Pan-roasted thyme-scented pork chops pair with sweet, boozy Honeycrisp apples.
September 23, 2012 – September 29, 2012
This hearty strata is inspired by dish commonly found in beer halls throughout Germany, called kaese spaetzle.
Lean roasted pork loin, crisped in a crust of Chinese five-spice, sliced and served on a spicy cool Asian slaw of cabbage, cilantro, and green onion, crowned with charred mushrooms and peanuts, and zapped with a hit of sriracha.
Beloved's Rene Hidalgo uses St. Germain and Yellow Chartreuse in this refined riff on The Last Word cocktail.
Rice cakes stir-fried with bok choy and Chinese sausage in a spicy fermented black bean sauce.
Two nostalgic classics that play better together: a sweet, creamy malted milk base and the salty-nutty crunch of toffee.
Throw some bourbon and maple syrup into homemade marshmallows as Max and Eli Sussman suggest in This is a Cookbook, and you've got an excellent adult-style treat. The brothers take their marshmallows one step further by incorporating them into a year-round take on s'mores (with ganache instead of Hershey's). These are no girl-scout dessert--they're boozy, sweet, and the sheer size of the marshmallows will gleefully turn even the most resolute health nut on the path to diabetes--but they're totally worth it.
A complex mix of spices form an outstanding rub to use on slow smoked ribs or other meats.
Coke-flavored fritters served with coke syrup and whipped cream.
Simply cook cod on one side until it's crisp and golden and serve it on a bed of delicate creamed leeks for an easy, not too heavy dish.
Bring on the mai tais with this tiki culture-inspired dish. Tangy sweet and sour sauce glazes chunks of chicken, pineapple, peppers, cashews, and snow peas in a stir-fry that takes less than 20 minutes.
Any of the meals in the "Lazy Brunch" chapter would be excellent contenders for a home-cooked hangover helper, but perhaps the most appropriate is Max and Eli Sussman's recipe for five-minute Chilaquiles with Tomatillo Salsa. Simply a pile of chips smothered in warmed salsa, leftover chicken, eggs, and cheese, the dish isn't (I would say) true chilaquiles, but it certainly fills that greasy, rich void when the most you can handle in the morning is to fry an egg.
This is the perfect tart for showcasing the colors and flavors of the fall season. The fruit caramelizes in a simple syrup of butter, sugar, and apple cider, making the apples and pears fork-tender over layers of flaky puff pastry.
Fried yuca is like the crispier, creamier version of french fries. Ours is served with a sweet, hot, and tangy mayo for dipping.
Banana. Caramel. Pudding. Need I say more? This massive pudding from Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients is as soft and welcoming as your warmest blanket. The rich caramel and banana flavors are just as comforting.
It's tough to go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs, but I'm always up for a variation. This recipe from Ina Garten eschews the common beef for turkey instead. But while that's usually a terrible idea (because the way to go wrong with meatballs is to make them tough and dry), she keeps them interesting (and juicy) by adding in Italian sausage and finely chopped prosciutto.
This salad of peppery arugula, crisp apples and juicy pomegranate seeds is adapted from Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers. It's perfect for autumn, and as pretty as it is delicious!
Inspired by the Trappist and abbey beers I drank during a trip to Brussels last fall, I first brewed this Belgian Strong Dark Ale in January.
If sliced just right, Spam makes for an excellent spring roll filling—especially so when combined with slivers of fresh pineapple, toasted sesame seeds, and green onions. When fried to a crisp in hot oil, these Hawaii-ified spring rolls are great as is, but a dip in homemade sweet and sour sauce provides another contrast to the crunchy shell and toasted sesame seeds, salty Spam and sweet pineapple.
For those chilly nights ahead: a warm bowl of creamy chocolate rice pudding made with short to medium grain rice.
