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How to make better bloody marys at home

A bloody mary is the savory tooth's best friend: It's rich with tomato juice, spicy and complex from the seasonings, and has a pleasant, boozy kick. And making your own - starting with a stellar mix - is a fun way to experiment with the random spices, hot sauces and liquors you've already got in your kitchen. Make a large-ish batch of the mix, store it in the refrigerator for up to a week, then invite...
These easy summer flatbreads can be made in no time - and with no oven

These easy summer flatbreads can be made in no time - and with no oven

My oven is getting dusty. It's only reasonable, of course, that I am reluctant to turn it on in the summer, when all it does is add 20 degrees to the inside temperature, causing my old air conditioner to work that much harder. Besides, who needs a casserole or a cake between, say, May and September, when just-picked tomatoes and ice cream are on the menu? Fresh bread, however, is a year-round necessity...
In Thailand, ‘obesity in our monks is a ticking time bomb’

In Thailand, ‘obesity in our monks is a ticking time bomb’

The Buddha, in his laughing incarnation, is often depicted with a jolly smile and a giant, quivering belly. That model of plenitude seems ever more apt in Thailand, where the waistlines of the country’s Buddhist monks have expanded so much that health officials have issued a nationwide warning. In June, officials from Thailand’s Public Health Department urged laypeople to offer healthier...
Best Bites: Smashmallow’s Cookie Dough-flavored Marshmallows

Best Bites: Smashmallow’s Cookie Dough-flavored Marshmallows

An equal blend of caramel and vanilla extracts form the base cookie dough flavor in these marshmallows. With semi-sweet chocolate chips sprinkled on top of each square, the bitter flavor marries subtly with the sweet flavors of the mallow to make a soft but not overpoweringly sugary bite. Try these marshmallows in a cup of dark hot chocolate or in a dark chocolate s’more to cut the sweet aftertaste...
Beyond Assyrtiko, Greek whites reach for distinction

Beyond Assyrtiko, Greek whites reach for distinction

Among all the little-known grape varieties found in the ancient land of Greece, assyrtiko is the one that seems to have broken through. Yet its surfacing has been tentative. A vanguard of curious and adventurous drinkers recognizes that assyrtiko from the island of Santorini displays many of the characteristics that are associated with great dry white wine. It has been by far the most popular among...
Velvety, bright, flabby: Stop to consider how wine feels

Velvety, bright, flabby: Stop to consider how wine feels

Road builders and skin care professionals probably spend a fair amount of time thinking about how they can bring some smoothness to whatever it is they’re working on, but the concept probably doesn’t cross the mind of many winemakers. Yet a lot of beginning wine drinkers automatically go to the word “smooth” to describe wines. This default descriptor indicates a certain easiness...
Anheuser-Busch on its way to becoming king of craft beer to

Anheuser-Busch on its way to becoming king of craft beer to

A decade ago, Anheuser-Busch made no beer that could legitimately be called “craft.” The nation’s largest beer company dabbled at the edges of the burgeoning craft beer movement, but its backbone remained the brands to which craft beer was largely a reaction — Bud and Bud Light, Natural Light and Michelob Ultra, and whatever odd innovations might tempt a new generation of consumers...
A taste of Cuba: Make classic picadillo and caramelized yuca flan

A taste of Cuba: Make classic picadillo and caramelized yuca flan

More often than not, we’ve viewed Cuba from this side of the Florida Straits, where native dishes have been transplanted and sometimes translated, tweaked and, gasp, even “curated.” The glossier cookbooks tend to emanate from this side of the abstract Cuban nation. So when “Cuba: The Cookbook” (Phaidon, $49.95) landed on my desk this June in all its neon splendor, 432...
Test Kitchen recipe: Have a taste of New England with these lobster rolls

Test Kitchen recipe: Have a taste of New England with these lobster rolls

A co-worker who recently spent two weeks on the East Coast raved about the lobster rolls served at Spindler’s in Provincetown, Mass. It’s no wonder the lobster roll was good. The restaurant’s menu development was overseen by James Beard award-winning chef Barbara Lynch, who is the chef-owner of Boston-based Barbara Lynch Grupp, according to www.spindlersptown.com. Lynch was also...
The unhealthiest menu items in America? See this breakfast burrito, giant pretzel

