While some states, like Texas (specifically Austin, which many regard as the birthplace of BBQ), get a lot of credit for their smoked and seasoned meats and sides, the reality is there are good barbecue joints on both sides of the Mississippi and as far north as Canada. From Toronto to Santa Fe, Washington, D.C. to Austin, here are our picks for unique barbecue in North America. Prepare to get your hands dirty.See More
Why do we love curry? Let us count the ways: It's a sweet-heat blend of many spices, including turmeric (which gives curry its characteristic yellow tint), cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, cumin, nutmeg, chiles, and coriander; it adds depth to chicken dishes, vegetable soups, and even snack mixes; and its heat is a subtle, slow burn that lets food shine. Read on for some of our favorite recipes with curry powder. Kitchen tip: Curry powder loses its pungency quickly and should be stored no longer than 2 months.View Slideshow
From slow-cooker starters to sweet chocolate tarts, these recipes from the December 2007 issue of Better Homes and Gardens are perfect for holiday entertaining.
Served whole and flavored with mildly hot red pepper and tangy lemon, these carrots are hard to resist.
Indulge guests with this creamy soup; roasted red peppers make a pretty garnish.
Fresh-baked pears make a delicious accompaniment to this spice-and-mustard-coated beef roast.
Serve this onion pudding, baked up with cheddar and garlic, in individual ramekins. Sage leaves make a beautiful garnish.
This easy side dish gets its bold flavor from cider vinegar; deep purple beets look festive and are healthy, too.
This pretty take on baby broccoli is finished in less than 30 minutes. Toasted almonds add crunch, while orange juice adds a light citrus flavor.
These super-sized coconut macaroons make delightful gifts.
These lemony, cranberry-studded sandies are a snap to make -- and a treat to eat.
Decorate these dainty spritz blossoms with a sweet glaze and dusting of sugar.
It's easy to make the red bow on these cardamom-flavored "presents"; store-bought frosting is all it takes.
These savory tarts are a classy solution for a last-minute get-together -- they're simple yet special.
Raisins, apricots, and a delicious blend of spices make this slow-cooker stew hard to resist; serve it at a casual weeknight get-together.
Another slow-cooker standout, this chicken recipe gets a spicy kick from jalapenos and cayenne peppers; cashews add delightful crunch.
Chef and cookbook author Rocco DiSpirito's bacon, shrimp, and coleslaw combo makes a delightful first course.
Oranges, plum tomatoes, garlic, and fresh thyme flavor this lamb chop recipe, created by Chef Rocco DiSpirito.