Additional Articles/Posts by Will Budiaman

  • 8 Great Salmon Recipes
    Salmon — it's easy to prepare, has a unique, rich flavor, and it's healthy for you, too. Whether simply grilled or pan-roasted and served with a squeeze of lemon over the top, or coated in a crunchy crust and baked to perfection, it's...

  • 7 Great Ways to Grill Corn
    Grilled corn is a must-have side dish at any summer cookout. Whether you're throwing some juicy burgers, marinated steaks, or maybe even just some chicken on the grill, the party just wouldn't feel the same without a little sweet grilled corn to...

  • 7 Easy Enchilada Recipes for Busy Weeknights
    Enchiladas are a great option for busy weeknights — as long as you have tortillas and a few basic pantry ingredients, you're in the game. But you can make them really exciting in a number of ways. Customize the fillings by using a variety of...

  • 7 Fabulous Feta Recipes
    Adding tangy, salty feta to everyday dishes like salads, grilled vegetables and seafood, and even tacos and nachos is a great way to give them a boost of flavor without a lot of effort. That's why this week, we decided to use feta in creative ways to...

  • 9 Irresistible Flatbread Recipes for Late Summer
    Technically speaking, a flatbread is unleavened, meaning it has no yeast, baking soda, or baking powder. "Flatbread is a general term for any bread made from unleavened dough, often in round, flat loaves or forms," writes Barbara Ann Kipfer in...

  • 7 No-Cook Side Dishes
    Maybe it's just too hot in the kitchen to even think about touching the stove or the oven. Or maybe you're looking for a quick side dish you can toss together outside while your favorite protein is cooking on the grill. Either way, we've got...

  • Reinventing the BLT — 9 Ways
    Reinventing a classic sandwich can be risky business — while it's a great opportunity to exercise one's culinary creativity, it can also lead to disaster. OK, maybe disaster is a bit of an exaggeration, but it's all too easy to arrive at...

  • 5 Home-Run Slider Recipes
    Sometimes, you just really feel like having a burger. But not always a full-sized one. Sliders fit into this role perfectly, allowing you to indulge without feeling guilty. And, you can mix and match — to bridge the gap from appetizer to main course...

  • What You Should Know Before Buying Olive Oil
    Most of us probably don't give much thought to buying a bottle of olive oil. It's just like picking up any other cooking oil, isn't it? It's all the same, so the best thing to do, clearly, is just buy from whoever is selling it cheapest....

  • 15 Great Grilled Chicken Recipes
    Buckah! What's for dinner tonight? Why, chicken, of course, but since the weather's nice and warm out, we'll be hitting the grill. Two things, though, come to mind. The first is: boring! And the second is: dry. But, it doesn't have to be...

  • 9 Sexy Whole-Grain Salads for Summer
    The health cred of whole grains is pretty well established — studies have shown that whole grains help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension; help lower cholesterol levels in the bloodstream; and even help fight gum...

  • 7 No-Cook Summer Soups
    The last thing anyone wants to do in the middle of a heat wave is to light a burner and start a fight between the stove and the air conditioner in the kitchen. But just because it's summer doesn't mean that you can't cook indoors. Click here...

  • Quinoa and Beyond: 7 Great Recipes
    Is the quinoa craze over yet? Maybe not quite yet, but we think that when it's finally over, people will be looking for the next health food to idolize — perhaps another seed or grain from a different part of the world. Click here to see Quinoa...

  • What Is… an Induction Cooktop?
    Maybe you've seen one of these before — at a friend's house in their fancy new kitchen, at a cooking demonstration in a studio, or at a restaurant with an open kitchen and the latest tech. Or, it may have escaped your notice — a...

  • Just Stuff It — 10 Stuffed Vegetable Recipes
    Getting your "five a day" is important to your health — we all know that. But finding palatable ways to work that mantra into your busy schedule can be difficult. A look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report...

  • 15 Easy 15-Minute Pasta Recipes
    One of the fastest, easiest things to make in the middle of a busy workweek is a pasta dish. But what to make? Surely not cacio e pepe or spaghetti with garlic and olive oil again — although those are classic and delicious dishes, and we do love...

  • 7 Myths About Olive Oil
    Many people know surprisingly little about olive oil, a commodity that so often makes the news — at times the subject of public esteem (as when a study is released about new health benefits), and at other times, scandal (as when more fraud is...

  • It's Time for a Cherry Tomato Fiesta — 11 Great Recipes
    Now is the time to indulge in the best cherry tomatoes — supermarkets will have impatient consumers believe they're available all year-round, but farmers' markets tell another story, of course. And if you've ever been tempted to pick up...

  • 11 Classic Antipasto Recipes for Summer
    To many Americans, pasta is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Italian food. While pasta is an important part of the cuisine, there are many other aspects worth exploring — like antipasto. When was the last time you ordered one at...

  • Potato Salad Like You've Never Had Before
    What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. Potato salad is de facto fare for hot summer cookouts, and we've rounded up some innovative takes on the...

  • 'Franny's' Cookbook Brings the Neighborhood Italian Joint to Your Kitchen
    There are so many Italian cookbooks that get released every year, adding to the already formidable collections in bookstores, that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worthwhile (and worth the money, too). So why does Franny's: Simple....

