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Rediscovering Sunday Dinners

Making a comeback. Grandma and grandpa had things figured out. Take Sunday dinners, for example. For many families just a few generations ago, Sundays meant a big family meal, and more than one generation often sat down together. Family stories, humor and who’s-doing-what kept the conversation lively, and the personalities… Read More

American Classic

History repeating itself, one delicious meal at a time. Was there ever a time chicken pot pies didn’t exist? Food historians trace meat pies with poultry to the Roman era, and in America the dish appears in cookbooks in the early 1800s. Even Laura Ingalls Wilder mentions chicken pies in the… Read More

Navigating the Holidays

How did November get here so quickly? Conventional thinking suggests that a year has four seasons – spring, fall, summer and winter. The reality is a bit different. There’s actually a fifth season, the holiday season. It’s a force of nature too and calls for certain navigational strategies to make… Read More

A Classic Redefined: Chicken Parmesan

An Italian-American favorite, with emphasis on the hyphen, This story begins with eggplant. But before launching into the origins of one of the world’s most favorite chicken entrées, a word about this new series, Classics Redefined. Earlier, The Good Plate profiled chicken pot pies, a hearty… Read More

Shepherding anew

There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met. From emerald isles cloaked in legend and shrouded in myth comes an unexpected find, an enchanting treasure of great worth. But it’s not in a pot at the end of a rainbow. Rather, you’ll find this prize in the… Read More

Unpacking Chicken Salad

A fresh take for the great outdoors. Picnic season is here, and blankets and baskets are emerging from hibernation. The big question is, what’s going in those baskets this summer? Chicken salad is a time-honored favorite, but if the usual path approach to making it is starting to feel more… Read More

Where There’s Smoke

Drifting soon through an open window near you. You can see it. Smell it. Taste it. Yet it’s not always easy to put a finger on what makes one of humankind’s oldest cooking techniques so appealing. Different people have different reasons for loving smoked foods. For some, it’s tradition. For… Read More

Hosting Your Games

Viva, Brasil! Every four years, in summer and winter, all eyes turn to one of the most exciting sporting events in the world. New heroes emerge. Nations large and small celebrate. And fans everywhere learn about the culture and customs of the countries hosting the games. In 2016, Brazil is… Read More

Hot Chicken Rekindled

Hot enough for you? Dial it in. Hot chicken has seared its way into national culinary consciousness in a big way. With a legendary heritage in Nashville, this firebrand of the fried chicken world blazes a new trail for creativity in the kitchen. Can the innovation continue? You bet your… Read More

Caramelized, But Not Candied

Simple processes, complex flavors. Everyone’s first encounter with “caramel” was probably an ooey-gooey candy, perhaps a bite sized treat on Halloween or straight from the bag during a cookie making marathon. Later, you might have oohed and aahed over a perfectly caramelized crème brûlée. It’s the color brown that’s the… Read More

Rediscovering Dumplings

Some things are meant to be. It’s an enduring partnership, as connected in the mind as salt and pepper or peanut butter and jelly. Who doesn’t instantly respond with “dumplings” when you hear, “chicken and ____”? The question is, when was the last time you made chicken and dumplings? Or… Read More

Tempted By Turmeric

Trending towards turmeric. The best way to understand why turmeric is so popular is to realize it’s always had a big fan base. The appeal began at least 4,000 years ago and not just as a cooking ingredient. Historically, turmeric has also been valued as a medicine, cosmetic, even a… Read More

Cacciatore Creativity

Translating a classic. Every few hundred years or so it’s a good idea to take a fresh look at a classic dish. An Italian-American favorite with roots in Italy going back centuries, chicken cacciatore is the perfect recipe to expand upon because variations have existed over time. In Italian, the… Read More

Ancient Agriculture

The essence of sustainability. Living in Arizona as I became a serious cook made me very aware of our easy access to uniquely southwestern ingredients, everyday foods we took for granted. I lived just blocks from a pecan and date farm, my family backyard was filled with citrus and avocado… Read More

Wraps At The Ready

A wrap by any other name is a … Is a sushi roll a wrap? Is a burrito a wrap? Is a wrap a sandwich? So many questions, such philosophical intrigue. The definitive answer to all of the above is, well, all of the above. One person’s… Read More

More Than Kimchi

Foods meant for feasting. Korean cooking sets a high standard for turning daily meals into special occasions, and it’s the flavor as much as the ingredients that bring people together in such celebratory ways. If there’s a secret to the drawing power of Korean cuisine, it’s an open secret. Simply… Read More

Solstice Celebrations

Light fare, both kinds. The farther north you live, the more you appreciate the significance of the summer solstice, the first day of summer. To reach this point, it’s taken six months for the days to get longer and the nights to get shorter, and in some places the transition… Read More

Get Fired Up For Grilled Pizza

Take it outside. Few foods have the universal appeal of pizza. The variations and combinations are endless, and the creative possibilities extend to cooking techniques as well. Who wants to heat up the kitchen on a beautiful summer afternoon or evening? That’s when you want to be outside, grilling with… Read More

North African Nosh

Your journey of discovery begins. For the adventurous home cook, the doorway to discovery is as close as the spice cabinet. It’s always open for exploration. Uncap a bottle or jar, and breathe deeply. You’re instantly transported to faraway places and times such as the spice souks of North Africa. Read More

Legendary Goulash

When night falls, arise to satisfy your hunger. Is your sixth sense on red alert? Ah, that would be the paprika whispering quietly in your ear. In the most mild of undertones, it’s murmuring, “Come now, traveler. You must try this recipe for Old World Transylvanian… Read More

Big On Squash

Beautiful outside and in. First things first. Yes, squash is actually classified as a fruit since it has seeds inside. But of course, everyone thinks of it as a vegetable, and that’s fine since, like all vegetables, squash is an excellent addition to everyday meals for its health and nutritional… Read More