Seasonal foods bring a variety of fruits, vegetables and meats to the table. Warm up this winter with a mug of hot apple cider and discover everything from terrific fall foods to refreshing summer recipes with the help of these seasonal menus.
A hot day calls for a ice cold slurpee or a creamy ice cream shake. Maybe not after you've seen the calories on those things. Some of your favorite commercial coolers have calorie counts ranging from 500 to more than 1,000!
Come the chilly season, the kitchen can be about the most inviting place in the house: Warm smells, hearty foods and all that heat from the oven make a snow day a fun day. So what are five winter dishes that will keep you happy?
If autumn has you lamenting the end of summer's sweet corn and sun-warmed peaches, take heart. Hardy and slow-growing, fall crops come into their own just as summer fruits and vegetables are packing it in.
Summertime is for picnics, poolside lunches and dinners al fresco. Sure, you could eat these foods year-round, but they're bona fide summer foods. And when you eat them under the hot sun, they taste like time-honored treats.
During the dog days of summer, warm, winter meals just won't do. When the mercury starts to approach the red line, these hot season favorites will be a hit around the pool, out on the patio or under a beach umbrella.
If you're planning a walk to the park, afternoon on the beach or scenic drive, take along a few classic picnic foods that will satisfy your discriminating palate while celebrating the luxury of eating in the open air.
Firing up your grill can melt away the winter blues and bring back memories of summertime cookouts. But instead of roasting hot dogs over the coals, try grilling your favorite veggies for an intense, smoky flavor and nutritious boost.
Winter grilling has caught on in a big way, and part of the fun, or challenge, may be just braving the elements -- or at least the frosty back patio. Food just seems to taste better when you put a fire under it, so don't let a snow ruin a good thing.
Pumpkin pie is so much a part of our American heritage that other uses for this nutrient-rich fruit tend to get overlooked. But canned pumpkin can be enjoyed in many other recipes, from smoothies and cakes soups to cocktails.
Even though fresh is usually favored when it comes to seasonal eating, sometimes it's just not possible, and in those cases, it is most certainly a good alternative to hit the grocery store. Find tips on cooking with seasonal foods and learn about canned vs. frozen.