Chicago's Heaven on Seven has succeeded where few restaurants do. Popular with tourists but hardly a tourist trap, the Creole-style place has become something of a city icon, drawing in crowds even as Chicago's food fashions whizz along. As the restaurant hits 35 years in business, we asked, how'd they get here?
Lo mai gai, the dim sum classic of steamed lotus leaves stuffed with sticky rice and all sorts of delicious goodies, are irresistible. The biggest task is gathering all the ingredients, like the lotus leaves and glutinous rice, as well as Chinese sausage, cured pork belly, and salted egg yolks. Once you've got them rounded up, though, it's a relatively easy and extremely delicious at-home dish.
Karen Tack and Alan Richardson's new cookbook Cake My Day: Easy, Eye-Popping Designs for Stunning, Fanciful, and Funny Cakes is full of fun, easy recipes for unforgettable cake creations. In addition to from-scratch recipes, there's even a whole chapter for cakes that use store bought pound cakes, perfect for when you want to wow with a little less time to spare. Case in point: behold Hooty and the Poundcakes. Carved from no-bake cakes, this colorful foursome is perfect for last-minute nocturnal decorating. And, keeping it really simple, the eyes, ears, and wings are all made from Golden Oreos.
The pantry of Dennise Chavez's Carnitas El Atoradero puts the rest of New York's Mexican kitchens to shame. While the city is home to the largest concentration of Poblanos outside Puebla, it's still difficult to find fresh, quality chilies, herbs, and spices. Here are just a few of the ingredients that go into her jawdropping moles and Pueblan dishes.
There's no herb storage method I know of that can faithfully retain the flavor and texture of completely fresh herbs, but if you find yourself with more than you can possibly use, there are some methods that will work better than others. So you want to have something that closely resembles fresh herbs for sauces, soups, and stews? In that case, the freezer is your friend. Here's the best way to freeze herbs for long-term storage.
There's something truly special about starting your day with the wafting smell of freshly baked muffins. Plus your breakfast comes individually packaged, and just sweet enough to give you energy in the early hours. From chocolate chip-oatmeal to pineapple coconut, here are 11 of our favorite recipes.
The story of tiki, our favorite pantry staples, and a totally biased list of our nation's best fast food. See everything you missed this week on Serious Eats.
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Looking for a little weeknight dinner inspiration? Look no further than your local ALDI, where you can grab all of the ingredients to whip up Mediterranean Braised Chicken Tenderloins with Cauliflower Couscous. Watch the video to see chef Brigitte Nguyen and ALDI Advisory Council Member Sally Kuzemchak make this healthy dish for dinner in a snap. Chicken tenderloins are quickly seared and served with a vegetable-heavy pan sauce, atop a bed of cauliflower couscous that just might convert the pickiest of eaters. After you've watched the video, grab the recipe!
When you're craving a cocktail, plain old juice or soda just doesn't cut it. Luckily we've got an archive full of really good options; alcohol-free recipes that really make good cocktail substitutes. These eight drinks are remarkably complex, thanks to the thoughtful use of spices, tart vinegar, fruit, and nuts.
Asparagus isn't exactly a Chinese ingredient, but that doesn't mean that it can't find a comfortable home in Chinese food. I've got no doubt that if asparagus were to grow in the cool, misty mountains near Chengdu, that we'd see it served as a cold green appetizer or side dish on menus in Sichuan. This recipe—cold and crunchy asparagus tossed with firm tofu in a fiery sweet-hot-sour vinaigrette—is really inspired by the host of cold or warm appetizers you find in Sichuan that make use of roasted chili oil, Sichuan peppercorns, and vinegar.
Honeycomb is a delicious aerated caramel candy made with sugar, corn syrup, and baking soda that's also known as hokey pokey, cinder toffee, puff candy, and golden crunchers. It's quick to make and totally addictive, especially when coated with chocolate and salted peanuts. Here's how to make it.
As you start planning spring's first picnic, these are the wines you want.
This list is my first stab at a comprehensive compendium of my favorite fast food dishes. It is totally, completely, 100% biased and based on my personal taste alone. You will no doubt disagree with me on a few or perhaps every point. I'm happy to fight you to the finish and let the crispest french fry and tastiest burger win.
Artichokes look like the armored tanks of the vegetable world—an impenetrable defense of shield-like leaves and thorny tips. But with the right tools and know-how, it's easy to get them ready for eating. Here are three ways to trim them: all the way down to the heart, minimally for steaming, and also for the classic Roman-Jewish dish carciofi alla giudia.
Potato, poh-tah-to. However you pronounce it, the humble potato is the perfect blank canvas for savory breakfasts. They're hearty and filling and come in handy when battling a hangover. We've got a list of 10 of our favorite recipes for breakfast potatoes from Roasted Potato and Sausage Quiche to Sweet Potato, Sage, and Fried Egg Tacos.
Dongbei, better known as Manchuria, stretches up toward Siberia from Beijing, where winter temperatures drop well below freezing. The food here is hearty and meaty to bulk up against the cold, and the region is home to one particular beloved dish.
A perfect poutine is a trifecta of the best of its three ingredients—fries with a crisp exterior and soft interior, fresh and soft squeaky cheese curds, and a beefy brown gravy that's just flavorful enough without overwhelming the fries or curds. Getting each piece of the puzzle together for an ultimate version like this takes some time, but once complete, the reward is so good you'll go gaga even if you're totally sober.
These are the kitchen staples we love best, the secret weapons we keep on our shelves no matter what, because there's lot you can do with a bottle of clam juice.
Kimchi's distinctive funky kick pairs well with all sorts of ingredients, so we like to mix it into chicken salad, ramen, fried rice, and even use it as a burger topping. Not sure how to make the most of the jar bubbling away in your fridge? These 13 recipes will get you started.
Tiki culture as we know it was invented in Hollywood—it couldn't have happened anywhere else.