SPILLING THE BEANS

Inching toward a plant-based, whole grain life.

Rotisserie chicken: Living — and eating — the legacy

The widespread availability and the inherent frugality of the perfectly roasted chicken has revolutionized our ability to prepare healthy meals at home. You heard it here first.

Slow-cooker pulled pork: Why not cook in for your cookout?

This recipe results is a giant pile of tender, subtly smoky, juicy meat and sauce that will leave your guests licking their fingers and their plates.

Move over mac. Meet my friends, cauliflower and cheese

The sauce bubbles and the crumbs crisp. Serve it as a main dish or a side.

Fish cakes from freezer perfect when you're too hungry to cook

After working like a rented mule in the garden all day, cooking dinner is the last thing on my mind.

Thai Quinoa Salad a cure for the cold weather blues

My summer clothes linger in the cedar closet and I'm wearing socks as I write. But never mind all that. It's time for salad!

Even a hard-boiled cook can find inspiration in an egg

In the bleakest of emotional food deserts, a egg can help point the way.

Golden raisins meet oatmeal in a muffin for the ages

They satisfy my sweet tooth — the plump golden raisins offset the buttermilk tang — but with the oatmeal and wheat germ, they feel substantial, more like a meal than dessert.

As Cinderella would say, there's no ball like a matzo ball

These matzo balls are delicately textured, yet full-flavored globes of hardy goodness.

To end up with a rich broth, no need to marry a millionaire

To transform a good stock into a soulful broth, the hallmark of any respectable matzo ball soup, you need to add vegetables.

On the road to matzo ball soup, the first stop is poached chicken

This crazy recipe from Jeff Smith, known as The Frugal Gourmet, involves leaving a chicken in hot water for an hour until it's gently and perfectly done.

Chipotle in adobo: Put that in your meatball and smoke it

Everything’s better with a sweet and spicy meatball.

No tomatoes needed for this quick red sauce

I have a secret girl-crush on The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, who writes a blog and has a Food Network TV show...

Keep warm with Italian sausage and beans

I had one serving for my dinner then, a day or so later, my husband sent me a text at work that included a photo of the empty dish.

Rescuing spaghetti squash from years of bad marketing

Here’s one thing I know for sure. Spaghetti squash tastes nothing like spaghetti. 

Salad in a jar means healthy lunch in my belly

Generally, I’m not crazy about food gimmicks. I’m suspicious of miraculous shortcuts involving cake mixes, coffee cans or cooking breakfast under the hood of your...

Mining the stacks: One-Pot Curried Cauliflower Rice

We’re preparing to begin a remodeling project at home and I have been forced to contend with my various piles, stacks and shelves of cookbooks and cooking magazines.

Butter me up with Broccoli Cheese Strudel

When you need something special to bring to a potluck or serve with a salad to your favorite group of ladies who lunch, look no further than Broccoli Cheese Strudel.

Pork and sauerkraut, still besties after all these years

Sometimes an old recipe pops into my head, one that once was in heavy rotation but that I haven’t cooked lately.

When Halloween is long gone, why not make pumpkin muffins?

When it comes to a gardener’s pride of harvest, size matters. 

Asian dressing for roasted winter vegetables makes miso happy

My husband and I eat a lot of roasted vegetables. They’re so easy to prepare and so versatile. They can take on different personalities depending on which combination you choose and how you serve them when they’re done.