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  • Turkey hash is quick, easy and very adaptable

    Though turkey soup and sandwiches are the go-to ways to use up leftovers after the holidays, we’ve always liked hash. Pure comfort food, it lends itself to endless variation, depending …


  • Quality Indian food via the slow cooker

    Next time you have a hankering for Indian food, don’t think take-out. Think ahead. That’s the message from Anupy Singla, author of “The Indian Slow Cooker” (Surrey Books, 2010), who …


  • Dinner in Minutes: Individual meatloaves pair well with potatoes

    This is the perfect time of year for meatloaf and mashed potatoes. My secret is to bake meatloaf on a sheet pan, which allows hot air to circulate all around …


  • Grandma Sacco’s soup and bread

    Here are two traditional “Grandma Rose Sacco” recipes that show up at Fruci-Sacco-Perry Italian holidays.


  • Crème brûlée adds creamy, crunchy twist to tradition

    Though Thanksgiving traditionally is a holiday of pies, a creamy, sweet and crunchy crème brûlée – essentially a candy-coated custard – is an appealing way to shake things up. The …


  • Follow these timing tips to ensure a stress-free turkey day

    Thanksgiving is stressful enough without also having to break out the calculator and suffer through math class flashbacks. So leave the calculating to us and use this holiday cheat sheet …


  • Follow these suggestions for carving your holiday bird

    For some people, carving the Thanksgiving turkey is a tradition and point of pride. There’s never any question whether they will do the honors when that golden centerpiece emerges from …


  • Curry adds hint of spice to chicken tenders

    A dusting of curry flavors this simple chicken dish. The curry powder sold in supermarkets is a blend of about 15 herbs, spices and seeds. This type of powder loses …


  • Stuffing: Impress both innies and outies this Thanksgiving

    The great Thanksgiving stuffing debate usually comes down to this: inside the bird or out? Bake the bread stuffing in a dish and you risk alienating


  • Quick fix: Sausage stew offers flavors of fall harvest

    Fall harvest apples, sweet potatoes and tomatoes team with sausage to make a satisfying stew. The treat of this one-pot meal is that all of the ingredients are placed in …


  • How to brew the perfect cup of tea, from traditional to exotic

    ‘As a child, I made peppermint tea from the backyard,” says Dawn Kiki, owner of Brambleberry Cottage and Tea Shoppe. “It was every girl’s dream to have tea parties.” While …


  • Healthy alternatives for stuffed chicken

    Any meal that is golden and crunchy on the outside and oozes rich melted cheese from inside is bound to be a diet buster, right? Not always. Though cheddar- and …


  • Honey, sesame oil add flavor to flank steak

    Pacific-Rim Glazed Flank Steak is flavored with bought teriyaki sauce mixed with onion and honey. This Asian-inspired entree is ready in less than 30 minutes. I made deep crosshatch cuts …


  • Classic scary face makes holiday cookie sandwich

    Molasses and spice make for great autumnal flavors. In this cookie sandwich we’ve taken a chewy gingerbread pumpkin cut-out cookie and added fun jack-o’-lantern faces and a lightly sweetened cream …


  • Halloween sangria that’s sweet, slimy and swampy

    Up the gore factor of this Halloween sangria – designed to resemble swamp water but to taste like a sweet autumnal nectar – by adding a drizzle of green swamp …


  • Dinner in Minutes: Autumn calls for German-style eats

    Autumn is harvest time in much of the world. Oktoberfest in Munich, celebrating the arrival of the new production of beers, is a time to reap the fruit of Germany’s …


  • Witches Brew punch can be made with various juices

    Nothing says child-friendly Halloween punch like fish eyes. So we’ve brewed up a party-size kettle of fruity, bubbly punch studded with slippery, slimy, gooey fish eyes (often sold under the …


  • Reader memories: Nobody compares to Dorothy Dean

    Here’s what some longtime fans have to say: ‘My cookbook is well worn with multiple spills and dog-eared pages – evidence of many years of use and good eating.” – …


  • Sweet treat cupcakes look like candy corn

    As one of Halloween’s most iconic candies, candy corn seemed worthy of a makeover. After all, we’ve seen the candy mixed into cookie dough, sprinkled over ice cream, worked into …


  • Homemakers service offered tips, leaflets, even a hotline

    Homemaker extraordinaire Dorothy Dean was never one to rest on her laurels. The women who worked for the Dorothy Dean homemakers service not only published the leaflets that many still …


  • Sons and daughters of Dorothy Dean

    Many of the people who called, wrote or e-mailed about Dorothy Dean said she seemed like a trusted friend, mother or grandmother. The recipe leaflets and phone line gave them …


  • Meals in Minutes: Fix a traditional Cuban picadillo

    Picadillo, or stewed ground beef, is a well-known Cuban dish. It is usually served with rice or potatoes, but it also has been adapted as the filling for a sloppy …


  • Apples add flavor, keep stuffed pork loin moist

    With apple season in full swing, it’s time to get a bunch and work them into savory dishes. Some apples, such as tart varieties like Granny Smith and Empire, keep …


  • Raw or roasted, whole or chopped, nuts add flavor, texture

    The changing colors and shorter days of fall mean holiday favorites like pecan pie, almond bark and nutty fruitcakes are just around the corner. But why save crunchy, nutrient dense …


  • Polenta makes lasagna heartier

    For most people, the only time lasagna lands on the weeknight table is when they prepare it ahead during the weekend. Or when it came out of a box. Even …


  • Tough skin, great flavor make winter squash a winner

    They may look weird or scary, but don’t be afraid. Winter squash – those hard-shelled varieties showing up in stores and farmers markets – are chock-full of vitamins, nutrients and …


  • Crunchy twist with chicken recipe

    I’m always looking for new ways to prepare those oh-so-convenient boneless, skinless chicken breasts. At a restaurant recently, I was served two large pieces of chicken with a crunchy crust …


  • Steering clear of the dinnertime ruts

    There’s no guarantee that any of these recipes will meet with the approval of the little tasters at my house. At least there’s usually one component that I can offer …


  • Cookbooks offer feast of ideas for healthy family meals

    The kids have been back to school now for a little better than a month, so you know what that means: It’s just about time for the dinnertime rut. It’s …


  • Curry, ginger spice up sauce

    A hint of curry and fresh ginger turns fresh mango purée into a spicy Asian sauce. We usually think of mangoes as a snack or dessert, but this sauce adds …


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