The unhealthiest menu items in America? See this breakfast burrito, giant pretzel

How’s this for breakfast? The Cheesecake Factory’s breakfast burrito or seven McDonald’s sausage McMuffins? According to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, those two orders have the same nutritional equivalent. But the Cheesecake Factory order is the “winner” of the center’s 2018 Xtreme Eating Award for the Worst Way to Start the Day. The center...
Summer treats made with nutrient-rich milk you can feel good about eating and serving

Summer treats made with nutrient-rich milk you can feel good about eating and serving

With Summer in full swing, parents may be wondering how to ensure their children are staying hydrated and maintaining nutritious diets to help them get the nutrients they need. One out of two kids ages 9 and up are missing out on key nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and potassium – nutrients critical for their growth and development. And, most kids younger than nine are falling short on vitamin...
Plumcots, apriums and pluots: How to keep track of all those hybrid fruits

Plumcots, apriums and pluots: How to keep track of all those hybrid fruits

The choice presents itself to you in the produce aisle like a word puzzle. There are pluots and plumcots and apriums, in shades of green and purple and orange that suggest either - or neither - plums or apricots. In this bizarre Venn diagram of late-summer Frankenfruits, which will you choose? Here's a quick breakdown of the differences: - Plumcots are 50-50 crosses between plums and apricots. - Apriums...
Yes, you can have crispy, juicy fried chicken at home without a trip to the drive-through

Yes, you can have crispy, juicy fried chicken at home without a trip to the drive-through

Of all the arguments that can be made for cooking at home, most come down to this: Home-cooked food is better. Here's the thing, friends: You aren't going to make fried chicken at home that tastes exactly like Popeyes. I'm just telling it like it is. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't make it, because what you pull out of your own skillet can still be every bit as satisfying as what comes out of...
Good things happen when bread meets eggs

Good things happen when bread meets eggs

The original egg on a roll was not bought from a cart on the streets of Manhattan, I imagine, but it is now a cheap, fast, made-to-order breakfast for New Yorkers of all stripes in a hurry. Wrapped in paper, the sandwich is as unassuming as it is satisfying. What’s not to like? Egg-and-bread anything is a great combination, no matter how plain or fancy: fried egg sandwiches; soft-scrambled eggs...
Treat yourself to showstopping strudel

Treat yourself to showstopping strudel

Strudel is traditionally made by rolling many-layered, paper-thin pastry around a sweet or savory filling. But the new strudels at Breads Bakery depart from the standard. The pastry has more in common with the kind of flaky laminated dough used for croissants and mille-feuilles. The results — beautifully burnished, 2 feet long and filled with apple compote, poppy seeds or red cabbage sauerkraut...
Is It Southern food, or soul food?

Is It Southern food, or soul food?

When you’re a Southern cook, everyone thinks they know what you’re about. You bake your cornbread in a cast-iron skillet. Your kitchen is stocked with grits and greens and grease. You’re probably white or African-American, a churchgoer, a straight woman and a mother. And you learned at your own mother’s apron strings, never wanting to cook anything other than the foods of your...

The hamburger of the future is here, but will you eat it?

Despite a long love affair with red meat, more Americans than ever are turning toward plant-based imitators at restaurants and grocery stores. Not the hockey puck veggie burgers in the back of your freezer, mind you-these are plant-based patties engineered to mimic the taste of real meat. But making vegetation seem like flesh has always been tough. To create something that satisfies carnivores, Silicon...
Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Hamptons

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Hamptons

Each May, new restaurants pop up in the beach villages of New York's Hamptons. Many close by the end of November, though, unable to face the void left by the seasonal nomads. So what's the secret behind the restaurants and food shops that endure? Some hints: a chef or owner with passion and personality; decor that envelops without feeling stuffy; and perhaps hosts who love this area as much as diners...
My lucky 13: the year’s most memorable bites (so far)

