Ken Walton

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The 6 Biggest Salad Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

From underseasoning to overdressing, it's surprisingly easy to ruin a salad. Watch out for these 6 common mistakes, and you can avoid this sad fate<p>Salads are supposed to be light, bright, and full of life—but too often, they hit the table flat, limp, and soggy, with all the good stuff sunk at the …

Jacques Pépin's Brilliantly Retro Dessert Soup

“I recently read that I was the first Soup Nazi,” says Jacques Pépin. In 1970, the fabled cook opened his first US restaurant, La Potagerie, in …

A Word-of-Mouth Guide to Barcelona's Best Restaurants

The staff at Pakta, the Adrià brothers’ new Barcelona restaurant, tell writer Michael Idov where to find the city’s best food.<p><i>The staff at Pakta, the</i> …

10 Quick Sauces for Fish

Here, 10 great sauces that will take any fish dish over the top.<p>Now that you know how to masterfully score and season fish fillets, thanks to this …

Geoffrey Zakarian's Creamy-Spicy Avocado Sauce

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian of The Lambs Club in New York shares an unusual recipe for a creamy avocado-based sauce. His new book, My Perfect Pantry, …

7 Burrito Recipes to Counteract Chipotle's Price Hike

Recently, Chipotle raised its menu prices, after citing increasing costs for ingredients like beef and avocados. Here, seven incredible burritos to …

7 Summery Brunch Cocktails

Since it’s a glorious summer weekend, try making one of these glorious, summery brunch cocktails.<p>There’s nothing wrong with a classic, peachy bellini …

7 Ways to Use Grilled Garlic

Here are seven ways to cook with grilled garlic.<p>In this week’s installment of F&W’s video series with Panna, chef Rick Bayless shows how grilling …

15 Grilled Burger Recipes for Memorial Day

Walk into any Memorial Day cookout and you're likely to find burgers on the grill—few foods are as synonymous with grilling. At its heart, a great burger is an exercise in simplicity. All you really need is beef, salt, pepper, and fire. Once you've got the base down it's time to start experimenting …

Spaghetti alle Vongole

Servings<p>The briny juices from the clams help to flavor this brothy sauce—the fresher the clams, the better the dish.<p>May 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>Kosher salt<p>6 oz. spaghetti<p>4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided<p>1 garlic clove, thinly sliced<p>1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes<p>1/4 cup white wine<p>2 lb. cockles, …

41 Thai Recipes to Make at Home

Here are 41 of our favorite Thai recipes, inspired by the cuisine's addictive sweet, savory, salty, and spicy flavors.<p>If you take a deep dive into our recipe database, you'll notice a few interesting things: 1. the liberal use of Aleppo pepper; 2. a relative lack of banana recipes (our boss, <b>Adam</b> …

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Grilled Eggplant and Greens with Spiced Yogurt

4 Servings<p>First time grilling your greens? Lay them across the grill grates so they don’t fall through, and be ready to turn them—they char quickly.<p>July 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 medium Japanese eggplants or 1 globe eggplant (about 1 lb.), sliced crosswise on a diagonal ½”-thick<p>¾ teaspoon ground …

Tres Leches Cake

16 Servings<p>Hailing from Latin America, this tres leches cake gets its name from incorporating three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and regular whole milk.<p>July 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Unsalted butter (for pan)<p>1½ cups all-purpose flour plus more<p>1 tablespoon baking powder<p>¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon<p>6 …

Dessert

All the Grilled Vegetable Recipes You Can Handle and then Some

They're the perfect sides and mains for summer.<p>Sure, we love a big raw salad, but when you've got a craving for char and smoke, there's nothing better than these grilled vegetable dishes. Here are 41 recipes to get you started, for sides, mains, or even while-you're-grilling snacks.

