Cooking Recipes

Turn Apple-Picking Excursions into Apple Pies

Certain activities are unique to autumn, and apple-picking certainly falls into that category. Many families look forward to their annual trips to nearby apple orchards, where they can spend beautiful autumn afternoons picking fresh apples everyone can't wait to take a bite out of.

Enjoy a Classic Diner Dessert at Home

Perhaps no dessert dish is as beloved as the banana split. And as any good banana split afficionado knows, diners often make a great banana split with fudge sauce.

Trying New Foods Part of the Fun for Foodies

Trying new things is what food lovers are all about. The excitement of trying a new dish or experimenting with an old favorite is an experience unlike any other. In addition to tantalizing your taste buds, trying new foods can also open your eyes to different cultures, and not just their cuisine. Eating foods of different cultures often teaches people about those cultures, including their history and any customs and traditions they might have when it comes to breaking bread.

A Light Lunch to Make It Through the Workday

Lunch is a meal that can provide an energy boost or make you feel drowsy. In the middle of the workday, a big meal can make it much more difficult to be productive as the day goes on. For those looking for a light lunch, consider the following recipe for "Nicoise Pasta Lunchbox" from Rachael Anne Hill and Tamsin Burnett-Hall's "The Powerfood Cookbook: Great Recipes for High Energy and Healthy Weight-Loss" (Ryland, Peters & Small).

Grilled Figs a Tasty Treat

Grillmasters anxiously await the return of warm weather when they can fire up the grill and get back to making their favorite foods. This grilling season, try something new with "Grilled Feta-Stuffed Figs" from Andrew Schloss and David Joachim's "Mastering the Grill" (Chronicle Books).

A Unique Take on French Toast

Few breakfasts are as beloved as French toast, a dish so hearty and fulfilling that many people enjoy it for dinner. Though traditional French toast is very popular, the traditional recipe can be altered to make the dish even more delightful. Such is the case with the following recipe for "Panettone French Toast With Caramelized Apples" from Norman Kolpas' "Buongiorno!" (Contemporary Books).

Let Sea Bass Satisfy Your Seafood Craving

Have a craving for some creative seafood? Consider the following recipe "Sea Bass Stuffed With Prunes and Tamarind" from Sophie Braimbridge's "Stylish Mediterranean" (Kyle Books).

Try Your Hand at Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is a popular staple at barbecue restaurants across the country. Though it begins with lots of fat and connective tissue, the pork butt, when cooked slowly, becomes a tender, melt-in-your-mouth culinary delight.

A Slice of Spain to Liven up Your Kitchen

Trying new things is a big part of the joy of cooking. For many amateur cooks, the chance to incorporate international cuisine into their daily diets is an opportunity too good to pass up. For those who want to bring Spanish cuisine into their kitchens, consider the following recipe for "Crispy Fried Octopus With Salmon Roe Aioli and Pickled Green Chiles" from James Campbell Caruso's "Espana: Exploring the Flavors of Spain" (Gibbs Smith).

Think Outside the Cereal Box at the Breakfast Table

The breakfast table is where many families gather on weekend mornings to start their days with a hearty meal and some equally hearty conversation. Families who have grown tired of cereal or scrambled eggs can forgo traditional breakfast fare in favor of something a little more flavorful and unique, such as the following recipe for "Pan-Fried Eggs and Mixed Mushroom Saute on Toasted Sourdough Slices" from Betty Rosbottom's "Sunday Brunch" (Chronicle Books).

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