly

Generally, I’m not crazy about food gimmicks. I’m suspicious of miraculous shortcuts involving cake mixes, coffee cans or cooking breakfast under the hood of your...

Mining the stacks: One-Pot Curried Cauliflower Rice

We’re preparing to begin a remodeling project at home and I have been forced to contend with my various piles, stacks and shelves of cookbooks and cooking magazines.

Butter me up with Broccoli Cheese Strudel

When you need something special to bring to a potluck or serve with a salad to your favorite group of ladies who lunch, look no further than Broccoli Cheese Strudel.

Pork and sauerkraut, still besties after all these years

Sometimes an old recipe pops into my head, one that once was in heavy rotation but that I haven’t cooked lately.

When Halloween is long gone, why not make pumpkin muffins?

When it comes to a gardener’s pride of harvest, size matters. 

Asian dressing for roasted winter vegetables makes miso happy

My husband and I eat a lot of roasted vegetables. They’re so easy to prepare and so versatile. They can take on different personalities depending on which combination you choose and how you serve them when they’re done.

The happiest new year includes cabbage

The party’s over. The holidays are behind us and the New Year has begun. 

Here's hoping there's a cranberry bread under your tree

You never knew what would be served for Christmas dinner at my mom’s table. 

Homemade cranberry sauce can be a great last-minute Christmas gift

Homemade cranberry sauce is perfectly tangy and sweet, with a bit of texture from the tiny, crunchy seeds that slip through the food mill.

New cookbook offers baked muesli, a righteous way to start your day

Nothing smells more like potential than a new cookbook. 

Make no 'Mistakes' about it, Cowin's cookbook is an inspiration

Dana Cowin's new cookbook is great for browsing, filled with exuberant photos of Cowin cooking and laughing with famous chef friends.

It may be fall but it's not too late for the grill

Shrimp on the grill: four words that when strung together are the theme song for a great, uniquely summertime meal. And this Emeril Lagasse recipe nearly turns that...

Life's a carnival, and so is this squash

In case you haven’t met, I’d like to introduce you to the carnival squash.