It's no coincidence that nearly everyone I know enjoys food from the grill. The smoky flavor, the golden browned bits, and the ease of cleanup make grilling the summertime impetus for gathering friends to table.

Gather the best summer vegetables for this tasty penne pasta dish. The sauce is filled with eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and ripe tomatoes and finished with a little cream. If you can’t find really fresh, ripe tomatoes, use good-quality canned plum tomatoes.

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With due respect to Mrs. Gump, my mama always said life was like a box of jalapeños: You never know how spicy it is going to be until you bite into one.

Capture the flavors of Vietnam with this savory salad. The simple dressing brings out the flavors of the fresh vegetables and rice noodles. It takes a few extra minutes to slice and prepare all of the ingredients for the salad. Once that’s done the dish is ready in minutes.

A refreshing roasted chicken pita pocket garnished with a tomato and corn salsa makes a cool dinner for a warm summer evening. Let the supermarket do the work. Make the fresh salsa using diced tomatoes and onions found in the produce section or at the salad bar and add some defrosted frozen corn.

A new cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen is intended to raise our burger I.Q. “The Ultimate Burger” has 138 recipes for everything from Classic Beef Burgers to Vegan Grilled Barbecued Tempeh Burgers, plus great ideas for sides and drinks. There’s even a chapter with recipes for homemade bu…

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Need something easy to add to an otherwise mundane menu? Or something simple to take to a potluck, cookout or another social occasion? What you need is a good quick bread. They’re called quick breads because they’re quick to make, at least compared to yeast-risen breads, and they fall halfwa…

CARACAS — In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in local shops that cater to the crisis-hit country’s dwindling elite.

Several years ago, the sky ablaze with early-evening sunlight, a formidable selection of rose bottles in front of me, I thought, “Maybe this time it’s for real.”

Judges awarded these wines Double Gold in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Judges awarded these wines Double Gold in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Croutons are the cherry on top of a sundae, if the sundae were made of lettuce and vegetables. They are what transforms an ordinary salad into a meal.

Because we have always been big fans of San Francisco-style sourdough bread, our Alaskan tour guides made our mouths water every time they referred to the common nickname for a Klondike prospector, a sourdough.

Judges awarded these wines Double Gold in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Turning out fall salads proves more challenging this time of year, but not at all impossible.

Taste buds this time of year steer toward deep, hearty flavors and comfort foods, and for so many of us, that means that soup's on.

Judges awarded these wines Double Gold in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Whether or not to get up before the crack of dawn to go shopping isn't the only question to be answered on Black Friday. If you overcooked like most Americans, you'll also be wondering what to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Judges awarded these wines Double Gold in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

PITTSBURGH — If you’re opting for a buffet-style meal this Thanksgiving, be it formal or casual, there are rules to keep in mind when setting up the table. Chuck Kerber, executive chef at Allegheny HYP Club, says the turkey, sides and desserts should be arranged in a particular order so that…

One of our favorite food-pairing wines is rosé because of the flavors that burst with notes of strawberry, cherry, cranberry and spice, backed by bright acidity. They combine to bring out the flavors of roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy and other goodies on the holiday table.

Judges awarded these wines Double Gold in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Judges selected this wine for Best Dessert honors in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Salmon with sorrel defined an era — roughly the late 1980s — and a trend: nouvelle cuisine. The “new cooking” called for fresher ingredients, simpler sauces, quicker techniques. Producing wisdom (crisp!) and folly (minuscule!).

Judges awarded this Jones of Washington wine a Double Gold medal in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition. It also earned the honor of Best Rosé in the competition.

This Plain Cellars selection earned Best Red Wine honors in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Here’s a vegetarian pizza the whole family will love, and it takes less time than sending out for one. I used a whole wheat flour tortilla as the base for this quick pizza. It provides an ultra-thin crust allowing the toppings to be featured.

Over the course of three decades, food scientist and professor at Clemson University Paul Dawson has studied how common food habits may increase the spread of bacteria in the human system.

This wine earned Best of Show and Best White Wine honors in the 2017 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.