Recipes

Hibiscus margaritas blend two Mexican favorites

If you’ve spent much time traveling in Mexico or the southwestern United States, you may have seen folks enjoying an agua fresca on a hot day. Agua frescas are simply water blended with sugar, fresh fruit, seeds (like chia) or dried flowers to make a refreshing, non-alcoholic drink. Fruits ...

Making a childhood ice cream treat a lot healthier

When I was a kid, the sound of the ice cream truck was probably the single greatest sound I could ever hear. Well, right behind the sound of basically any N*SYNC song. You see, I lived on a street that didn’t have many kids on it, surrounded by neighborhoods that overflowed with children. As ...

Recipe: Moist, crunchy panko-crusted fish with tzatziki sauce

Any flaky white fish would be perfect in this recipe. You just want a mild, moist fish, which then will be encased in a crunchy coating, and a base for the flavorful, creamy and crunchy sauce. Serve this up with some steamed or sauteed green beans to round out the plate. Tzatziki is one of the ...

‘Joe Froggers’: Rum-enhanced molasses cookies a colonial treat

It’s an undisputed fact that colonial Americans had a knack for bestowing strange names onto their dishes. For instance, we have such whimsical concoctions as Jumbles, Plunkets, Cry Babies, Snickerdoodles, Graham Jakes, Jolly Boys, Branble, Tangle Breeches and Kinkawoodles. You can add Joe ...

Recipe: Blueberry pie with cinnamon French toast crust

Here’s a ridiculously simple summer dessert – the happy marriage of blueberry pie and French toast with a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. It’s perfect not only for blueberry lovers, but also for those home cooks who consider themselves dessert-impaired. For all of their ...

Bumper crop of tomatoes? Two ways to enjoy them

The New England tomato season is a bit behind schedule, thanks to the cool weather in May and June. But Mother Nature cannot be denied, and any day now we’ll be waist-deep in the most popular garden vegetable in America. Personally, I can eat tomatoes every day, prepared or plain. But some ...

Rose wine gives chicken breasts flavor of Provence

Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a convenient go-to for so many cooks, from paleo-followers to budget-shoppers to busy moms. The mild flavor makes it incredibly versatile, so it’s easy to slip this cut of chicken into almost any recipe or flavor profile. It’s one of the leanest cuts of ...

Deviled burgers add the right amount of spice

Some good ground beef, preferably not too lean (when making burgers, fat is our friend), and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper is all you need to make a fine burger most days. But on some other days, you might want a burger with a bit more zing, more interest, more panache. Some days ...