Sichuan-Style Smashed Cucumber Salad Recipe

Crisp and tender cucumbers in a vinegary dressing [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] One thing you’ll quickly notice about Sichuan cuisine beyond the spicy stuff, is their love of fresh, crunchy pickles. No meal is complete without a dish of cold, vinegary vegetables, whether it’s turnip, cabbage, peanuts, or cucumbers. Think of them as a palate […]

Everyday Meals

Quick Tofu Stir-Fry

Ingredients 1 tablespoon peanut oil 8 ounces 2 eaches spring onions, sliced 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen stir-fry vegetables ½ cup black bean sauce ¼ cup vegetable broth Directions Step 1 Heat peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Crumble the drained tofu and stir-fry until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove tofu with a […]


Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing Recipe

“After failing to find the perfect recipe for buttercream icing, I found one that worked for me and then added my own two cents.” Ingredients Adjust US Metric 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 2 tablespoons milk 3 drops food coloring, or as needed (optional) Directions […]


Thai-Style Crab Fried Rice Recipe

Fragrant jasmine rice with plenty of crabmeat. [Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt] Southeast Asia is a great place for crab lovers, and there aren’t many better ways to eat it than in Thai khao phat buu—fried rice with crab, made with fragrant jasmine rice that’s gently seasoned with garlic and chilies, then tossed with scrambled egg, […]

Breakfast & Brunch

Quick and Easy Monkey Bread Recipe

“This is a very easy bread to make.Monkey bread also has been called Bubble Bread and Pull Apart Bread.” Ingredients Adjust US Metric 24 ounces frozen dinner roll dough 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix 1/4 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 […]

Everyday Meals

Want to Make a Better Quick Bread? Try Using Muffin Batter

I love quick breads. I love making them, I love eating them, and I love giving them as gifts, because I’ve found other people love getting them almost as much. They aren’t showy like sourdough bread, or deeply traditional like challah, but I can’t imagine going too long without making one: They’re perfect for welcoming […]

Food Trends

Easy and Quick Halushki Recipe

“Polish dish combining bacon, fried cabbage and egg noodles.” Ingredients Adjust US Metric 1 pound bacon 1 onion, diced 1 (16 ounce) package egg noodles 1 head cabbage, sliced salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions Prep 10 m Cook 20 m Ready In 30 m Snip bacon into small pieces with a scissors […]


Grilled Salmon Fillets Recipe

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik] Perfectly grilled salmon fillets are nicely seared but still juicy and tender in the center. The key is to source fattier salmon (often, that means farmed salmon), and use skin-on pieces that come from the thicker part of the fillet (center-cut is what you should tell your fishmonger). Most of the cooking […]


Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Mango Salsa

This quick and easy grilled salmon is kissed with lime and chili pepper, then topped with a cool, refreshing, colorful, and utterly delicious cucumber mango salsa. It’s okay. Go ahead and do a happy dance—you just won summer! Once you master the art of cooking salmon, or any stately fish, you realize you can’t go […]