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There's nothing like a hot, steaming muffin and a cup of tea to get us out of bed in the morning. Muffins are portable and endlessly flexible; nearly any quick bread or cupcake recipe can be made into a muffin. They can be sweet, nutty, refined, or whole grain. These muffins were born out of our love of tea - especially tea with citrus and spices - and a packet of dried peaches. More pictures and recipe below...
This is a chicken casserole reminiscent of the classic dish (just like the one Mom used to make), with a few added luxuries, like artichoke hearts and Emmentaler cheese. What to buy: While we love the fresh ones, using frozen artichoke hearts makes this dish much easier to prepare—just mix them into the dish straight from the freezer. This recipe was featured as part of our Modern Potluck story.
Prep: 25 min.
This unusual cheese ball recipe uses toasted pecan halves and rosemary sprigs for a creative presentation that's sure to delight party guests.
Make sure you get hold of good-quality canned Spanish anchovies for this, otherwise it?s not worth making it.
Hero sandwiches at the sub shop are usually served on untoasted rolls, but we prefer to brush the bread with olive oil and run it under the broiler for a minute or two. If you like, put a slice of mozzarella on the top half of each before broiling.
This simple recipe for grilled salmon is easy to make and tastes truly heavenly. The special Thai marinade is a perfect match for the richness of salmon, enhancing and bringing out all of its naturally succulent taste. This recipe will show you how to cook salmon easily and quickly, and includes lots of cooking tips to help you get your salmon just right. For best results, look for wild fillets of salmon, or salmon steaks. Finish this dish with a no-cook coconut sauce, and you have the perfect salmon recipe for your barbecue or cookout!
This is a variation on the Long Island Iced Tea.
Prep: 20 min., Cook: 8 min.
The mayonnaise-based sauce in this hearty vegetable and cheese sandwich from Pasquale Hermanos, chef Gastón Acurio's chain of sandwich shops based in Lima, Peru, is flavored with ground fresh rocoto, a spicy South American chile. This recipe first appeared in our April 2011 special Sandwich Issue with the article Chef's Special.
You don't need to bring out the canning equipment for this jam. Store in a plastic container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Green sauce, the spicy avocado cream sauce that is originally from Ninfa's in Houston, is a Texas standby. The recipe for this dish is based on one that appears in The Tex-Mex Cookbook by Robb Walsh (Broadway Books, 2004).
Serve this smoky relish with steak, chicken, or grilled striped bass. Refrigerate for up to three days. This recipe goes with Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Flank Steak
The dough for these biscuits, also from Ana Sortun of Oleana, is very moist. You'll need to use plenty of flour when you pat the dough out for cutting.
Use aspic cutters, essentially tiny cookie cutters, to create doily patterns.
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.
The Champagne cocktail, once deemed sweet and silly, is back. The sugar and bitters balance the natural acidity of sparkling wine, and the cocktail pairs very well with both creamy cheese and earthy mushrooms.
Old Bay is a wonderful seasoning that is often used in southern cooking, particularly Cajun cooking. It gives deviled eggs an extra zing! This recipe is for four people, with 2 deviled egg halves per person. Increase the recipe if you would like more than this amount.
Razor clams take well to quick-cooked preparations like this one, a popular order at Bar Pinoxto, a tapas counter in La Boqueria, Barcelona?s covered market.
Grab a beer to make these potatoes; it will steam them while imparting a yeasty flavor. You can drink the leftovers as dinner cooks.
These muffins are easy to make: Simply mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine them. Since the baking powder, which lightens the muffins, is activated by moisture, get the batter into the oven immediately. For soft edges, use liners; for crisp edges, use a well-greased, unlined pan. You can easily replace the blueberries with other kinds of fresh fruit, such as raspberries or peaches (chopped into small pieces). In the off-season I used IQF (individually quick-frozen) fruit; there's no need to thaw.
Prep: 5 min., Grill: 16 min., Stand: 5 min.
If you love the rich combination of coffee and chocolate, you'll find these brownies irresistible!
The hot caramel mixture needs to be poured immediately after stirring in vanilla, so be sure to butter your pan ahead of time.
Celebrate a child's first birthday by making a smash cake and a cake the rest of the group can enjoy-- all from one recipe! By dividing the cake batter between two pans, this recipe allows you to make an individual cake for baby and a larger one for adults to enjoy.
