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Complete the meal with steamed broccoli or carrot sticks with light ranch dressing.
This flavorful pesto recipe is made from the freshest ingredients garlic, pine nuts, and basil. Classic pesto goes well pasta, pizza, bruschetta, and can be added to soups or omelets. Make extra batches so you'll have enough to last all winter. This recipe goes with Pesto Pizza with Butternut Squash, Pesto Mayonnaise, Basmati Rice with Corn and Pesto, Pasta Tossed with Shrimp, Vegetables, and Pesto, Chicken Chili with Pesto, Potato, Mushroom, and Pesto Omelet, Tomato Soup with Chickpeas and Pesto
Created by reader Kris Schenck, this sandwich combo was a runner-up in one of our weeknight challenges. Hanger steak has all the flavor of skirt steak, but it's more tender, which makes it better for sandwiches.
This is my sister Jennifer's favorite birthday cake. She has been known to ask for two on her special day (one for her and one for everyone else).
Grappa, an Italian spirit, is made from grape pomace (the skins, seeds and stems left over from winemaking). Its slight earthiness and high alcohol make it perfect for curing fish, as in David Page's meaty striped bass fillets here, delicately scented with fennel.
Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour.
This version of the Italian classic is an irresistible mix of crusty-chewy bread cubes and colorful roasted vegetables, all bathed in a lusty balsamic vinaigrette. Be sure to use a good-quality French-style baguette, as a lesser bread won't keep its texture.
A yummy way to kick up the flavor in your corn. You'll never serve plain corn again.
This hearty, fresh version of the popular Italian soup is packed with vegetables, beans, and flavor -- and takes a mere 10 minutes in the microwave.
The avocado will dry slightly in the pan, intensifying its flavor. Choose a ripe but firm avocado so it will hold its shape as it cooks. For a piquant variation, try adding a blend of 1 1/2 teaspoons of Hungarian hot paprika and 1 1/2 teaspoons of smoked Spanish paprika to the spice rub for a more intense flavor.
These vegetarian nachos flavored with chipotle chiles have all the heartiness of the beef version. You can also use the spicy bean mixture to fill tacos and burritos. Look for meatless crumbles in the produce section near the tofu and other soy products.
Sweet Halloween treats from the Black Cat Cafe & Bakery in Sharon Springs, NY
Lent runs for almost six weeks, so why not add a little something special to those Friday night fish dinners? You can add culinary creativity to fish preparation during the Lenten season with Bahama Breeze's Almond Crusted Fresh Fish. It makes a delicious, and healthier, alternative to traditional fried fish recipes and will impress family members with a unique, flavorful meal on those meatless Fridays.
"It is possible to obtain that rich, creamy texture and distinctive basil-and-pine nut flavor of pesto by using plenty of fresh basil, low-fat ricotta and yogurt, and a bit of blue cheese. The pale green of the sauce provides a stunning contrast when served over fettuccine and along side a fresh tomato salsa." --CL Reader
Matzo cake meal thickens the cheesecake batter but allows the texture to remain creamy when baked. You can always substitute all-purpose flour for the cake meal. (The recipe also works with all matzo cake meal--no flour.) Cherry liqueur reinforces the fruity flavor, but sub plain brandy, if necessary.
Almonds are plentiful in Eastern Europe so you will find this Almond Roll, similar to a poppyseed or nut roll only made with almond paste, at many kitchens in Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and others. It's a moist confection set off with a confectioners' sugar glaze and sliced almonds. This is a one-rise dough, which is a real time saver. Freeze leftover egg whites and save for leftover egg white recipes.
The idea behind this surprisingly rich vegetarian recipe—a risotto made with carrot broth and juice—was loosely adapted from Amanda Cohen, the chef and owner of Dirt Candy in Manhattan, who recently spoke with CHOW
The rustic walnut bread serves as a good source of fiber and is especially delicious when combined with a wedge of soft, creamy, spreadable Swiss cheese.
This tangy-sweet homemade cranberry sauce is delicious served with turkey, chicken, quail, duck, or ham.
Contrasting tastes (sweet, salty, tangy) and textures (soft, juicy, crunchy) create an intriguing and beautiful first course.
Ask the butcher to remove the chine bone for easier cutting.
