The holidays are a time of tradition, especially at the dining table. But America is a nation of blended tastes, so there's also room to experiment, right? Try this veggie-centric fare -- simple in ingredients yet rich in flavor and substance -- and you'll never miss the gravy.
The Thanksgiving drill is pretty familiar: turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie. But what would Native Americans have brought as sides? Turns out your backyard might have something tasty to contribute to this year's feast.
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The Thanksgiving drill is pretty familiar: turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie. But what would Native Americans have brought as sides?
Walt Bodine's critics return with restaurant news and reviews. Plus some ideas on where to go for a traditional or non-traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Latin Bistro and Culinary Center 6924 N. Oak Tfwy Gladstone, MO Tito Le Chef cooks in center of restaurant, funky, totally fun, not tex-mex, very authentic, mayan dishes, chili relleno was fabulous, shrimp is great, his bar is a cabinet.
When British chef Jamie Oliver took a road trip in search of quintessential American food, his biggest discovery was that there was no such thing. He visited American families to gather a diverse and delicious group of recipes that make up his new book, Jamie's America.
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Jamie's America: Easy Twists On Great American Classics, And More By Jamie Oliver Hardcover, 360 pages Hyperion List price: $37.50
Depending on where you live, you may know these bronze-shelled little nuts by a number of names. And their uses are just as varied. From the nation's hazelnut capital, Oregon, come recipes for nut-studded salad, pasta and more.
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Get recipes for Sweet And Spicy Roasted Hazelnuts With Rosemary, Oregon Bounty Salad, Dukkah and Pappardelle With Hazelnut Cream below.
Native Americans and pilgrims agreed on at least one thing: Cranberries were good medicine. Nearly 400 years later, scientists are only beginning to unlock the antioxidant and other medicinal benefits of this gorgeous berry.
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If you've ever bitten into a raw cranberry, you know it's as bitter as a lime. Native Americans embraced that acidity to fight infection, and pilgrims believed there was something in the red skin of cranberries that fought scurvy.
The meals we prepare and eat with our families growing up become synonymous with home. Food writer Monica Bhide says she loves to get recipe advice from her dad. But she rarely cooks her creations for him when they're together -- because she misses his cooking so much.
This time of year, supermarket shelves are overflowing with apples ? and not much else. But if you're mourning the loss of summer fruit, Top Chef finalist Carla Hall has the perfect dessert to take your mind off your troubles: Apple Cranberry Frangipane Tart.
Just because food writer Nigella Lawson loves to cook doesn't mean she always has the time to cook. Her latest book, Nigella's Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, is filled with quick, homey recipes for even the most harried cook.
Just because food writer Nigella Lawson loves to cook, doesn't mean she always has the time to cook.
If you've had enough of the seemingly ubiquitous butternut squash soup, have no fear. Butternut and acorn squash are making way for varieties like kabocha and jarrahdale. Yes, squash is the latest "it" fruit, so it's time to go beyond butternut.
In Around My French Table, cookbook author Dorie Greenspan revels in the idea that French home cooks take shortcuts just like Americans do -- they just don't talk about it as loudly. She demonstrates how people can make a French version of shepherd's pie -- with and without shortcuts.
A cool summer along the West Coast has made for a hurried harvest in the nation's top winemaking regions as growers rush to beat the first frost. But vintners are hopeful that the late grapes will make great wine.
A cool summer along the West Coast has made for a hurried harvest in the nation's top winemaking regions as growers rush to beat the first frost. Vintners, however, are hopeful the late grapes will make great wine.
Cookbooks usually come in two varieties: glossy food porn with impenetrable recipes or easy peasy with canned shortcuts. Somewhere in the middle you'll find Pam Anderson's Perfect One-Dish Dinners, a collection that has all the flavor -- without skimping on the shortcuts.
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Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers By Pam Anderson Hardcover, 280 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt List price: $32
Often referred to as the "Julia Child of Mexico," British expatriate Diana Kennedy has been exploring the world of Mexican cuisine since she moved there in 1957. Her newest cookbook, Oaxaca al Gusto, focuses on the traditions of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy By Diana Kennedy Hardcover, 459 pages University of Texas Press List price: $50
Of course, a cupcake is meant to be decadent. But it's possible to pack some nutrition into these trendy little treats and still feel like you're indulging -- without the guilt that can come with consuming the full-calorie versions.
Scrap the canned beans and bag the dried ones -- it's time for fresh beans, still nestled in their protective shells. With the help of a few chatty friends or relatives, in no time you'll have plenty of beans freed from their casings and ready for all kinds of hearty, vibrant dishes.
This fruit commonly used as vegetable is perhaps less loved in the U.S. than in India and the Mideast, where food writer Monica Bhide grew up. But after years of presenting different renditions to American friends and family, she's found ways to woo the eggplant skeptics -- including these spice-laden recipes and tips.
The long Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer for many in the U.S., but it's also a time when ethnic churches hold massive food festivals to celebrate their origins. For food writer Michele Kayal and her young daughter, Syrian festivals -- and the preparations for them -- are an enduring link to the past.
It isn't quick -- or easy -- but making a cake for someone's wedding is a wonderful gift and a money-saver for the newlyweds. Food writer Nicole Spiridakis relays tips and recipes from her cake-crafting success story.