Whiskey-braised brisket and sweet potato hash is a comforting weekend supper, especially when served with a gently poached or lightly fried egg.
March 10, 2013 – March 16, 2013
Filling potato turnovers that reheat easily.
The Wild Redhead appeared in the 1977 book, Jones' Complete Barguide. Raines Law Room's Meaghan Dorman added allspice dram and blended Scotch to make the Cherry Heering and lemon cocktail more interesting.
Creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese flavored with bacon and pimentos.
Building on past pastrami success, I changed things up by using duck instead of beef. The salty, peppery, and luscious fat is something to lust over.
Dulce de leche ice cream studded with nubs of coconutty Samoa cookies.
For many years, I assumed that Irish soda bread always meant a slightly sweet, caraway and currant laced bread easily mistaken for a giant muffin. Frankly, I never liked this version of the quick bread, much preferring to eat "real bread" with my soup. It's a good thing I was mistaken about the scope of soda breads. Most of these loaves, like those featured in Rachel's Irish Family Food, are a much simpler (and more appealing) combination of flour, baking soda, and buttermilk. Rachel Allen's brown soda bread adds a bit more oomph with a hefty dose of whole wheat flour, a couple tablespoons of mixed seeds, and just a touch of butter. The resulting bread is an exemplary accompaniment to any number of soups, pickles, marmalades, or a generous swipe of butter.
The woodsy, complex flavors of root beer are right at home in a liqueur. Use it in cocktails like you would an amaro or in sweet concoctions for a bold and unusual flavor.
This retro-inspired no-bake dessert is perfect for when you want a chocolate and minty treat without spending a ton of time in the kitchen.
The spicy and bitter bite of homemade mustard is lessened by brown sugar, while rye whisky imparts a dry character on this delicious mustard.
Go green this St. Patrick's Day with a vibrant and flavorful parsley, pine nut, and Parmesan pesto tossed up with spinach pasta, pan-grilled chicken, and wilted baby spinach.
Potato and leek soup is filling, cheap, easy to make, and almost always tastes more complex than its name implies. In Rachel's Irish Family Food, Rachel Allen adds even more complexity to the standard purée by building the soup base with smoky bacon. She also ups the allium quotient by adding a chopped onion to the mix, and finishes it all of with a bright swirl of parsley pesto.
You wouldn't think that citrus and coffee would go together, but we absolutely love this cocktail from Tradition in San Francisco, which brings together Jameson and chicory-infused rye whiskey.
An easy-drinking Irish whiskey cocktail from Steven Weiss of Craftbar in NYC.
Two whiskeys (Irish and single-malt Scotch) come together in this rich, leathery-textured sour from Orson Salicetti of EVR in New York.
This easy highball is adapted from a recipe from Brian Means of The Fifth Floor in San Francisco. You can adjust the lime juice to your taste depending on how sweet your ginger beer is.
This quick version of the popular caramelized coconut-pandan curd is spread over toast with lots of butter. Serve with soft boiled eggs and a coffee for a real Singaporean kopitiam breakfast.
Even if you live in a place where the closest thing to a snowman is a snow cone, this Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie will tickle your senses and warm your taste buds in a way that will have you dreaming of a nice, warm mug of cocoa and a roaring fire.
This is a simple fondue recipe featuring Irish cheddar cheese. The addition of Irish stout adds some malty undertones to the fondue, while a splash of Irish whiskey provides an extra bit of bite and spice to the rich and nutty melted cheese.
As Rachel Allen explains in her new book, Rachel's Irish Family Food, there is no definitive recipe for Irish stew. The meat and vegetable stew is often a household specialty with its own family tricks and tweaks. Allen's take is a no-frills version with a short ingredient list. Her technique, however, builds a good amount of flavor and body with so few components: She picks bone-in lamb shoulder chops for the bulk of the stew, which contributes extra body to the broth and keeps the lamb succulent. In addition to browning the chops, Allen also browns the vegetables to build extra fond and give the usually wan roots more color. The stew is finished with a generous sprinkling of both chives and parsley to give a final burst of freshness.
