| Feb 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Too many people leave their Valentine's Day planning until the last minute. I know this from the many attempts people make to secure Valentine's dinner reservations in my restaurants on February 13 -- or even on the 14th.
I want good fortune to smile...
| Feb 4, 2014
Q: Is it possible to make a good gluten-free bread at home?
--Laura Yee, Chicago
A: "Absolutely," exclaimed Shauna James Ahern, author with Daniel Ahern of "Gluten-Free Girl Every Day" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $29.99). I had telephoned her on...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 9:26 AM
Looking for something simple to put on the table? You can't go wrong with soup, especially at this time of the year. It's an easy one-dish option. Best of all? You might never guess the soups below are vegetarian, each a perfect option for Meatfree...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 10:45 AM
Love garlic? You can't go wrong with these easy dinner ideas. Stick with the amount of garlic given in the recipe, or go ahead and double it. Triple it, even. We dare you. Whether you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans, if you're a fan, they don't...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Boeuf bourguignon is so much more than just another beef stew. This classic French dish, made so popular by a certain Ms. Julia Child, is the kind of stew that can earn a marriage proposal. The deeply savory aroma alone -- redolent of...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 10:30 AM
This Italian-flag-inspired Margherita pizza recipe is topped with juicy tomatoes and slices of fresh mozzarella. What could make it better? Adding a salad on top of the pizza to make a pizz'alad. In this case the Margherita pizza is topped with a salad of...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 10:15 AM
You can never have too many easy dinner recipes for chicken. It's such a versatile option and lends itself to so many flavorings. And did we mention how easy chicken is to prepare? Check out these gluten-free options:
Braised chicken with capers: It's...
| Jan 25, 2014
It was never really a threat to game-day parties, but the reported Velveeta shortage a few weeks ago certainly garnered attention.
After all, Velveeta sells a lot of prepared cheese product for queso, that popular dip made with melted blocks of the...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:26 PM
The line snakes around the boxes of pasta, around the cartons of Italian cookies and all the way out to the sidewalk. Hungry patrons lean against stacks of imported canned tomatoes, standing on tiptoe to peer over the shelves for a glimpse at the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:26 PM
Ed Levy from Baltimore was hoping I would be able to get the recipe for the salted chocolate caramel pie that he and his wife so enjoyed at Bottega, the new restaurant located in the Station North neighborhood in Baltimore. It was one of two desserts on...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 4:30 PM
I speak not as an angry spinster but as a happily married woman when I say: I hate Valentine's Day. It probably stems from my general dislike of anything overly girly or pink, and my feeling that a sweet gesture of love is much more special...