My lucky 13: the year’s most memorable bites (so far)

I remember a particularly delicious almond croissant. There it was, fresh from the oven at Loic Autret bakery in West Palm Beach. Sure, our table was laden with a mixed batch of breakfast elements – smoked salmon, capers, baguette, fruit salad and quiche Lorraine – but after one buttery and flaky bite, this croissant was the only dish I would remember from that Wednesday morning in...
New Mediterranean restaurant offers diverse regional menu   

New Mediterranean restaurant offers diverse regional menu   

Stepped into a random strip plaza on Military Trail, just south of Belvedere Road, and found an unexpected delight: a new Mediterranean spot cooking up some yummy, Turkish-leaning fare. Locanta Local Eatery debuted this spring in a transformed former Subway space. The kitchen is in the hands of chef Alper Songul, formerly of Agora Mediterranean Kitchen in Northwood.  The restaurant’s take...
The best pork chops aren’t actually chops

The best pork chops aren’t actually chops

What if I told you the best grilled pork chop in the world is actually not a chop at all, but sliced pork shoulder? Marbled with and surrounded by fat, the crown jewel of winter braising could soon become the hero of summer grilling. No, not by smoking a large hunk of meat for 64 hours in an extremely expensive grill, though that would be delicious. You’re going to slice the shoulder into thick...
The food of the whole Islamic world, in one crazy-ambitious cookbook

The food of the whole Islamic world, in one crazy-ambitious cookbook

Some cookbooks, to state the obvious, are a lot more ambitious than others. There are the books, stacks of them, that arrive with dismaying frequency — slight kitchen novellas, cheerful recipe boxes — and whose shelf lives are as short as the time it likely took to produce them. Not so with Anissa Helou’s new cookbook, her ninth, a stately encyclopedia of a book that runs over 500...
Cajun shrimp is easy dish with French, Southern influences

Cajun shrimp is easy dish with French, Southern influences

Cajun cooking is a combination of French and Southern cuisine. This easy recipe for Cajun Shrimp uses prepared Cajun spice seasoning and beer to flavor the shrimp. Although Cajun and Creole cooking differ in many respects, rice is an important staple in both. Red beans and rice is a basic Creole dish that completes this meal. Serve with a green salad. — Look for raw, peeled, deveined shrimp...
In Manhattan, Atomix is a 10-course gift of Korean fine dining

In Manhattan, Atomix is a 10-course gift of Korean fine dining

The woman sitting next to me takes a bite of what's been introduced as "twigim" and says what I'm thinking after I spoon into the same dish at one of the most bewitching restaurants to open in Manhattan in seasons. "Oh, my God!" Twigim, the third offering in a 10-course tasting menu at the tranquil Atomix in Midtown East, showcases Scottish langoustine, seasoned with lemon zest...
Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto calls on fans to save their favorite pint flavors

Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto calls on fans to save their favorite pint flavors

Talenti ® ― the best-selling gelato in America ― today announced that it will retire select flavors in order to make room for new delicious Talenti flavors coming in 2019, and it's up to fans to save their favorite flavors. The brand is calling on fans to share photos of their favorite pint, or reasons why they love it, using #SaveYourFave on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The flavors...
A pleasing brew from Yunnan Province

A pleasing brew from Yunnan Province

Among the more unusual single-origin coffees is this new import from Yunnan province in China, a region usually known for its teas. But there is a budding coffee culture, established to combat poverty in this area of southwestern China, bordering Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos. Thanksgiving CoffeeCo. of Northern California is now roasting this Yunnanese coffee that the company blends together from two...
Is a biblical food the next foodie fad? This chef thinks so.

Is a biblical food the next foodie fad? This chef thinks so.

