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
Go ahead, indulge! These desserts pack fewer calories and less fat than your traditional favorites.
These scrumptious brownies are sure to become a family favorite. With a dusting of cinnamon powdered sugar (instead of fatty frosting), they're also easier on your waistline.
This fancy baked pudding features pumpkin, raisins, and bourbon, making it special enough for company. Serve it in individual dishes or in one family-size casserole.
The best kept secret about this impressive angel cake is that the marbling of the layers is simple to do.
This famous Spanish baked custard that makes its own caramel sauce also goes by the name creme caramel.
Use a light-colored pan to heat the sugar so you can easily see the true color as it cooks.
Coat peanuts with semisweet chocolate and drizzle with candy coating for a fanciful finish.
Dip caramels in candy coating. Roll some of the caramels in pistachio nuts and some in brickle pieces. For a variety of finished candies, roll caramels in festive nonpareils or nuts after you dip them in melted candy coating. Or let the candy coating dry and then drizzle some candies with another color of melted candy coating.
Filled with dried apricots and cherries, these nicely spiced apples make a glorious dessert for healthful eating.
This chocolate-rum flavored souffle proves that heart-healthy desserts can be as appealing as higher-fat ones.
In this rendition, the ultra-thin pancakes are stuffed with a scrumptious almond filling and folded into triangles. If you like, prepare the crepes ahead; stack the cooked crepes between pieces of waxed paper and store in the refrigerator for up to two days.
This chocolate torte uses finely ground Brazil nuts in place of the flour. Leavened by egg whites, just like souffles are, this dessert is rich and light all at once.
Maple syrup adds a sweet flavor to these make-ahead baked custards. If you love the flavor of maple, then be sure to use the more assertive flavored B-grade maple syrup.
Not only are these easy orange-glazed pears low in calories and fat, you can also make them ahead. For the most flavor, be certain to use pears at the height of their ripeness. They should be highly fragrant and free of blemishes. The flesh should give slightly to gentle pressure.
The texture of these seriously chocolate biscotti is crumbly rather than hard.
Indulge in this pear-ginger homemade ice cream that rivals premium brands for richness and flavor. For a fun garnish, top each serving with a waffle cone wedge dipped in melted white chocolate and coarse sugar.
Applesauce replaces some of the fat in these sophisticatedly flavored bars. Cardamom, or Grains of Paradise, is a mainstay of Scandinavian baking and is featured in many Indian and Arab dishes -- both sweet and savory.
A mild chocolate flavor accented with cinnamon sets this angel cake apart from others. Chocolate purists can omit the cinnamon.