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Grilled Flatiron Steak with Toasted Spice Vinaigrette

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 15 min<p>Total Time: 20 min<p>Let the steaks rest on top of the tomatoes. Their juices will commingle and make the dressing that much better.<p>July 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 ½ pounds flatiron or skirt steak, cut into 4 pieces<p>1 tablespoon olive oil<p>Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper<p>4 …

75 Summer Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

Master these ultimate summer dishes and eat well through September.<p><b>Just because we're not in the mood to fire up the oven</b> to make brisket in the summer doesn't mean we're off the hook when it comes to warm weather meals. Nope, when it comes to summertime, there are <i>definitely</i> some classics that just …

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36 Tahini Recipes for Hummus, Cookies, Noodles, Meat, and More

We love tahini—from thickening spreads to adding heft to sauces, is there anything this ground sesame paste can't do?<p><b>We love tahini.</b> This creamy sesame seed paste is genius in just about everything, from classic hummus to chicken salad. Make one of these recipes tonight, and get to know this …

Vertical-Growing Herbal Vines

01 of 04<p>This lovely herb has a scented bloom that will make you fall in love every time you smell it. The scent alone is enough reason to plant this …

One Ingredient, Many Ways: Basil

Credit: Helen Rosner<p>SWEET<p><b>Basil Gelato</b><br>Sweets like a creamy gelato bring out basil's floral notes.<p><b>Food 52: Wild Berry Basil Panna Cotta</b><br>This creamy, …

A Spice Buyer On Why Pepper Is Dirty, And How It Gets Clean

This week's news that the Food and Drug Administration found that 12 percent of spices imported to the U.S. are contaminated was a little disheartening.<p>As the FDA reported, all kinds of nasty stuff hitch a ride with spices into the country — from insects to animal excrement to pathogens. The agency …

Thai-Style Lobster and Herb Salad with Snap Peas and Salted Cucumber

I love me some cold mayo-based lobster salad, but I'll take this lighter, brighter, hotter, altogether-more-exciting version based on Thai flavors any day. Made with sweet, tender chunks of picked lobster meat, crisp blanched snap peas, cucumbers (salted to draw out some of their excess liquid and …

A World Map of Flavors – 36 Regions, 36 Herb and Spice Combinations

Inspired by The 4-Hour Chef, the friendly folks over at the startup Maptia (launching soon) have created this fun typographic map of flavors from …

These 10 Spices Will Instantly Make You A Better Cook

For all of you out there who think you just can't cook, we have something to tell you: yes, you can. Julia Child wasn't lying when she said anyone can cook. She may have been talking about French cooking, but it's true for all types of cuisine.<p>There's no magic to cooking. People aren't born with a …

Grilling: Moroccan-Spiced Rack of Lamb

Holidays call for a little splurging. And when it comes to Easter, lamb is an obvious, splurge-worthy choice. I usually end up going with the leg, but after years of holiday leg of lamb recipes, I decided I owed myself a treat and picked up a rack of lamb instead. The question was, what flavors …

Uncovering Hidden Secrets of an Ancient Spice

Do you believe in the healing power of traditional herbs and spices? That an ancient spice could help us cope with modern ailments?<p>Today the race is on to uncover the hidden benefits of turmeric, a spice that just might provide an alternative, drug-free approach to pain and inflammation, help lower …

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Shopping for dried herbs and spices? Don't go to the grocery

Need to buy some dried herbs or spices? The last place you should go is your neighborhood grocery store.<p>After comparing the prices for some commonly used ingredients at a half-dozen Southern California shops, it turns out supermarkets consistently charge prices that are three to 20 times as high as …

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Test Kitchen video tip: Toasting spices and nuts for flavor

When you want to add a little extra depth to a recipe, consider toasting any nuts or spices before adding them to the dish. Toasting helps extract the flavors and oils in the spices and nuts, lending depth and wonderfully rich flavor to a dish.<p>Toast whole spices on the stovetop using a …

Kitchens

Everything You Need To Know About Peppercorns, The Most Widely Used Spice In The World

Pepper is one of those spices that is so ubiquitous that we definitely take it for granted. Along with salt, pepper appears on just about every table -- in restaurants and kitchens alike. It's used in cuisines across the globe, and in fact, it is the most widely used spice in the world.<p>Pepper's …

Indian Spices 101: How to Work With Dry Spices

Many of my friends, new to Indian food, think that it's all spice and fire. But that's not true. Sure, there are spices, but it's not all chili. It's cumin, cinnamon, cardamom; fragrant spices, robust ones, peppery ones. And they're used carefully and thoughtfully. Each has its own aroma and adds …