In Season: Pumpkins begin to ripen in September. Because they store well, pumpkins are available all through the fall and winter. What to Look For: Make sure to choose a variety of pumpkin that's intended for cooking rather than for decoration. The ubiquitous field pumpkin -- the kind most commonly used to carve jack-o'-lanterns -- has watery, stringy flesh and is not recommended for eating. Sugar pumpkins and cheese pumpkins are two widely available varieties that are good for cooking and baking, thanks to their dense, sweet flesh. How to Store: Pumpkins keep well at room temperature for up to a month. Stored in a cool cellar or refrigerator, they can last up to three months. Once cut, pumpkin pieces should be wrapped tightly and refrigerated. Use cut pumpkin within five days.
Presents from Santa aren't the only thing to look forward to on Christmas morning. This holiday, host a cozy yet festive feast that includes piles of citrus fruit, cups of eggnog, spiced ham, and seasonal sweets.
A full, well-rounded meal doesn't need to be a multistage bonanza that requires hours of scrubbing dishes (and bowls and measuring spoons and mixers...) afterward. Sometimes, a full meal -- that means all of essential components and all of the flavor -- can be cooked in just one pot. These super-satisfying recipes all come from Martha's book "One Pot."
Use a sturdy pot, skillet, or slow cooker to prepare complete hearty meals, including beef stew, chicken and dumplings, chili, vegetarian curry, gumbo, shrimp jambalaya, paella, arroz con pollo, and much more.
Make your own gooey, delicious macaroni and cheese with this no-fail macaroni and cheese recipe. You'll learn how to get the perfect creamy macaroni and cheese consistency, plus the history of mac and cheese and how it became popular in America.