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Gear to get kids cooking -- for real or for play

Jan. 11, 2022 08:52 AM EST

Introducing kids to cooking can be more than fun. It can teach skills and perhaps set children up to be healthier eaters. Temporary mess in the kitchen, lifelong payoff. Here's a look at some of the latest gear for budding chefs, from toys to the real thing. ...

Newton bakery a family affair; hundreds of king cakes made

Jan. 08, 2022 00:20 AM EST

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — The sweet smell of hundreds of king cakes being baked emanated from Odalys Bakery in Newton on Thursday. The Cervantes family and a team of bakers started baking about 600 small and large king cakes, or rosca de reyes, at 11 p.m. Wednesday. They worked through...

Recipe: For tastier pasta, toast the noodles

Jan. 03, 2022 08:03 AM EST

A great way to add flavor to a pasta dish is to toast the noodles in oil, which brings out nutty notes that add complexity to the final result. And a great example of this lesson is sopa seca, which translates to “dry soup” from the Spanish. This Mexican dish typically features...

Nitehawk Cinema puts its film-themed menus into new cookbook

Dec. 20, 2021 13:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a decade ago, Matthew Viragh was a Texan with a dream. He wanted to serve moviegoers booze and prepared food as they sat in their seats. In Brooklyn. But he had a state Prohibition-era liquor ban to contend with first. Viragh, who left advertising for the...

Recipe: Cooked dressing updates a holiday salad

Dec. 20, 2021 10:06 AM EST

Traditions understandably rule the holiday table, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be updated. One simple update to a wintry seasonal salad is to cook the dressing, which slightly softens sturdy bitter greens while adding bold flavor. In this recipe from our book “Milk Street...

Spiced paste transforms whole roasted cauliflower

Dec. 13, 2021 08:16 AM EST

We rarely appreciate cauliflower for what it is. We grill slabs of it and pretend it’s steak. We mash it like potatoes. We even mangle it into pizza crusts. But cooks around the world, from Greece to Israel to China, have shown us how good it can be. That is, when we stop fussing...

For food lovers, stocking stuffers begin in the kitchen

Dec. 08, 2021 15:54 PM EST

It's one of my favorite parts of the holiday season: thinking of all the people I’d like to give a little package to, mulling over what that right present should be. This year, perhaps more than any other, it feels pleasurable to treat all of your people to something thoughtful and cheery, and it...

Cookie swap 101: Part celebration, part baking exchange

Dec. 08, 2021 12:23 PM EST

The holiday cookie swap is an evergreen tradition, a terrific way to share sweetness and celebrate community (and lighten our holiday baking loads!). The premise is simple: Each guest is tasked with bringing a few dozen home-baked cookies. At the party, everyone gets to sample and...

Cookbook celebrates Latin America's vast and vital cuisine

Dec. 06, 2021 14:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Putting together an entire nation's distinctive dishes is a daunting process for anyone. Then imagine doing it for 22 countries and you get a sense of what went into creating “The Latin American Cookbook.” Just a single dish — say garlic shrimp or grilled...

Coconut milk yields buttery braised chicken

Dec. 06, 2021 07:57 AM EST

All coconut milk is not created equal. Canned coconut milk — both regular and light — is made from finely ground coconut meat that’s recombined with water for a uniform, viscous texture that can easily overwhelm other ingredients. That’s one reason why in Colombia they make their own,...