Baguettes, white sandwich bread, and English muffins make great baked croutons.
This is easy fare for informal outdoor gatherings. You can make the rub and the sauce up to a day in advance.
The smoky-sweet flavors of compote are a beautiful complement to Middle Eastern-Style Flank Steak, but it makes an equally delicious topping for grilled lamb chops or bruschetta.
Grilled chicken in the summer can't be beat. It's quick, it's easy. But, quick and easy doesn't mean boring here. The flavorful salsa adds depth to this simple dish; sun-dried tomatoes…
Chicken, along with crunchy croutons, gets a turn on the grill in this simple dinner salad.
The flavors here are earthy and satisfying, and they mingle beautifully with the spicy heat of the chipotle butter.
Drizzle on an infused sugar syrup for a fragrant finish. A vanilla-bean syrup is a perfect match for this mixed berry salad.
Melons, mint, and a fresh ginger syrup are delicious complements in this fruit salad. Cutting the melons in large cubes enhances their big, juicy flavor. For this salad, I like…
This steak gets a wet rub before grilling; the oil helps the other flavors spread.
Flaky Aleppo pepper (available at Middle Eastern groceries and online at Kalustyans.com) is worth seeking out for the rub; its heat doesn't overpower its fruity pepper. If you can't find Aleppo, hot…
This quick and delicious chicken is a great ingredient base for salads (simply scale the recipe up or down as needed) and is just as tasty cold. You can add…
A nonstick skillet is perfect for sautéing fish fillets with no worries about sticking. A thin, angled slotted spatula with a slightly curved lip is very helpful for turning delicate fish.
Seven layers not enough? For an even tastier grilled salad, you can also add a layer of cooked fresh corn kernels or a layer of chopped black olives.
Try this method on irregularly sized pieces from a rustic, airy loaf like ciabatta, or little squares of pita bread.
This Malaysian stir-fry gets its flavor from a rempah, or spice paste. Usually the rempah would include a few hard-to-find ingredients, but I've made some substitutions so you'll be able…
This fresh-tasting pasta salad is a summer twist on the traditional Ligurian dish of pasta with pesto and green beans. Cherry tomatoes add a burst of bright color and sweetness.
This is more of a topping than a salad dressing. Try it on grilled chicken or Mediterranean-Style Flank Steak.
You'll find chipotles—smoked jalapeños—canned in adobo sauce in the Mexican or imported food section of well-stocked supermarkets. This butter is a topping for Latin-Style Flank Steak, but it's also delicious on…
Perfect for an outdoor party or picnic, pasta salad is a versatile summer side dish. But we've all had less-than-spectacular renditions: if not well-made, they can be rubbery, starchy or…
This delightful salad begins by marinating dried apricots in a sweet Moscato wine. The wine plumps the apricots and then becomes part of a thyme-infused syrup. Moscato can be expensive,…
Similar fruits make pleasing salads. Nectarines and peaches, both stone fruit, work well together because of their similar textures.
To peel peaches and tomatoes for pies, canning, or other purposes, have ready a pot of boiling water, a bowl of ice water, a paring knife, and a slotted spoon.…
Start with a thin fillet, add a few bold flavors, and give it a fold or roll
Rub on intense flavor and serve with a zesty topping
For a fragrant finish, drizzle on an infused sugar syrup
Garlic scapes (stalks) are often discarded, but they do make good eating. In this short article, Ruth Lively offers a few suggestions for preparing and serving this summertime treat.
Ruth Lively sings the praises of fresh garlic, raw and cooked. You'll learn how to cut and cook it, and how to use it, along with basic instructions for growing…
Read a short review of Napastyle's wooden spice box.
Fish is extremely perishable, so you want to be sure it's fresh when you buy it. In this short article, Fine Cooking test kitchen manager explains what to look for…
Learn the ins and outs of gluten, a key element in the structural framework of baked goods.
Foods don't necessarily have to look or smell bad in order to be unsafe to eat. In this article, test kitchen manager Jennifer Armentrout offers some guidelines on the proper…
Croutons are easy to make at home, and you can vary the type of bread, the cooking method, and the seasonings. Susie Middleton explains how.
Jennifer Armentrout shows you how to butterfly a chicken breast and explains the benefits of this simple technique.
In four photos, Jennifer Armentrout demonstrates a simple way to peel peaches and tomatoes.
Fresh sour cherries are a summer treat. Here are a few tips for buying, freezing, and using these tasty fruits.
Dredging is a useful technique for preparing boneless chicken, fish fillets, and pork and veal cutlets. Learn what it is, how to do it, and why it's worth doing.
Amy Albert visits the family farm of Ken Weston, who has grown both sweet and sour cherries for hand for more than 60 years.
This impressive dessert is easy with a crust that handles well and bakes up crisp and tender
Infusions (oils, vinegars, and syrups) are perfect for adding bursts of flavor to food without a lot of work. In this article, Kimberly Y. Masibay explains how to prepare them…
A simple fruit salad can be greatly enhanced by infused syrups. In this article, Irit Ishai explains which fruits go best together and shares four of her favorite combinations.
An aromatic purée is the key to making Shrimp in Chile-Lemongrass Sauce
Read a short review of soy-based sauces from Kamada Foods.
Read a short review of the Beehive Bee honey sampler.
Read a short review of an organic oil extracted from the kernels of the nut of the argan tree, which grows in Morocco.
Read a short review of Prosecco and Moscato sparkling wine, now available in crown-capped bottles.
Kimberly J. Masibay reviews At Mesa's Edge, by Eugenia Bone.
Grilled chicken is a summer staple in many families. If you want to vary your repertoire, try Susie Middleton's seven scrumptious recipes and get her tips for achieving tasty results.
Pairing wine with fish is both easy and tricky: Easy in that more often than not, the old axiom—white wine with fish—applies. If a white wine has crisp acidity and…
A few simple tricks and a hot sauté pan or grill give zucchini the perfect texture for quick summer side dishes
Find out about this new kind of fruit.
I macerate the peaches and boil the juices to concentrate them. This intensifies their peachiness and means you need less cornstarch thickener, thus preserving the fruit’s flavor.
Blueberries are the easiest fruit to turn into pie—just toss them with lemon, sugar, and cornstarch and put in the pie shell.
This classic cherry pie uses sour cherries (not sweet cherries like Bings). During their brief season in early summer, sour cherries appear in some groceries and many farmers’ markets.
Strawberry and rhubarb are classic pie partners, but rhubarb can fly solo, too. This pie is deliciously fresh, tart, and light.
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