  • Cooking with Honey — 8 Great Recipes
    With the recent spotlight on the detrimental effects of artificial sugar substitutes, maybe it's time to consider a return to nature's own nourishing sweetener — honey. Click here to see Cooking with Honey — 8 Great Recipes Slideshow...

  • 11 Open-Faced Sandwiches for Summer
    We've all been there — somehow, there's only one real slice of bread left in the bag, not counting the ends of course, which, as everyone knows, aren't real pieces. Whether it's because there's a worldwide conspiracy among bread...

  • 3 Quick Shrimp Recipes for Dinner
    What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. Chicken is often the first thing that comes to mind when trying to think of a healthy protein for a dinner...

  • The Chew: From the Television to Your Kitchen with the Official Cookbook
    Fans of ABC's The Chew who want to make the best recipes from the show should check out the official cookbook, The Chew: Food. Life. Fun. (Hyperion Books, $20), which has more than 100 recipes from the show. The collection of recipes span the seasons...

  • 12 Jazzed-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes for Grown-Ups (and Kids, Too)
    Who doesn't love a good grilled cheese sandwich? Some of our strongest food memories, likes, and dislikes are formed during childhood — a love of peanut butter or chocolate, a general loathing of Brussels sprouts or broccoli, or a connection...

  • 15 Tastiest Heirloom Tomato Recipes
    For a cook, one of the most exciting things about summer is the arrival of heirloom tomatoes. They come in a dazzling array of shapes, colors, sizes, and of course, flavors. If you haven't tasted heirloom tomatoes before, they may come as a surprise....

  • 3 Simple Spaghetti Recipes for Busy Weeknights
    What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. Spaghetti is a great go-to option for the busy home cook because you really can't go wrong with it, and...

  • 8 Creative Hot Dog Recipes
    When the theme, hot dogs, was announced for this week, contestants posed two interesting questions. The first was, "If we're making a hot dog (as in with a bun), do we have to use franks or can we use our favorite sausage?" Not wanting to...

  • A Regional Italian Cookbook for the Obsessed Home Cook
    "This is a book for people who come home from a holiday in Italy, or just from a great meal at an Italian restaurant, wishing they knew how to make that seafood pasta or the focaccia that they enjoyed so much," writes Katie Caldesi in the...

  • America's Favorite Salads — 10 Recipes
    For some people, salads are just go-to options at lunch or dinner when it's crunch time — quick, healthy options when nothing else comes to mind at the moment. For others, they're just speed bumps on the way to something greater — a...

  • 5 Tantalizing Watermelon Recipes for Summer Cookouts
    If your idea of cooking is, "Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well," then you'll like the recipes from this week's contest. Our theme this week was watermelon, the juicy, sweet fruit that, in the middle of a heat wave (...

  • 9 Mouthwatering Rib Recipes
    Oh yeah, check out the glaze on that one. It's finger-lickin' good. And what about the juicy, tender meat on that one? To die for. We're talking about ribs here, the staple of any backyard summer barbecue worth remembering. Click here to see...

  • Make Healthier Salad Dressing
    As anybody who has gone shopping for readymade salad dressing at the store knows, a careful look at the nutrition facts label often reveals the unsurprising truth: When a dressing is lower in fat, it often has increased levels of sodium. As is so often...

  • 3 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes for Dinner
    Planning on going meatless tonight? It's really easy during grilling season when there's great produce that you can dress up with a simple marinade and simply throw on a grill, or serve with a tasty dressing at the table. The Culinary Content...

  • Sam Farber, Kitchen Tool Maker Extraordinaire, Passes Away at 88
    The kitchens of many home cooks just wouldn't be the same today without Sam Farber, inventor of Oxo kitchen tools. Farber passed away on Sunday, June 23 at the age of 88 in East Meadow, N.Y. Oxo's high-quality wares are sold just about everywhere...

  • An Italian Cookbook with Heart and Soul
    If you're looking for a cookbook with a personal narrative and a varied collection of recipes to go along with it, Fiori di Zucca (Watkins Publishing, $25) by Valentina Harris is definitely worth a look. Harris, who was born in Tuscany, is widely...

  • Tofu Can Be Delicious — 6 Great Recipes
    When was the last time you thought about cooking with tofu? Unless you're vegetarian or vegan, or grew up eating it, it's probably been awhile. We're a pretty open-minded bunch when it comes to food (as you would hope), but we must admit that...

  • Miami Chef Sean Brasel Cooks at New York’s James Beard House
    Wednesday night, chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market restaurant, located in Miami, paid a visit to the historic James Beard House in Manhattan's West Village and treated diners to a six-course meal showcasing Certified Angus Beef®. Diners came from...

  • Make Brunch in 20 Minutes or Less — 10 Recipes
    Going out to brunch has turned into a bit of a crazed ritual, we think. Come every weekend, folks line up in droves at the latest trendy neighborhood joint, or their favorite diner or café, and wait. And wait. And wait. And for what? Wherever you...

  • 3 Fantastic Ice Cream Recipes for Summer
    Do you remember the first time you had ice cream? It probably made you think that if there was one food made out of magic, this would be it. And even when we grow up, ice cream still continues to hold a special place in our hearts, whether it's a...

