This Grilled Cheese Can Be Made 32,256 Ways—Here Are 3 of Our Favorites
Grilled cheese. Pretty basic, right? Crusty bread, melty cheese, (lots of) butter, maybe some mayo or hot sauce. Glorious, though it can sometimes feel a little same ol’, same ol’. But maybe it doesn’t have to. Maybe you have a few nubs of cheese in your fridge that you wouldn’t normally combine. Maybe you have some jam or fruit preserves on hand, or membrillo, or pesto. And maybe there’s some salami or cooked bacon or leftover braised greens in your midst. Yep, you can and should put these—and really, whatever else calls out to you—in your grilled cheese, and you’ll thank yourself for it. With some inspiration from these pantry staples, and bit of guidance on how to put it all together, your (and definitely my) go-to comfort food can benefit from a little mosey on the wild side.
Cue Cook in the Blank, our new playbook for easy weeknight dinners that comes out on 10/30. It lets you endlessly riff on tried-and-true standbys—burgers, baked pasta, chili, frittatas, and yes, grilled cheese, to name a few—with the help of a fill-in-the-blank recipe template. You can use whatever’s in your fridge or pantry, poll your family and friends for ideas, or check out the “hints and winks” on the back of the recipe to guide you. You’ll find three copies of each recipe that you can tear out, so make each dish a few times to find your favorite combinations, or pass them along to the other grilled-cheese lovers in your life.
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Brown-Sugared Apples & Cream Is the Easiest Dessert to Make Right Now
A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big, BIG everything else: flavor, ideas, holy-cow factor. Psst: We don’t count water, salt, pepper, and certain fats (say, olive oil to dress greens or sauté onions), since we’re guessing you have those covered. Today, we’re making the easiest apple dessert in town.
When I was little, I loved helping my grandma make apple pie. I’d down Juicy Juice as I watched her turn on the oven, measure ingredients, flour the countertop. She always gave me the best tasks, like eating dough scraps and extra fruit filling, then rewarding my efforts with ketchupy spaghetti for lunch. In retrospect, this all sounds like a recipe for a sick kid.
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Smart Tips for Antiquing Like a Pro, Straight from an Interior Designer
We’ve partnered with Benjamin Moore to share design tips, tricks, and videos that highlight contemporary ways to incorporate vintage and antique finds into your home. One of our favorite ways to update newfound treasures snagged at the market: Give them a fresh coat of paint using one of the timeless colors from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection .
Few things can add character or history to a space like a one-of-a-kind piece from decades past. But navigating an antique market can be tricky, whether it’s a huge show like Brimfield or your local weekend flea market. So we turned to Megan Pflug, a New York-based interior designer, for a bit of guidance. She’s done her fair share of shopping at these treasure troves and has years of experience transforming heirloom finds into beautiful pieces of home decor.
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Pressure Cooker Green Pork Pozole
16 Ottolenghi Recipes That Make Our Lives a Little Simpler (& a Lot Tastier)
It’s no surprise we’re big fans of Yottam Ottolenghi. We love his recipes for their brightness, freshness, and complex, multi-layered flavors—usually achieved by combining various fresh herbs, toasty, nutty spice blends, and dynamic, umami-rich ingredients (hello, pomegranate molasses and black garlic).
How to Navigate Ottolenghi’s Suite of Books
by Sarah Jampel
Our Cookbook Club Can’t Get Enough of Ottolenghi
by Kate Hill
But we also love Ottolenghi’s food for its familiar, homey appeal, as it relies on quality ingredients and achievable techniques to prepare. His sixth cookbook, Ottolenghi SIMPLE, just came out last week, and it’s an ode to all things easy; it embraces the beauty and ease of the weeknight dinner, the low-key brunch, and the one-pot or sheet-pan wonder. The 130 recipes in SIMPLE all have one or more of the following qualities:
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15-Minute French Bread Pizza Is Even Faster (Tastier!) than Delivery
There are so many ways to satisfy pizza cravings: super-cheesy deep dish pies, crispy cauliflower versions, grilled and ranch-drizzled, or even saucy swirled breads. Honestly, I like them all. But the version I make most often is a little less traditional—French Bread Pizza—you know, the Stouffer’s frozen food.
I loved eating French Bread Pizza (FBP for short) as a kid. The cheese-covered, tomato sauce-drenched open-faced loaf was like a fancified Hot Pocket with the convenience of a frozen pizza—a kid and busy parent’s dream meal. I still crave frozen FBP when I’m feeling nostalgic, but, nowadays, I turn to my homemade version. It’s faster than delivery, easier than traditional homemade ‘za, and just as comforting as my childhood classic.
