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This nutty take on hummus can be served with pita chips, crudités, or crackers. Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes to roast and skin nuts, 10 minutes to prepare hummus.
I absolutely love crab cakes, but I don’t make them often because lump crab is not cheap. Adding corn helps stretch the crab and makes the cost a little more reasonable. This makes eight good-sized crab cakes, which is plenty for a meal for four or an appetizer for eight. Or you can really impress your friends and make about thirty small crab cakes to serve at a party. I guarantee they will disappear in seconds. Recipe from The First Real Kitchen Cookbook by Megan & Jill Carle /Chronicle Books, 2011.
Caramelized Onion Marmalade makes a delicious topping for bruschetta or pizza; it's also a nice complement to grilled flank steak, chicken, or pork.
Add fresh fruits and vegetables to spicy chicken tacos for an inspired Mexican meal.
This classic dish is breakfast fare in Costa Rica, but in the States it's definitely for the main course.
If your budget allows, try a premium jarred tuna, like Ortiz, which is rich, firm, and meaty. And purchase precooked, peeled eggs from your supermarket.
"In late fall there are almost as many persimmons in Napa Valley as grapes," says Maria Helm Sinskey. Among the creative ways she uses them: these wedges of sweet persimmon layered with goat cheese.
This recipe offers a creative savory use of Andrew Weil's "perfect" food: dark chocolate. The chocolate adds richness to the mole, a traditional Mexican sauce. Prepare the sauce a day ahead, and refrigerate so the flavors have time to develop. Store the mole poblano, covered, in the refrigerator for up to three days, or freeze for up to two months.
Add guacamole and chips to this hearty vegetarian dish for an easy Mexican meal.
Use shredded rotisserie chicken in place of the shrimp, if you'd prefer. For quick suppers, keep a bag of cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp in the freezer. Set the shrimp in a colander and rinse with cool water to thaw quickly.
Samosas have long been present throughout Eastern Africa due to the Indian trading routes. This sautéed version of the typically deep-fried Indian snack is best served with the marmalade to temper the curry paste's heat. Plums from South America, which may be easier to find during winter, will work fine in this recipe.
Look for small, young, tender organic fennel bulbs.
This nonalcoholic pink drink is a great treat for children during festive occasions. Sanding sugar is a large-grain decorative sugar; granulated sugar may be substituted.
A simple salt "massage" cleans the shrimp and makes them crisper.
A couple of years ago I watched Chef Cristoforo, of Impruneta's Albergo Ristorante Bellavista, make peposo, the peppery beef stew the tile makers of Impruneta used to cook in their kilns, and that Brunelleschi, the architect who built the octagonal dome of Florence's Cathedral, fell in love with. Chef Cristoforo's peposo regularly wins Impruneta's peposo cookoff, and it is very good. However, his recipe is modern, with tomatoes Brunelleschi would not have encountered, as he lived before 1492.
This drink is adapted from a recipe given to us by Grey Goose global brand ambassador Dimi Lezinska. We found that we could easily juice the pomegranate by cutting it into hunks small enough to fit into the cup of a handheld, levered citrus juicer.
Treat your family to a steakhouse supper that's kinder to your wallet, complete with familiar sides: tomato salad and creamed spinach.
Bites of toasted baguette with melty sheep’s-milk cheese, briny tapenade, and peppery arugula, these mini sandwiches are easy to assemble yet elegant enough to serve at your next cocktail party. Game plan: If you plan on serving these at a party, there’s lots you can do in advance to make things easier. Mix up (or buy) the tapenade, shred the cheese, and wash the arugula leaves (then store them in the refrigerator wrapped in damp paper towels placed in a resealable plastic bag) up to 3 days in advance, then assemble and broil the sandwich at the last minute. This recipe was featured as part of our Bring Happy Hour Home story.
This Mexican soup's signature ingredients are pork and hominy. Look for hominy - corn from which the hull and germ have been removed - near the canned corn or in the Mexican food section of your supermarket.
Tofu is an unlikely partner for red wine, but in this recipe by Young Hwa Chung—wife of Dana Estates owner Hi Sang Lee—a soy-ginger glaze works well with the winery's Cabernet Sauvignon.
This rich moist cornbread is almost a meal in itself, but goes well with many winter dishes like chili or stew. If you have a cast iron skillet, use it to cook the bacon and sauté the onions, then mix the cornbread batter and pour it right back into the same skillet to bake. Cast iron skillets give cornbread a flavorful, crispy crust. I like to use half polenta and half yellow cornmeal for this recipe. The polenta is more coarsely ground, and gives the bread a more texture. A piece of this bread toasted with butter makes a great breakfast.