  • The Quintessential Café Cookbook
    Sometimes, all you need is a good café, but it's not always around the block or down the street. Here's our solution: Alain Coumont and Jean-Pierre Gabriel's Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook (Octopus Publishing, $30), a great source of...

  • 6 Burrito Recipes: Simple or Sophisticated, You Decide
    Why does everyone choose to go out for a burrito? Well, there are several very good reasons — convenience being one, and what seems like a pretty fair price-to-effort ratio being another. In layman's terms, they're not very expensive, and...

  • In Season: Garlic Scapes
    What are garlic scapes? Usually making an appearance sometime in early to mid-June at most farmers' markets, these verdant stalks with a curled, tapered end might give you pause the first time you see them. What do they taste like, and what can you do...

  • 9 Great Gazpacho Recipes to Help You Chill Out
    Who knew that there were so many ways to make gazpacho? Of course, if you ask the purists, they will say there is only one way to make gazpacho, and that is the Spanish way. That's how Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox feel, authors of the blog May I Have That...

  • 3 Great Burger Recipes with a Twist
    The burger is something that will never fall out of fashion, no matter how hard we try to diet our way out of it. It's something that will always have us crawling back. A burger may not always be in the mouthwatering calorie-bomb form of, say, The...

  • Getting Schooled in the Art of Mediterranean Cooking
    Ready to get schooled on the basics of Mediterranean cuisine? Then don't miss out on Lynne Gigliotti's Mediterranean Cooking (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35), a cookbook dedicated to the cuisines of the region, spanning 21 countries. Gigliotti...

  • Sensational Summer Clam Recipes
    One of life's greatest pleasures is sucking down some fresh juicy clams, brine and all, while knocking back a few beers seaside. If you don't have access to a suitable body of water, though, or if raw seafood just isn't your thing, don't...

  • 10 Must-Read Books for Home Cooks This Summer
    At last, you've put on some sunscreen, dipped your toes in the water (or splashed around a bit), dried off, and set up a towel. Or if you're on the porch, you've plopped onto your favorite rocking chair with a cool glass of lemonade and a...

  • 7 Easy Ceviche Recipes for Summer
    The sun is blazing, the only breeze is hot, and the pavement seems to be melting. The last thing anyone wants to do on a day like that is to cook using a hot stove or grill. But, there's still one thing you can cook that doesn't involve heat....

  • 7 Simple Grilling Recipes for Father's Day
    When it comes to food, Father's Day is a whole different animal from Mother's Day. There are no outings to brunches and champagne here — Father's Day is all about firing up the grill, dusting off that patio table, popping open a few...

  • 3 Easy Grilling Recipes for Dinner
    What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. And this week, they're serving up some fantastic grilling recipes that will make you look forward to...

  • Fast and Furious Dinner Recipes — 20 Minutes or Less
    Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Let's get real. No one bakes a cake from scratch in the middle of the week. What people really want is to get dinner on the table in a flash. And that's exactly what we...

  • 15 Salmon Recipes That Won't Make You Yawn
    We're here to make salmon exciting again. Often unjustly condemned to the workhorse role of cruise ship, wedding, and holiday brunch buffets, or left to steam and stew in a bland broth over a Sterno, salmon may just be one of the most boring things to...

  • In Season: Watercress
    Watercress doesn't grab a whole lot of attention compared to all the other springtime produce that's out there, but that's probably because folks aren't really sure what to do with it besides use it as a garnish. Not that there's...

  • Indian Cooking, Simplified
    Indian cooking can seem both fascinating and intimidating at the same time to the average home cook. The very characteristics that appeal to the adventurous — the generous array of exotic spices, the myriad cooking styles of every region of a...

  • 7 Healthy Pasta Recipes That Won't Destroy Your Waistline
    Let's face it — many pasta dishes are calorie bombs. Loaded with rich, tasty cheeses, salt, and sometimes fatty (but delicious) meats, pasta dishes often get a bad rap for adding to our waistlines. Even that angel hair with marinara sauce that...

  • In Season: Apricots
    The appearance of apricots at farmers' markets and supermarkets is an exciting time of year. They start to crop up around late May or the beginning of June, and signal an unofficial start to summer in the minds of many cooks. The season for apricots...

  • 7 Great Chilled Noodle Recipes
    Making loud, contented slurping sounds over a hot bowl of noodles is one of life's greatest pleasures. So is dining outdoors under the warm sun while sipping a glass of cool lemonade. But the prospect of combining the two is about as welcome an idea...

  • 3 Great Pasta Recipes for Dinner
    What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. And this week, they're serving up some fantastic pasta recipes that will make you look forward to...

  • Regional Chinese Cooking Made Easy
    Fuchsia Dunlop's latest cookbook, Every Grain of Rice (W.W. Norton & Co., $35), really makes you want to cook. Why? Because it's full of dishes you wouldn't find in most Chinese restaurants. Even the most die-hard aficionados of Chinese...

  • Make Dinner More Interesting — 8 Great Side Dish Recipes
    Just when you thought you had figured out what to make for dinner, you suddenly realize that you forgot to plan a side dish recipe to use. No sweat. Instead of turning to the usual boring potato recipes, rice recipes, or vegetable side dishes, try our...

