Ham and Cheese Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and butter pudding is the quintessential leftovers-turned-comfort-food dish. Made using any type of leftover stale bread, cheese, and add-ins you have on hand, it’s the perfect end-of-the-week dish, as you can clean out all the odds and ends from the refrigerator. I love it made with crispy bacon, but boiled ham is delicious, too.

Beauty Secrets of Tea

The next time you brew yourself a pot of tea, you may want to set some aside for beauty’s sake. Perhaps you are familiar with the beauty tip that involves placing cooled brewed tea bags on your eyes to fight dark circles and puffy eyes. It turns out tea is a great candidate for other

Slow-Roasted Turkey: An Old-School Recipe With Fall-Off-the-Bone Results

Roast turkey, the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving dinners, can make (or break) the meal. With that much pressure placed on a single dish, it’s easy to feel intimidated. There are complex brines and dry-rubs to make, temperature and timing to keep, and the tetris-like game of fitting all the casseroles and baking dishes into the

Top 5 Longevity Foods to Postpone Aging

As I was researching my newest book “Radical Longevity,” I took a good hard look at the longest living populations from Okinawa, Japan, and Sardinia, Italy, to Costa Rica, Greece, Loma Linda, California, and the Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe. What were they doing differently? Was it just good genes? Apparently not, because, according to

Kale Chips Even Kids Will Devour

“Normally, it’s gross,” announced my son Louie, setting up a discussion about a certain prospective snack ingredient. “It tastes like poop,” clarified his friend Ella. “I don’t usually like it,” observed my son Remy, who is the chef of the family. “But in this form I do.” When Ella realized to which snack we were

Waldorf Pear Salad

The Waldorf salad may be traditionally made with apples, but we love it with the soft, seductive sweetness of ripe pears. Instead of gloppy mayonnaise, we toss crisp celery and fennel, toasted walnuts, grapes, and those succulent pears with Greek yogurt for a tangy take. Fresh herbs and sunflower seeds add texture and a modern

These Chocolate Chip Scones Will Satisfy Your Cookie Cravings

These chocolate chip scones are the ideal breakfast treat: They’re flaky, moist, and not too sweet. Think of them as a marriage of cream scones and chocolate chip cookies, complete with the tender texture you love in scones and the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate that comes with a great cookie.Serve them warm from the oven, with chips

Eat More Plants

The most significant thing you can do to improve your health, vitality, and energy levels, according to nutrition scientist Dr. T. Colin Campbell, is to change the way you eat. This doesn’t mean following the fad diet du jour, joining Overeaters Anonymous, or counting every calorie. It means, at least according to Campbell, simply eating

Breaded Chicken Cutlets

A great way to enhance the simplest of ingredients, breading and pan-frying makes anything better. In this recipe, thinly sliced chicken breasts receive this treatment to make crispy cutlets. I use thin-sliced chicken breasts, readily available in grocery stores, cut in half to make easier-to-manage, tailgate party-friendly pieces. I dredge them first in flour, for

Don’t Make These Stir-fry Mistakes

“It has to be done, so it might as well be done by me,” I told myself as I dumped the thawed package of supermarket potstickers into the vegetable stir-fry. I may be crazy, but it’s a lock that my kids will like it. So how crazy could that be? Trying to make a stir-fry

Explaining Bottle Variation

If you pay strict attention to the wines you buy, you may notice that there often are slight differences between two bottles of the “same” wine. This phenomenon is called “bottle variation.” Wine makers know it’s a hard-to-avoid pitfall. In particular, with wines made in the millions of cases, variations can be great. A 10,000-gallon

Parmesan Soup

I first tried this parmesan soup at Chez Nous restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, and was immediately in awe. This is my version, which has since become a go-to soup for dinners at home, and a trusty addition to my entertaining repertoire. The original is served with lardons and garlic croutons. But as I can’t

Refresh Yourself With a Blueberry Shrub

What’s a shrub? Think of it as a vinegar-based fruit syrup that can be used in myriad ways: as a cocktail mixer, as a refreshing cooler with sparkling water, or as a juice concentrate to ramp up the flavor of many dishes. This drink is hundreds of years old and has recently become popular again.

Trio of Chocolate Desserts From France

Chocolate has been used to lift one’s spirits from time immemorial. It is also associated with love and romance. The best comes from Venezuela, where the noble Criollo bean grows. It is to chocolate what Arabica is to coffee. The bean used to make 90 percent of chocolate today, however, is the common Forastero bean.

Stories from China’s Ancient Kitchens

Already by the Spring and Autumn of Chinese history—between 8 and 4 B.C.—the eating habits of the Chinese people were deeply influenced by terminology and etiquette from Confucianism. K’ung Fu Tzu In a classic book from the Confucian school, “Book of Rites,” it states that: “During meals, wine and soup should be placed to the

The Family Table: A Recipe ‘Stained From Cherry Juice and Frequent Use’

Submitted by Charlene Hornick, Eugene, Oregon This cherry cake recipe was written on a 3-by-5-inch card in my mother’s recipe box, stained from cherry juice and frequent use. This is a family favorite, passed from my grandmother to my mother. No one knows the origin. (Courtesy of Charlene Hornick) (Courtesy of Charlene Hornick) It was

Honey-Apple Cake

For Ashkenazi Jews, Rosh Hashanah tables tend to feature one of two desserts: honey cake or apple cake. The former (lekach) is sweetened with honey and flavored with strong coffee and spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. The latter (apfelkuchen) comes chockablock with tender apples that give the cake an extra moist crumb. But really,

The Family Table: Grandpa’s Famous, Fail-Proof Blueberry Pancakes

Submitted by Stephen A. Sands (aka Grampa Steve), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada “Are you going to make your blueberry pancakes, Grandpa?” That’s a familiar question when our family gathers together on Sundays or for special occasions. You might get the impression that the question is only asked at special events, when in fact, it has been requested whenever

How to Make Umeshu, the Spirit of a Japanese Summer

Just as spring slips and summer arrives in Japan, before the mosquitoes swarm and the thick humidity hits in earnest, ume leads the charge into the new season. Ume, Japanese plums, are just as much a part of Japanese art and life as sakura, cherry blossoms. The trees bloom earlier, at the end of winter

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