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Mateo Granados, an avid forager, hunts for wild mushrooms (especially plump, nutty chanterelles) in Gualala, in California's Mendocino County.
These tender vegetable patties are meant to be soft. Prepare through step two the day before since the mixture is easier to work with once its has been refrigerated overnight and the flavors have had time to marry. Amchur (or amchoor) powder is a tart green mango-based seasoning. Omit if you can't find it. Serve with Fiery Tomato Chutney.
This recipe goes with Beef Tenderloin Cocktail Sandwiches With Flavored Butters
This recipe for Polish creamed mushroom sauce or sos grzyby suszone, gets a slight tang from sour cream. Here's a larger picture of creamed mushroom sauce. Makes about 2 cups Polish Creamed Mushroom Sauce - Sos Grzyby Suszone
One cool thing about this sweet dessert is its freshness: Not cooking the cherries points up their peak-season taste. Another? You can use any red seedless jam for the glaze. If you don't have a cherry pitter, a paring knife works well. Starting from the stem end, cut the cherry in half, going all around the pit. Pull apart the sides, and use the tip of the knife to push out the pit.
These simple gelled fruit desserts?based on a recipe in chef Marco Pierre White's The Mirabelle Cookbook (Random House, 1999)?are an elegant way to serve summer berries.
Carrie Nahabedian, chef and co-owner of Chicago's Naha, says this recipe marries her family's Armenian-Greek heritage with her French culinary training. Ask your butcher to remove the haitch and thigh bones from the leg of lamb.
This recipe for Polish tea cookies or ciasteczka herbatniczki (chahss-TETCH-kah herr-baht-NEETCH-kee)is also known as biszkopciki (bish-kawp-TSEE-kee), which means biscuits used in the British sense. I adapted this recipe from one given to me by the daughter of Anna Chodan Krol from Rudka, Poland. This dough can be rolled OR scooped. If scooped, the dough must be flattened with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar because the dough doesn't spread, which is great for rolled cookies, because they can be cut close together without growing together. Here's a larger photo of Polish Tea Cookies decorated for July 4.
A classic French remoulade is usually prepared with homemade mayonnaise. The recipe here calls for the store-bought kind, combining it with capers, apples and celery.
Peanut butter and banana make a great combination in this smoothie. Add a spoonful of espresso powder for a kick in the morning or for an afternoon pick-me-up. The drink is also packed with 12 grams of protein per serving.
In our family, svestkove knedliky was served as a full dinner -- even though it seems more like a breakfast, lunch or side. We'd do it with plums, peaches, apricots, or cherries, and covered in lots of butter and sugar (a simultaneous eek! and yay! ). It was THE dinner treat when staying with grandparents or on special occasions. I'm on a current mission to make this part of my dinner rotation at home...
Most chefs tend to put duck on their menus in fall or winter, but Seth Bixby Daugherty also cooks duck in summer, when he can pair the meat with ripe apricots, peaches or cherries. Here he marinates apricots in garlic and thyme, then serves them alongside slices of golden, crispy-skinned duck and a bright cherry sauce.
To make this recipe as a single large potpie, spoon the filling into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Roll puff pastry into a 12-by-14-inch rectangle, and freeze for 15 minutes. Place pastry on top of dish, cut a few slits for steam to escape, and bake until crust is deep golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 45 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
You'll immediately notice the difference between the Cinnamon Sugar mixture you combined and the store-bought version. It's like what you used to get growing-up, in the days before the already-mixed version. I remember as a special breakfast treat, Mother used to sprinkle Cinnamon Sugar on a piece of buttered toast, and then quickly put it back under the broiler to melt it. Yummy.
Serve a zesty chicken taco salad drizzled with a chipotle chile, cumin, and cilantro dressing. The smokiness of the chipotle brings out the rich flavors of the roasted chicken breasts.
This recipe goes with Side Salad
Coffee cake is a classic and after you try this recipe, you'll crave this timeless dish again and again. It can be frozen and served with coffee or hot chocolate as part of breakfast, or you can change it up and serve with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
Try this simple champagne cocktail for a delicious drink perfect for special occasions. Also try: Cranberry Sparkler
Polish sour cherry compote recipe or kompot z wisni is typically served on its own as a dessert or as a dessert sauce with sernik, pound cake or ice cream. Sour cherry trees are very common in Poland, Hungary and other parts of Eastern Europe. And stewed fruits, such as this compote, is a common Polish dessert after a heavy meal when a rich pastry would be too much. Makes about 4 cups of Polish Sour Cherry Compote or kompot wisni
Chef Ana Lorena Ascencio
This seafood stew, an impressive crowd-pleaser, can be prepared ahead of time and finished just 15 minutes before you serve it. If you leave out the crab legs, use an additional 8 ounces of white fish to keep the stew hearty.
). Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Combine ricotta, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Beat the egg whites in an electric mixer until stiff. Add the dry ingredients to the ricotta and milk mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Whisk in a small amount of the egg whites to lighten the batter, then fold in the remaining whites. Heat a griddle over medium-high heat, and brush the surface with butter. Use a ladle or measuring scoop (we used a 1/3 cup measure) to pour batter onto the griddle. Cook pancakes for about 3 or 4 minutes, then flip, cooking until both sides are golden brown.
