Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is a grain-like seed worth getting to know. It ranks right up there with kale on the list of super foods — foods thought to be incredibly nutritious and beneficial for your health. When prepared correctly, quinoa is nutty and buttery with an absolutely wonderful texture, making it a great stand-in for couscous and many other grains. But ‘correctly’ is the operative word because when it's not prepared right, quinoa can literally leave a bitter taste in your mouth. It has an outside protein coating that is unpalatable, but this is easily remedied.
Whatever reason you choose not to imbibe, you deserve a delicious drink.
Mocktails — the slightly irritating moniker for an alcohol-free beverage — have been getting more attention lately. With top-notch bars and restaurants carrying house-made syrups, infusions and fresh juices, teetotalers and those taking a temporary break from booze have come to rightly expect something made with the same care and attention as a classic cocktail.
On their own, cucumbers can be bland. But this versatile veggie is the perfect vessel for an array of flavors; that's why they're popular in cuisines from all over the world!
Because cukes have such a light, bright flavor, I like to contrast those qualities with richer, savory ingredients.
Miso paste — the Japanese seasoning and condiment made from fermented soybeans — isn't just for soup. It adds wonderful depth to dressings and marinades, and even baked goods, and can range in color from light to dark.
It’s always a tug-of-war this time of year between healthy post-holiday eating and satisfying comfort-food cravings. Like everything in life, it's important to strike a balance. If you commit to only salads and yogurt, in a week you might end up behind the garage binging on leftover christmas cookies. I love this soup because it walks the fine line of feeling somewhat indulgent, while still being healthy and satisfying.
It's January and you know what that means... time to eat and live healthy(er). Like many, I resolve to eat a more nutritionally dense diet, one that is not only better for me (and my waistline) but also better for the planet. While I'm not a vegetarian, I think vegetables will be a big part of helping me stick to my goals. And I can't think of a better way to consume the recommended daily dose than with a curry.
Once you make homemade cranberry sauce, you'll wonder what you were thinking all those years buying the prepackaged stuff. Cook whole cranberries with some sugar, water — and maybe a slice of orange, or sprinkle of cinnamon — if you like. It's almost as easy as opening a can.
This throwback recipe — a comforting mash-up of pudding and cake — comes together in one bowl and bakes up dense and delicious with a crisp golden crust. It’s best served warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Quick-breads are a work-horse/unicorn hybrid in the kitchen; reliable, freezable, and infinitely adaptable, but they still feel like a special treat. Hand a loved one a warm buttered slice any time of day and you’re guaranteed to get a smile.
We break down the basics of choosing a sparkler and our top pairing picks for when the ball drops.
The season of holiday indulgence without guilt is coming to a close. The good news? We still have one big night left and it’s a doozy. Time to send off 2015 off with a delicious bang! Like many people, I enjoy celebrating with bubbles. Lots and lots of bubbles.
(Trivia time. How many bubbles, on average, do you think are in a bottle of French Champagne? The answer is at the bottom).
One of the most essential bar ingredients a home bar needs—outside of the liquor cabinet—is simple syrup. Many cocktails benefit from a little added sugar to counteract bitterness and acid. Because granulated sugar is tough, if not impossible, to dissolve in cold liquids (especially alcohol), simple syrup becomes the perfect way to add sweetness to a drink.
As the name implies, simple syrup is incredibly easy to make. Combine one part sugar with one part warm or hot water, shake it up to dissolve the sugar, and there you have it! Simple syrup!