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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Author Archive: Elizabeth Karmel

Turning raw kale into a salad you will crave

There was a time when kale was just ornamental. Then suddenly it became a culinary superstar! And with good reason. Because once you start eating kale, it will become the “new normal” base for your salads. It has a more robust flavor and texture than lettuce, and is good for you, too. And that’s all […]

Warm up with a rich pork, hominy and salsa stew

It all started at my friend Anthony’s house not long ago during the beginning the so-called polar vortex. He is a gifted home cook and a food television producer, so he knows his way around a pot. He also is from Texas and we share a love of tequila, barbecue and anything Tex-Mex! That icy […]

Get St. Patrick’s Day spirit with green potatoes

Until I moved to Chicago, St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t a big event for me. But that first year, I was stunned by the sight of what locals took for granted – a boat slowly traveling the Chicago River depositing a rich green dye into the water. It was amazing to see the water turn emerald. […]

A simple jam tart for a simple expression of love

About a decade ago I traveled to Italy to take a cooking class. Of the many things I brought home from that trip, none is more cherished than my recipe for Italian jam tart. I learned it from Judy Witts Francini, an American who teaches cooking classes that capture the simple home cooking of Tuscany. […]

For Super Bowl party, a seriously intense meatball

Supposedly, we all have our dirty little food secrets, those crazy things we’re embarrassed to admit we love. But the truth is, I don’t consider any of my loves to be secrets. If I love something, I am proud to eat it, no matter how trashy or elegant it is. If I was ashamed to eat it, […]

Start with celery for a healthy, crunchy salad

I know this will make me sound like some ultra-serious dieter – which I’m not! – but I love raw celery. The humble celery stalk shines in so many ways, from a bloody mary to a snack stuffed with peanut butter or pimento cheese. To me, it’s the cracker of the vegetable world. It’s what […]

A simple recipe for a sensational party food

Bacon-wrapped scallops are one of the most luxurious appetizers you can serve, not to mention one of the easiest to prepare. And for me, that’s a great combination. I like using big, plump Alaskan sea scallops and apple wood smoked bacon. Because there are only two main ingredients in this dish, you need to make […]

Double the oats for a pleasing holiday cookie

Many people would balk at the idea of eating holiday cookies for breakfast, but this recipe might make you reconsider. These double-the-oats oatmeal cookies are so jammed with oats – making them tender and wonderfully chewy and rich – that I’ve been known to take them on vacation just so I can enjoy a familiar […]

Save time and oven space by grilling your turkey

It all started with the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line! My love of grilled turkey, that is! Early in my career, I managed and promoted the annual Thanksgiving help line. And every fall, all of the operators would gather together for a training session that would prepare these “cooking counselors” for the nation’s upcoming turkey trauma. Everyone […]

Turning the South’s sweet tea into a chicken brine

Cooking has never been more creative or more fun than it is today. When it comes to combinations of ingredients and flavors, there no longer are hard and fast rules. Often times a crazy idea turns into a favorite recipe. And that’s how I came to love chicken brined in sweet tea. I was writing […]

Secret to great barbecued baby back ribs at home

It has been years since I learned to make competition-worthy barbecued baby back ribs. And I still consider myself lucky to have learned from some of the best in the business. My first year at the barbecue competition Memphis in May, the head cook from a team called Bubba’s Bunch befriended me and taught me […]

A grilled salad perfect for Dad on Father’s Day

My approach to food is pretty simple. I firmly believe that if you can eat it, you can grill it. When I wrote my first cookbook, I compiled my favorite grilled foods. Some were familiar, but some seemed pretty crazy back in 2005! Of those crazy foods, grilled romaine lettuce remains one of my favorites. […]

Happiness for Mom is a toasted cheese sandwich

Happiness is . . . a warm cheese sandwich. It’s a sentiment as true today as when I read it as a child in my very first cookbook, the “Peanuts Cook Book.” It described the simple joy of slapping cheese on a slice of bread, topping it with tomato and oregano, then waiting patiently as […]

Pressure cooker makes risotto a fast and easy dish

Pressure cookers never really did much for me. They seemed fussy – and scary! All those stories about explosions… Then I used one to make a risotto, a dish that by definition is tedious to make. I was blown away. It simplified the process and – most impressively – sped it up. What normally takes […]

Delicate, lemony cookie to set the mood for Easter

For most people, Easter means it’s time for chocolate bunnies and colored eggs. And while those things are fine, for me this season is about all things lemon. I usually make lemon bars that are tart and refreshing, more lemon than egg. But this year I decided to riff on one of my favorite cookies, […]

Bacon, garlic team up for ultimate roast chicken

There is just something about roasted chicken that comforts, nourishes and satisfies like nothing else, especially when the wind is howling and it is cold outside. Not too long ago, I went to visit a friend and when I walked into her house I had to take a deep breath to savor the aromas coming […]

Dressing up popcorn for an Oscars viewing party

Of all of the awards shows I love to watch (and I love to watch them all), the Oscars is my favorite. And it’s a great excuse to throw a party. Many of my friends do the “red carpet” thing for their own parties and ask guests to dress in their black tie best. But […]

An eggy strata for a romantic breakfast in bed

Casseroles are a funny thing. You aren’t likely to see them lauded as the hot new food trend any time soon. Yet make a great one, and suddenly folks clamor for the recipe. My favorite casserole is one that typically is served for breakfast or brunch. It’s called an egg strata, and I love it […]

American Table: A loaded baked potato with a sweet and savory side

Much as I love mashed white potatoes, my favorite “potato” is the sweet variety. I’ve been cooking and eating sweet potatoes as long as I can remember. And when I found out that they were loaded with vitamins and other good-for-you stuff like fiber, I immediately thought . . . Here’s a great excuse to […]

Simple recipes for sensational entertaining

When it comes to entertaining, I often find that the casual gatherings and impromptu parties outshine more elaborate affairs. I think it’s the combination of a relaxed atmosphere and last minute inspiration. This summer, for example, I was visiting friends when one of the hosts spontaneously began making homemade crackers from corn and flour tortillas. […]

A double-whipped eggnog to set the holiday mood

For me, eggnog season can’t come soon enough. As soon as Halloween is packed away, I buy a quart of my favorite eggnog at the grocery store. I drink it little by little, spiked and not. I make eggnog cappuccinos in the morning and eggnog milkshakes at night. On the weekends, there is nothing like […]

The secret to getting cranberry sauce just right

One of the many things I love about Thanksgiving is the continuity of the menu across generations and regions. Sure, every family and region has its own interpretation of the staples. But it is simply amazing to me that on one day so many Americans regardless of background sit down to roughly the same meal […]

A pumpkin bread that can handle any add-in

For me, nothing signifies the end of summer as poetically and viscerally as seeing pumpkins in a patch. One look at that field and I start salivating for all of my favorite pumpkin dishes. I love the earthy simplicity of pumpkin pie. And I feel like a pioneer when I wash the seeds that I […]

Turning lunch box drudgery into a pleasant picnic

Most people consider packing lunch a chore. But I’ve always thought there is something exciting about brown bagging it. It’s like getting to take a picnic to school, on an airplane or to work. And when you think of lunch as an opportunity to pack a special meal, it can go from dull to delicious! […]

Sticky, sweet, spicy — great grilled chicken wings

Memorial Day may be the official start of summer, but I’ve always thought of Father’s Day as the kickoff of serious grilling season. But this year, maybe give Dad a break. Ladies, if you don’t already grill, this is your opportunity to take the tongs and give it a try with a recipe that every […]

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