Cookies come in many flavors, shapes and sizes. While cookies have evolved over the years, one favorite remains a staple for many: sugar cookies. Enjoyed among adults and children alike, sugar cookies, like the following recipe for "Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies" from the "Better Homes and Gardens(R) New Cook Book" (Meredith Books), make a delicious midday snack or post-dinner treat.
Taking chances when preparing meals is part of the joy of cooking for many foodies. Trying new things can open doors to wonderful cuisine you might otherwise never have considered. For those who want to try experimenting with a dish that's sure to raise an eyebrow, consider the following recipe for "Grilled Octopus Salad" from Michael White and Joanna Pruess' "Fiamma: The Essence of Contemporary Italian Cooking" (John Wiley & Sons).
Entertaining friends and family with a homecooked meal is something many amateur chefs cherish. Gathering friends and family for a hearty meal without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of a local restaurant is a relaxing way to reconnect and make new memories.
When traveling, one of the more popular goals people have is to experience the cuisine of wherever it is their travels have taken them. Whether traveling domestically or internationally, travelers often want to experience those foods cherished by other cultures or communities.
The vegan lifestyle has grown increasingly popular over the years, as more and more people find such a lifestyle is not only on board with their ideals, but it happens to be delicious as well. The following recipe for "Horseradish Mustard and Panko-Encrusted Tofu" from Deb Roussou's "350 Best Vegan Recipes" is proof that vegan cuisine can be just as tasty as a more traditional diet.
Grillmasters know that grilling for friends and family is about more than just burgers and hot dogs. For those who want to add some more flavorful fare to their backyard barbecues, the following recipe for "Smoke-Roasted Bell Peppers Stuffed With Green Garden Vegetables" from Andrew Schloss and David Joachim's "Mastering the Grill" is sure to please guests and grillmasters alike.
A refreshing dessert makes summer evenings that much more enjoyable. After a good meal, sharing dessert with friends and family can make for the perfect ending to a relaxing night. Those who want to add a touch of the tangy to their summertime dessert table should consider the following recipe for "Jamaica Lime Pie" from Helen Willinsky's "Jerk from Jamaica" (Ten Speed Press).
While Americans have grown accustomed to such staples as cereal and oatmeal when they sit down at the breakfast table, breakfast is vastly different in certain areas overseas. For example, in her book "5 Spices, 50 Dishes" (Chronicle Books), cookbook author and teacher Ruta Kahate notes that her mother-in-law serves the following recipe for "Black-Eyed Peas in a Spicy Goan Curry" for breakfast, adding a little extra kick to the most important meal of the day.
Thai cuisine has a very unique taste, which likely contributes to its worldwide popularity. While many towns now boast at least one Thai restaurant if not more, home cooks who love trying new things in the comfort of their own kitchens can try making their own Thai food. The following recipe for "Chicken With Curry Paste and French Green Beans (Chicken Prik King)" from Katie Chin's "Everyday Thai Cooking" (Tuttle) is a classic Thai dish that works just as well with shrimp, beef or pork in place of chicken.
Calzones provide a fun and tasty alternative to pizza. Home cooks who want to think outside the pizza box can consider the following recipe for "Whole-Wheat Spinach Ricotta Calzones" from "Clean Eating for Busy Families" (Fair Winds) from author Michael Dudash, R.D.