Food & Drink

Food & Drink

No courses, no assigned seats, no-hassle dinner party

I don’t like dinner parties. Maybe this is an inconsequential admission for some, but the dinner party is high currency in the circles I run in as a food writer, academic and chef’s wife. In Washington, dinner parties are a big deal, where a group of the host’s friends or colleagues sit around a prettily laid table and are expected to sustain interesting conversation across the span of several courses.

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Spicy, smoky, cheesy, melty burgers — on the inside

Hidden inside these tame-looking burgers is a smoky and spicy blend of bacon, chipotle, cheese and something unexpected – pepperoni. Because the ground beef part of these burgers is patted fairly thin, there’s less of a chance you’ll undercook it. For a little extra texture and flavor, crispy fried onions go into the beef.

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Tahini and chicken salad is the perfect pairing

When I came across the recipe for chicken salad with a tahini-mayo dressing in Alon Shaya’s new cookbook, clouds parted to reveal golden rays of sun, the perfect pairing of peanut-butter chocolate came into focus and the denouement of “When Harry Met Sally” replayed in my head: Huzzah, naturally, of course! Two great foods, made greater together.

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Sip your way through summer with a batch of homemade iced tea

If you’re tuned in to what’s trendy these days, it may seem your options for what to drink this summer have been whittled down to two: cold-brew coffee or rosé. But if you want something in between the caffeine jolt of the former and the celebratory nature of the latter, you need look no further than a classic.

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Not strictly salad, these dips make it close enough

No matter how beguiling and colorful my salad dreams may be, when the hectic swirl of weeknight dinner begins, I routinely ditch them for plain greens tossed with lemon juice and olive oil. Adding a grated garlic clove to the dressing is the height of my after-work ambitions.

Ben & Jerry's dishes out free cones for customers for 40th year

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day started in 1979. This year, the company expects to give away more than 1.3 million free scoops.