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  • Southern-style Chili Dog Feb 15, 2012 11:18 AM
    Southern-Style Hot Dog Chili is a classic. Even if hot dogs aren't really your thing, you can hardly resist them with this amazing chili. It's equally delicious on hamburgers and baked potatoes, too.

  • Lot to love about strawberry ‘cheat cake' Feb 9, 2012 2:27 PM
    Long before the modern cookbooks were published about fixing up cake mixes, my Great-Aunt Annie was famous for her Strawberry Layer Cake. It was my mom's favorite cake growing up and the centerpiece at my first birthday celebration.

  • High-heat key to great french fries Feb 1, 2012 6:00 AM
    Warning! Do not make these potatoes when you are alone! OK, that sounds a little dramatic, but it really is for your own good. These potatoes are so amazing that you will be tempted to eat the entire batch. This warning comes, of course, from a self-proclaimed fanatic and victim of said danger: me!

  • Kitchen scoop: Fresh quinoa salad adds zest to the new year Jan 26, 2012 10:10 AM
    Alicia Ross sticks to her resolution to cook the quinoa that's been sitting in her pantry and discovers she likes it. She even created a tabbouleh-like salad with it.

  • Basque-style chicken stew Jan 19, 2012 1:23 PM
    Six months ago, I spent the summer in Paris. While I cooked quite a bit in my small but efficient apartment kitchen, it was the plethora of restaurants right outside my door that I was really interested in. I sampled every one I could. Today I want to focus on a dish I had one day at lunch, Poulet de Basquaise.

  • Skillet cornbread a favorite memory Jan 11, 2012 6:00 AM
    Black and sturdy, my grandmother's cast-iron skillet has seen almost 100 years of cornbread recipes, salmon cakes, Spanish tortillas, omelets and more. Into the kitchen I went, ready to develop a recipe that was just for this precious piece of cookware. Several batches of cornbread later, I came up with a hard-to-beat basic recipe and today's recipe with caramelized onions and honey.

  • Kitchen Scoop to focus on trends, challenges, recipes Jan 5, 2012 6:32 AM
    Welcome to the new Kitchen Scoop column. As the years have passed, desperation at dinnertime has taken on new meanings and new challenges. Combine that with the ever-changing food scene and, well, there's a whole lot more than just dinner to talk about. Kitchen Scoop will focus on the trends of today, the challenges that face cooks of all abilities, and the gamut of recipes and delicious food offerings.

  • Beverly Mills leaves Desperation Dinners Dec 29, 2011 3:18 PM
    I don't love change, whether it's tweaking holiday recipes or moving across the country. I'm now in urban Washington, D.C., in a condo with my husband and the dog. My kids are flying solo, and desperation dinners at my house aren't nearly so desperate anymore. So change is here, and I'm forging ahead. Today marks my final “Desperation Dinners” column, and I'm so thankful for you, our readers, for allowing me to share recipes and stories over the years.

  • Easy, and elegant, Christmas dinner Dec 21, 2011 11:05 AM
    This year I'm serving pasta for Christmas dinner. Oh, I know Christmas dinner is a meal that deserves something extraordinary. But I'm so tired from unpacking boxes and dealing with issues in my new space that the idea of standing in the kitchen for hours putting together the perfect “Martha Stewart Dinner for 20” makes me want to crawl in one of those boxes and hide. So I'm skipping the expense and time of the huge roast (and all the trimmings), and I'm boiling some noodles.

  • Mom, that beef stew was amazing Dec 13, 2011 3:29 PM
    With batch-cooked Italian Stewed Beef on hand, your dinner possibilities literally multiply. Serve over rice, potatoes, polenta, ravioli or turn it into soup, stew, spaghetti sauce or lasagna. All of this can be for you and your family to use at home or to give away. Even though my girls aren't around to eat dinner with me every night, it's still really nice to hear, “Mom, that beef stew was amazing!” even in a text message.

  • Cooking in advance makes dinner easy Dec 8, 2011 6:00 AM
    Cooking ahead can seem like a daunting task. Cooking one meal is sometimes overwhelming: How do you cook several at the same time? What if I told you that with only a 15-minute investment, you could have dinner simmering for tonight and possibly several more meals down the road? Batch cooking the protein speeds dinner to the table faster than you can call for takeout, and it’s so much healthier. Today’s Italian Stewed Beef is a slow-cooked wonder that can simmer on your countertop all day.

  • The gift of granola Dec 1, 2011 3:20 PM
    Now that Thanksgiving is over and we are heading into the biggest gift-giving season of the year, I want to share a treat that is as wonderful to distribute as it is to keep and enjoy at home. My Maple-Pecan Granola is an inexpensive treat to bake, package and give to anyone on your list. And you'll definitely want to make a couple extra batches for houseguests.

  • Bean stew eases pre-holiday meal stress Nov 23, 2011 1:07 PM
    Thanksgiving is practically here. Whether you’ve been cooking for a week or you haven’t quite decided what to serve, chances are, for a regular evening’s meal, you want something besides the traditional Thanksgiving fare. So today’s hearty bean stew with the spicy flavors of hot Italian sausage and piquant fennel is simple to make, yet immensely complex in flavor. And it takes only 30 minutes to stir together

  • Be thankful for pumpkin bread Nov 16, 2011 11:08 AM
    Today's recipe is a beautiful example of what it truly means to be thankful. Each Thanksgiving for the past 17 years, my friend Pauline Byron has shown up on my doorstep with a freshly baked loaf of her spicy Pumpkin Bread and a handwritten note telling me how much she loves and treasures our friendship. Today, I share the recipe with you.

  • Give thanks for sweet potato casserole Nov 9, 2011 2:07 PM
    Today’s installment in “Foods To Be Thankful For” is my mom’s amazing sweet potato casserole.The humble sweet potato and the not-so-humble casserole by the same name is a plain baked sweet potato, with just a touch of butter and is enough to have me singing the veggie’s praises.

  • Sauce key to French-style sandwich Oct 26, 2011 1:19 PM
    I thought I knew what a good ham-and-cheese sandwich was all about until I tasted my first croque monsieur. If you're not familiar with the classic French toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich, then you are in for a real treat. What makes this sandwich so special, you ask? The secret is in the sauce.

  • Lentils make for quick, protein-packed dinner Oct 19, 2011 3:48 PM
    Brown lentils are humble little legumes that often get overlooked for a desperate dinner. While itís true that you donít have to soak them as you do other dried beans, brown lentils still take an hour to cook. That might rule out most of the possibilities they could offer a desperate cook. But what if the lentils were cooked already?

  • Always season for potato salad Oct 11, 2011 8:20 AM
    Does potato salad have a season? I don't think so. But in a recent conversation with several self-proclaimed “foodies,” I found out some folks think it is strictly a spring/summer side dish. Potato salad ingredients are simple, inexpensive and readily available year-round, so why not serve it in the fall and winter?

  • Smoked pork chops for dinner Oct 6, 2011 4:39 PM
    Deja vu in the grocery store: That’s just what it felt like last week. Walking through my local supermarket, I glanced down in the meat case and spied an old reliable just begging to be picked up — smoked pork chops. I haven’t cooked with smoked pork chops in at least five years, and I don’t know why. They’re quick and easy. They’re tender and flavorful.

  • Italian perfection from a non-Italian kitchen Sep 29, 2011 6:00 AM
    Sometimes a pasta sauce comes along that absolutely captivates me. That's exactly what happened on my recent trip to the French and Italian Riviera. Today's pasta sauce is so pure, so simple and yet so different from anything I've ever eaten. I wonder how I've missed it this long.

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