  • In Season: Fava Beans
    Spring is an exciting time of year, and just when people think that after getting buried in mountains of asparagus, artichokes, spring onions, ramps, and fiddlehead ferns, the harvest couldn't possibly yield more goodies, along come fava beans. Click...

  • 3 Refreshing, Simple Salad Recipes
    What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. And this week, they're serving up some fantastic salad recipes to help you keep eating healthy. Try...

  • How to Peel Garlic Faster
    The smash-and-peel technique for garlic, by now, is well documented. Watch just about any cooking show on television where the host still actually cooks, and you'll probably see the host perform it at least once. In case you aren't familiar with...

  • 15 Easy Fish Recipes for Summer
    When it comes to getting a healthy meal on the table quickly and easily, fish is a great option. Cooking fish may seem intimidating at first, but once you get started, you'll see that it's really not that difficult. Whatever kind of fish reels you...

  • Rice Made Sexy — 5 Great Dinner Recipes
    Rice — with all the newfangled grains catering to the health-conscious out there, it's become the equivalent of the forgotten stepchild of the dinner plate. According to Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, co-authors of Grain Mains, 50 percent...

  • In Season: Fiddlehead Ferns
    Fiddlehead ferns, if you've never had them before, probably look pretty mysterious. They pop up at farmers' markets in the spring, bright green shoots with curled up tendrils. Their flavor is often compared to asparagus, with a hint of nuttiness...

  • The Baking Cookbook for Ambitious Bakers
    Ambitious home bakers who aren't fortunate enough to live near Bouchon Bakery and aren't making a trek out to New York anytime soon can now rejoice — because Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel have released Bouchon Bakery (Artisan Books, $50...

  • How to Build the Perfect Burger
    Let us consider the burger. It is the food that Americans crave when traveling abroad — "Oh, I would kill to have a burger right now." It is the backbone of just about every backyard grilling party — OK, maybe hot dogs are important...

  • 'Shrooms: They're What's for Dinner Tonight
    Eat more fish! Eat more whole grains! Use more olive oil! These are just a few of the things you'll often hear from up on high in the temples of nutritional wisdom. But eat more 'shrooms? Probably not so much. Click here to see the 'Shrooms:...

  • In Season: Ramps
    Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are a popular spring vegetable among chefs. They can be found in damp, forested areas in a region stretching south from Canada to Alabama, and west to the Dakotas. Their season is fairly short; ramps make an appearance in...

  • 5 Authentic Mexican Dishes for Cinco de Mayo
    Yes, we know: Cinco de Mayo is not a "real" Mexican holiday in the sense that some people may think. The true Mexican Independence Day is observed on Sept. 16 in a celebration known as El Grito de la Independencia, commemorating liberation from...

  • 7 Special Mother's Day Breakfast-in-Bed Recipes
    Where would we all be without moms? Definitely not here on this planet. For all the hard-working moms out there who secretly wish that someone would just spoil them for a change, we've come up with seven fantastic Mother's Day recipes for...

  • 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes
    What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. And this week, with swimsuit season just around the corner, they're serving up some fantastic healthy...

  • The Definitive Guide to Middle Eastern Cooking
    A lot of cookbooks come across our desks every week. Some are very good, while others don't really stand out from what's already out there. So it's fairly rare that we say this, but the revised version of Tess Mallos' The Complete Middle...

  • Why You Should Cook with Olive Oil
    The Mediterranean diet is once again at the forefront for the health-conscious, thanks to a relatively recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and as a result, many people are also thinking about olive oil, a major component of the...

  • 15 Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes
    Chicken — is there anything to say about it that hasn't already been said? Yes, it's a blank canvas that soaks up the flavors of whatever preparation you choose; yes, it's a great source of essential protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals...

  • Chicken Industry Executives Open Their Factory Doors and Fire Back at Backyard Farmers
    Think making the right choices at the grocery store is difficult? Try making them after visiting a chicken factory. We won't go into too many of the gory details here, but suffice it to say that we won't be eating chicken for quite some time to...

  • In Season: Artichokes
    There are many ways to enjoy artichokes at their peak — whether simply steamed, poached, grilled, roasted, or charred, it's worth trying them all to take advantage of this wonderful spring ingredient. Click here to see the In Season: Artichokes...

  • How Local Is Your Food?
    People who are concerned about how many miles their food travels to get to their tables may be interested in Strolling of the Heifers' 2013 Locavore Index, which ranks all 50 states plus the District of Columbia on how "local" their...

  • Voilà: A Provençal Cookbook Offers Approachable Recipes
    For cooks who love to open up a bottle of wine and thumb through an inspiring cookbook on the weekend, and who see cooking not as just a way to put dinner on the table during the week quickly and economically, but as a way to unwind, Ethel Brennan and...

  • Demystifying the Mango — 5 Recipes
    For most Americans, the mango is not an everyday fruit. It's exotic, an indulgence, and perhaps even hard to approach — how, for example, do you cut one open? And once you get it open, what do you do with it besides eat it? Click here to see the...

  • 'Midnight's Children,' a Tale of Indian Independence, Love, and Chutney, in Theaters April 26
    It's no surprise that Midnight's Children, a film directed by Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta about a young man's quest to reconnect with his past in the wake of Indian independence, makes food a central part of the story. Chutney, to be...

