October 6, 2013 – October 12, 2013

Sweet Potato Galettes From 'Ottolenghi'

I love sweet potatoes in general, so I admit these sweet potato galettes were an easy sell. Pair those garnet spuds with a blanket of sour cream, buttery puff pastry, and a few goat cheese crumbles, and I'm even more on board. But it was the final gremolata-like mixture brushed atop the finished galettes that ultimately sold me. Not only does the sauce add a pop of color, but it also brings fresh contrast to the richness of the pastry. More

Seafood, Fennel, and Lime Salad from 'Ottolenghi'

Like stuffed mushrooms, seafood salad isn't a terribly common dish in the US these days. Sure, you'll see ceviche on every other "Latin-inspired" menu, but other than this raw preparation, chilled seafood lovers are often left salad-less. This version from Ottolenghi combines raw fennel and red onion with barely-seared squid and tail-on prawns for an even balance of crunch and chew. To brighten it up, they add a generous squeeze of time, a flurry of its zest, and a spoonful of citrusy sumac. Dill, cilantro, and parsley give the salad an herbaceous finish. More

Bourbon Renewal

This recipe comes from Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Portland's Clyde Common. Sweet crème de cassis mixes with oaky bourbon to produce a delicious take on the classic whiskey sour. More

Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Raisins are soaked in dark rum for up to 2 days and are churned into a base that seems fairly bland, with faint accents of brown sugar and cinnamon. After setting up for a full 24 hours, though, the rum flavor leaches into the ice cream itself and the bite of pure rum in the raisins mellows out considerably. More

Taiwanese Oyster Omelet

Partially translucent from a sticky and somewhat mysterious goo binding fried egg and bits of oyster, and slick with a sweet-and-sour ketchup-based sauce, the Taiwanese oyster omelet is one memorable dish that has a fervid following. More