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New England Baked Beans
From the EpisodeSummer Cookout
Published: January 2017
New England Baked Beans
The transformation of a few humble ingredients into a rich, deeply flavorful di…
Egyptian Barley Salad
Published: May 2018
Egyptian Barley Salad
We set out to develop a recipe for a vibrantly spiced pearl barley salad with th…
Farro Salad with Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, and Tomatoes
From the EpisodeElegant Fall Dinner
Published: May 2015
Farro Salad with Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, and Tomatoes
We were sold on this nutty grain even before we realized how fast and easy it is…
Simple Farro
From the EpisodeElegant Fall Dinner
Published: May 2015
Simple Farro
We were sold on this nutty grain even before we realized how fast and easy it is…
Red Beans and Rice
From the EpisodeBig Easy Favorites
Published: January 2010
Red Beans and Rice
In New Orleans, cooks transform a dollar’s worth of dried beans into a creamy, …
Drunken Beans
Published: January 2015
Drunken Beans
Cooking beans with beer and bacon can deliver results as full-flavored and satis…
Black Bean Burgers
From the EpisodeVegetarian Essentials
Published: September 2015
Black Bean Burgers
Earthy black beans should make a satisfying nonmeat burger. But most either fall…
Fried Brown Rice with Pork and Shrimp
Published: July 2015
Fried Brown Rice with Pork and Shrimp
We figured out a single substitution that both eliminates the need for leftover …
Israeli Couscous with Lemon, Mint, Peas, Feta, and Pickled Shallots
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous with Lemon, Mint, Peas, Feta, and Pickled Shallots
These pasta pearls can revitalize a picnic salad—but first you have to cook them…
Simple Israeli Couscous
Published: July 2015
Simple Israeli Couscous
These pasta pearls can revitalize a picnic salad—but first you have to cook them…
Quinoa Pilaf with Chipotle, Queso Fresco, and Peanuts
Published: January 2014
Quinoa Pilaf with Chipotle, Queso Fresco, and Peanuts
Could we turn this superfood into a dish we’d really want to eat?
Quinoa Pilaf with Herbs and Lemon
Published: January 2014
Quinoa Pilaf with Herbs and Lemon
Could we turn this superfood into a dish we’d really want to eat?
Simple Refried Beans
Published: September 2014
Simple Refried Beans
Serve with our Mexican-Style Grilled Steak (Carne Asada)
Fresh Corn Cornbread
Published: July 2013
Fresh Corn Cornbread
What about a cornbread that actually tastes like fresh, sweet corn instead of co…
Hearty Spanish-Style Lentil and Chorizo Soup
Published: March 2013
Hearty Spanish-Style Lentil and Chorizo Soup
To achieve authentically deep, complex flavor in this hearty soup, we had to tur…
Oatmeal Muffins
Published: January 2013
Oatmeal Muffins
What should be a satisfying breakfast treat is often a dry, chewy regret. The ke…
Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
From the EpisodeLet’s Start with Soup
Published: January 2013
Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
For a rich, earthy, nutty-tasting soup, we had to figure out how to make its sig…
Basic Couscous
From the EpisodeA Moroccan Feast
Published: January 2011
Basic Couscous
Back-of-the-package instructions may be simple, but too often they yield a taste…
Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos)
From the EpisodeA Latin Celebration
Published: March 2011
Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos)
Cooking beans and rice in a single vessel sounds like a straightforward one-pot …
Hearty Minestrone
From the EpisodeEasier Italian Favorites
Published: January 2010
Hearty Minestrone
Italians rely on garden-ripe vegetables, but most of us need to make do with su…
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
From the EpisodeItalian Comfort Classics
Published: March 2010
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
For the ultimate creamy texture and deep corn flavor, traditional polenta requi…
Hearty Tuscan Bean Stew
From the EpisodeSoups of the Day
Published: March 2008
Hearty Tuscan Bean Stew
In Tuscany, creamy, flavorful beans transform rustic soups and stews into someth…
Smoky Kansas City BBQ Beans
From the EpisodeKansas City BBQ
Published: June 2006
Smoky Kansas City BBQ Beans
In Kansas City, many barbecue joints stir "burnt ends"-tough, overcooked bits of…
Basic Polenta
From the EpisodeWinter Supper
Published: January 1995
Basic Polenta
The traditional method for preparing polenta is time-consuming and fraught with …
Cincinnati Chili
From the EpisodeRegional Classics
Published: February 2005
Cincinnati Chili
An authentic version of this Midwestern classic is flavored with Middle Eastern …
Hearty Lentil Soup
From the EpisodeA Soup Supper
Published: January 2004
Hearty Lentil Soup
Does a bowl of lentil soup sound about as inspiring as a serving of instant oatm…
Italian Pasta and Bean Soup—Pasta e Fagioli
From the EpisodeSimple Soups
Published: March 2003
Italian Pasta and Bean Soup—Pasta e Fagioli
The American version of pasta e fagioli is often bland and mushy and takes hours…
Simple Beef Chili with Kidney Beans
From the EpisodeOne-Pot Wonders
Published: March 2003
Simple Beef Chili with Kidney Beans
Could we take supermarket staples and create a basic chili with great flavor?
Tuscan Shrimp and Beans
Published: March 2017
Tuscan Shrimp and Beans
Shrimp and bright flavors transform cannellini beans from winter to all-weather …
Published: September 2017
Slow Cooker Brown Rice with Peas, Feta, and Mint
For a fresh and easy variation on slow-cooked brown rice, we stirred in frozen p…
Slow-Cooker 15-Bean Soup with Chicken Sausage and Spinach
Published: September 2016
Slow-Cooker 15-Bean Soup with Chicken Sausage and Spinach
With 15-bean soup mix as our inspiration, we set out to make an easy bean soup w…
Cast Iron English Muffins
Published: September 2016
Cast Iron English Muffins
Packaged English muffins are a fine way to start the day, but our from-scratch v…
Cast Iron Rosemary Focaccia
Published: September 2016
Cast Iron Rosemary Focaccia
Good focaccia should have soft, chewy insides and a crisp exterior.
Cast Iron Southern-Style Cornbread
Published: September 2016
Cast Iron Southern-Style Cornbread
Unlike its sweet, cakey Northern counterpart, Southern cornbread is thin, crusty…
Paleo Nut and Seed Granola
Published: June 2016
Paleo Nut and Seed Granola
Oats and sugar, key ingredients in most granolas, are not part of the paleo diet…
Gluten-Free Corn Muffins
Published: June 2016
Gluten-Free Corn Muffins
By tipping the scale to use almost equal parts cornmeal and flour blend, we were…