Last year, as Todd Gray and his wife, Ellen Kassoff, prepared to open their 165-seat, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at the Museum of the Bible, they faced a culinary conundrum. The name they had settled on for the eatery was Manna, a reference to the food God sent down to the Israelites after their escape from Egypt in the Bible. But if the restaurant was to be called Manna, they wanted to be...
The perfection of pesto: a public service announcement

The perfection of pesto: a public service announcement

You haven’t forgotten about pesto, have you? This is a public service announcement. I made pasta with pesto for guests recently, and they loved it. As in, could not stop talking about how good it was while they ate it as fast as they could and then asked for more. The happiness-to-effort ratio was approximately 1,000,000 to 1. I felt like I tied my shoes successfully and was given a Nobel Prize...
One wine glass to rule them all

One wine glass to rule them all

Choosing stemware for every varietal does not interest English wine critic Jancis Robinson. Her line includes a single mouth-blown wineglass with a generous bowl and a gently tapering tulip shape that she says can be used to serve anything: Champagne, white and red wines, sherries and ports. The glass holds a good 15.5 ounces, but a drinkable 4 ounces will fill it to the widest part. It’s comfortable...
You don't have to be brave to make your own yogurt

You don't have to be brave to make your own yogurt

Cookbook author Anissa Helou recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat. A: The yogurt you save will not spoil the new batch. You can make yogurt with goat or sheep milk as well, although I have only used cow's milk at home, and straight from the cows, which I pasteurize myself. - Anissa Helou A: You can use almond...

Diabetes quick fix: Salmon gazpacho

Fresh salmon, cucumbers and tomatoes make a tasty combination in this creamy soup supper. Gazpacho is a Spanish soup served at room temperature or chilled. Adding freshly cooked salmon creates a complete one-dish meal in which the soup ingredients flavor the salmon. The secret to the rich flavor of this dinner is the salmon is cooked for just a few minutes on its own and removed from the saucepan...
Simply throw together peas and goat cheese for afternoon delight

Simply throw together peas and goat cheese for afternoon delight

“Ticklemore, peas and lovage.” The message, dispatched from a London hotel suite, made me blush. It sounded sweet and naughty and terribly British. My world traveler, once home, insisted I had to try it. Cautious and curious, I acquiesced. He dropped his plans, dashed out the door and returned with a paper-wrapped packet of goat cheese. Imagine my surprise. Ticklemore, I learned, is a...
Lemon bars, with blueberries in a supporting role

Lemon bars, with blueberries in a supporting role

The best lemon bars strike a perfect balance: They’re both sweet and tangy, their sharp, creamy centers anchored by a crisp, buttery crust. My desert-island dessert, they’re the one confection I can imagine eating ad infinitum — or, at least until the rescue plane arrives. Because maintaining that sweet-tart balance is so essential, lemon bars aren’t the kind of loosey-goosey...
Steam Horse Brewing rolls into West Palm’s Warehouse District

Steam Horse Brewing rolls into West Palm’s Warehouse District

Like the frothy head on a pint of European lager, Steam Horse Brewing will add a crowning touch to West Palm Beach’s burgeoning Warehouse District. The urban dining and lifestyle complex that includes Grandview Public Market welcomes the craft beer brewery and bar Wednesday. And thanks to the brewery’s north county siblings, Steam Horse will roll in with instant cred. The venture into...
Ralph Lauren’s take on the ballpark frank

Ralph Lauren’s take on the ballpark frank

Nostalgia for New York Yankees games and the hot dogs he ate at the stadium in his youth are what inspired Ralph Lauren, a native of the Bronx, to have wieners made using beef from his Double RL Ranch in Colorado. But his $20 presentation for dinner at the Polo Bar is a far cry from a ballpark frank. The hot dogs — thick, juicy and with good snap — arrive on a board with condiments in...
You might think there are more vegetarians than ever. You'd be wrong.

You might think there are more vegetarians than ever. You'd be wrong.