This recipe for sweet dough is used to make a mouthwatering Neapolitan Easter Pie.
This dish embodies the alluring qualities you'd expect from rösti—shredded potatoes that are cooked until browned and crisp on the edges. Serve with a colorful mixed greens salad.
Mud pie—not to be confused with Mississippi mud pie, which is a chocolate pie—needs only a chocolate cookie crust, coffee ice cream, and fudge sauce, according to its creator, Joanna Droeger. Here we’ve stayed true to the original with an intense espresso gelato and chocolate ganache, but added a little sweetened whipped cream on top. This easy-to-make pie can be assembled in advance for parties. Note: Unless you want your kids jumping off the walls, we recommend not serving this caffeinated treat to the little ones. Game plan: Make sure you have enough room in your freezer before you begin. You’ll need a flat area at least 10 by 10 inches to accommodate the pie comfortably. To slice the frozen pie, warm a sharp knife in hot water for about 30 seconds, then use a kitchen or paper towel to dry the knife. Slice the pie while the knife is still warm, pushing the knife down into the pie and slowly removing it. Clean the knife off and repeat warming, drying, slicing, and cleaning with each cut. If the pie is still too frozen to easily slice, let it sit for another 5 minutes. This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Ice Cream Treats project.
The Good News: This elegant, crunchy salad includes vitamin-and-mineral-packed beets, turnips and fennel, plus protein-rich eggs. Barbara Lynch tosses the shaved vegetables with vinegar and olive oil until they're slightly pickled.
We think this spin on classic hollandaise sauce—made with crème fraîche rather than cooked over a double boiler—is brilliant. When drizzled over the warm mushrooms, it melts just enough that you'll wonder if it's the real thing.
Instead of using Arborio rice to make risotto, use high-fiber pearl barley instead. The Thai flavor comes from cilantro, lemongrass, ginger, and red curry paste, and the protein comes from the lean chicken in this satisfying one-dish meal.
Use this recipe for blackberry puree to make a Cranberry Sparkler, a festive holiday drink.
Epazote is a pungent wild herb frequently used in Mexican cooking and sold in Latin markets. If you can't find it, substitute two teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro.
Oysters peak with freshness this time of year. The Japanese breadcrumbs give them extra crunch and a golden color. Note: This dish is also delicious without the oysters, if desired.
Parmesan cheese adds a nutty, salty flavor. Garnish the dish with a thyme sprig, if you like.
Agua fresca means “fresh water” in Spanish, and that’s exactly what this drinks is: a refreshing water-based beverage. Made up of little more than fresh fruit, citrus juice, and water, aguas frescas are the perfect way to cool down when it’s hot outside. What to buy: Look for the ripest melons available in the produce section—the riper the melons, the less sugar you’ll have to add to the recipe. A ripe melon should be fragrant, heavy for its size, and should yield slightly to pressure at the stem end. This recipe was featured as part of our Nonalcoholic Cocktails photo gallery.
Serve a quick version of cherries jubilee by making a simply cherry sauce from cherry jelly, sweet cherries, and cherry brandy.
Double or triple this recipe, depending on how many cups of seeds you have. One large pumpkin will generally yield 1 cup or pumpkin seeds, and smaller pie pumpkins will yield about the same amount. Great as a snack or use to garnish a salad.
Coconut rice is popular throughout Southeast Asia. Sambal means "sauce" in Malay, and this spicy tomato condiment is great with rich, sweet rice. If you can find pandan (screwpine) leaves (also known as pandanus or daun pandan), use two of them tied together in place of the bay leaves; they lend distinctive woody and floral undertones to the rice. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.
On a cold night, there's nothing quite like a plate of hot, tender meatballs in tomato sauce. They're pure comfort food. Here's our go-to recipe for tender, flavorful meatballs with garlic, rosemary, and onion — broiled until brown and crunchy on the outside, then simmered in a tangy tomato sauce.
These crave-worthy cookies have a kiss of cherry and make a sweet valentine when sealed with a personalized cherry-hearts tag. Try swapping the cherries for dried cranberries, which are just as tart and a cinch to find.
Time: 20 minutes. Crunchy bacon brings out the smokiness of a good Hass avocado, and the sharp vinaigrette helps cut its richness.
Our hands-free oven method helps prevent the sugary fruit butter from scorching.
Meatballs take on a Moroccan twist when simmered on a bed of sweet onions lightly flavored with a unique combination of spices. In Morocco, the word kefta refers to ground meat--usually turkey, beef, or lamb. Serve with rice or couscous.
This make-ahead recipe is perfect for entertaining. Guests can sip the zesty tomato soup from small cups or glasses.