by Ricky Smith in Recipes, March 10th, 2016
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, March 8th, 2016
When it comes to sandwiches, you can skip the bread in favor of a wrap or skip the meat in favor of hearty veggies, but you absolutely, positively cannot skip the cheese. It’s the glue that holds everything together and usually the best part of any between-the-bread meal, so do yourself a favor and indulge in one of these masterfully cheesy creations.
Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese (pictured above)
No need for spoons with your mac and cheese when you’ve got Jeff Mauro’s recipe. Refrigerate a sheet of mac and cheese before you add two slices of bread, more cheese and bacon. Cheese level: expert.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, March 2nd, 2016
Waffles may traditionally be a breakfast food, but they’re surprisingly versatile: Add chicken for a hearty and savory meal, top waffles with chocolate syrup for something sweet, or even use them instead of bread in a sandwich. Also, cooking some of your favorite baked treats, like brownies and biscuits, in a waffle iron instead of the oven can help ready them in a fraction of their normal time. What’s not to love? Check out our best waffle recipes and make a meal that will satisfy any sweet, savory or spicy craving.
Multigrain Waffles (pictured above)
Try these waffles that use three different grains — whole-wheat flour, cornmeal and old-fashioned rolled oats — for a nutrient-packed breakfast. Top with yogurt and your favorite fruit preserves for an even heartier option.
by Ricky Smith in Recipes, February 26th, 2016
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.
by Emily Lee in Recipes, February 24th, 2016
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.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, February 23rd, 2016
Ready your flour stash and fire up your oven: Bread is back. And hopefully it’s here to stay. According to food industry experts, “An era of good bread is upon us again.” We can expect to find its various starchy incarnations at restaurants, stores and cafes across the country, challenging the low-carb ethos that dominated in 2015. “Fancy toasts and tartines, flatbreads topped with everything … bagels and babka … and cheesy bread from all over the world” are just a few of the items on our radar this year.
by Sofia Lyons in Drinks, February 22nd, 2016
Freshly made hummus with veggies and pita is perfect for a quick snack, or an easy way to impress guests when entertaining. You can never go wrong with a traditional recipe of tahini and chickpeas, or try one of our favorite twists on this Middle Eastern dish by adding yogurt, veggies or various spices for bold flavor.
Hummus Trio (pictured above)
This assortment of hummus uses the same base of chickpeas and tahini for all three, making variety easier than ever. Just stir in extra toppings like pine nuts, peppadew peppers or spinach and artichokes to create three all-new dips.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, February 16th, 2016
Celebrate National Margarita Day by honoring this beloved tequila, Triple Sec and lime cocktail with an assortment of recipes. Traditional margaritas aren’t for you? No worries. Check out our favorite variations — some sweet, some spicy and all packed with flavor.
Margarita (pictured above)
The touch of sugar from simple syrup balances out the tartness of freshly squeezed lime juice in this refreshing recipe.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, February 11th, 2016
Whether they’re for a quick breakfast or accompanying a hearty dinner, fresh biscuits make a welcome addition to any meal. You can keep it simple with classic buttermilk biscuits or try your hand at something richer by adding sausage, bacon or cheese. Check out our favorite easy-to-make biscuit recipes that won’t disappoint.
Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits (pictured above)
The Pioneer Woman’s recipe takes only 30 minutes to make and uses buttermilk, shortening and plenty of butter for a moist and flaky biscuit.
Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits
Ina Garten upgrades a classic buttermilk biscuit recipe with the addition of extra-sharp cheddar for gooey pockets of cheese in the finished product.
For this recipe, you can skip rolling and cutting the dough; instead, Ree Drummond simply uses a spoon to drop dough onto the baking tray.
Grapevine Kentucky Buttermilk Biscuits
Jeff Mauro’s top-rated biscuits call for only four everyday ingredients, but the key to combining them is keeping the butter and buttermilk cold for flaky results.
Trisha Yearwood adds pork sausage for savory heft in her big-batch recipe. If you don’t have the self-rising flour she calls for, don’t worry — she notes that you can substitute just a few pantry ingredients.
For something heartier, try Food Network Magazine’s recipe. The mix of thick-cut bacon with plenty of cheddar or Colby creates a rich, cheesy breakfast biscuit.
Trisha Yearwood revisits a recipe from her childhood with her dad’s buttermilk biscuits baked in a cast-iron skillet.
Baking Powder Biscuits
A cream glaze gives these buttery biscuits a golden exterior.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, January 30th, 2016
While chocolate may claim the spotlight on Valentine’s Day (and for good reason: molten. lava. cake.), there’s another holiday-worthy treat that’s just as decadent and rosy-colored to boot. Red velvet desserts are pretty to look at, and they also boast a flavor all their own, with just a subtle bit of cocoa and plenty of rich moisture from the classic pairing of cream cheese frosting. Check out some of our favorite red velvet showstoppers, including a towering layer cake, fluffy whoopie pies, a crimson cocktail and a warming hot chocolate.
Meal planning over the weekend for a few nights’ worth of dinners during the week indeed has its merits; after all, who doesn’t want to come home to a nearly-ready-to-eat meal? But you know what’s perhaps even more enticing than supper at the ready? Dessert at the ready. Take a few hours today to prep one of these over-the-top indulgences — think towering chocolate cake, the easiest chocolate chip cookies and buttery lemon bars worthy of citrus season — and get set for some sweet treats during the week when the craving hits.