Bake with your booze on St. Patrick's Day with this dripping moist chocolate cake deeply flavored with the dark tones of decadent chocolate stout.
Sweet and tangy with lots of crunch, this slaw is light and refreshing.
There seems to be a variety of shortbread for every cook that's tried their hand at it. Cookfight features a recipe for zesty lemon shortbread fattened up with the toasty flavor of brown butter.
Closer to a fritter than what most of us think of as a sausage, these cheese and bread cakes are held together with egg and fried until the outside is crisp and the interior is soft and melted.
In these tropical bar cookies, a buttery shortbread base is topped with sweet guava paste, then finished with a lightly crunchy oat topping.
Chicken Ghee Roast has nothing to do with an oven, but 'roast' is a term that is used quite loosely in the south of India to describe a dry dish which uses more of a braising technique. The ghee adds huge amounts of flavor to this dish which is simply finger-licking awesome.
A quick and hearty meal of salmon cooked with quinoa, arugula, and feta cheese. The trick is to sear the salmon skin first, then add it back to the pan at the very end just until barely cooked through.
The beauty of marinated mushrooms is you can't really go wrong; you can marinate them in pretty much whatever you have on hand. If you have fresh herbs, definitely throw those in there, and minced shallots would work great, too. This is ideal for a lunch box because the mushroom marinade doubles as your salad dressing, and because this salad is all about sturdy vegetables, nothing will wilt before lunchtime.
According to Rachel Allen, mussels with bread crumbs were immensely popular in Ireland back in the 1980s. Yet their retro appeal holds true today and her version in Rachel's Irish Family Food, is anything but kitschy. In it, plump, just-steamed mussels get a quick trip under a hot broiler topped with super buttery breadcrumbs laced with garlic and parsley. The final result is a briny, succulent bite, colorful and rich.
As far as chocolate cakes go, this one is the ultimate in decadence, hence its name. The moist cake is hugged tightly by smooth buttercream, and thick blanket of ganache on top seals the goodness in with a kiss. There's no escaping this cake, so don't even try.
The Grasshopper is the original green monster drink, but this sweet and creamy dessert cocktail is reawakened with fresh mint.
Cappuccino cupcakes with a cappuccino meringue topping.
I'll admit it: I have a hard time saying the name "bangers and mash." It comes in a close second to that other British speciality, "spotted dick," in the list of foods I can't even begin to picture without giggling. Yet Rachel Allen's take on bangers and mash in her new book Rachel's Irish Family Food is sophisticated enough to warrant my serious attention. Her simple pork sausages are bound lightly with egg, bread crumbs, and a bit of garlic and parsley to season. Instead of going through with the trouble of casing the mixture, she simply rolls them into small, breakfast-sized links and gives them a slow brown on the stovetop. And in lieu of ordinary potatoes to serve alongside, Allen advocates for a verdant colcannon mash made velvety soft green cabbage buttery mashed russets. A dollop of quick stovetop applesauce adds a contrasting sweet-tart tang to each bite.
When it comes to cooking Asian noodles, I tend to obsess over each and every ingredient or make them needlessly fussy and complex. But I'm learning to lighten up and focus on simplicity. This week I decided what I could do with the trio of bay scallops, baby bok choy, and udon noodles.
Ripe plantains are slow-fried in oil until deeply caramelized and sweet. They get served with an herbal mint and parsley mojo sauce that brings a bright, acidic element to the sweet-and-savory snack.
An herbal sauce made with mint and parsley, flavored with garlic and citrus juice.
A Thai-inspired po boy sandwich with crisp catfish fillets nestled atop a cabbage slaw dressed in fish sauce, lime juice, and sambal.
This clever and simple bread originates from Cookfight chef Kim's mother, Ann. She would send this nut-studded, date-sweetened bread to her daughter every Thanksgiving when she was in college.
This traditional Irish bread is characterized by first soaking raisins in tea overnight.
Untoasted walnuts have a creaminess that works especially well in this nut butter. Sweet white chocolate, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, and just a bit fleur de sel make for a spread that is worthy of a special occasion.