It may sound funny, but yeasted dough takes my breath away. It always has. When I see it I want to touch it. I want smell it. About 30 years ago, I was watching a bakery segment on Sesame Street when a glimpse of hundreds of puffy round loaves rising on speed racks touched my heart. Even though I was just a kid, I can remember the moment clearly, along with the feelings of amazement and intrigue that washed over me. At that instant, I heard my calling. I saw that dough and I knew that we were meant to be together.
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Peanut butter is one of those close-to-our-hearts condiments that oftentimes isn’t even used as one: We’ll take it straight up by the spoonful to get that creamy, nutty and somewhat salty goodness in whatever way we can. Before you slather peanut butter onto another slice of bread for a PB&J sandwich, reinvent the PB wheel with our fleet of foods that seriously belong with peanut butter.
Once a month Bev Weidner, of Bev Cooks fame and the mom of adorable twin littles, stops by to share an easy, one-two approach to dinner to keep everyone happy: Start by making one classic recipe for the kids in the house, then dress up that same dish with bold flavors for the adults.
Oh, heeeeey. We’re making kebabs — for everyone! Even the little ones are included.
Kebabs don’t have to be insanely fancy. They’re kind of the perfect food for any and all generations. What’s not to dig about bite-size pieces of grilled meat and veggie bliss, right?
Today I’ve basically prepared one meal, but I’ve tweaked it that way for them first, then this way for you. But I’m not about say “winner, winner chicken dinner” because I like having human friends.
Contestants were expected to serve up a sweet-and-savory breakfast in Round 1 of this week’s Guy’s Grocery Games, and there were some interesting combinations. (Banana split for breakfast, anyone?) But what truly caught our eye was a plantain hash that instantly reminded us of a very real and traditional sweet-and-savory South American dish called Plátanos Asados con Bocadillo y Queso — which is baked plantains stuffed with cheese and guava paste, and it’s delicious.
Minestrone, that warming soup traditionally packed with vegetables, beans and pasta, can be a hearty appetizer to any meal or a filling entree on its own. Try the classic recipe with kidney beans and crushed tomatoes, or check out one of our favorite twists on this comforting dish, featuring gnocchi, ground beef or dill for added flavor.
Winter Minestrone (pictured above)
Giada De Laurentiis adds pureed cannellini beans to her minestrone to create a thick broth without any cream.
“I have plenty of time on my hands, so let’s really stretch out the dinner-making process,” said no busy parent ever. That’s why this list of all-in-one dinners will change your approach to mealtime. Each casserole includes protein and veggies, so there’s no need to make a meal with multiple components. (And if you’re worried about picky eaters who may not like the look of certain items come 6 o’clock, a bowl of crunchy raw veggies and dip is an instant side almost everyone enjoys every time.)
Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole with Cauliflower (pictured above)
With egg noodles, mushrooms, chicken breasts and a whole head of cauliflower, this creamy casserole already sounds like a winner. But it’s got one more beloved feature up its sleeve: a crispy panko crust.
On their own, scrambled eggs can satisfy a craving for simple comfort food, and since they take just minutes to prepare, they’re often a go-to pick for speedy meals any time of day. But when you take just a bit more care about exactly how they’re scrambled and then dress them up just a bit, the results are anything but ordinary.
Southern comfort was the name of the culinary game on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen as the cast introduced a roster of down-home savory and sweet favorites. Native West Virginian Katie Lee shared the ultimate how-to for making the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken, while Sunny Anderson shared her take on another Southern classic: chicken and dumplings. Learn their tips below and find out how both co-hosts guarantee hearty, satisfying chicken dinners.
It’s that time of year when winter just isn’t a novelty anymore. The buzz of the holidays is long gone, first-snow excitement has given way to the agony of filthy and slushy puddles, and, frankly, we’re just cold. You could tough out the coming weeks with a blanket and a slow cooker (a totally valid choice), or you could combat the lingering chill with some fun in the kitchen. These recipes are a great antidote for even the grayest day.
True, we’re still a few months away from enjoying warm days spent sipping lemonade on the porch. But citrus actually shines brightest in winter, and a tangy salad can make a dull day feel downright tropical.
Tacos are a crowd-pleaser every time. They’re quick, delicious and easy to customize so everyone gets what they want. But why limit tacos to just meat, cheese and tortillas? These dishes stretch the boundaries of the taco kingdom, with south-of-the-border deliciousness in the form of casserole, meatballs and more.
Mexican Pot Roast Tacos (pictured above)
These might look like regular tacos, but the taste of slowly simmered pot roast will have everyone begging for your recipe. You can cook the meat until tender in a large Dutch oven, or even try using the slow cooker so dinner’s on the table by the time you get home from work. For best results, serve with Tyler Florence’s simple salsa and guac.