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I’ve always loved Belgian beef stew, cooked in beer and thickened with a piece of bread. Judy Rodgers, in her wonderful Zuni Cafe Cookbook, does her spin on that dish by starting it with short ribs. I thought it would be even better as a pot roast, so I’ve adapted Judy’s recipe.
Keep your cool in the kitchen with this no-cook noodle salad. This dish is also delicious with a pound of cooked shrimp in place of the chicken. The star of this recipe is the Vietnamese-style sauce, with ginger, garlic, jalapeno, rice vinegar, and sugar.
This recipe for Peach Pie Surprise combines the sweetness of peaches with the spiciness of red cinnamon candies.
Fresh basil leaves and a homemade lemon-caper vinaigrette lend a vibrant Italian flair to this easy sandwich. For a simple, sweet-yet-healthful accompaniment, serve with juicy red grapes.
The name for potato salad in Spain is ensaladilla rusa, or Russian Salad. Why? It is said that a Russian invented the salad in the late XIX century. We don’t know what the original Russian salad was like, but the Spanish have made their own version and eat it as a tapa or a side dish. Many families even prepare home-made mayonnaise to dress it.
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If fresh green or English peas are in season, get busy shelling and make this quick and healthy puréed pea soup that can be served hot or cold. Since many commercial vegetable broths taste overly sweet and funky, try making your own. If you do use canned vegetable broth, be sure to dilute it with some water (about 1 cup of broth to 1 1/2 cups of water). When fresh peas aren’t available, frozen peas are a great substitute. This dish was featured as part of our Recipes for Spring Ingredients photo gallery.
Need something quick and heartening for dinner tonight? Try this soup — a blend of warm and smoky spice, a whole lot of garlic, and a cup of sherry. This also kicks off our new series: Six Ingredients (and Salt) — short, efficient recipes that still pack lots of flavor. Look for more of these soon from all of us, and meanwhile — try this soup!
This fast, simple appetizer complements pastas, soups, and salads. You can grate the cheese for the crostini in advance.
We loved the way the fresh tastes of cilantro and lime brightened the flavor of canned tuna in this Mexican-style sandwich created by Jennifer Lira. To seed tomatoes, cut in half crosswise; squeeze out and discard seeds and juice. If desired, garnish sandwiches with lettuce leaves.
This easy pastry cream recipe can be used to fill Polish Kremówka Papieska, Polish karpatka, Serbian krempita, Hungarian indianer, napoleons, cream puffs, eclairs and other pastries calling for a custard filling. Larger photo of easy pastry cream recipe.
If it's cold out, few things are as nice as Bicerin, a sinful drink prepared in Torino from coffee, cocoa, and whipped milk. A little goes a long way -- the word bicerin means little glass -- and if you like it you'll be joining august company: Alexandre Dumas, Italo Calvino, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso were all Bicerin fans. The caffés of Torino keep their versions secret, but you might try with:
You should have no problem getting nice figs at this time of year and they?re wonderful to make in so many ways so when you see them, buy them up! Here?s one really gorgeous way to have them. I promise you won?t get bored of these; there are so many lovely ways of using them up. Personally, I like to make a sort of bruschetta with them or put them out on a platter with some nice cheese. As it?s Christmas and your kitchen is probably well-stocked, you?ll hopefully have the ingredients for the bruschetta on hand already. If not, you can always improvise with whatever you?ve got in the fridge.
One thing?s for sure, if you can master the perfect roast potatoes, you?re well on your way to the perfect Christmas dinner. This year, with a few extra tricks, I?ve managed to get them spot on. I?ve discovered that the humble potato masher is the secret to the perfect roastie, and you lot out there will be able to make these at home no problem. I?ve done a lot of potatoes, as it?s always better to have too many so you?ve got some leftover. I don?t expect you to have different flavoured spuds for Christmas, I?m just giving you options so you can choose whatever?s perfect for you.
Serve these pancakes with butter and syrup. Large Photo
Shrimp scampi is an easy way to enjoy Italian cuisine at home. Threading olive oil-marinated shrimp on rosemary-branch skewers imparts a subtle herb flavor to the dish and a fantastic scent to your table.
This classic Greek dish can be prepared several hours in advance and brought to room temperature before serving. A spoonful of the Smoky Tomato Relish (page 200) makes a suitable condiment.
If your blackberries are particularly sweet or tart, adjust the amount of sugar in the sauce accordingly by 1/2 teaspoon or so to find the right balance.
For a tasty and colorful twist, substitute sliced zucchini for half of the yellow squash.
