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The Whole Dish

Mash beans for creamy Greek soup

A pot of grain — farro — and pot of beans — cannellini — were the weekend products of my kitchen. Per the prescription in my latest column, both factored into a...

Pot of grain, pot of beans

This one saves time; that one saves money; this one is organic; that one is eco-friendly. A virtual buffet of meal kits are hawked on social media — even “news”...

Lesser red wines benefit braised beef

A recent blind wine-tasting proved a point to my partner. With two bottles of red wine open on the kitchen counter, I convinced him I needed to open a third. Th...

Meatless korma fills ‘Veganuary’ bill

My family, as evidenced in this blog, is not vegetarian. But we enjoy meatless meals several times per week. My partner, in particular, says he happily would ea...

Mandoline perfects ‘pommes Anna’

Preparing a potato-Gruyere tart came with a lesson for my son in new kitchen equipment. My mandoline was the key to producing uniformly thin slices of spud for ...

Relearning ancient grains

Relearning the wisdom of “ancient grains” is my wish for the older generation. Millet, farro and amaranth all elicited an elderly relative’s blank expression. S...

Sandwich is ‘inside out’ onion soup

Caramelized onions don’t rank very high among foods I typically eat or cook. Let’s just say they’re better than non-caramelized onions. But I sang a different t...

Fish, sausage make Midwest chowder

Cleaning my refrigerator’s produce bin last week to make lentil stew, I had potatoes and squash left for the following night’s dinner. Fortunately, I had plenty...

Indian kootu cleans the produce bin

After the celebration comes the catharsis — that inevitable literal and figurative purging following the holidays. My family, like many others, spent part of th...

Cheesy grapes are easy party fare

Adoring of appetizers, I’m usually guilty of overindulging. Endless platters of savory morsels — easy to handle and eat while holding a drink — signify party pe...

Succulent seafood

The plate evokes an artist’s palette. Coral-colored fish fillet. Emerald-hued green beans. Each highlights the other in perfect contrast. Salmon I’ve eaten aple...

Cherries, nuts accent cocoa cookies

My kids are great sports about making gingerbread. But my oldest son, in particular, really gets into the decorating when I break out mini chocolate chips. This...

Snickerdoodles make us grin

Gingerbread is my family’s Christmas cookie of choice. Detailed in my latest food section column, the traditional treat shouldered aside sugar cookies, which I ...

Frozen peas surprise in lasagna

Meatballs keep the protein front and center in one of my family’s favorite meals. When it comes to another Italian classic, lasagna, I’m more inclined to stretc...

Cookie cutter solution

Where holiday goodies are concerned, just call me the Grinch. I cringe at the thought of making and eating sugar cookies. How could something so sweetly sentime...

Chicken Parmesan inspires meatballs

There’s never a mealtime misstep with meatballs. Easy, thrifty, tasty. They can be mixed up a half-hour before dinner or pulled ready-made from the freezer. Fla...

Go nuts for Japan’s fried chicken

Thighs were upheld in this week’s food section as the preferred cut of chicken. Here, here! As recipes for the Daily Meal (see the e-edition) demonstrated, chic...

Easy supper roasts squash with sausage

Anticipating a busy day outside the kitchen, I summon sheet pan suppers at dinnertime. Minimal time is involved to peel and dice or slice vegetables, toss them ...

Better than pie: savory squash tart

It’s a strange contradiction in my mind that many kids gobble up pumpkin pie, but gag over winter squash. A textural thing, I suppose. Silky pie filling, which ...

Kids in the kitchen

Christmas goose or pheasant? Gifts of homemade chocolate bark or gingerbread? And in between the season’s feasts, which healthful recipes will we make? My kids ...