  • How to Make Mustard
    Mustard — it's the condiment in the bright yellow bottle with the pointy cap at the diner, the favorite burger joint, the neighborhood deli, and the ballpark that we all take for granted. But have you ever given serious thought to how it's...

  • In Season: Spring Onions
    What is a spring onion? Spring onions look like overgrown scallions, with a larger, rounded bulb at the base. Outside of the United States, the terms spring onions and scallions are used interchangeably, but if an American recipe specifies spring onions,...

  • Best Bison Recipes
    Bison versus buffalo: What's the difference? Well, if you're talking about American animals, they're all bison, and buffalo's actually just a misnomer. But it's made its way into common usage, so for better or worse, the terms are used...

  • Hubert Keller's Memoir Cookbook
    What's an accomplished French chef to do when they've reached the apex of their career? Why, write a memoir cookbook, of course. Hubert Keller's Souvenirs: Stories & Recipes From My Life (Andrews McMeel, $50) is just that: a hefty volume,...

  • 7 Must-Try Frittata Recipes
    What is a frittata? Well, it's basically a lazy man's omelette. Why bother with all the rolling, scrambling, or flipping when you can just leave the eggs in a hot pan for a few minutes and then stick the whole thing in the oven or under a broiler...

  • How to Char Peppers on the Stove
    Knowing how to char a pepper is an essential life skill, right up there with knowing how to drive, make small talk, and tie one's shoes. OK, maybe not quite that essential — but it is a useful skill to have as part of one's cooking...

  • Traces of Fish Soup Discovered in Prehistoric Pots
    A recent study in the journal Nature demonstrates that prehistoric man's first use of cookware was to make fish soup, reports NPR. This is in marked contrast to prevailing theory regarding their diet — namely that it consisted of nuts and...

  • 3 Amazing Asparagus Recipes
    What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. And this week, they're serving up some fantastic asparagus recipes. Click here to see What Is…...

  • Beyond Sriracha: Sambal Oelek
    Has Sriracha become the new Tabasco? We're not going to touch that stick of dynamite for two very good reasons — one, because each side has fans that would likely squirt hot sauce in our eyes (Tabasco on the left, Sriracha on the right) if we...

  • 80 Recipes, 24 Vegetables, and 1 Cookbook
    Spring is a natural time to start thinking about vegetables, but if Matt Wilkinson had his way, everyone would be thinking about them all year-round. Wilkinson is a chef based in Melbourne, Australia, and the author of the fittingly titled cookbook Mr....

  • 10 Easy Salad Recipes Worthy of a Meal
    It takes a lot of imagination to make a salad interesting these days. Gone are the days when "rocket" was an "exotic" green and the only thing you would use kale for was lining the bottom of platters of shell-on shrimp and crab legs at...

  • EPA Slow to Act, While EU Neonicotinoid Ban Awaits Appeal
    On March 15, members of the European Union (EU) voted on a proposed ban on neonicotinoid use on most crops, which would have taken effect July 1. The measure failed to pass and is currently going through the appeal process. But what is the Environmental...

  • 3 Easy Weeknight Chicken Recipes
    What is for dinner? That's question that inevitably confronts home cooks in the middle of the week. True, Mondays may be the toughest day for working stiffs, but Wednesdays are the true tests for home cooks because it's all too easy to get caught...

  • 'Kitchen Garden Cookbook' Offers Help with Growing Produce at Home
    One day, the term "farm-to-table" will cease to exist, not because the philosophy behind it will go out of fashion, but because it will become par for the course. Until then, though, as home cooks, we can go one step further than eco-conscious...

  • Beyond Quinoa: 7 'New' Whole Grains to Try
    Quinoa is not the only whole grain that health-conscious cooks should be thinking about — although it's delicious and quick-cooking, and its popularity doesn't seem to be waning any time soon, there are other whole grains you may want to...

  • 6 Easy Recipes Worth Shaking a Stick At
    What do chicken, peanut butter, steak and cheese, and swordfish all have in common? The answer is: absolutely nothing. Oh wait, there is one thing — they can all be put on a stick. That's right, this week's Recipe SWAT Team theme is food on...

  • Bee Deaths Continue in America, Could Lead to Higher Food Prices
    American commercial beekeepers are at a loss — their hives continue to shrink each year, and they're not getting any closer to pinpointing a cause or finding a solution. Click here to see 19 Crops That Would Disappear Without Bees Colony...

  • 3 Last-Minute Easter Baking Recipes
    By now, most people probably have their entire Easter dinner menu planned out, but there might be one thing missing — what to serve for dessert. That's why this week we turned to members of our Culinary Content Network for some great Easter...

  • 3-Hour Tour: Melbourne, Australia
    Melbourne, Australia, may not be a major hub for most international airlines — travelers continuing onto other destinations are more likely to pass through Sydney. But on the off chance that Melbourne is not your final destination and you find...

  • 7 Delicious Desserts with Less Than 300 Calories per Serving
    Dessert is one of the hardest things to cut out of the daily routine when going on a diet. So if you absolutely must indulge, indulge in moderation. We turned to our most trusted cookbook authors and bloggers for some easy dessert recipes that don't...