Prep: 45 min., Stand: 5 min., Chill: 8 hr., Rise: 45 min., Bake: 10 min.
Prep: 10 min., Bake: 1 hr., Cool: 30 min.
Using your own homemade crepes is what makes this dish so special.
Gooey homemade caramel may take a little time, but it's totally worth the effort.
Use a paring knife to core a tomato: Insert tip next to stem, and then make a shallow cut all around; remove stem. To seed a tomato, cut in half lengthwise. Holding cut side down, gently squeeze to remove most of the seeds. Slicing a tomato is best done with a serrated or very sharp-bladed knife.
The holidays are not complete without crisp, molasses-flavored gingerbread men and women. Decorate with powdered sugar icing for piping.
Provençal sauce, made from herbes de Provence, chicken broth, butter, garlic, and lemon juice, is a simple sauce that goes great with chicken. Serve this dish with roasted potato wedges.
If you prefer to serve this as a beverage, skip the freezing and scraping steps.
Rubbing these rib steaks with a mixture of commonplace ingredients (garlic, mustard, and pepper) and searing them gives the meat an extraordinary flavor. Game plan: These steaks are also delicious cooked on an outdoor grill. Heat a grill to medium high (375°F) and cook the steaks uncovered for 15 minutes for medium to medium rare, turning halfway through. Read more about grilling.
Seafood Paella is probably the most famous and popular Spanish dish around the world. It originates in Valencia, a region on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, between Barcelona and Murcia that is known for its rice dishes. There are as many versions of paella as there are cooks in Spain! This version is what is known as a "mixta" or mixed paella because it also has chicken and pork. If you like, leave out the chicken and pork for a purely seafood paella.
Rev up simple grilled chicken thighs with aromatic Chinese five-spice powder—a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. The glaze thickens as it cools; simply reheat it in the microwave for 10 seconds for the right consistency. Prep: 7 minutes; Cook: 12 minutes
is well-documented on this site, but we're tired of them being relegated to a side dish. We wanted main dish brussels sprouts, which inspired us to create this easy pasta. The sprouts are sliced super thin, like little grassy green ribbons running through the noodles.
Load a store-bought pizza crust with balsamic-splashed turkey, peppery arugula, creamy fontina, and nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano for a quick one-dish dinner.
This recipe goes with Grilled Striped Bass with Chunky Mango-Ginger Sauce
This one reminded me of summers at my grandma and grandpa’s farm. I love the grapy taste of Concords, and the basil added a very pleasant herby flavor. The color is gorgeous! If you don’t have lemon basil, Thai basil, lemon thyme, or lemon verbena is also great in this drink. This was a final competition cocktail in the CHOW
The mint adds a refreshing note to the dressing, which will also work well in a fresh fruit salad. Use any curly lettuce leaves in place of red leaf.
A common drink found alongside aguas frescas in Mexican taquerias, horchata is a milky-looking, yet dairy-free, libation. Made with ground-up rice, toasted almonds, a bit of cinnamon, and some lime, it’s a perfect summertime refreshment and is even tastier when spiked. Game plan: Start this recipe a day ahead, as the ground ingredients need to soak overnight.
Eve was on to something when she bit into that apple—it turns out the fruit makes a pretty delicious soda. Combine that with a bit of brandy and lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself a sinful little cocktail. What to buy: Sidral Mundet is a lightly fizzy Mexican soda with a clean apple taste. It can be found at any Hispanic grocery store or online. If you can’t find it, sparkling apple juice makes a decent substitute. This recipe was featured as part of our Cinco de Mayo cocktail menu.
Instead of making the Basic Friendship Bread Recipe that came with your Friendship Bread Starter, try this yummy Triple Chocolate Friendship Bread. This was my daughter's favorite. On Making Friendship Bread
Be sure to serve this wonderful recipe warm topped with Caramel Rum Sauce and a good quality ice cream like homemade Royal Crown Vanilla.
If you like the taste of pecan pie, you'll love this easy alternative. Serve the squares with vanilla ice cream for an over-the-top dessert.
David Lebovitz’s new book, Ready for Dessert, features these unsung heroes of the cookie world. We say unsung because we had never heard of or seen them before—yet they are worthy of fame and notoriety. Lebovitz’s friend Dorie Greenspan told us we had to try these crunchy almond and egg white cookies. She was right. They’re delicious, addictive, and incredibly easy to make—another fun cookie to make with kids. Game plan: The batter can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month. Let it come to room temperature before spooning and baking. This pastry was featured as part of our Parisian Sweets photo gallery.