7 Ways With Coffee

Save your morning joe for main dishes, desserts, and more.

  • Get to Know Your Joe
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Get to Know Your Joe

    Long used as a quick morning pick-me-up, coffee finally gets its main-dish due. Try the memorable flavor in punches, jams, cakes, and even a zesty pork glaze. It's guaranteed to perk up almost any recipe.

  • Coffee Meringues
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Quentin Bacon

    Coffee Meringues

    A sprinkle of espresso powder is stirred into sweetened egg whites to make an easy cookie to serve at tea parties, pot lucks, or for late night snacking. Don't have espresso powder? Instant coffee works fine too.
  • Mocha-Spiced Coffee
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Jan Smith

    Mocha-Spiced Coffee

    A sweet mixture of milk, sugar, chocolate syrup and vanilla is cooked on the stovetop and combined with coffee that's percolated with cinnamon and nutmeg (the spices go right in the coffee filter) for a warm and cozy brew.
  • Coffee-Onion Jam
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Coffee-Onion Jam

    Strange as it sounds, brewed coffee is a great steeping liquid for a savory sliced onion topping that's perfect with grilled steaks and roasted meats. Prep takes just 10 minutes and the mixture can simmer on the stovetop while you prepare the meat.
  • Pork Tenderloin with Costa Rican Coffee Glaze
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Pork Tenderloin with Costa Rican Coffee Glaze

    Brewed coffee, ground coffee and spices make a rich glaze that's brushed on pork tenderloin as it grills. The end result: deep, rich flavor without the muss and fuss of marinating. Try substituting chicken legs or thighs for the pork.
  • Café au Lait Angel Food Cake
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Café au Lait Angel Food Cake

    Stirring espresso powder or instant coffee granules into angel food cake batter transforms a plain dessert into something more upscale. Finish it all off with a dusting of powdered sugar, or make an easy cooked custard sauce laced with Frangelico or coffee liqueur.
  • Toffee-Coffee Ice-Cream Torte
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Toffee-Coffee Ice-Cream Torte

    Fancy as it looks, this elegant torte is easy to assemble. Instant coffee granules, coffee liqueur and crushed toffee candy bars are stirred into chocolate ice cream then layered with coffee ice cream and ladyfingers. Brewed coffee and sugar are cooked into a sweet, rich coffee syrup.
  • Eggnog-Coffee Punch
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Eggnog-Coffee Punch

    Forget eggnog lattes. Drum up holiday fun with a chilly Southern tradition that's a wicked good blend of strong brewed coffee, sweet creamy eggnog, ice cream and a splash of bourbon. It's an easy way to spice up parties big and small.
  • Grinding Coffee
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    How-To Video: Grinding Coffee Beans

    Watch this video and learn some tips for grinding coffee.

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