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Dinner Tonight: Baked Fish with Savory Bread Crumbs

Though easy to prepare, this dish from Lidia Bastianich is anything but basic. The breadcrumbs are heavily seasoned with lemon zest, oregano, parsley, and red pepper flakes. This gives each bite a great citrus note, along with a little spicy kick. If that weren't enough, a dressing of sorts is added to the baking dish so the fillets are also perfumed by white wine and lemon juice. More

Dinner Tonight: Parmesan Chicken Tenders

This recipe from Everyday Food magazine makes chicken tenders healthier by baking them at high heat instead of frying them in oil. Using Japanese panko breadcrumbs mixed with Parmesan (airy and flakier) ensures that despite the baking method, they still have a decent crunch. Sure, baking isn't as delicious as frying, but the process is much easier for a quick dinner, and beats the frozen option by a mile. More

Dinner Tonight: Alton Brown's Baked Oysters with Artichoke and Panko Crumbs

There are some questionable accounts about what actually goes into the authentic version of Oysters Rockefeller. Just about every recipe I found was different, significantly too. That's how I ended up with this baked oyster recipe from Alton Brown, which makes no attempt to be historically accurate. Luckily, Brown just decided to create a really great baked oyster recipe. More

Cook the Book: Frankies' Meatballs

When eating at Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo's Frankies Spuntino, not ordering the meatballs is really a crime. They are by far the best meatballs I've ever had in a restaurant, and possibly my life. Perfectly textured, not at all dense but not falling-apart crumbly, with just the right amount of egg, bread crumbs, garlic, and cheese throughout. But what really makes these meatballs special is the addition of raisins and pine nuts. More

Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Cauliflower and Anchovies

If you love cauliflower like I do, you'll definitely appreciate the nutty aroma. But it's really the anchovies and saffron that steal the show. Two tablespoons of anchovies may not sound like that much, but they imbue every forkful of this dish with a rich, fishy funk. If that weren't enough, the saffron confuses the palate, sending taste buds in all kids of odd directions. More

How to Make Your Own Breadcrumbs

True, making breadcrumbs from scratch is nothing fancier than pulverizing, toasting, and maybe seasoning old bread. The real charm of the homemade stuff: A spare half a loaf could inspire new dinner ideas on the spot—if you know how to use it. Read on for tips on custom-making crumbs to suit your meatloaf, pan-fried cutlets, baked chicken fingers, mac and cheeses, and other meals. More

Dinner Tonight: St. Joseph's Sawdust with Pasta

I know sawdust doesn't sound the least bit appetizing, but don't worry—this only looks like wood shavings. It's actually a highly flavored recipe with bread crumbs from John Besh's My New Orleans, and I couldn't wait to try it with pasta. The crumbs easily soak up whatever tossed on them—which in this recipe included pine nuts, parmesan, dried currents, cinnamon, crushed red pepper flakes, and oregano—making for a cheap and tasty meal. More

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