Some recipes from the Vegan Mac 'n' Cheese Smackdown of 2016

When the organizers of a vegan macaroni-and-cheese contest in Baltimore in February sent instructions to contestants, they suggested bringing enough samples to feed a crowd of 500 people. Instead, "we stopped counting at 1,000," said Rissa Miller, who helps organize social events for a group called Baltimore Vegan Drinks. "Nobody expected that…

Recipes for three easy energy bars that are actually good for you

Energy bars, power bars, protein bars, granola bars. Whatever you call them, they've taken over entire aisles in supermarkets. When it comes to nutrition, some of them are little better for you than a store-bought cookie, with an ingredient list that would make a Keebler elf blanch. That's changing, as more brands realize that plenty of consumers

Grilled pineapple recipe: The secret's in the spice

By mid-April, when I have grown weary of winter citrus but the bounty of local berries hasn't hit the market yet, I like to turn to the tropics for some sweet, juicy variety. My luscious pineapple dessert not only is packed with island flavor, it satisfies a sweet tooth healthfully as well. Grilling the fruit caramelizes its natural sugars,

The Young Chef: A soft pretzel recipe kids can make (with some adult help)

Soft pretzels are snacks you might associate with a trip to the ballpark or the county fair. But they're also a fun make-at-home project. We found a recipe in "The Young Chef: Recipes and Techniques for Kids Who Love to Cook," which was written by a famous cooking school called the Culinary Institute of America and chef-instructor Mark Ainsworth.

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