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Make Tomato Soup Tonight, With the Help of Your Pantry
We’ve partnered with Muir Glen to celebrate the season with recipes, tips, and videos that making holiday entertaining easy, elegant, and totally stress-free. Up first: Cozy tomato soup combos that make a perfect in-between-parties bite.
Tomato soup is my desert island food. As in, the single dish I’d bring if I knew I were going to be stranded. I’d take the classic version I make once a week in the winter, which to me is the edible equivalent of sitting near a crackling fire, wrapped in a soft flannel blanket, reading a really addictive mystery novel.
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Baked Sweet Potato Taquitos
These Sweet Potato Taquitos are vegan and baked instead of fried for a healthy riff on one of our favorite fried foods. They’re just as crunchy and great with some cashew cream sauce on the side.
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A Simple, Anytime Tomato Jam You’ll Want to Eat on Everything
We’ve partnered with Muir Glen to celebrate the season with recipes, tips, and videos that make holiday entertaining easy, elegant, and totally stress-free. Here, we’re sharing our holiday party secret weapon: an endlessly versatile tomato jam.
Tomato jam is an A+ way to preserve summer tomatoes. The only catch is that you have to remember to preserve summer tomatoes. (And between you and me, I never do.) But instead of skipping out on making the bright and tangy condiment come sweater season, this year I’m making jam with Muir Glen canned tomatoes.
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The Easy, Cheesy Casserole That’s Always on My Sunday Dinner Table
We’re partnering with Lagostina to celebrate the Italian Sunday dinner with stories, recipes, and videos about this special family tradition. Here, Tuscan food writer and photographer Giulia Scarpaleggia shares her mom’s potato gateau recipe, a Sunday dinner favorite.
Try as I might, Sunday afternoons are often the only moment when I can enjoy a walk along my favorite country road, under the enormous Tuscan oak trees I’ve known since I was a child. I relish these moments—a brisk walk in the crisp fall air always leaves me with reddened cheeks and a good appetite—but I love lazy Sunday afternoons indoors, too. I could spend hours on the sofa dreaming over a new cookbook, adding bookmarks to every recipe I want to try, or watching the last episode of my favorite TV series. For as much as I enjoy cooking and having friends over for dinner, Sunday afternoons are not meant for spending hours in the kitchen in between dirty pots and pans—they’re meant for relaxing.
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Butternut Squash Lasagna
Want a real show-stopper? Make this Butternut Squash Lasagna! Layers of squash, noodles, cheese sauce, and spinach. It’s easy to make ahead (or freeze!) and will satisfy a large crowd.
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Oh My Veggies
Best Vegetarian Junk Food for Daring Plant Eaters
Believe it or not, vegetarians are not immune to the juicy tastes of junk food. To be perfectly honest, vegetarian junk food is not as “junk” as you might think. It still contains a bunch of healthy nutrients, even though the look, texture, and—in some cases—taste resemble classic junk foods. Vegetarian junk food options are almost endless. They range from famous restaurants’ takes on vegetarian and vegan junk food staples to simple junk food snack recipes. The following write-up showcases some of the best vegetarian junk food dishes. They are easy to prepare at home, so you can quench your vegetarian junk food craving. Vegetarian Junk Food Sandwiches In terms of the best vegetarian junk food, there is hardly a more palatable thing than a veggie junk food sandwich. Nailing just the right taste and juiciness that you get with their famous meat-based counterparts is not as difficult as it seems. The perfect veggie junk food sandwich does require some preparation and skill, but it is well worth the effort. 1. Vegan McDonalds McChicken Sandwich This vegan junk food sandwich has the looks and taste that might fool even non-vegans. It features succulent chicken flavored seitan that you can prepare […]
Simply Recipes Meal Plan: October 2018, Week 4
Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake
Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Paprika
We Asked 25,000 Home Cooks for Their Trustiest Weeknight Dinners
This month, our Cookbook Club has been busy cooking through three books: our popular vote, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan; our moderator pick, POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) by Russell Norman; and our bonus year-long book, Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables. But in between all that pasta and pizza and Parmesan-smothered eggplant, members are also cooking all sorts of weeknight wonders.
Curious to learn from their vast wealth of cooking know-how, I asked the club to share their go-to, trustiest weeknight dinner recipes. They chimed in with hundreds of tried-and-true dishes—and we’re sharing 25 of our favorites to help inspire you:
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