Sweet, spicy, and savory all at once, these Indian-influenced popcorn balls are a shoo-in for adventurous eaters. Special equipment: You’ll need a reliable candy/fat thermometer for this recipe. We like this one by CDN
The addition of Dijon mustard takes this supreme comfort dish into another realm. Plus, this version ditches any roux-based sauces or baking and instead gets whipped up on the stovetop in mere minutes. Game plan: If the mac ’n’ cheese is on the runny side, let it sit on the stove for a minute or two before serving to finish absorbing the half-and-half. This recipe was featured as part of our DIY TV
This traditional sidecar drink recipe is courtesy of Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, authors of "In the Land of Cocktails."
What we do know: Elaine ordered a big salad on almost every episode of Seinfeld. What we don’t know: what the heck was in it. Here’s our best guess; consider it a simple but well-done garden salad. This recipe was featured as part of our Festivus menu.
The array of bitter greens, lightly wilted by hot garlic oil, is delicious with the flavors of balsamic vinegar and sweet quince paste in the dressing. Chef Govind Armstrong recommends using a soft blue like Gorgonzola for making a creamy dish. The firm blue cheese here creates a more crumbly topping.
This tasty salad is perfect for evenings when you're looking for a light meal that can be made quickly. It takes just over 30 minutes to make from scratch, or you can prep many of the ingredients in advance.
Season fresh shrimp with a homemade jerk seasoning mix and grill over medium-high heat for three minutes on each side. Serve with a sweet fruit salsa made from chopped pineapple, chopped cucumber, sliced red onion, chopped cilantro, and cider vinegar.
Diced green chiles can be substituted for roasted green chiles.
Ask a Wisconsin purist -- tradition demands that these sausages be served on a toasted hard roll (not a hot dog bun), with butter, spicy mustard (not ketchup), sweet pickles (not lettuce), and sauerkraut.
Pfeffernüsse are not only fun to say ( feh-fer-noose ) but a fabulous treat to add to the holiday cookie platter.
Time: 2 hours.
The oils in nuts are a great vehicle for smoke. These smoked almonds will make for a tasty party snack and a great conversation piece. Special equipment: We recommend using a charcoal grill or a smoker for this recipe. You will also need long heatproof tongs, matches or a lighter, newspaper, 2 buckets of water (one to soak the wood chips and the other to refill the aluminum loaf pan), 2 oven mitts, 1 disposable aluminum 8-inch square pan, 1 disposable aluminum 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, and an oven thermometer. A chimney starter, which looks like a large beer stein, is handy for lighting charcoal. They can be purchased at hardware stores or online. Lump charcoal is preferred because the charred pieces of wood burn hotter and cleaner than briquettes, the uniform black pillows made from carbonized wood and a starchy binder. If you do buy briquettes, avoid the self-lighting ones, which are laden with chemicals. Buy pure, resin-free, bark-free wood chips. Choose your wood chips based on the origin of the ingredient you are smoking. For example, use cedar chips for Pacific salmon and hickory chips for Southern catfish. For this recipe, we recommend hickory chips, but any wood will do. Wood chips can be purchased at most hardware stores and grocery stores during the summer months, or... read more The oils in nuts are a great vehicle for smoke. These smoked almonds will make for a tasty party snack and a great conversation piece.
Croutons provide a nice crunch to anything they garnish, and they’re a great way to get rid of leftover bread. These were made to top our Apple-Chestnut Soup, but are also perfect for Roasted Pumpkin Soup for an herby finish to a puréed fall soup.
For an elegant alfresco dinner that’s still easy on the prep time, make a main dish featuring grilled eggplant topped with melted provolone cheese. Top with grilled salsa and pair with a small green salad for a pleasing summer dinner in about 30 minutes.
The kabocha squash is a large, green, pumpkin-shaped squash with a sweeter flavor and less fibrous texture than many winter squashes. Feel free to substitute butternut squash or acorn squash for the Kabocha squash.
Pierce each sweet potato a few times with a fork, place in a pie plate with two tablespoons water, cover loosely with wax paper, and microwave at high five minutes or until tender.
The classic flavors of a salade niçoise were made to go on top of a slice of bread. Between bites of seared tuna and briny caper mayonnaise you’ll be wondering why you never thought of this before. This recipe was featured as part of our Most Delicious Sandwiches photo gallery.
A reinterpretation of the familiar gin and tonic, this cocktail includes fresh watermelon and cucumber juices for a refreshing taste.
This is an easy version of the traditional cold weather classic. The small amount of bacon gives this corn and potato chowder its signature flavor. Serves: 6
The beauty of this risotto is that two lobsters feed six people. Steam the lobsters, shuck them from their shells, then use the shells to create a quick and savory broth. This broth is the essence of the risotto, which brightens up in color, texture, and taste with the addition of the chopped lobster meat. This recipe was featured as part of our Healthy Risotto round-up.
This Polish recipe for meatloaf stuffed with mushrooms - klops nadziewany grzybami - uses a ground meat mixture that can be made into a loaf shape, meatballs or patties. This is just another example of Eastern Europeans' love of hiding one food inside another food. Here's a larger picture of meatloaf stuffed with mushrooms. This can be served with thickened, defatted pan juices or mushroom sauce over mashed potatoes. Makes 4 to 6 servings of Polish Meatloaf Stuffed with Mushrooms - Klops Nadziewany Grzybami
Bake this lightly sweetened, sturdy cake-style shortcake in a square pan to use for both weekend desserts. You'll only need 7 of the squares, so freeze the remaining 2 for another use (or go ahead and pack them; consider them secret snacks for the cook). This recipe goes with Brandied Peach Shortcakes, Mixed Berry Trifles
A quick tomato sauce dresses chewy cavatelli, crisp bacon, and peppery arugula. Be sure to add the arugula at the last minute; if it actually cooks, it may turn bitter.