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Thumb_6746_Greek Salad

Thumb_6746_Greek Salad

A traditional Greek salad is made up of large chunks of vegetables and feta - never lettuce, which actually prefers a more temperate climate. Made with good, ripe tomatoes, this easy salad bursts with flavor. 

Thumb_13501_Arugula, Roasted Eggplant And Ricotta Salata Salad

Thumb_13501_Arugula, Roasted Eggplant And Ricotta Salata Salad

Larger, older eggplants have brown seeds that contain a bitter liquid. Salting eggplants removes some of this liquid and improves their flavor. In general, it's not necessary to salt smaller eggplants since they have fewer seeds.

Thumb_14265_Apple And Sausage Risotto

Thumb_14265_Apple And Sausage Risotto

Crisp, tart apples have a subtle sweetness that makes them easy to fit into savory recipes. Here, diced apples are cooked with mild sausage to make the base for a hearty risotto, perfect for the cooler nights ahead. Read more about this recipe at the Washington Post.

Thumb_18355_Ward Eight

Thumb_18355_Ward Eight

This cocktail was created to honor Martin Lomasney, a Massachusetts politician, and the ward which got him his seat in the Massachusetts general court. This recipe comes from Rob Chirico's Hair of the Dog. For more of Rob's great cocktails, buy his Field Guide to Cocktails.

Thumb_17582_Pork Ragu

Thumb_17582_Pork Ragu

If you're looking for a simple recipe to feed the multitudes, this robust pasta sauce of stewed pork and sausages is easy to prepare and can be made well in advance (its flavor actually improves if it is made ahead and then reheated). Read more about this recipe in Big Night In by Domenica Marchetti.

Thumb_17667_Baked Apple, Smoked Turkey And Cheddar Strata

Thumb_17667_Baked Apple, Smoked Turkey And Cheddar Strata

This light, savory bread pudding may be assembled and refrigerated overnight before baking (allow 15 minutes of extra baking time, and cover with foil for the first 25 minutes). Read more about this recipe at the Washington Post.

Thumb_19025_Traditional Hot Grog

Thumb_19025_Traditional Hot Grog

Grog can be drunk hot or cold, but a traditional mug of warm Grog is just as welcome during half-time at a football game as it is after a day of skiing.

Thumb_19726_London Broil In A Brandied Pepper Crust

Thumb_19726_London Broil In A Brandied Pepper Crust

London broil is a marketing term originally devised to help sell flank steak, and now means any boneless cut of steak. This recipe is part of Andrew Schloss's Sunday Dinners.

Thumb_19734_Jerk Chicken

Thumb_19734_Jerk Chicken

With habanero peppers, molasses, nutmeg and ginger, this jerk recipe is a great way to jazz up grilled poultry.The mild taste of chicken breasts may not need to marinate as long as chicken thighs, but the dark meat may hold up better to the boldness of the spices.

Thumb_20158_Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burrito

Thumb_20158_Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burrito

If you're craving a savory, high-protein, high-fiber breakfast, this burrito is right up your alley. You can substitute feta or cheddar for the cream cheese.

Thumb_20476_Grilled Tequila-Habanero Flank Steak

Thumb_20476_Grilled Tequila-Habanero Flank Steak

Flavored with spices, garlic, habanero and a couple of shots of tequila, a moist and piquant rub is a spirited match for grilled skirt or flank steak. Marinate the steaks overnight and bring to room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking for the best flavor.

Thumb_21425_Mint Jolie

Thumb_21425_Mint Jolie

The key difference between this drink and the Mint Julep is the use of mint simple syrup. A slash of soda makes it possible to have several drinks without falling off your horse. Read more about this recipe on the Cookthink blog. For more of Rob Chirico's great cocktails, buy his Field Guide to Cocktails.


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