Family dinner on a weeknight should be nutritious, delicious, and, most important, easy to make. That can be a tall order, so when it comes to Wednesday noshing, who are you gonna call? The answer is pasta: It cooks quickly and pleases the palates of persnickety youngsters. See our favorite pasta recipes to satisfy small-fry hunger.
Make way for little squares of heaven -- these fried morsels are sure to be voted most popular at any party. You can (and should) prepare the stovetop macaroni and cheese a few days ahead, since it will firm up in the refrigerator, for easier cutting. Then follow a two-step breading process, using panko instead of regular breadcrumbs for a crust that's crisp yet light. Don't be put off by the yield; the squares fry quickly, in three or four batches, and you can reheat replenishments over the course of the evening -- whenever the platter is wiped clean (which will be often).This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).
Adding toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs gives this dish a nice crunch that balances out the creaminess of the sauce. Rather than baking the shells with the crumbs on top (which can make them soggy), toast the breadcrumbs separately, and toss a handful over each serving right before you put it on the table.
Things that are grown-up: tea in a porcelain cup, making to-do lists, effectively using sticky notes, and using matching pot holders. Things that are not grown-up: microwavable mac and cheese. See also: mac and cheese from a pouch and macaroni with cold peels of shredded American cheese. For when you're too sophisticated for mac and cheese but not quite over the cozy-comfort-delicious factor, these recipes should do the trick.
Turkey doesn't have to be the main event at the Thanksgiving feast. These satisfying and delicious meatless main dishes will be a hit with everyone from vegetarians to omnivores. Choose from simple but impressive recipes for pastas, risottos, savory pies and tarts, and much more.