If you think all Japanese food is either sushi or kaiseki—the multicourse ceremonial meals made of artful small dishes—think again. When it comes to everyday cooking in the East, meals are uncomplicated, easy and often centered around a single dish.
Of all the reasons we love Asian take-out—it’s fast, inexpensive and comes in cute containers—the biggest is flavor. But even if Thai, Indian or Chinese dishes aren’t currently in your repertoire, you can whip up some of your favorite Asian dishes in the time it takes to pick up take-out.
Come the middle of April?no matter how cold the weather or how hard the rainfall, regardless of whether the Lenten rose is blooming, or a single song bird has appeared, shivering, from the south?I can always depend on one harbinger of spring: the opening of our local farmers? market.
Q: Because I’m a vegetarian, everyone thinks my diet is fat-free. I know fats lurk in lots of foods, though. But aren’t there some “good” fats?
If you believe the ads, cows’ milk is a powerhouse product, capable of unsticking a peanut butter mouth, making white-mustachioed celebrities look health-chic and building strong bones. But isn’t soymilk better for your heart? And goats’ milk easier to digest? And aren’t rice milk and nut milk skinnier? The fact is, milk drinkers have never had more options or been more confused.
A menu inspired by one of Italy?s picture-perfect Tuscan hill towns shows off springtime vegetables. Though I adore the pizza of Campania and the pesto of Liguria, I can?t help being partial to the fare of Tuscany, a region famous for its straightforward seasonal cuisine.
When summer has finally arrived, that means it’s time to replenish your skin-care supplies. Whether you’re swimming, sailing, gardening or barbecuing, bugs bite, UV rays burn and hot winds dehydrate. The result: Your face and body likely need more pampering and protecting now than they do in the dead of winter. We asked skin and beauty experts not only for tips on solving common summer problems but which skin-soothing, animal-friendly products they’d recommend. Their answers, coming up.
A cheese quesadilla is the ultimate fast food: grate cheese, melt in tortilla, top with salsa, eat. But in Mexico, fillings such as squash and mushrooms elevate this griddle favorite to a dinner-worthy dish.
I’m a vegetarian, but my boyfriend is not. What advice do you have for those of us in “mixed culinary relationships”?
Whenever a new kitchen gizmo shows up in the office, we get giddy. Everyone wants to see, touch and try. But a month later, half the new arrivals are dust magnets. Not these three. All are genius tools that make cooking faster and more fun. And all have passed the ultimate test: time?the newest is a decade old. Yet many people don?t own any of them and are mystified by one! What are they?
Soil, which has been called the "poor man's rain forest," faces ecological pressures of its own. A spade of rich garden soil may harbor more species than the entire Amazon nurtures above ground. Two-thirds of Earth's biological diversity lives in soil and underwater sediment, a micromenagerie that includes uncataloged millions of bacteria and fungi, but also tiny nematodes, copepods, wingless insects called springtails and their better-known cousins: mites, beetles, snails, shrimp, termites, pill bugs and earthworms.
A decade ago, I agreed to marry a man with two young sons whom I'd known less than a year. When I began planning to move to his llama farm 85 miles from Washington, DC, friends were incredulous. "Are you insane?" a fellow political appointee at the State Department asked. "Why would you want to do that?"