  • 5 Bites of Melbourne, Australia
    Melbourne, Australia, has been quietly cultivating a reputation as a serious destination for the food-obsessed for quite some time. It's the host of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, which happens in March every year and attracts chefs from...

  • Best Spring Lamb Recipes
    With the coming of spring, there are many things for home cooks to celebrate — the return of fresh asparagus, artichokes, fava beans, fresh peas, and all things green to farmers' markets; the prospect of longer and warmer days, perfect for...

  • My Big Fat Greek Easter
    Looking to cook something a little different for Easter Sunday this year? Maybe it's time to go Greek. We rounded up seven regional Greek recipes from Diane Kochilas, author of The Country Cooking of Greece and numerous other cookbooks, for you to try...

  • Cooking with Maple Syrup — 8 Recipes
    What comes to mind when people think of maple syrup? Probably either Log Cabin or Aunt Jemima. And who can blame them? These are iconic brands from childhood, mainstays of Americana. But, deep down, we may feel a slight sense of guilt, knowing that these...

  • 3 Easy Brunch Recipes for the Weekend
    For many, brunch is an important weekend ritual, perhaps almost sacred for some. But going out for omelettes, pancakes, and waffles can add up after a while, so why not stay in and whip up a lazy Sunday brunch at home? We turned to members of our Culinary...

  • Bees Still Dying, EU Ban Fails to Pass and Awaits Appeal
    Around the world, bees, which are responsible for pollinating the crops that yield 90 percent of the global food supply, are still dying off in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, and scientists are still unsure why. Click here to see 19 Crops...

  • Pairing Food with the Wines of the Yarra Valley
    Ask most Americans about Australian wine, and two things probably come to mind: South Australia and shiraz. But there's so much more to Australian wine than that. Here, we highlight a wine region that may not be particularly well-known to Americans,...

  • 15 Ingredients We've Been Waiting to Cook All Winter
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  • Bringing a French Revolution to the Home Cook's Kitchen
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  • Easy Vegetarian Recipes That Are 'Simply Satisfying'
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  • How to Season a Wok
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  • Serious Cooking, Not Too Seriously
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  • Celebrate Mardi Gras at Home
    Even if you can't make your way down to N'awlins this year, you can still celebrate like a fool by throwing your own Mardi Gras celebration at home with these recipes. Dress and decorate in purple, green, and gold (the colors of Mardi Gras...

  • What Is Jambalaya?
    Jambalaya — even the name sounds like a party about to happen. And this big, easy, one-pot party dish from the Big Easy is full of flavor and doesn't require a ton of work. If you have a crowd to feed, and you don’t feel like doing a roast...

  • 7 Dreamy Chocolate Dessert Recipes
    Chocolate. There are few ingredients which actually evoke a truly sensory experience for people, but chocolate is definitely one of them. While it’s not just for dessert anymore, invariably, it is still the ideal ingredient for a sweet way to end a...

  • What Is a Snickerdoodle?
    A snickerdoodle is a cookie. It’s not a toy, it’s not a candy bar, and it’s definitely not what you were thinking. But it’s not just any cookie. Those in the know might think that it’s just a silly name for a sugar cookie....

  • Chefs’ Favorite Winter Recipes
    Have the omnipresent sniffles, short days, and snow (if applicable) got you down? Then check out what some of the best chefs today are cooking up to help you power on through to spring. We’ve rounded up some old favorites, as well as some new...

  • What Is Bread Pudding?
    Bread pudding, in a way, is essentially the dessert counterpart to French toast. They’re served at opposite ends of the day (that is, unless, you’re a breakfast-for-dinner kind of person, in which case, all bets are off) but they’re...

  • What Is French Toast?
    Along with pancakes, waffles, and omelettes, French toast is a must for anybody who seeks to while away a lazy Sunday morning with a steaming cup of joe and a proper newspaper. Unlike french fries, this dish is actually French in origin, known as "...

  • A Healthy Super Bowl Menu
    Partying with your friends and cheering for your team on Super Bowl Sunday doesn’t mean you have to pack on the pounds again — especially when you’ve just started to gain traction on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight. To...

  • What Is Lasagna?
    It’s one of the ultimate one-pot meals — whether you’re cooking for a potluck or just the family dinner, it’s hard to go wrong with lasagna. Layers of vegetables, sauce, cheese, and sometimes meat, sandwiched between sheets of...

  • What Is Salmon?
    Salmon are saltwater fish that are mostly native to the waters of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and California. They swim through estuaries and upstream into freshwater to reproduce, making them relatively unique among commercially harvested fish. Salmon...

  • Celebrate the Korean New Year
    It’s probably safe to say that most people are familiar with the Chinese New Year. But, what about the Korean New Year? Perhaps less so. Seollal, the lunar New Year’s Day, falls on Jan. 23 this year, the Year of the Black Dragon. It...

  • What Is Quiche?
    Quiche is a dish consisting of a custard-like mixture of eggs, cream, and cheese, usually combined with meat, fish, vegetables, or some combination of the three, all surrounded by a shell made from savory pastry dough. It’s great for brunch, but you...

  • 12 Ways to Cook Chicken
    We’ve all heard it before — chicken is like a blank canvas, it's relatively cheap, and it’s a great source of protein. You can do pretty much anything you want with chicken, whether you choose to fry, bake, roast, grill, or...

