The combination of smoky, salty, spicy and sweet in this easy 3-ingredient combination can't be beat. Look for fully cooked, spicy chorizo sausage in the package meats section of your grocery store.
Holiday party season is in full swing. Whether you’re hosting or attending, here are a few recipes that are so yummy no one would ever guess they’re also super quick and easy. Because who has excess time to fuss around in the kitchen this time of year? Not you! Gluten free? Vegetarian? No problem! Use these 3-ingredient recipes to please the whole range of party guests, and still have the energy to carry on a conversation.
For the Carnivores: Bacon, Date & Chorizo Bites
Baking something with chocolate or cinnamon always has the alluring effect of filling the house with wonderful aromas. But baking something with chocolate AND cinnamon? Pure magic.
That’s what you get with this “twist” on bread pudding.
Just as tastes change over time, so do recipes — even the humble brownie. The original 1896 publication of The Boston Cooking School Cookbook by Fannie Farmer included a recipe for “Brownies,” but with molasses instead of chocolate! It was essentially what we would refer to today as a “blondie.” By the 1930 edition, two brownie recipes appeared in Fanny Farmer’s cookbook, and their order showed the preference of the time — with chocolate in the lead.
I'm always hard-pressed to turn on my oven in the summer. I'm also pretty obsessed with cooking anything and everything possible on the grill. That naturally leads to a lot of meat and veggie dishes. Of course, there are endless combinations of meat and vegetables to keep me grilling all summer long, but sometimes I want something a little different. Something that's vegetarian but still a hearty meal. That's where grilled pizza comes in.
An amazing number of new breweries have opened in Massachusetts in the past few years, and more just keep coming! Once I got over the kid-in-a-candy-store phase, it was time to start putting these beers to work in recipes. You can replace some or all the liquids in many of your favorite recipes with beer. Next time you make pulled pork, try adding IPA. A nice pilsner adds an herbaceous quality to chili. Brown Ale adds great depth of flavor to cheese sauce.
Sometimes, it's the little things that really make your palate pop.
The produce is gorgeous, the weather is warm, your wine or beer is chilled to perfection (right?!) and we bet you’ve been firing up the grill.
But one cannot live on charred meats alone. Sure, burgers and dogs are always in fashion, but there are summer foods to serve alongside the main meal that really take things to the next level. Think of these four foodstuffs as the designer socks, the red lip, the silk scarf to your summer spread — that little extra something that elevates the whole ensemble.
1. Nola’s salsa fresca (pictured above)
Why not be patriotic this holiday — with a red, white, and blue pie that’s bursting with berries?
Start by making a graham cracker crust. You can crush the graham crackers with a rolling pin inside a sturdy plastic bag, or whiz them in a food processor. If you will be making a lot of pies this summer with this crust, you can also buy graham crackers in crumb form. Or swap out your favorite not-too-sweet cookie for the crumbs.
Hibiscus flowers are the pretty little dried purple flowers that contribute the striking color in the popular Mexican beverage agua de Jamaica (aka hibiscus tea). When steeped in water, hibiscus flowers lend a cranberry-like tartness that's often tempered with a bit of sugar for a refreshingly sweet (but not too sweet) summer drink. I combined the deep purple hibiscus tea with lemonade for a tangy twist.