Kathy Buchanan

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The secret to keeping chicken moist on the grill is brine

Barbecuing is the perfect method for cooking fatty cuts of pork or beef, but relatively lean chicken is another story. For barbecued pulled chicken …

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

"This is an easy recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala--chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and then served in a tomato cream sauce. Serve with rice or …

15 Gin Cocktails You’re Missing Out On

There’s nothing like a few cheeky gin cocktails to wet your whistle. These classic drinks are perfect for every season.<p><b>Gimlet</b><p>Say hello to the …

Recipes

For Tiny Breads, All You Need Is 5 Minutes & Flour

I’m a big believer in the vehicle—an edible one. Much of what I cook is soupy or saucy and relies much more on flavor than it does on structure, shape: A whole mess of chopped vegetables and canned tomatoes or stewed lentils with a smattering of herbs. It’s great, really (usually), but getting it …

Bread

What to read next? A summer book list like no other

So many books, so little time, and, worst of all, so little space. It is a privilege to write for The Washington Post every week, particularly given my eclectic — some would say eccentric — tastes. Yet for every title I review, there are a half dozen I would like to cover and cannot. I am allocated …

10 Slow Cooker Recipes for Two People (Who Like Leftovers)

While slow cookers are a boon for big-batch meals, I take mine out at least once a week when cooking dinner for my small family of two (twice if you …

The Foolproof Trick for Making Perfect Poached Eggs

Poaching is arguably the most difficult—or at least, the most intimidating—method of cooking a gloriously oozy-yolked egg. There’s a lot to consider …

Breakfast

The Best Steak Marinade Recipe

"We use this marinade for rib steaks, but can be used for almost any cut of beef."<p>Ingredients<p>1/4 cup olive oil<p>1/4 cup balsamic vinegar<p>1/4 cup …

How to store Jerusalem artichokes and 20 ways to eat them!

We went to a seedling swap a couple of years ago and came back with some Jerusalem artichoke tubers. You can read more here, but basically we took …

Food

16 French Recipes Every Beginner Cook Should Master

If you’re looking to up your game in the kitchen, classic French technique will provide you with a useful foundation no matter what you like to cook. …

Cooking

Tis the Season for Julia Child’s Trademark Vinaigrette

Julia Child once said: “The perfect vinaigrette is so easy to make that I see no reason whatsoever for bottled dressings.”<p>Once again, we can’t help …

The Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

Whether you’re looking for a captivating novel, a spine-tingling thriller, a fascinating investigation, or a poignant memoir, 2018's new book …

Books

6,889-mile Amtrak ride provides coast-to-coast look at U.S.

After more than a day of train travel across the desert Southwest, the green woods in Louisiana outside our sleeping compartment's windows were a pleasant change. But we weren't moving. For hours.<p>The Sunset Limited until then had been making good time, even occasionally extending station stops to …

Trains

11 spectacular waterfalls in the US you need to see in your lifetime

With all due respect to TLC, you should definitely, <i>definitely</i> go chasing waterfalls.<p>There's pretty much nothing more stunning than cascading water …

Hiking

Delete your account – a guide to life after Facebook

For many people, deleting their Facebook accounts sounds a lot like living a carbon-neutral life, recycling all your waste or going hardcore vegan: a nice idea, and probably the morally right thing to do, but way too much of a hassle to actually go through with.<p>Facebook, after all, is how millions …

Social Media

Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken Recipe

"A delightful chicken dish with a little spicy kick. Serve with rice and your favorite vegetable."<p>Ingredients<p>3/4 teaspoon salt<p>1/4 teaspoon black …

Gyudon (Beef and Rice Bowl) Is Japan's Most Foolproof Dish

If ramen is like the hamburger of Japan, <i>gyudon</i>—steamed rice topped with beef and onions simmered in sake and soy sauce—is its hot dog: a quick, easy meal that's equally at home at the food court or on your kitchen table.<p>You know that scene at the beginning of <i>Saturday Night Fever</i> where John Travolta …

Onions

A Flatbread Recipe for People Who Think They Can't Bake Bread

I'll probably never bake a loaf of sourdough, but I swear by this foolproof yogurt flatbread recipe. They're beyond easy, and never fail to impress guests.

Bread

How to Immediately Change Your Life For The Better

Ready for a change? Here's how you can make it happen.<p>There's an old joke where a man says, "I really want to go to medical school, but it takes at least seven years--and I'll be 50 in seven years!" A wise friend replies, "And how old will you <b>be in seven years if you don't go?"</b><p>If you're not where …

A Luxurious Cream of Mushroom Soup—Without the Cream!

Are you a soup person? I am, without a doubt. Whatever the weather, I find great comfort in soups of all persuasions: a rich chowder to ward off biting winds, a perfectly chilled gazpacho to celebrate summer's tomato bounty, a seafood-studded bouillabaisse for whenever I can get my hands on it. …

Recipes

1 Simple Miso Soup Recipe, 5 Ways to Make It

Chicken noodle miso soup, a spicy kimchi and egg version, and more ways to play with a basic miso soup recipe.<p>If you grew up reading fashion magazines, you're familiar with the 1-outfit-5-ways setup, which was always like, wear the sweater...around your waist! The 90s were wild. I'm also pretty …

Soup

These 10 brutal truths about life will help you get your shit together

If you’re like me, you get annoyed at the “fairy tale” successful life stories.<p>They usually go something like this:<p>– I had a dream.<p>– So then I …

The To-Do List Method That Finally Got My Life In Order

You’ve probably heard by now about the life-changing magic of a functional to-do list. <i>You’ll be more productive! Less stressed! Ready to tackle goals</i> …

Productivity

19 Healthy Soups That Won't Weigh You Down, Literally

Between the seven-layer dip you housed on Saturday night and polishing off a box of chocolates on Sunday (worth it), there’s a good chance you might …

Cooking

Why I'm obsessed with the Instant Pot's home-cooking magic

My Instant Pot obsession started innocently enough, with a resolution to finally crack down on processed food.<p>Guess what? Unprocessed food takes time …

Instant Pot

3-Ingredient Instant Pot Recipes That Fit Any Budget

The Instant Pot — the programmable electric pressure cooker — was one of the most popular gifts over the holidays, and continues to be a hot …

These 7 Pioneer Woman Recipes Are Too Easy Not to Make This Week

Ree Drummond, otherwise known as The Pioneer Woman, has a knack for creating simple, mouthwatering recipes that resonate with scores of people. She's …

Six of the best pancake recipes

The only recipes you need to sweeten up your pancake day, from a classic crepe with lemon and sugar to beetroot drop scones and a custard-filled stack<p>Prep <b>10-15 mi</b><b>n</b><br>Cook <b>2 min per pancake</b><br>Makes <b>18</b>

Afternoon Tea