The number of Americans who self-identify as vegetarian or vegan has remained steady over the past 20 years - and it's still a pretty small group, according to a recent Gallup poll. Five percent of Americans identify as vegetarian, a rate that has remained unchanged since the previous survey in 2012. In 1999, when the survey was first taken, as well as in 2001, 6 percent of Americans identified as...
Learn to brew ‘history’s oldest drink’

Learn to brew ‘history’s oldest drink’

Mead, the fermented honey drink that is said to be the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage, has suddenly become new again. It has caught the interest of craft brewers, both commercial and kitchen-table, and a new comprehensive book defines it along with more than a dozen variants. There’s a simple recipe for would-be home brewers, and sections about bees and honey, fermentation techniques...
What causes morning sickness?

What causes morning sickness?

A: So-called morning sickness affects as many as 4 out of 5 pregnant women and can strike at any time of day, making nausea and vomiting of pregnancy a more accurate name for the condition. Until recently, researchers had only vague hypotheses to explain it, but recent studies point to a possible cause and could even open new doors to treatment. Nausea and vomiting is most common in the first trimester...

Yep, mayonnaise-flavored ice cream is a thing. The internet is (mostly) grossed out

For decades we got our peanut butter in our chocolate. We got green tea in our ice cream. There’s Heinz’s Mayochup — mayonnaise and ketchup together in one bottle, which sounds odd until you realize it’s the same byproduct that’s coated your BK Whopper’s bun since its inception in 1957. Sonic even introduced a pickle-juice slushie this summer. Just saying those...
Nothing small about these shrimp dishes

Nothing small about these shrimp dishes

Shrimp are special. Not, of course, if you look at them — especially if they still have their heads. Then they’re kind of gross. I know one woman who refuses to eat them because, as she puts it, they look like “insects of the sea.” Fine. More for the rest of us. And that’s good, because shrimp are special. I decided to celebrate everything that is so wonderful about shrimp...
These are the 4 types of sugar even the most casual baker should always have on hand

These are the 4 types of sugar even the most casual baker should always have on hand

All sugar is sweet, but that doesn't mean it's all the same. As with many ingredients at the grocery store, there are more options than you'll likely ever want or need. If you're even a casual baker, though, it pays to have more than one variety in your pantry. A quick sugar primer: Despite the fact that you and I keep these in our cabinets, all these sugars are known as table sugar, or sucrose, which...
Beer of the Month: Deep Space goes deep as fruity, balanced double IPA

Beer of the Month: Deep Space goes deep as fruity, balanced double IPA

The beer: Deep Space, Half Acre Beer Co. (Chicago) What it is: A seasonal double IPA from Half Acre that’s among my very favorite beers made in Chicago. Deep Space is a gloriously fruity-bitter-boozy hop bomb that’s impossibly easy to drink. It’s the rare Half Acre IPA featuring darker malt in the mash, which leads to a sweeter, bready character, thicker mouthfeel and a darker hue...
Surf Taco delivers unique twist on Tex-Mex favorites

Surf Taco delivers unique twist on Tex-Mex favorites

MENU Tacos, burritos, bowls, salads, quesadillas, nachos, wraps — but not your usual fast-food Mexican fare. In addition to the typical chicken or beef fillings, taco choices include blackened salmon, mango shrimp or teriyaki chicken. The surf burrito comes with either tempura battered cod or blackened mahi. There are lots of options for vegetarians as well. ATMOSPHERE A bright and beachy spot...
Discover the tastes of Mexico at Señor Burrito

Discover the tastes of Mexico at Señor Burrito

MENU The menu is short, but full of Mexican favorites. Appetizers include nachos, guacamole and tostadas. Quesadillas feature various ingredients, including chicken, chorizo, pork, steak and spinach. Burritos include chicken, steak, pork and veggie offerings. There are fajitas, tacos and enchiladas as well. On the dessert menu are three kinds of homemade flan. ATMOSPHERE It’s a cozy spot tucked...
Popular Chinese dish makes a light summer supper

Popular Chinese dish makes a light summer supper

Stir-fried, crisp chicken with cashew nuts is one of the most popular dishes in China. It’s easy and quick to prepare at home and makes a light, summer supper. Toasted sesame oil is available in most supermarkets. Regular sesame oil can be used. The secret to crisp, not steamed, stir-frying is to let the ingredients sit for about a minute when added to the hot wok before tossing them. This allows...
You can make this 3-course meal for friends in 1 hour, without cooking