  • What Is Pico de Gallo?
    Pico de gallo is a simple mixture of chopped fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and a little bit of jalapeño. In Spanish, "pico de gallo" literally means "rooster’s beak," a term supposedly coined from the...

  • 10 Vegetarian Recipes
    Beef — it’s what’s for dinner. But maybe not so much anymore. For those who remember that campaign from the last century, the mantra is outdated and dips into the realm of wishful thinking, whether because of concerns about the...

  • What Is a Slow Cooker?
    The Crock-Pot has become synonymous with the slow cooker, in the same manner that people "Xerox" documents instead of "copying" them and ask for a "Kleenex" instead of a "tissue." The only problem is, sometimes...

  • What Is Naan?
    Naan is a leavened bread made from maida, an Indian white flour that is very delicate and powdery, similar to pastry flour. It is eaten most often with curry, used instead of a spoon to sop up all of the sauce and to pick up vegetables (and meat). It is...

  • What Is Guacamole?
    Ripe Hass avocadoes, lime juice, and salt — purists will argue that’s all anybody needs to make a good guacamole. Mash these ingredients together in a bowl to a smooth consistency and that’s pretty much it. Diced tomato, onion,...

  • What Is Tilapia?
    Tilapia is the new “chicken of the sea.” With the widespread worries about mercury contamination, tuna is out, and tilapia is in. It’s a versatile and budget-friendly alternative that is open to a variety of preparations, including saut...

  • Lidia Bastianich's Take on Italian-American Cuisine
    Lidia Bastianich, owner of Eataly, Del Posto, and several other restaurants in New York City, has published her eighth cookbook. It features recipes from her eponymous television series on PBS, where she travels around America highlighting the nuances of...

  • What Is Paella?
    An aromatic and filling staple from Valencia, Spain, this party-friendly rice dish is a great alternative to pasta, risotto, and casseroles when feeding a large group. It’s easy and presents a complete meal packed with flavor. Historically, paella...

  • Chefs’ Favorite Hangover Cures
    New Year’s Eve is celebrated universally around the world each year, so it’s no wonder that everyone has their own version of a next-day “cure” meant to alleviate the post-party doldrums. But who knows best? Chefs, with their rock...

  • What Is Manicotti?
    It’s not clear where the expression “stuffed like a manicotti” originated, but it’s safe to say that no one leaves hungry after sitting down to a meal of stuffed pasta. Manicotti, meaning “little muffs” in Italian, are...

  • What Is Clarified Butter?
    Ever tried to sear a steak using butter instead of oil? There was probably a lot of smoke, the smell of something burning, and a blackened, ruined piece of meat. What happened? Milk solids, that’s what happened. Butter, by law, is composed mostly...

  • 12 Fantastic Christmas Cookies
    These days, it seems like it’s such a challenge to get the entire family in one room, with everyone’s lives being so compartmentalized. Well, there’s a tried and true tradition that usually does the trick. There’s nothing quite...

  • What Is Bruschetta?
    Let’s get one thing out of the way first. In Italian, the consonant “ch” has a hard “k” sound, not a soft “sh” sound. It’s not unforgivable to make that mistake, but that still doesn’t change the fact...

  • The Perfect Christmas Dinner
    The relatives will be descending on the house any day now, and there's still last-minute Christmas shopping to be done. The lights still need to go up, there's no tree, the house is still a mess, and it's a pretty desperate situation...

  • Happy Hanukkah: For the Love of Latkes!
    We hope that you'll have as much fun with these latke recipes as we have, in the spirit of the holiday. There are, of course, no-frills, straightforward latke recipes, as well as some interesting variations, including Wolfgang Puck's take on...

  • A Mexican-Inspired Holiday Dinner
    It's natural to find comfort in routines, but sometimes it's nice to do something a little different for the holidays. These recipes aren't meant to be a complete 360 from the traditional holiday dinner; instead, each of them offers a slight...

  • What Is Asparagus?
    It’s always such an exciting time of year when beautiful stalks of green and white asparagus start to line supermarket shelves and farmers market stands. If you’re lucky, you might also find the rarer purple asparagus, a sweeter variety with a...

  • What Is Kale?
    There’s a kale craze sweeping through the collective consciousness of eaters everywhere. Why and how could that be? There are many reasons, but the most important one, from the perspective of the cook, is this: Do it justice, and it turns out to...

  • Fun Holiday Cookie Recipes
    In today's fast-paced world, it seems to be the norm to start thinking about Christmas and the holidays literally right after the turkey leaves the table. That is, after all, the idea behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday, retail blitzes for the brick-...

  • What Is Nutmeg?
    A little nutmeg goes a long way. Try telling that, though, to the inhabitants of Western Europe in the late 1700’s who couldn’t get enough of the spice rumored to be an aphrodisiac — the Dutch fought a war in the East Indies just to...

  • Back to Basics: Asian Cuisine
    Bee Yinn Low is the author of RasaMalaysia.com, a food blog dedicated to all things Asian cuisine, with more than 400 recipes. Like the country it represents in its name, it features a diverse set of cuisines, from Chinese to Japanese, Indian to Thai...