The blue-curaçao hue of the Na’vi people in the 2010 Oscar-nominated film Avatar may look a little frightening, as does this cocktail at first glance. But a few sips and the spiced Velvet Falernum will give you enough courage to travel by dragon. What to buy: If you can’t find Velvet Falernum, a clove- and lime-infused liqueur, try making your own. We think this recipe is a great stand-in. This Flying Blue Dragon recipe was featured as part of our Best Picture Cocktails story.
Pan-roasted potatoes make a hearty side dish for this savory tart. Take care not to stretch the dough while you are fitting it into the tart pan as this will cause it to shrink and fall away from the sides of the pan as it bakes.
Cook shrimp just until they appear opaque and turn pink. Overcooked shrimp will be tough and rubbery.
To save time, you can use bottled roasted red bell peppers.
"Rocky road" gets its name from the combination of chocolate, miniature marshmallows and nuts.
This salad of string beans, endive, honey-baked pecans, and tart dried cranberries is a perfect side dish for any fall feast.
Chicken-fried steak is a homestyle favorite featuring cubed steak that's coated in a crispy crumb mixuture, cooked in a skillet, and topped with creamy gravy.
Drink this herbal tonic half an hour before exercising, or have a glass with a light lunch. The green herbs are packed full of nutrients such as beta carotene, chlorophyll, and B vitamins. I find this to be a soothing, almost addictive tonic.
A simple mix of sesame seeds and salt, gomashio is used mostly in Japan and Korea. Traditionally, it is made using a suribachi, a Japanese grooved ceramic mortar with a wooden pestle.
reader recipe contest is Julia from Washington D.C. Her lasagna was a special treat for me to make. Why? She cleverly bypasses the usual ricotta filling and instead purees butternut squash into a creamy, colorful sauce. This lasagna is layered up with this squash sauce, as well as browned mushrooms and tasty chard. It's absolutely delicious, and it is a healthier, lighter take on the lasagna we all know and love.
Darina Allen shares a cool trick for creating a hearty dinner with fewer dirty dishes to clean. Her method calls for roasting chicken thighs while your pasta water boils. The chicken is deboned and then tossed back into the roasting pan with the cooked pasta, sweet raisins, and pine nuts. The browned pan juices form a rich, meaty sauce. This recipe was part of our Featured Cookbook series.
Commercial wild mushroom mixes (usually a combination of shiitake, cremini and oyster mushrooms) are a godsend: Some invisible helper has already cleaned, stemmed and sliced the mushrooms for you. In this recipe, they are mixed with spinach and cream, then baked in a luscious gratin under smooth rounds of precooked polenta until bubbling hot.
Honeyed vodka or krupnik, served hot or cold, is a favorite among Poles. And, since it's steeped in aromatic spices, less than top-shelf vodka will do just fine. Krupnik is the only alcoholic beverage served at the solemn wigilia or Christmas Eve dinner. No matter what temperature it's served at, krupnik warms the body from the inside out. Perfect for the holidays! Makes about 1 quart Krupnik
What I?m giving you here is really more of a suggestion because the amount of Christmas pudding you?ll have leftover will really depend on how greedy your guests were on Christmas day. But personally, I love Christmas pudding and I think it?s almost worth having another pudding stashed away so you can make this as an after-Christmas treat.
Yellow squash and Swiss cheese make a mild-mannered side dish that complements roast turkey and all the trimmings.
Browning butter (as opposed to just melting it) is one of those simple adjustments that make the ordinary extraordinary. We changed the classic butterscotch pie by letting the butter and sugar cook longer and therefore give the whole pie a toasty, nutty flavor that balances the sweetness of the caramel. What to buy: Take the time to make the dough from scratch, as it will lend a flaky butteriness to the dish. Of course, if you are time-constrained (and we understand that), go ahead and use store-bought crust. Just try to get the best you can find. You’ll need parchment paper or aluminum foil and pie weights to line and weigh down the crust so that it doesn’t puff up while cooking. If you don’t have pie weights or forgot to get them, just use some dried beans. Game plan: The dough can be made and baked up to a day ahead of time. In fact, the whole pie can be made up to a day ahead of time and, after it has cooled to room temperature, it can be covered and put in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Just bring it to room temperature and then serve it with some whipped cream or ice cream. This recipe was featured in our 2006 Thanksgiving, Southern Style menu.