Blog Posts by Everyday Food

  • 4 New Ways to Get Down with Homemade Applesauce (Plus a Killer Classic Recipe)

    Try something new alongside roast pork or chicken, or with yogurt, ice cream, pound cake, or oatmeal. We particularly like McIntosh apples, but using a mix of varieties gives dimension. Although the apples may be sweet enough on their own, stir in up to 3 tablespoons dark-brown sugar, if you like.

    Classic Applesauce

    4 pounds apples, such as McIntosh, Gala, and Braeburn
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
    3 tablespoons dark-brown sugar (optional)

    1. Peel, core, and slice apples.

    2. In a large pot, bring apples, lemon juice, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are very soft and falling apart, 25 to 30 minutes.

    3. Mash with a potato masher or pulse in a food processor until smooth with small chunks remaining. (Add sugar, if using.)

    4. Let cool, then transfer applesauce to airtight containers.

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    Prune-Vanilla Applesauce

    3 1/2 pounds apples, such as

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  • Fall is for Apples (and Crispy Chicken Salad!)

    This crispy chicken and apple salad is hearty, seasonal, and irresistibly delicious -- and it's exactly what you should make for dinner tonight! The recipe is simple; just coat boneless, skinless chicken breasts in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs (a.k.a., standard breading procedure), before quickly pan-frying them. While the chicken is cooking, make a perfect-for-fall salad of apples, red leaf lettuce, and cranberries. Toss everything with a tangy buttermilk dressing, and you're ready to eat. Enjoy!

    Crispy Chicken and Apple Salad

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    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1 large egg
    1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound total)
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    1/4 cup buttermilk
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    1 large head red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (8 cups)
    2 apples, such

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  • One Simple Step that Will Transform Meat, Poultry and Seafood Dishes

    Spice rubs are simple mixtures of salt, sugar, spices, and dried herbs used to season meat, poultry, or seafood before cooking. Homemade rubs are easy to put together, and often more flavorful and economical than the commercial varieties. Once you apply a rub, you can cook foods right away or wait a while; either way, the rub will add a burst of flavor. Start with this basic recipe, then adjust it to your own taste.

    All-Purpose Spice Rub

    Makes 1 1/4 cups (enough to season 5 to 10 pounds of meat, poultry, or seafood)

    1/3 cup coarse salt
    1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
    1/4 cup paprika
    2 tablespoons ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons dried oregano
    2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
    1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)

    1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, using your hands to break up the sugar.

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    Now, Try Your Own

    Experiment with your favorite spices and dried herbs; just keep the

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  • The Best No-Cook Brownie Ever!


    Are you a fan of thekitchn.com? We are! And today, the blog's editor, Faith Durand, is joining us in our kitchen and whipping up a super-decadent brownie that's filled with chopped hazelnuts. The best news of all: This recipe is oven-free! Just allow these treats to firm up in your fridge for an hour to overnight, cut, and enjoy!

    No-Bake Triple-Chocolate Brownie


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    Nonstick cooking spray
    1 cup graham cracker crumbs (from 8 to 10 whole graham crackers)
    1/2 cup finely chopped roasted hazelnuts
    1/4 cup cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
    4 ounces bittersweet chocolate

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    1. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.

    2. In a large bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, hazelnuts, cocoa, and salt. Stir in the condensed milk.

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  • Get Back to Braising with This Irresistible Chicken!

    If you're looking for a warm, cozy, fall dish, then you've come to the right place! Today, we're braising a whole chicken, along with Brussels sprouts and shallots, to create a healthy, comforting, and seasonal meal. This recipe gets its bold flavors from a broth, vinegar, and mustard braising liquid; and a touch of heavy cream added at the last minute also adds a bit of richness. Make this homey meal for your family, and wait for the compliments to roll in.

    Braised Chicken and Brussels Sprouts


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    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
    Salt and pepper
    1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
    2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    2 tablespoons heavy cream

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    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season

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  • What's Spicy, Sweet, and Perfect for Fall? This Pork and Parsnip One-Pan Dinner

    Today, we're upping the ante by using that flavor profile in a one-pan dinner of roasted pork tenderloin with parsnips and sweet potatoes. The hidden ingredient in this recipe is ginger -- it adds depth and heat to the whole meal without overpowering any of the ingredients. Cook your pork until it's just pink in the center (or 140 degrees), and you'll be rewarded with the juiciest, most delicious fall dinner ever. Bon appetit!

