Eating well

Chocolate treat for a Valentine sweet

METRO — Restaurant reservations, red roses and sparkling jewelery all are par for the course on Valentine's Day. However, nothing may epitomize the holiday more than a decadent chocolate treat. When heart-shaped chocolate boxes are not enough, resourceful gifters can turn to homemade ...

Retool the classic pound cake to make it ultra-chocolatey

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN We love pound cake and we love chocolate, but the combination is often a disappointment. That's because most recipes simply add chocolate to a standard pound cake recipe, which mars its finely tuned texture and usually produces lackluster chocolate flavor. We ...

Try this herb-topped deep-dish focaccia

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Centuries ago, focaccia began as a by-product: When bakers needed to gauge the heat of the wood-fired oven_focaccia stems from focolare and means "fireplace"_they would tear off a swatch of dough, flatten it, drizzle it with olive oil, and pop it into the hearth to ...

For more streamlined chicken enchiladas, use a slow cooker

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Chicken enchiladas offer a rich and complex combination of flavors and textures, but traditional cooking methods can be tedious. We wanted a more streamlined recipe for chicken enchiladas_one that utilized our slow cooker to make the filling and that enabled the ...

This vegetable curry has bold flavors to keep everyone happy

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Vegetable curries are a great hearty choice for a vegetarian meal. Filled with bold flavors and a good variety of vegetables, they can be healthy, satisfying, and delicious_as long as the vegetables are well cooked and the flavors are balanced. To nail the bold ...

Whip up something sweet for your sweetheart

MERO — Certain times of year give everyone license to indulge in sweets. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day are one such example, but perhaps no day of the year is more sweets-friendly than Valentine's Day. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are ubiquitous come mid-February. ...

Chicken Florentine with clearer, brighter flavors

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Chicken Florentine is a buffet-line favorite featuring chicken breast and spinach in a mild cream-and-Parmesan sauce sometimes stuffed inside, sometimes stacked on top. All of these components are good, but this dish can often be stodgy (think old-fashioned ...

Skip the boxed mac and cheese and make your own at home

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Macaroni and cheese has always been on my "must-explore" list. It's just eaten too often in this country for us to ignore it. Kids in particular say yes to macaroni and cheese when they turn up their noses at everything else. Unfortunately, it's the boxed version, ...

Sweets for your sweethearts

In case you’re looking for something to help alleviate the winter blahs, remember that it won’t be long until we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day. Think of it…the cards, maybe flowers, and a special dinner with our honey, or if the kids are included, our honeys. Some will choose to ...

Peanut blossom cookies with a more robust peanut flavor

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Peanut blossom cookies first gained notoriety at the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off. They're simply a peanut butter cookie topped with a Hershey's Kiss. We started with the original recipe and made tweaks to it with the goal of achieving a more robust peanut ...

A Dutch oven may be key to a butternut squash soup

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Butternut squash soup is a fall staple, but many recipes fail to live up to their potential, ending up too sweet or with too little squash flavor plus, prepping the squash can be time-consuming and unwieldy. We found the solution to these problems in our Dutch ...

Great tasting oatmeal doesn’t need to come from a packet

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN If you think oatmeal comes in a packet, think again. They know about oatmeal in Ireland and Scotland, where whole-grain, steel-cut oats are popular. Yes, these slightly chewy oats take longer to cook than old-fashioned rolled oats (and way longer than instant oats ...

Try a classic French soup celebrating seasonal veggies

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Highlighting the fresh flavors of Provencal cuisine, soupe au pistou is a classic French soup composed of seasonal vegetables, creamy white beans and fragrant herbs. Celebrating colorful, early-summer produce, this soup needed to be chock-full of vegetables and ...

Calling All Cooks: Super sandwiches

By LISA ANDRUS-WELCH Sunday the Rams and the Patriots will vie for a Super Bowl win, and certainly, as tradition dictates, the biggest football event of the year is a great reason to party, so bring on the food and drink. Besides the usual crunchy snacks like loaded nachos or buffalo ...

Make an intense and buttery molten chocolate cake at home

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Fallen chocolate cake, or molten chocolate cake, is an undercooked-in-the-center mound of intense, buttery chocolate cake. We wanted to turn this restaurant-menu standard into a practical recipe for home cooks. Beating the egg whites and yolks separately and then ...

A cookie in a skillet?

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN A cookie in a skillet? We admit this Internet phenom made us skeptical until we tried it. Unlike making a traditional batch of cookies, this treatment doesn't require scooping, baking and cooling multiple sheets of treats; the whole thing bakes at once in a single ...

A boozy, coffee-soaked dessert awaits you with this tiramisu

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN With its boozy, coffee-soaked ladyfingers and sweet, creamy filling, it's no wonder tiramisu is Italian for "pick me up." Instead of making a custard filling, we simply whipped egg yolks, sugar, salt, rum and mascarpone together and lightened it with whipped cream. ...

Turn a plain brown paper bag into the perfect popcorn maker

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Microwave popcorn is a great idea in theory. But most packaged options have a long list of unnatural ingredients and don't taste very good. This fun recipe turns a plain old brown paper bag the kind you might use to hold your lunch into a microwave-safe package for ...

DIY taco station

METRO - Looking for a fun and healthy dinner idea to serve at your next get-together? This easy, do-it-yourself taco station is the perfect meal to serve for quick weeknight dinners or parties. With some simple prep beforehand, you can make a fun and healthy meal that your kids and guests will ...

A bean chili that’s as rich and savory as any meat chili

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Black bean chili should be primarily about the beans they should be creamy, tender, and well-seasoned. We wanted a hearty bean chili that was as rich, savory, and deeply satisfying as any meat chili out there, yet simple to make in our multicooker. Tasters ...