Lemony Chicken Tenders are a tangy treat

A bright, lemon sauce flavors delicate chicken tenderloins in this quick dinner. Tenderloins, or tenders, are a secondary muscle that lies directly under the chicken breast. As the name suggests, they’re very tender and need only a few minutes to cook. White wine and capers add to the lemony sauce for a tangy treat.

Here’s the real best-ever beans recipe. They’re dinner-party delicious

Approximately 1,001 bean-related articles came out over the past few years. Topics included which dried beans were optimal to order online in packages you’d wipe down with antiseptic upon arrival, in what way to soak said beans for hours whilst trapped in your own home, and how to then cook those beans in the best possible manner so that the eating of them might momentarily stave off your feeling of impending doom. Now, at last, all of our sourdough starters are dead, and we’ve got stockpiles of beans looking at us with their millions of beady little eyes from the cupboard. It’s beautiful!

Let’s Talk Food: The best recipes

My dream job would be working for a newspaper that would allow me to travel the world looking for the “BEST” recipe and write about it. Christopher Kimball of Milk Street magazine does that, traveling around the world to find that perfect recipe and whenever the title says “The world’s best!” it certainly makes me take notice.

What to do if you’re concerned you might be laid off

NEW YORK — The job market in the U.S. remains strong overall, but recent high-profile layoffs at technology and media companies and predictions of a recession later this year may have you thinking about job security. If you’re worried you could be laid off — or if you’ve lost your job — here are recommendations from experts:

Grape Varieties for Hawaii

When we think of growing grapes, we might recall the expansive vineyards growing in California wine country or a backyard grape vine somewhere on the mainland.

Expand seafood ingredient possibilities

The 40 days (excluding Sundays) that comprise the Lenten season traditionally require abstaining from meats and other rich foods on key days during this sacred time on the Christian calendar. The faithful move to more humble foods as they choose to be reverent and focus on Jesus’s sacrifices. Simple meals of vegetables and fish tend to be staples in Christian households this time of year. When seafood is not the typical first choice for families, it could be challenging to come up with new ways to prepare fish, crustaceans and more. Those who have exhausted their fillets and salmon steak options can look to scallops for inspiration. Scallops are a species of marine bivalve mollusk that come in “bay” and “sea” varieties. The large muscle inside of the scallop, which can sometimes be 2 inches in sea scallops, is cooked and eaten. Bay scallops, which are harvested from the shallow waters of East Coast estuaries and bays, are roughly one-third the size of sea scallops. Bay scallops tend to be more tender than sea scallops, but both can be delicious when prepared correctly. In certain instances, manufacturers will produce “faux” scallops, which actually are chunks cut from certain sharks and stingrays. This recipe for “Seared Scallops with Snow Peas and Orange” from “Real Simple Dinner Tonight: Done!” (Time Home Entertainment) from the Real Simple Kitchen can be a tasty, unique meal when other fish dinners have already been tried. Seared Scallops with Snow Peas and Orange Serves 4 1 cup couscous 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil 16 sea scallops (about 11⁄2 pounds) Kosher salt and black pepper 4 strips orange zest (removed with a vegetable peeler), thinly sliced 1⁄4 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved lengthwise Cook the couscous according to the package directions. Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the scallops dry, season with 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and cook until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Wipe out the skillet. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the orange zest, snow peas, and 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, tossing frequently, until the snow peas are just tender, about 2 minutes. Serve with the scallops and couscous.

Spring cleaning pointers

Spring is a season of renewal. When the flowers are blooming and the trees are budding and the weather is pleasantly warm, people often feel inspired to make changes around their homes. Work may begin with culling belongings and organizing essentials.

Style at Home: Building your bookshelf

Bookshelves are a versatile and functional piece of furniture that can enhance the look of any space in your home. While they primarily serve the practical purpose of storing books for many, they can also be a great way to showcase your personality and style (with or without books). A well-styled bookshelf can add character and depth to a room, making it feel more inviting and lived-in. But with so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

Quick Fix: Shepherd’s pie perfect for St. Patrick’s Day

Around this time of year with St. Patty’s Day coming up, shepherd’s pie comes to mind. The pie has a savory meat filling topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. It’s usually made with lamb or ground lamb, but it is also made with ground beef and then called cottage pie. There’s always a discussion whether the pies are Irish or English. The answer is both. Either way, enjoy this quick dinner.

Let’s Talk Food: James Beard America’s Classics Award winner

Manago Hotel, in Captain Cook, has been named one of six winners in the prestigious James Beard Classic Award representing the Pacific and Northwest Regions for 2023. The selections are made to restaurants open for 10 years or more. I think being open since 1917 more than qualifies Manago Hotel for such an honor!

Gretchen’s table: Mushroom ‘chorizo’ tacos

Mushrooms often get a bad rap for being slimy and too “earthy.” Yet if you’re a fan, varieties such as portobello, cremini and oyster mushrooms can help you work more vegetarian dishes into your rotating meal plan. All make excellent substitutions for beef or pork in any number of dishes because of their “meaty” flavor.