You can make this 3-course meal for friends in 1 hour, without cooking

You can be one of those people for whom summer entertaining seems effortless. You know the type: They just “toss things together.” They don’t sweat the tablescape. They plunk down a few bottles of vino, light up some votives and enjoy their company till it’s time to clear the plates. Here’s a way to do it. Compose a no-cook menu, most of which can be made in advance....
Cheering cherries: 4 recipes for this versatile fruit

Cheering cherries: 4 recipes for this versatile fruit

When I was a child, my favorite flavor was red. If pressed to be specific, I always said my favorite was cherry. When I became a man I put away childish things, but I still love cherries. At this time of year, when they are so abundant, I can never quite get the stains of cherry juice off my fingers. Cherries are sweet, of course, and they make basically any dessert better. But they also can be part...
Here’s the rule for substituting all-purpose flour for cake flour

Here’s the rule for substituting all-purpose flour for cake flour

Q: A recent recipe mentioned how to substitute all-purpose flour for cake flour. But it was a bit confusing. How do you substitute flours? A: Not all flours are created equal. All-purpose flour is just that. It means it can be used in myriad baked goods. Cake flour is used for cakes and cookies when you’re looking for a tender crumb. Pastry flour is similar to cake flour and sometimes interchangeable...
Here’s how to make P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps at home

Here’s how to make P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps at home

Popular Asian eatery P.F. Chang’s has been celebrating its 25th birthday. The lettuce wraps are arguably one of the most popular and best-loved dishes at P.F. Chang’s. They consist of seasoned ground chicken that’s scooped into crunchy iceberg lettuce and topped with crispy bean thread noodles. Wrap and eat. The chain won’t give out the recipe, of course, but it’s fairly...
Salads, soup, calabacitas and more great ideas for corn

Salads, soup, calabacitas and more great ideas for corn

What’s in season: A summer staple, mounds of corn are piling up at market stands, with a season that typically runs from the hot summer months through early fall. Fans of white and yellow varieties are welcome to debate which is sweeter and more flavorful, though there really isn’t much of a difference between the two beyond personal preference. A number of heirloom varieties are known...
As for me, I will serve the eggplant — with basmati rice and butter

As for me, I will serve the eggplant — with basmati rice and butter

When I see an eggplant, I often think about a story I had read some 70 years ago in my college Urdu vernacular course. The essay was written by noted Urdu writer-essayist the late Dr. Abdul Haq, about a nawab sahib and his devoted servant in Hyderabad, or at least that’s where I remember he lived. As usual, the nawab sahib was holding his usual morning “darbaar” with some of the...
How to deal with your picky eater

How to deal with your picky eater

Tired of dealing with kids who have demanding palates? Instead of indulging their often unhealthy demands, Atlanta-based Chef Ahki offers a few table-tested ideas to satisfy finicky eaters. "Sometimes our kids will try to see if they can get away with eating foods that they know you don't approve of," said Chef Ahki, who's also a mother of one. "They will test us with chips and...
Adjika: A Georgian condiment that brings fire to the table

Adjika: A Georgian condiment that brings fire to the table

Tunisia has its harissa, Louisiana has its Crystal, and Georgia - the country, not the state - has adjika. But to designate this spicy condiment "Georgian" is a disservice to the intensely complex pepper paste and its somewhat complicated ancestry. Unfortunately, unless you travel to Georgia - specifically Abkhazia (itself a subject of dispute) and Samegrelo, in the west - you'll probably...
5 simple ways to healthier eating, from Dallas nutrition pros

5 simple ways to healthier eating, from Dallas nutrition pros

Like peanut butter and jelly, healthy eating goes hand in hand with movement. Here are five ways that Dallas-area nutrition pros suggest you incorporate the good stuff into your diet. They’re easy and seem small, but can make huge differences. Every week, write down one nutritious change you want to make, says Sara Asberry, a registered dietitian at the University of Texas at Dallas. It might...
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