Recipes

Rethinking sushi rolls for a filling packed lunch

Rethinking sushi rolls for a filling packed lunch

Brown bagging it is plenty economical, but a steady diet of sandwiches becomes boring pretty quickly, to say nothing of the fact that all those servings of refined carbs simply don’t provide the energy necessary to power you through a long afternoon.

A summer sausage roll with a triple dose of fennel

A summer sausage roll with a triple dose of fennel

Fennel loves fat.

An impressive way to grill a whole cauliflower

An impressive way to grill a whole cauliflower

The food website KitchenDaily.com posted a fascinating recipe for spicy whole-roasted cauliflower in which the entire head is coated with a spicy cumin-yogurt sauce, then slowly roasted.

A summer primer to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

A summer primer to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

My rib-awakening came during the world’s largest barbecue contest, Memphis in May.

Bulking up the classic BLT without adding fat

Bulking up the classic BLT without adding fat

The tilapia is coated in flour that’s been seasoned with smoked paprika, which nicely echoes the bacon’s smokiness.

Chili gets grinder treatment for Fourth of July 

Chili gets grinder treatment for Fourth of July 

It must be meaty. It must be bold. It must pair nicely with beer and wine and cocktails. It must easily feed a crowd. It must be easy to prepare. It must be easy to eat outside. And did I mention it has to be meaty?

Jazzing up a juicy Lucy for July Fourth cookouts

Jazzing up a juicy Lucy for July Fourth cookouts

To create a burger equal to the holiday, we started with a burger already pushing the envelope — the juicy Lucy burger!

Don't step away from the grill for July 4 dessert

Don’t step away from the grill for July 4 dessert

Inspired by peach melba, we tossed halved fresh peaches on the grill and gave them a delicious sear, which caramelizes the fruit’s natural sugars.

Losing the leafy greens for this fresh green salad

Losing the leafy greens for this fresh green salad

We combine fresh green beans, asparagus, snow peas and zucchini for a fresh and delicious take on a not-so-basic green salad. For good measure, we also pile on some fresh dill and avocado slices.

Phyllo stands in for crust in healthy cherry pie

Phyllo stands in for crust in healthy cherry pie

It wasn’t until I began my life as chef that I understood that cherry pie is supposed to be made with sour cherries, not the sweet ones we pop into our mouths like candy.