Cooking & Recipes Articles

On Valentine's Day, the aromas of chocolate, flowers,...

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Recently, I went to a barbecue where I had the most delectable mandarin orange rice. It had a... read more
Every gardener who has grown zucchini and other summer squash types such as patty pan and yellow... read more
When an Almanac colleague and gardener greeted me one day with,”Good morning! I left a bag of... read more
I’ve never been one to make my own jams, jellies, and preserves, but when a coworker brought in her... read more
I have a bad habit of “treating” myself to coffee and a breakfast treat on the days I commute to... read more
Homemade pizza is one of my favorite meals. It’s pretty hard to beat all your favorite flavors and... read more
Canning season is here. Get ready with these recipes from the 1983 Old Farmer's Almanac reader... read more
Food occupies a unique position in our lives at the confluence of health, comfort, culture, social... read more
When you wake up every morning to sun in your eyes, birds chirping, and the nearby rivers aboil as... read more
I’ve never had or made artichoke soup, but the only way to find great new recipes is to step... read more
I never plan ahead with my desserts unless it's a special occasion. So, the old-fashioned fruit... read more
For most of my career, I’ve had the pleasure of working for The Old Farmer’s Almanac and its... read more
My good friend Alex’s 24th birthday occurred just recently. My friends and I are big fans of... read more
As I mentioned in my SoCo Caramel Corn post, we hosted a Southern potluck for my dear friend Alex’s... read more
I was at the farmers’ market this past Saturday, cruising through the rows of vegetables, when I... read more
Sunday dinners at my house are usually for trying something new: a delicious-sounding but perhaps... read more
Dandelion flowers can be used in cooking! Don't rid your lawn of these bright yellow flowers.... read more
It finally feels like Spring here in Seattle. And for me, Spring means cooking up dishes that use... read more
I’m beginning to think that I have an unnatural obsession with brownies. First, I told you about... read more
You’ve seen herbal vinegars in upscale food boutiques and catalogues, usually stoppered or corked... read more
Take me into a candy shop any day, anywhere, and I will walk out with a turtle every time. No... read more
A former colleague once made me business cards with the title “Cookie Queen.” I do make my fair... read more
Would you like to re-create those pumpkin spice mixtures that are often for sale in gift shops?... read more
Today was a rainy, gloomy day, forcing my younger brother and me inside. We were completely bored... read more
The chart below follows the previous post encouraging folks to eat more deeply-colored vegetables... read more
I went apple picking this past weekend and came home with several bags of beautiful McIntosh apples... read more
I admit that I’m the one who put black beans in the brownies, and now … zucchini! You’re probably... read more
In this blog, we are going to explore many various opportunities to raise and preserve our own or... read more
Anyone who has ever grown or cooked with jalapeños will tell you: wear gloves. I hadn’t done either... read more
It’s that time of year: Friends, neighbors, coworkers, even some side-of-the-road vegetable vendors... read more
It happens to every cook now and then: Something tastes bland, or the chicken is pink and your... read more
Millions of Americans—including me—are hard at work canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and... read more
This Strawberry Lemonade is sweet but would be a refreshing drink on a hot summer afternoon. It... read more
Why throw out what may be the most healthful and flavorful parts of the foods you prepare regularly... read more
My Almanac colleague showed me the best way to make blueberry pie: don't cook some of the berries... read more
I brought these tasty little Marjoram Mushrooms to a potluck party—and they made a fun addition. I... read more
The ice cream sold in supermarkets today is not what it once was. It is also ridiculously expensive... read more
I had never poached a chicken before and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was. I put enough... read more
Learn how to make sweet pickles the “old-fashioned” way. We guarantee you that the slow way is the... read more
Learn how to make dill pickles the “old-fashioned” way. Pickling is a great way to store excess... read more

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