While many tomato gazpachos could easily be mistaken for watery salsa, this watermelon version from This is a Cookbook is anything but. Max and Eli Sussman blend together freshly strained watermelon juice with a rich, thickening mixture of almonds, bread, onion, bell peppers, and olive oil to create a vibrantly red, totally slurp-able, tail end of summer appetizer. It's a little on the sweet side, sure, but that's easily fixable with a drizzle of hot sauce and squirt of lemon.
Rarebit makes a fantastic light supper or hearty snack to have at a pub after a few pints of beer. A simple mixture of sharp cheddar cheese, beer, cayenne, and mustard served hot on crisp toast can be topped with an egg if you're in the mood for a runny yolk.
For what tastes like a complex sauce, the thick, sweet, and salty tonkatsu sauce is incredibly easy to throw together to go along with your fried golden and crispy panko-crusted cutlets.
Concord grapes are cooked down with thyme to make a sweet jam, then used as the filling for these buttery bar cookies.
Sugo is usually made with guanciale, unsmoked pork jowl, but I wanted to see what would happen if I used any smoked pork, plus a fresh cut. The results were mighty good. The fresh cuts, especially the ones with skin, gave some nice body to the sauce. The smoked parts added depth.
Fodni Bhaat is a quick and easy rice dish that can be made in a hurry. It's doubles up as both a lunch and breakfast dish and is a great way to use up leftover white rice from last night's dinner.
Quick-cooked pork chops in a white wine pan sauce with a fig, arugula, and mozzarella salad on the side.
Anyone who thinks a pork chop is "a flavorless hunk of chewy meat" (as Max and Eli Sussman put it) have yet to try a double-cut chop prepared steakhouse-style. Seriously, the double-cut chop could change just about anyone's mind when it comes to leaner cuts of pork. The width of the chop and presence of the bone allows it to be cooked long enough to develop a crust while staying juicy and tender on the inside. In This is a Cookbook, the Sussman brothers add extra insurance by brining these extra-large chops overnight before searing them off while basting in herb butter.
Honey, warm spices, coffee, apple cider, and whiskey— this cake will put you in a festive fall mood.
This super chocolatey pound cake has a cocoa base mixed with chocolate chips and diced fresh cherries.
Conjure up some morning cheer with these Sunshine Bars from Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients. After all, cereal is part of a balanced breakfast, whether or not it's covered in peanuts and chocolate.
Home-style bean curd is one of those humble recipes that has as many variations as cooks. That's probably because it takes a bunch of simple ingredients and makes them taste robust, meaty, and much more filling than they have any right to be. We have fermented black beans to thank for this.
Crisp, tart American apples actually go very well with this Thai dip. Sweet and salty with a little heat from the fresh chilies, when combined with the tart apple, it forms that sour-salty-sweet-hot flavor combination that people love about Thai food.
Crisp tater tots and rich paté on a baguette with green dressed in a sharp vinaigrette. Strange? Yes. Strangely delicious, that is.
In This is a Cookbook, Max and Eli Sussman offer just that--a stupidly easy recipe for sweet, spicy, and sticky Korean-Style Short Ribs. The ribs take overnight marinade in soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, sriracha, and aromatics and then are simply thrown a broiler for 10 minutes to quickly cook and caramelize. Two steps and you've got Koreatown in your kitchen.
There are few things better for the soul or the body than a tangle of slick rice noodles in a rich, crystal clear, intensely beefy broth; the warm aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and star anise rising up in a cloud of steam. The intensely savory-salty hint of fish sauce balanced by a squeeze of lime juice and a handful of fresh herbs and chilies that you add to your bowl as you eat. Here's how to make it at home.
Don't let the photo fool you: while these holey treats may resemble doughnuts, they're actually pies! They are made up of morsels of pie crust which are then filled, rolled up and pinched to ensure the filling stays inside, then fried. While they're certainly not health food, they certainly are delicious: crispy, not too-sweet, easy to make, and completely open to improvisation with flavor.