This is not an authentic kung pao recipe. It’s a crazy delicious weeknight-friendly recipe for stir-fried pork that tastes very much like really good kung pao. If you really like recipes you can toss in to marinate in the morning … more ...
10 ideas for eating all that zucchini   Published Jul 23, 2014
Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you’re staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat? Convinced we could find more — and more creative — ways to use up a bounty … more ...
Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here’s a delicious solution that requires no more heat than is necessary to … more ...
Parents love back-to-school season because it gets the whole family back on a schedule. Parents hate back-to-school season because that schedule usually leaves too little time to get dinner on the table. And it usually takes a solid month of … more ...
In terms of flavor and texture, it’s hard to beat a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, one of the most popular sandwiches in America. Trouble is, it’s not exactly filling. I’ve always thought of the BLT as an air sandwich; … more ...
Rediscovering apple spirits in America   Published Jul 16, 2014
Call it a rise in core demand. Hard cider already has taken a slice of the adult beverage market in recent years, and now apple spirits of all kinds are showing their appeal as Americans rediscover classics like calvados and … more ...
A salad when you’re tired of greens   Published Jul 16, 2014
With salad season in full swing, it’s inevitable that you soon will be sick of your go-to mix of greens. Doesn’t matter if you favor romaine or Boston, herbed mixes or arugula, or even old-school iceberg. In short order, the … more ...
It was probably 15 years ago that I discovered the magic that is a nearly empty jar of jam. Until then, I’d always hated those sticky knuckle moments of scraping the slimy dregs of the jar, hoping I had enough … more ...
Looking for ways to jazz up your basic fruit salad this summer? Consider giving it a hit from the savory side of the food world. It’s not something we often think of, but ingredients we generally consider savory or spicy … more ...
Last summer, the hip way to handle cauliflower was to treat it like a steak. Most of those recipes call for cutting a head of cauliflower into thick slabs that remain intact during cooking. The slabs are seasoned and often … more ...
Grilling secrets for BBQ ribs   Published Jul 15, 2014
It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards. My rib-awakening came during the world’s largest barbecue contest, at the Memphis in May festival. All … more ...

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The words hungry kids heading home from school hate most? “Have a piece of fruit.” Afterschool snacks are one of the toughest terrains for parents to navigate. The kids want a treat, but parents want to keep it healthy. So … more ...
Over the years, I’ve received roughly a half dozen of those perforated grilling pans as gifts. You know the ones I mean. They usually have sloped sides and small holes in them. The idea is that they let you cook … more ...
There’s a new Most Wanted suspect on the nutrition hit list, and it may be bringing down one of the good guys with it. The No. 1 villain in the American diet is no longer fat or cholesterol or even … more ...
MERIDEN – The annual Independence Day fireworks celebration will take place tonight at 9 p.m. in Hubbard Park. Musical guests The Mighty Soul Drivers will perform from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In the case of rain the event will … more ...
Beef may claim to be what’s for dinner in America, but in the Middle East that honor often goes to lamb. It’s prepared in innumerable ways, but my favorite is when the lamb is ground, spiced and grilled, then topped … more ...
Most of us know the secret to amazing homemade cocktail sauce. But for the summer, we wanted to update this classic companion to chilled shrimp. So we looked to what was seasonal and decided to try a strawberry-based cocktail sauce. … more ...
Like Philadelphia itself, there is a lot to love about the city’s signature sandwich — the cheesesteak. But that delicious combination of beef, onions and cheese isn’t the sort of thing you want to pack away every day, unless you’re … more ...
Onions are a bit of a problem for me. They are one of my reflex buys. By which I mean, every time I go to the grocer no matter what I am shopping for I always buy a bag of … more ...
Bourbon, maple team up for barbecue   Published Jun 3, 2014
Simply put, bourbon belongs in barbecue sauce. Bourbon, by definition (at least in the U.S.), is distilled from a grain mixture that must be at least 51 percent corn. And corn is naturally sweet. So of course bourbon makes a … more ...
What to do on Father’s Day when it’s time to eat and you want to serve something manly and filling? Other than steak, that is. Here’s a nominee that re-engineers a classic sports bar appetizer — jalapeño poppers. Standard jalapeño … more ...
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