Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Cheddar and Shallot

Published September 1, 2013.

The grilled cheese conundrum: Young cheeses have no taste but melt perfectly, while aged cheeses have sophisticated flavor but turn grainy. We wanted the best of both worlds.

Brown Rice Salad with Jalapenos, Tomatoes, and Avocado

Published July 1, 2013.

When we set out to create bold-tasting salads full of contrasting flavors and textures, we stumbled on a whole new—and better—way to cook brown rice.

New England Lobster Rolls

Published July 1, 2013.

The sandwich is easy. The challenges are dealing with a live lobster and knowing when it’s properly cooked.

Citrus Salad With Watercress, Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Published January 1, 2013.

For a winter salad that doesn’t taste like an austere version of dessert, befriend the bitter side of citrus.

Philly Cheesesteaks

Published March 1, 2012.

We set out to reproduce this classic sandwich without the pricey rib eye, a deli slicer, or a flattop griddle.

Italian Bread Salad (Panzanella)

Published July 1, 2011.

The biggest challenge in making this classic Italian tomato-bread salad is solving an age-old quandary: What’s the best way to deal with the bread?

Crisp Cucumber Salad

Published July 1, 2011.

A watery salad is usually a given when cucumbers are in the mix. But what if, instead of trying to get rid of the excess liquid, we used it to our advantage?

Caesar Salad

Published January 1, 2011.

Hold the chicken and other dubious updates. Great Caesar salad is all about making tweaks to the original's pungent, garlicky dressing and crispy croutons. But what tweaks?

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Roasted Red Peppers

Published September 1, 2010.

There is a whole lot more to bruschetta than chopped tomatoes and basil. We wanted smart flavor combinations that did not require a bib.

Spinach Salad with Carrot, Orange, and Sesame

Published July 1, 2010.

While nothing could be easier to toss in a salad, mild-mannered baby spinach always seems to fall flat. What could we do to ruffle this pile of leaves?

Austrian-Style Potato Salad

Published September 1, 2009.

For potato salad that’s both creamy and light, do as the Austrians do: Ditch the mayo and look to the soup pot.

How to Make Chopped Salads

Published July 1, 2009.

Watery vegetables can ruin even the most well-composed chopped salads. Follow these steps to avoid falling victim to this common pitfall.

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for a Crowd

Published September 1, 2008.

Ignore your skillet and turn to the oven if you need to produce several grilled cheese sandwiches simultaneously.

Greek Cherry Tomato Salad

Published July 1, 2008.

How do you transform juicy cherry tomatoes into a great salad? For starters, get rid of some juice. Begin by quartering the tomatoes.

Pan-Roasted Pear Salads

Published November 1, 2007.

Could we find a way to make lackluster, out-of-season pears shine in a holiday salad? The secret was sugar and the right cooking technique.

Greek Lamb Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki

Published July 1, 2007.

We were craving restaurant-style Greek gyros that we could wrap our hands around. There was just one pressing problem: the meat.

Shrimp Salad

Published July 1, 2007.

Deli-style shrimp salads are usually rubbery and bland. In order to solve this problem, we first fix the shrimp, then we make the dressing.

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