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Stir-Fried Greens With Fermented Black Beans Recipe

A vegetarian mix of spring greens and black beans
Mar 10, 2014 12:00 pm
Photo: Clare Winfield

Extend spring cleaning past the closet and do something good for your body with culinary authority Jenny Chandler. Her latest book, The Better Bean Cookbook, extols the virtues of vegetarian, protein-packed legumes and offers a world of ways to prepare them. Just like anything fermented, Chinese black bean sauce adds a tangy savory punch to healthy greens.

Easy Beer Beans Recipe

Savory beer-spiked beans in half an hour, flat
Jan 22, 2014 4:00 pm
Photo: Mark Shaw

Have you ever had really good beans? And I don’t just mean some decent beans, I’m talking about those refried beans made with lard that will make you not care how bad your clogged arteries hurt. I know I shouldn’t eat too much lard, but I still want some delicious frijoles to go with my rice, and this recipe for beer-infused black beans makes me feel better about everything.

Iceberg Lettuce Slaw Recipe

An easy and totally necessary Mexican side dish
Jan 20, 2014 4:00 pm
iceberg lettuce slaw
Photo: Mark Shaw

This is a pretty simple little side, but it’s my favorite thing to have with almost any Mexican food. At a lot of places, when you order the enchilada combo plate or something along those lines, you get a little pile of iceberg lettuce. This slaw is inspired by that idea, since little piles of iceberg don't really do anyone any favors.

Thanksgiving Practice Round: Potatoes

Master these great Thanksgiving tater sides now
Nov 19, 2013 2:00 pm

We've gathered our 8 most appropriate Thanksgiving potato recipes for you to practice on a great steak or other pre-bird entreĆ©. They're simple and to the point, with just a smattering of potatoes' favorite accents, like goat cheese, bacon and sage.

Thanksgiving Practice Round: Vegetable Sides

Practice these great Thanksgiving veggie sides now
Nov 18, 2013 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving is coming, break out the whisks and ready the basters! We're here with practice rounds, and plenty of time to spare. Tonight, pick a great Thanksgiving vegetable salad and/or side and master it. That way when the big day comes, you'll be able to whip up a great side, say "oh it's just something I whipped up," and actually be able to mean it. 

Smashed Truffled Purple Potatoes Recipe

Truffle up the easiest fancy side dish at the table
Nov 11, 2013 4:00 pm
truffled smashed potatoes recipe
Photo: Mark Shaw

You can basically guarantee every last one of these truffled smashed purple potatoes will disappear by the end of your dinner. This super simple dish has four ingredients: potatoes, truffle butter, sage leaves and crunchy Maldon sea salt. It doesn't have to be a special occasion to break out this recipe, but they're impressive on a holiday table as well. 

Lunch: The Best Of Pickles, Plus A Great Potato Salad Hack

Plus stories about Pickle Day and taco meat
Oct 31, 2013 11:30 am

I went to Pickle Day in the Lower East Side last Sunday like I do every year. It's the best-smelling food festival we have. It smells like one million pickles. And as long as you hydrate really well afterwards, it's a hell of a good time. First hack of the day: bring a flask of whiskey and play a competitive pickleback-themed game with your friends. Second hack, plus a bunch of uses for your new pickles, after the jump.

Why Do My Mashed Potatoes Suck?

Troubleshoot your spuds in time for potato season
Oct 7, 2013 2:00 pm

You'll be making plenty of batches of mashed potatoes in the months to come, so why not figure out why yours are less-than-awesome now? Although they're one of the easiest side dishes you can make, there are still plenty of pitfalls waiting for the well-meaning home cook. Heed our advice and churn out perfect, fluffy, melt-in-your mouth mashed potatoes every time. 

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