In case you missed them, here’s a wrap up of our favorite blog posts of the week. Read, get inspired, and start cooking!
|Ingredient Spotlight: Fennel|
Fennel’s crunchy texture and sweet, anise flavor makes it perfect for this time of year, when we need something crisp and refreshing. Read on for our best tips for choosing, working with, and using fresh fennel, plus a selection of our favorite recipes.
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|Give a Valentine!|
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to send heartfelt messages to everyone you love. This year, we created sweet valentines of our own for you to share with friends, family members and loved ones — see them all!
|Farro with Winter Vegetables and Watercress|
Farro is an Italian whole grain rich in tension-relieving magnesium; it adds a nutty crunch that complements soft-roasted root vegetables. Serve this grain-based salad warm or at room temperature.
|Couples in the Kitchen: Todd Porter & Diane Cu|
This Valentine’s Day, we’re spotlighting a few of our favorite dynamic duos in the food community to learn how real-life couples celebrate the most romantic of holidays. Meet the White on Rice Couple, a pair of professional photographers and filmmakers known for their stunning, inspiring portrayals of food and lifestyle.
|What We’re Reading: Healthy Dish of the Day|
Take the guesswork out of cooking nutritious meals. Our new book features 365 wholesome recipes — that’s one for every day of the year. Here, ask author Kate McMillan all about the book, including her healthy eating philosophy and best tips for cooking nutritious meals on busy weeknights.
|Asian-Style Chicken Soup with Baby Bok Choy|
Here, chicken and vegetables are cooked in a clear, spice-infused broth. Served with herbs and bean sprouts, it’s a refreshing one-dish meal that comes together in a snap.
|Our Dinner with Outerlands|
We partnered with the team at Outerlands restaurant in San Francisco to share their casual, communal approach to creating meals for friends and family. The result is our Dinner with Outerlands, an occasion built on good food and good company and featuring a menu of colorful, comforting family-style dishes. Read on to learn all about it and meet the inspiring team.
|Lemon Chiffon Gingersnap Pie|
Lemon chiffon pie is a timeless dessert, filled with rich, tangy pudding lightened by whipped cream. Give this classic a wintry twist with a spicy gingersnap crust.
|Valentine’s Day Breakfast|
Surprise your sweetheart with a delicious breakfast on Valentine’s Day! What better way to show your love on this romantic holiday? From a sparkling drink to comforting waffles, we have all the recipes you need, plus tips for making it a memorable morning.
|Recipe Roundup: Great Grains|
Whole grains aren’t just rich in nutrients — they’re packed with flavor, too. Here’s how to enjoy them in salads, soups, main dishes and more.
|Valentine’s Day Party for Kids|
On Valentine’s Day, host a party that’s just for the little ones! Let kids make their own Valentines to share with the group, then treat them to a special, festive meal. Pull it off with our recipes and party planning tips.
|Weekend Project: Chocolate Truffles|
An assortment of homemade chocolate truffles makes a luxurious Valentine’s Day treat. They’re also fun to make — sitting around chatting and rolling can be relaxing, so invite friends to join and make it a party!
|Blogger Spotlight: David Lebovitz|
Meet David Lebovitz, a Chez Panisse alum, author of nine cookbooks, and one of the Internet’s original food bloggers. Here, we ask David all about how he started his blog, his ideal dinner party, favorite ingredients — and, of course, his favorite dishes for Valentine’s Day. Read on to get inspired!
|Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Guide|
We can’t think of a sweeter way to say “I love you” than with beautiful cookies you bake and decorate yourself. We talked to our food stylist Cathie Lopez to learn her tricks for making gorgeous cookies every time. Happy Valentine’s Day!
|Party Planner: Valentine’s Day Dinner for 2|
Skip the crowded restaurants on Valentine’s Day and share a home-cooked meal with your sweetheart. Pop open a bottle of bubbly, then spend the evening cooking together — it’s a fun (and romantic) way to celebrate.
|Mussels Steamed in Belgian Ale, Shallots & Herbs|
This recipe calls for steaming mussels in ale with thyme and garlic. Don’t skimp on the amount of bread you serve on the table; you’ll want to soak up every bit of the delicious sauce.