Sweet potato and carrot dish sparkles

This February 2017 photo shows roasted sweet potatoes and carrots prepared with a marinade in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Starchy sides are a mainstay of the classic American dinner. It’s easy to get complacent and rely on a trusty, if unimaginative, rotation of mealtime regulars: rice, potatoes, noodles.

The king of English street food: fish and chips

This Feb. 14, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows fish and chips in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

Thanks to our global food community, we have more opportunities than ever to sample cuisines from the farthest corners of the world. Even in America’s smallest towns, food lovers are exploring traditional Indian, Ethiopian, or Spanish tapas restaurants, and we’re constantly on the hunt for our new favorite.

New ways to use old rugs

This undated photo provided by Joss & Main shows their Mindy ottoman, which is upholstered in a rugged yet stylish material inspired by kilim rugs. (Joss & Main via AP)

As part of the red-hot globalism trend, “tribal style” — exotic, eclectic and influenced by travel — has spread from fashion to home decor. There’s a caravan of interesting furniture and accessories that work in any space, from the sleek and contemporary to the simple and functional.

Cheesy Baked Grits a deeply satisfying staple

This Jan. 31, 2017 photo shows cheesy baked grits in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

A kind of carbo-licious porridge made from dried and coarsely ground corn, grits are to Southern cuisine what potatoes are to Northern cuisine — a deeply satisfying staple. Like squash, tomatoes and deep-pit barbecuing, grits came to define Southern cooking via the cuisines of such southeast American Indian tribes as the Caddo, Choctaw and Seminole.

Poached cod with papaya gives tropical twist

This Feb. 6, 2017 photo shows poached cod with papaya relish in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Balancing healthy eating with a crazy weeknight schedule is tricky for everyone. We all have competing priorities that chip away at our days: kids, careers, school, home, family obligations all take time and energy. And next thing we know, it’s 6 p.m. and we haven’t given any thought to dinner. What we do next is key.

Simple ways to cheer up your home in winter

This undated photo shows a room designed by Florida-based interior designer Laura Burleson with uplifting words that are printed in a subtle shade of gold and elegantly framed in pale gold metal. (Alyssa Rosenheck/Alyssa Rosenheck Photography via AP)

During these chilly and gray days of mid-winter, many of us look to our homes as sanctuaries. The standard advice for cheering up your living space is to add a few splashes of bright, happy color, says designer Maxwell Ryan.

Cheesy White and Green Spinach Lasagna

This November 2016 photo shows white and green spinach lasagna in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

In the quest for Big Crowd Food, lasagna reigns supreme. And at this time of year, you may find yourself entertaining a big crowd for a football game party, for the Oscars or another awards show, or just because it’s cold out and it’s nice to put together a cozy gathering.

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