When you’d rather graze than feast

Chickpea fries

I don’t know about you, but if I had to choose snacks over actual meals, I’d more often than not go with snacking because there’s an opportunity to try more things, you’re not pummeled by a big meal, and snacking can be fun.

I would not describe tomorrow’s snacking as…

Between the impending election and the Covid upswing, it’s time to eat your feelings

Overhead shot of a casserole dish full of baked macaroni, crispy breadcrumbs on top.

A friend told me last week she celebrated her birthday in part by eating her annual ration of macaroni and cheese, around which she says she has no self-control. Mac’n cheese seems especially fitting for a year as shockingly bad as 2020 has been so far.

As if it hasn’t…

More putzing than practical — but it’s the pandemic, so why not?

Guy using a drill to grind coffee.

This far into the pandemic, boredom meets inspiration, and power tools are making an appearance in home kitchens. While we’re not seeing any mini-saws multitasking as sourdough bread cutters, the drill is coming into its own.

Alton Brown, for example, is using a drill in seasoning his holiday rib roast…

Prime rib roast, pernil, and pot roast with cranberries

A prime rib roast before it’s carved.

Whether you’re in the mood for one of these projects this weekend or you’re thinking about what to serve for Christmas or New Years', all three of Mark’s straightforward recipes deliver what will amount to a special meal. Each recipe is geared for a small crowd but if you’re being…

December Holidays

9 tries at getting into a holiday spirit

Egg nog by the fire.

We don’t blame you if you feel like skipping this holiday season. But with more pandemic-related challenges in front of us, perhaps we can turn to holiday dishes and drinks to lift our spirits, especially since we’re stuck primarily at home. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Make some sweet and spicy snacks.

Spiced nuts are more…

Melissa McCart

Editor of Heated with Mark Bittman on Medium. Dog mom. Pho fan. Send me your pitches: melissamccart@gmail.com

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