Worth the Effort

Today’s Special: Acorn Squash with Kale Tabbouleh

In winter squash season, it seems butternut gets all the love while acorn squash gets passed by. Alon Shaya, chef-owner of Shaya in New Orleans and winner of the 2015 James Beard Best Chef: South award, understands why: “The skin is tough, and that’s what turns people away,” he says. “They try to peel it, and it’s got all these […]

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The Cutest Jack O’ Lantern We’ve Ever Seen

If I am being honest, there’s only one kind of jack-o’-lantern that I like: A ceramic one that’s already decorated when I leave the store. Quite frankly, nothing about carving and gutting a pumpkin appeals to me. Well, almost nothing. I do love roasted pumpkin seeds. That’s why you’ll see this adorable idea from sister brand Coastal Living outside my door […]

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Mad Delicious: Slow Cooker Turkey Mole

To make mole poblano, the sweet, smoky, deep, mysterious sauce of Mexico, one need not dive into a history book or spend four days at the stove. It’s a sauce that’s easily pulled beyond lore, rules, and tradition—into the slow cooker, even. Start by building smoky flavor—charred smoky, not barbecue smoky. Then impart sweetness and body; I use starchy-sweet ripe […]

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Mad Delicious Lesson: Toasted Sandwiches

Sandwich night can be the busy cook’s savior, but only if the sandwiches are good—warm, toasty, and above all, fun. This type of fast, casual dinner invites some departure-from-the-norm creative license, and this recipe should certainly inspire you to play, play, play with your food. It’s an unusual but irresistible combo of delicious things: peanut butter, banana, mango, and (what’s […]

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Today’s Special: Jacques Pépin’s Chicken Jardinière

For master chef Jacques Pépin—who celebrates his 80th birthday later this year—the classic French stew Chicken Jardinière recalls fond memories of his mother’s home cooking. “It’s a dish I’ve loved for as far as I can remember,” Pépin says. His mother’s approach to the dish was slightly different. She’d use chicken gizzards to boost flavor, rather than pancetta, which Pépin […]

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5 Easy, Freezable Lunches for Busy Weekdays

I’ve started fancying myself a bit of a Weekend Warrior Princess, with a little help from our weekly Sunday Strategist posts. Basically anything that can help me #WintheWeek and get ahead is well worth a few hours of planning and plotting in the kitchen on Sunday. That’s why I love learning how to make these easy homemade freezer pockets, based […]

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Today’s Special: Andrea Reusing’s Stuffed Savoy Cabbage with Tomato Sauce

Chefs cooking for their families on rare nights off face a delicate balancing act. They need to serve food that both kids and adults will love, and without so much work that it feels like, well, work. North Carolina star chef Andrea Reusing (The Durham Hotel, Lantern) has it all figured out: Her stuffed cabbage rolls deliver convenience for the […]

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Scoring Whole Fish

Making incisions through the skin and flesh (called scoring) takes the guesswork out of cooking whole fish. How to Score a Whole Fish Choose the right fish. Round fish–which have an eye on each side of the head, such as bass, snapper, and trout–are ideal. Make deep cuts. Use a chef’s knife to cut through the flesh at a 45-degree […]

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Mad Delicious Lesson: Grilled Short Ribs

If you’ve been to a Korean barbecue restaurant, you’ve probably enjoyed kalbi, grilled flankenstyle short ribs, which are long and thin and cut across the bone. But it’s unlikely that you’ve had grilled English-cut short ribs (the type you typically braise). A straight-ahead dry rub with a touch of cornstarch traps in juices just enough to allow quick formation of […]

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Build Cleaner, Smarter Summer Salads

Salads always seem like the healthy option—a quick way to meet your daily, fruit, and veggie quota. Added bonus: They’re a simple, no-cook approach to summer supper, and most are clean without much effort. But a heavy hand with dressing, combined with calorie-dense toppers like cheese, bacon, and even heart-healthy nuts, can quickly turn those bountiful greens into a 1,000-calorie […]

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