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Tamal Ray’s winter warmers: plantain stew and slow-cooked oxtail – recipe

At this time of year what we most need is something warming and filling. There’s no better cut of meat for a stew than oxtail, while a vegetarian broth can pack a punch with plantain<p>There’s a stillness to this time of year. We wrap up and bed down to avoid the cold weather. What we want most of all …

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If you're just dumping a bunch of stuff into your slow cooker, you're doing it wrong

Let's face it: Slow cookers are popular, but dull. Mute. Kinda sleepy. Even on its highest setting (of three total), my six-quart All-Clad slow cooker doesn't simmer stock or sizzle diced shallots. Sometimes I'll reset it in the middle of cooking, just to hear that indifferent chirp. "She's not …

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Italian family recipes capture simple yet deeply comforting tastes of Melrose Park

Italian family recipes have become such a part of our collective culinary consciousness that we can almost taste the pot of bubbling Sunday sauce regardless of our national origin.<p>But some of the most highly anticipated Italian foods around are found not in family kitchens or even restaurant menus. …

These three cookbooks went viral before the Internet existed - and they still hold up today

Not long ago, an editor reminded me, "A cookbook can't be everything to everyone." Has this always been true?<p>My mind immediately flashed back to 1982's "The Silver Palate Cookbook," by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. It was a comprehensive source for a generation of home cooks in America. More than …

Recipes

10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes So Good Even Staunch Carnivores Will Want Seconds

We've already professed our love of soup on multiple occasions this season (see decadent cauliflower soup recipes and low-carb soup recipes for …

The Recipe That Changed the Way I Cook Chicken

Perfect pan-roasted chicken thighs were a significant improvement over the frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts I used to cook.<p>You can cook chicken, and you can <i>cook chicken</i>. Until I was about 27, I only did the first one. Growing up, I watched my mom make tenders out of chicken cutlets and …

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5 Easy Freezer Marinades Perfect for Chicken or Pork

While marinades are brilliant at turning cuts of meat that can often dry out when cooked into flavorful, moist meals, it's easy to forget to plan …

Swiss Eggs

This soothing, comforting dish is very delicious and easy to make and eat. It's different from scrambled eggs, and it's not quite like a quiche. The …

10 yummy ways to use leftover rice

<b>One can never have too much rice!</b><p>I’ll never forget the surprise on my aunt’s face when she asked 11-year-old me what food I would take with me to a …

16 Recipes That Prove The Midwest Is The King Of Comfort Food

Get ready for a tater tots feast.

10 Best Foods To Prep On Sunday So Your Meals Are A Breeze All Week

A little planning (and chopping) will set you up for healthy eating success.<p>Who has time to make lunch every morning before work, or a balanced …

Weekend Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory, A Delectable Italian Inspired Breakfast Dish

This popular Italian American dish from Cook's Country of quivering eggs poached directly in a spicy red sauce is equally as good for a meatless …

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10 lunches to make for work without actually cooking ANYTHING

You know the scene: You <i>tried</i> to get up early enough to make a filling, healthy lunch for work, but then your dog got sick, or your kid had a …

Craving: Chicago food

Food Focus<p>A history of Roeser's, Chicago's oldest family-owned bakery<p>When you tear a paper ticket at Roeser's Bakery in Humboldt Park, you might be there for a box of sweet rolls, or a torte dripping in sticky strawberries, or, if you're like more than half the customers, a custom-made cake. But …

Vegetables as Comfort Food, Thanks to the South

What do you think of when you think of Southern food? Fried chicken? Red velvet cake? Sweet potato pie? If you don't immediately say <i>vegetables</i>, …

How to Make This Beaaauuutiful Spanakopita Pie

And: how to hide any mistakes with flaky phyllo dough.<p>Spanakopita, which is as fun to say as it is to eat, is one of those foods we all order at restaurants, or make frozen from Trader Joe's—but to cook it from scratch? Terrifying. Intimidating.<p>So. Much. Phyllo.<p>But what if I told you, definitely …

The Best St. Patrick's Day Crock Pot Recipes

All the joys of Irish food, with all the ease of a Crock Pot.<p>Saint Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite food holidays. Sure, it doesn’t generate the same excitement as Thanksgiving, but it gives us the excuse to make some of our favorite wintertime dishes right at the moment when it feels like the …

10 Chick-fil-A Copycat Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings, Even on Sundays

Why is it that Chick-fil-A cravings seem to hit the hardest on Sundays, the only day the fast-food chain is closed? These copycat recipes allow you to get your fix any time, any day. From the classic Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich to the nuggets and more, every Chick-fil-A obsessive will surely …

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10 easy recipes that make a week's worth of food

Cooking every day seems as daunting as, uh, cooking every day. Especially after work. Especially when there are other things to do. Especially since,</i> …

All-in-One-Skillet Dinners

Learn how the ultimate kitchen-to-table vessel can be used to turn out comforting, all-in-one dinners.<p>Cast-Iron Skillet Quick Cassoulet<p>This …

6 Tips for Making Crispy Potatoes Every Time

I don’t think I need to convince you that in the genre of breakfast, potatoes need to be extra crispy. Eggs are soft and require contrast if you’re …

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