Some breakfast cereals require cooking; others are packaged ready-to-eat. Roasted and rolled oatmeal, eaten as porridge, requires brief boiling. Cooking time of these processed cereals has been greatly reduced, and various “instant” forms are available. Although oats are used chiefly as livestock feed, some are processed for human consumption, especially as...

Made with cake flour, these are the fluffiest pumpkin cupcakes you’ve ever sunk your teeth into. Full of pumpkin flavor and complemented by cinnamon cream cheese frosting, they are the perfect fall cupcake. A muffin is a type of quick bread of American origin that is baked in portions appropriate for one person. They are similar to cupcakes in size and...

This is a cute, diminutive play on Marlboro Man’s Second Favorite Sandwich. (Please enjoy that vintage post of mine! My fingers were much skinnier back then.) Anyway, this the same general sandwich—grilled chicken, chewy bacon, and gooey cheese—but in precious little slider form for precious little slider-friendly occasions such as, oh…I don’t know…the SUPER...

On Grub Street last week, writer Felix Salmon explored the current trend of restaurants listing the origin of the vegetables they’re serving on the menu, right down to the actual farm. What’s going on here is really “an attempt to get customers to value — and pay premium dollars for — basic ingredients like Brussels sprouts, shallots,...

The cake layers can be baked, cooled, and wrapped in plastic up to a day ahead. Just before serving, spread filling over one layer, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge, then assemble the cake. When it’s time for dessert, make the meringue, frost the cake, and brown it. Ingredients 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus...

We’ve all been there: standing impatiently in front of the oven with a full cake pan, ready to pop it into the oven as soon as the preheating light clicks off. But wait, says Dorie Greenspan. There’s a good reason why you should give it another minute — or maybe ten. When a Viking oven repairman came by to tune up her oven, Greenspan picked his brain...

1. Buy produce in season. Check the food section in your newspaper to find the best buys for the week, based on fresh produce in season. Food in season is usually priced to sell. During the summer months, corn on the cob can cost as little as 10 cents an ear; at other times of the year, it may cost 10 times as much. Also, shop your local farmers’ market for...

5 Tips to Make Better Granola: 1. You Need Oil: I know there’s a tendency to want to make granola as healthy as possible, but if you’re not using oil you’re going to have a pile of dry oats. We use olive oil at Marge, and it gives the granola a toastiness that I really love. It almost straddles the line between sweet and savory. But feel free to...