January 17, 2018

Dan Dan Noodles are a classic Chinese dish originating in the Sichuan province. Noodles have been part of Chinese cuisine for over 4,000 years, and long strands symbolize longevity, one of the nicest things you can wish for on the Lunar New Year (on Feb. 16 this year).

Dan Dan Noodles are…

Escarole and spinach soup keeps one full but not bursting at the seams

January 10, 2018

I have been in possession recently of a very large can of Virginia peanuts, one of my favorite things to eat on earth. It's foolish to pretend that a small handful will curb the peanut craving. But I do take out a small handful, put the lid back on, put the can away (Ha, the wishful thinking!) and…

Get creative with a chopped winter salad

January 03, 2018

How often do we read some article about how meaningful it is to cook with the seasons? But winter can test those good intentions.

You try and make a meal out of two rutabagas and a turnip.

But hey, I'm not really that curmudgeonly about winter. I love cold-weather cooking, in fact. And I like a…

Thyme-garlic butter adds flair to rib-eye steaks

December 27, 2017

A perfectly cooked steak is what many people — with good reason — think of as a perfect meal.

This is a classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner, and other than remembering to salt the steak ahead of time (not a deal breaker, but recommended), it's only 30 minutes from start to…