Archives for June 2014


Beyond Sandwiches: Using Cold Meat in Summer Food

by Jane Wangersky June 27th, 2014| Cooking Basics
It’s the time of year when cold meat becomes even more popular -- not just for sandwiches, it’s the go-to protein for many meals and snacks. Of course, cold meat is often referred to as cold cuts, reinforcing the idea that it's just sliced up ready to put between
nori salad

Asian Asparagus Salad — With A Touch of Sushi

by Jane Wangersky June 26th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It's asparagus season -- it must be, the stuff was half price the last time I went grocery shopping. Though asparagus certainly isn't the first vegetable I think of when I've got a salad to make, it's what we had this week, so it's what I went with. All

Keep Berries from Spoiling – With A Cookie Sheet

by Elizabeth Skipper June 25th, 2014| Ask the Chef
I’m not sure if a chef is the best person to ask, but as you work with fresh ingredients, I thought I would ask.  How can I get soft berries, such as raspberries and blackberries to last longer than 24 hours.  It seems that they become mushy and moldy
Roasted Pepper and Olive Salad

Roasted Pepper and Olive Salad

by BnB Finder June 24th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Here's a quick but complex-tasting and spicy salad -- quick, that is, if you have roasted peppers around. If you don't, they take some time but they're really easy to cook. Just heat up the broiler, cut some fresh peppers in half, flatten them out as much as you

Notes to First-Time Bakers

by Jane Wangersky June 20th, 2014| Cooking Basics
Today my kitchen was borrowed for someone’s first attempt at from-scratch baking. The finished product tasted pretty good (though I didn’t get to taste much of it, it’s mostly for a party on Monday), and that’s what matters most. But I saw a few . . . outcomes .
ham salad

Ham and Cheese Salad

by Jane Wangersky June 19th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
With a salad to invent and a lot of ham and cheese in my fridge, I began wondering why we’ve come up with ham and cheese, ham salad, but not ham and cheese salad. Well, as it turns out, many people have had that same thought, judging by the

Pound Cake: A Pound of Everything?

by Elizabeth Skipper June 18th, 2014| Ask the Chef
I have heard that pound cake is named because it has a pound of sugar and a pound of butter.  In order to make a homemade pound cake, do I really need to use such great amounts?  (I am hoping to make one loaf pan.)

Pound cake is actually called
Chocolate Banana Tacos

Chocolate Banana Tacos

by BnB Finder June 17th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
This week we're taking a break from salads to bring you a recipe for a unique dessert that delivers plenty of sweetness without a whole lot of sugar.  Though this looks like decadent pastry with a rich filling, it starts out as simple flour tortillas baked into cup shapes.

Salad Part II: Beyond Greens

by Jane Wangersky June 13th, 2014| Cooking Basics
We’ve covered lettuce (and other salad greens) at great length -- and when I was growing up, that was nearly all you needed to think about when making salad. All that was left to do was cut up a tomato or two and set out a bottle
beet cuke salad

Beets Stuffed with Cucumber Salad

by Jane Wangersky June 12th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Beets, like revenge, are best served cold, which means, like revenge, they take some planning. This beet dish is no exception, but once you’ve got your cold, cooked beet(s) at hand, it really doesn’t take much time or work. Yet it still looks pretty enough to be special. It

Turkey With What Sauce?

by Elizabeth Skipper June 11th, 2014| Ask the Chef
Maybe once or twice a year I make a turkey or turkey breast, when it is not during the holiday season.  However, I am not able to find fresh or frozen cranberries to make cranberry sauce.  Is there another fruit I could use (and find easily) to make a
Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

by BnB Finder June 10th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Simple but special and complex-tasting, this recipe delivers a mouthful of pizza-like flavor in a salad. For a change of pace, there are no greens required for this salad, except some fresh basil leaves. (Running them through your salad spinner -- it's not just for lettuce! -- will ensure