Everyone knows corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal, but why only enjoy this easy corned beef recipe once a year! Great for feeding a large group, and only requires one pot. The leftover corned beef, served cold on dark bread with mustard, makes one of the world's great sandwiches. Makes 6-10 Portions of Corned Beef and Cabbage
This beautiful salad is made fragrant with a touch of orange blossom water (available in the baking section of most supermarkets, or see "Find it fast!" above to order online). Serve the dish between the main course and dessert or as part of a larger feast. To make ahead, follow Step 1 and refrigerate up to 3 days. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving, and resume with Step 2. Prep: 10 minutes.
In this dish from Epirus, pork sausage, blue cheese, and fresh oregano are a gorgeous counterpoint to pasta.
, and sweet leeks, all tied together with a yogurt-lemon dressing.
"I don't remember having spaghetti and meatballs as a child at home; we had polpette, which had the shape of crab cakes. Spaghetti and meatballs, on the other hand, is a big Italian American dish, a cuisine born out of the early Italian immigrants adapting to the New World." -Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Prep: 10 min., Chill: 1 hr., Grill: 14 min., Stand: 10 min. For a tasty alternative, try these with our quick Honey Mustard Sauce.
Smooth, creamy carrot soup is tasty when done right, but it can easily become mundane. This version spices things up with coconut milk and curry.
The ground chicken filling has seasonings similar to those in larb, a popular Thai appetizer. Add sticky rice and sautéed fresh snow peas with chopped red bell pepper to complete the meal. Squeeze a lime wedge over the chicken for extra zip.
Head for Dixieland with two jazzy standbys: spicy-sweet chicken and creamy macaroni salad.
Pasta tatters, known as mlinces (MLEEN-tsehs) in Croatia and mlinci (MLEEN-tsee) in Slovenia, are a side dish for turkey and other poultry, and meats. Croatian mlinces are made simply with flour, water, salt and a little oil. Slovenians add eggs to their mlinci. The result is a crisp, cracker-like disk that is broken into pieces and reconstituted in boiling water and flavored with pan drippings. Mlinci also can be served as a main dish with cream or butter, or topped with curd cheese and poppyseeds, and as a dessert when drizzled with honey. Here's a larger photo of mlinci. Makes 4-6 servings of Slovenian Mlinci
Bulgarian Bird of Paradise Bread - Khliab Raiska Ptitsa - is a yeast bread that gets its name from the decorative placement of cheese, ham, olives and red pepper on the top. If you like a thick slice of cheese as I do, the bread will have a sunken middle, which is OK. But the rising dough will be better able to support thin slices of cheese and ham so the entire top is puffed up. Here's a larger picture of Bird of Paradise Bread. Makes 10-12 servings of Bird of Paradise Bread
Salsa and chili powder spice to this chicken stew, but probably not too much for timid tasters or kids. If you want to kick up the heat, use a hot salsa and a dash of hot sauce or ground red pepper.
Zipping through the neighborhood with minutes to spare before friends arrived for an impromptu dinner Friday night, I had only a loose inspiration for a pasta with Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper), an old Roman recipe that depends on having fresh, good-quality Pecorino Romano, pasta and peppercorns. That seemed like a good place to start.
and dropped it on the butcher block with a thud.
Bangers and Mash is the familiar term for Sausage and Mash, a favorite British food. The name bangers is believed to come from the habit of sausages bursting in the pan with a bang if cooked too quickly. Bangers and Mash is quick and easy to make, and also makes a cheap yet very substantial meal. A great favorite with children. Where once it was only possible to buy beef or pork sausages, there are now many different flavors available, from spicy through to fruity. Ask your local butcher for his recommendations. Any thick rich gravy is perfect for Bangers and Mash but my favorite is an onion gravy
Traditionally bakers make this rich Alsatian bread in hand-painted earthenware molds, but steel, nonstick aluminum or glass molds are fine too.
This no-cook recipe for Bulgarian chilled watermelon soup can be creamed with buttermilk or Bulgarian yogurt and is refreshing on a hot day. Makes 6 servings of Bulgarian Chilled Watermelon Soup
This easy Moroccan dessert is flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon. It calls for broken vermicelli ( chaariya ), but you can substitute thin spaghetti – just break the uncooked pasta into small pieces. I use just a teaspoon of orange flower water; traditionally a bit more is added. If you're not fond of this flavoring, simply omit it or substitute a little vanilla flavoring instead. Vermicelli Pudding will thicken as it cools. For a thinner pudding, increase the milk by a cup or two. For a less rich pudding, substitute water for one or two cups of the milk. Also try Moroccan Rice Pudding.
Celeriac is also called celery root or celery knob.