Spicy-sweet jerk beef stew offers a taste of the Caribbean.
March 31, 2013 – April 6, 2013
Buttery crepes with sweet cream and fragrant strawberries.
You've seen bubbly brunch drinks before, but this tart lime variation, served at San Francisco's Nopa (one of our favorite Bay Area brunch spots) is a bit unusual, made with herbal Green Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur to sweeten.
Sweet figs and salty meat is an automatic win, but little additions in this recipe like goat cheese, honey, and grilling on a plank, make these pancetta wrapped figs something special.
This Vietnamese-inspired rice noodle salad combines cabbage, tofu and peanuts with a hot-sour-salty-sweet dressing of fish sauce, lime juice, garlic and sugar.
This sweet and spicy cocktail packs a fiery punch but won't overwhelm your tastebuds.
Incredibly rich and creamy gelato that tastes so fully of chocolate and hazelnuts that you won't need to touch Nutella again.
Persian buns: aka deep fried cinnamon buns covered in chocolate frosting.
Making mole has a reputation for being an arduous process with dozens of steps and even more ingredients, but not all moles are particularly difficult or time consuming. The Yellow Mole with Masa Dumplings from Pati's Mexican Table is one such mole. Pati Jinich's recipe only takes an hour or so, and almost all the ingredients can be found in most grocery stores. The thick brick red sauce is tangy and just a little spicy, a worthy accompaniment to braised chicken. Cute, dimpled masa dumplings make the mole into a full meal.
This is a DIY project I would say is all about unique taste and quality rather than cost—at least until the grape season hits locally.
Tender, moist chicken is simmered with chewy brown rice, flavorful shiitake mushrooms, and crunchy chestnuts. Sesame oil pulls the flavors together in this easy one-pot meal.
This version of the regional specialty pairs kefir with store-bought frozen yogurt and dates for a satisfying not-too-sweet treat.
This smoothie is a mash-up of a lassi, the Indian yogurt drink, and the spicy mangoes sold by street vendors.
This take on a green smoothie is buttery and delicious thanks to ripe avocado.
Macaroni and cheese combines with spicy cheese dip.
The true shining star of this pie is the black walnut whipped cream. While it may take some hunting to find walnut extract, the nutty bite and unexpected earthy undertone it adds to an otherwise incredibly sweet pie ensures a proper balancing act of flavors, and helps to pick up the traces of walnut in the pie crust.
Much more cake than pie, thick pastry cream and oozing chocolate ganache make up for the misnomer. Mad Hungry Cravings has the simple but satisfying recipe.
Carnitas make for one of the best taco fillings: slow braised pork, shredded and then crisped up before serving, is perfect unadorned in a warm corn tortilla. But what if you're looking to take it up a notch? In Pati's Mexican Table, Pati Jinich presents a different version of braised and shredded pork, this time fancied up with orange juice and a fragrant, tangy ancho chile sauce. With a generous pour of apple cider vinegar, the finished dish tastes almost like Mexican pulled pork—and I wouldn't consider that a bad thing.
These chewy coconut flourless cookies are all about the moist and fudgy center.
A creamy baked pasta dish combining sausage and mushrooms that is elegant enough to serve guests yet easy enough for a mid-week family meal.
Arguably the most famous of the British puddings, Yorkshire pudding always makes an impressive side to serve along a perfectly cooked roast beef. But what happens if you don't have a pan of hot beef drippings to make your Yorkshire pudding in? Don't fret! You can make Yorkshire pudding in a variety of fats, taking this special occasion pudding to a fantastic side (or meal) you can make any night of the week.
A hot sauce in one of its purest forms, Indonesian sambal oelek is merely freshly ground hot red chiles with some salt and vinegar for flavor and preservation. Sure, it's simple, but it's also incredibly awesome and infinitely useful.
Thick and chunky chocolate chip cookies, with walnuts for crunch.
Quick and easy gluten-free banana pancakes.
A one-skillet meal of chicken breast and mushrooms simmered in a curry-coconut broth with an herb salad.
A win-win for a make-ahead salad is killing two recipes with one marinade. A simple citrus-soy dressing doubles as a marinade for the steak. If you're new to jicama, and couldn't pick it out of a veggie lineup, it's starchy, sweet and unfailingly crunchy.
Soft layers of meringue sprinkled with crunchy almonds and filled with billows of cream and juicy fresh strawberries.
Tender, succulent crab cakes with no starchy binders at all.
With slightly fruity bittersweet chocolate and some fresh cinnamon, these chocolate chip whisky muffins are a great way to start your day. Don't forget to warm them up so the chocolate is melty and top them off with some salted butter.
A quick meal of broiled salmon in a tart tomattillo-guajillo chili sauce served with broiled asparagus.
Rustic Italian bread slathered with garlic aioli and layered with fresh basil, sliced tomatoes, and a sprinkling of capers all make for a great match with anchovy fillets—almost like a Provencal BLT of sorts with the salty anchovies subbing in for the bacon, and basil in place of the lettuce.
Fish tacos beg to be eaten standing up outside on the porch with a cold beer and plenty of napkins to sop up dripping lime juice and salsa. Now that it's starting to feel like spring, it is time to get cracking with some fried fish. Pati Jinich's excellent Rodrigo-Style Fish from Pati's Mexican Table is just the ticket. Dredged in flour and pan-fried, the fish fillets themselves are nothing out of the ordinary. But add a generous drizzle of her citrusy-salty-herby sauce and you'll quickly be in fish taco heaven.
Muffins, shrunk down from gigantic bakery proportions, make a simple, quick breakfast. Sweet and nutty date muffins from Mad Hungry Cravings are good enough to enjoy throughout the day.
Rye flour give these pancakes a hearty texture and nutty flavor that's complimented by a sweet apple-maple compote. A comforting breakfast for a chilly day.