  • What Is Swiss Chard?
    With its distinctive bright red, orange, pink, and yellow stalks and its large, fan-like leaves, Swiss chard is the peacock of dark, leafy greens. But as with many unfamiliar foods, some people may approach Swiss chard with some trepidation. They may be...

  • What Is Squash?
    Growing up, there are few vegetables which kids dread more than squash. And who could blame them, really? One bad encounter with a specific food is usually enough to scar someone for life. Every time they think of squash, they can probably only think of...

  • A Sweet Tooth's Dream: 8 Fantastic Dessert Recipes
    Life without dessert would just be all salad and no fun. And life's too short for that. That's why we've come up with some of our own easy dessert recipes to brighten up your day. They're sure to appeal to a variety of tastes and people of...

  • The Ultimate Thanksgiving Countdown: Delectable Desserts
    No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a delectable dessert to round out the meal. There are the familiar classics — such as pumpkin pie and pear crisp — and then there are inspired twists on these timeless recipes. That's what we...

  • The Ultimate Thanksgiving Countdown: Starters and Healthy Salads
    This week's segment of the Thanksgiving countdown features elegant starters and healthy salads. We've gathered together recipes from some of the best chefs around the country, as well as some top-notch food writers. These dishes are sure to start...

  • What Is Gelatin?
    Have you ever made chocolate mousse at home, only to have it deflate a few hours later in the refrigerator? I have. But there’s a way to keep this from happening. What’s the secret? Gelatin. Gelatin is a tasteless thickening agent derived from...

  • What Is Yeast?
    Yeast — it’s everywhere, and it’s alive. It’s in the air, in our foods, and puts the bubbly in our champagne. Some might even go so far as to say that it’s one of the foundations of civilization — the ancient...

  • 7 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy
    After a fun night out of trick-or-treating, the inevitable has happened again. It's just like last year; there are mountains of candy piled up by the door — M&M's, Snickers, Kit Kats, Crunch Bars, and Pop Rocks by the boatload....

  • Oktoberfest: Beer, Brats, and 'Brezels
    Oktoberfest — it’s an excuse to eat and celebrate, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But it’s also important to remember, albeit however hazily, that there’s a great deal of history behind this festival. The first...

  • Weekly Recipe Review: Andrew Carmellini’s Tuna Kuroyaki Sandwich, Meyer Lemon Sorbet with Blackberry Compote, and More…
    Check out our Editors' picks for this week's top food section recipes.   New York Magazine: Andrew Carmellini shares an exciting recipe for a tuna kuroyaki sandwich.   The Los Angeles Times: Check this out. The L.A. Times culinary S....

  • Weekly Recipe Review: Nancy Silverton’s Mozza Salad, Honey & Five-Spice Roasted Rockfish, and More...
    Check out our Editors' picks for this week's top food section recipes.   The Los Angeles Times: Nancy Silverton brightens up the table with her recipe for salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and anchovy dressing from Mozza.   The New York...

  • 7 Satisfying Low-Carb Recipes
    A sustainable diet is one that doesn't feel like one. That was the promise of the Atkins diet. While its popularity may have waned with the passing of its creator, it's hard to deny that it's had a lasting impact on the way Americans eat....

  • 10 Things to Consider Before Applying to Culinary School
    So you want to be a chef. Great — so does everyone else who’s watched a little too much Top Chef, Chopped, or Iron Chef. Especially after another dreary day spent in front of Excel at the office. And let’s get real — it...

  • How to Fillet a Fish
    The first thing to know about filleting a fish is that there are two types of fish: round fish and flat fish. Each of them requires a slightly different technique, but skinning the fillet is the same for both methods.  Second, your task will be a...

  • Guide to Chiles 101
    Chiles are a great addition to any dish because they add spice, depth of flavor, and many health benefits. While jalapeños and cayenne are the more commonly used chiles in America, there are many others that can provide intricate flavors to dishes...

  • How to Quarter a Chicken
    First, make sure you have a sharp knife. This will make your task a lot easier. If you have one, a slender, pointed boning knife works best, allowing you to go around corners with the tip of the knife. How to Do It 1. Remove the Wings  Place the...

  • Weekly Recipe Review: Marcus Samuelsson's Jicama Salad, Stuffed Burgers, and More…
     Check out our Editors' picks for this week's top food section recipes.    The New York Times: Mark Bittman's recipe for Greek skordalia, a garlicky, creamy, and nutty concoction, is the perfect substitute for mayo in chicken...

  • The Principles of Making Stock
    Homemade stock is almost always better than store-bought stock. And making your own stock doesn't need to be difficult or time consuming. With the help of a few general principles, you'll be able to make everything from chicken stock to fish stock...

  • What Chefs Know Best: Kitchen Tips - Super Tools
    Stand Mixer Megan Walhood of Viking Soul Food in Portland, Oregon, uses her multi-tasking KitchenAid mixer for making pasta and grinding meat (from $10 for attachments; kitchenaid.com). Super Stove The "Plancha" custom griddle reaches 800...

  • D.I.Y. Grills and Smokers
    The modern day grill is a wonderful invention, convincing even the most reluctant cook to approach the flame. Unlike a stove, it's not just a tool; it's also a party piece, a conversation starter, and perhaps, a bit of a grown-up toy. So you could...