    Spicy Pork with Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes

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    1 large sweet potato, peeled, halved, and sliced 1/2 inch thick
    3 large parsnips, peeled, halved, and cut into 2-inch pieces
    1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
    3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
    2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 pork tenderloin (about 12 ounces), excess fat and silver skin removed
    Coarse salt
    1 bunch watercress, trimmed
    Lime wedges, for serving

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  • Grab Your Slow Cooker -- It's Beef Barley Stew Time!

    If you own a slow cooker, then you're in luck because today we're grabbing ours and making a rich and robust beef barley stew. This recipe is as delicious as it is straightforward -- just add browned meat and sauteed garlic to your machine, along with butternut squash, potatoes, and barley. Then set your cooker and forget about it for eight hours until the meat is shreddable and the vegetables are tender. Enjoy a bowl tonight, but be sure to freeze some for a rainy day, too!

    Beef Barley Stew

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    2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    Coarse salt and pepper
    1 pound beef chuck, cut into 3 pieces
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    4 thyme sprigs
    4 cups chicken or beef broth, divided
    1/2 pound small potatoes, halved
    1/2 medium butternut squash (1 pound), peeled and diced medium (2 cups)
    1/2 cup pearl barley

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    1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Season beef with salt and cook until

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  • Cheat Sheet: Cook Your Main Course and Sides on a Single Pan

    Love using just one pot? Why not try one pan? Arrange your main course and sides on a single sheet and cook an impressive spread all at once.

    Roasted Salmon with Kale and Cabbage

    1 bunch Tuscan kale, tough stems removed, leaves thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
    1/2 head Savoy cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (4 cups)
    6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    Coarse salt and pepper
    4 skinless salmon fillets (4 to 6 ounces each)
    1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons juice
    1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss kale and cabbage with 2 tablespoons oil and spread in an even layer; season with salt and pepper and bake 6 minutes. Stir. Season salmon and add to baking sheet. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, whisk together lemon zest and juice, dill, mustard, and remaining 1/4 cup oil. Season. Drizzle salmon and vegetables with dressing before serving.

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  • We Can't Stop Making Chickpea, Kale, and Sausage Pasta!

    "If you didn't have a go-to pasta dish to take you through fall, you do now! Today, I'm combining a few basic ingredients -- nutty chickpeas, tender kale, and spicy sausage -- with short orecchiette pasta to create a textured and flavorful dish. Believe me when I say that this recipe is a keeper and couldn't be easier!"

    - Everyday Food's Sarah Carey

    Chickpea, Sausage, and Kale Pasta

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    1/2 pound short pasta
    3/4 pound Italian sausage meat
    1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
    2 tablespoons minced garlic
    1 can (15.5 ounces) rinsed and drained chickpeas
    5 cups ribbed and shredded kale
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan
    Salt and pepper
    Lemon juice, for drizzling

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    1. Cook pasta, then drain. In a skillet, cook sausage meat in 1 tablespoon olive oil until opaque, breaking up with a spoon. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add chickpeas and cook 3 minutes. Add kale and

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  • The Low-Cost, High-Flavor Cuts You Need in Your Slow Cooker

    Attention, serious taste seekers: Here's a guide to our favorite slow-cooker cuts. Silky, tender, and flavorful, these options make great low-maintenance meals.

    Once you start counting on your slow cooker for delicious, almost no-effort dinners, it's tempting to throw just about any ingredient into this amazing appliance. But for the tastiest results, you need to know which meats do best in it. Delivering low, even heat over a long period of time, slow cookers break down the connective tissue in typically tough cuts of meat, making them meltingly tender. (Bonus: These cuts are often less expensive!) Here are our go-to choices.

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    Beef

    Slowly cooked brisket becomes incredibly tender. Look for marbling -- the white streaks of fat that add flavor-when shopping. Beef chuck is another favorite for long braises.

    Chicken

    Cheaper and richer in flavor than white meat, dark meat -- thighs and drumsticks -- stands

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