Jarred horseradish is perfectly tasty stuff, but nothing compares to freshly grated horseradish preserved in distilled vinegar. Here's how to make it at home.
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If you ask me, people don't overcook their vegetables often enough. The truth is, vegetables can sometimes be absolutely delicious when cooked until there isn't a trace of crispness left. In fact, some vegetables practically require being cooked to death—these braised long beans with tomatoes are a great example.
When the summer heat is out of control and amazing produce is flooding the market, sometimes all we want are smart, easy ideas for how to make the most of it without breaking a sweat. Here, we make an incredibly delicious summer squash salad with fennel and dill that is way more than the sum of its parts.
I love a good summer zucchini, but it's not the most exciting vegetable out there. It's bland, it's watery, and, for these reasons, it makes a terrible pizza topping. Every zucchini-topped pizza I've had in the past has been a watery disappointment. If there's one thing I love, it's being not-disappointed. So I made it my goal to come up with a technique for topping pizza with zucchini that really works.
The secret to great zucchini pizza is to remove as much liquid from the zucchini as possible before topping the pizza. Our technique gives you a nice crunch along with fresh, sweet, caramelized zucchini flavor.
I love bean salads for their ease of preparation and completeness as a one-bowl meal. The question, though, is how to prevent them from tasting like a boring bowlful of beans. The answer is simple: Go for maximum contrast, both in texture and in flavor.
Chipotle and miso come from two different cooking traditions, but they make great bedfellows as both a marinade and a sauce for grilled tofu in this recipe. Combine them with our techniques for turning out perfectly grilled tofu, and you won't even miss the meat.
Independence Day is all about the burgers and hot dogs for a lot of people, but that doesn't mean that vegetarians (or plain vegetable lovers like me) can't celebrate their independence with a whole mess of smoky, charred, grilled foods and delicious side dishes as well. I'm going to be out of the country this July 4th (I know!), but in my head, this is the menu I'd be serving at my backyard cookout.
Crunchy toasted pine nuts and lemony sumac are great partners for eggs scrambled softly in extra-virgin olive oil.
There are lots of tabbouleh recipes in the world, but many give instructions that can lead to a sopping wet salad with bulgur that's too hard to eat. This one uses pre-salting steps to remove excess moisture from the tomatoes and parsley, then uses the water drained from the tomatoes to soak the bulgur until tender and flavorful. A hint of spices adds complexity and depth.
This grilled potato salad offers a range of textures—crispy, crunchy, and creamy—with a nice smokiness from the grill balanced by a tart grilled lemon vinaigrette flavored with scallions and shallots. The key is par-cooking the potatoes and roughing them up a bit for extra crunch.
Vegans and vegetarians often get the short end of the stick when it comes to backyard grilling season. Sure, there are a couple of decent frozen veggie burger brands, but let's face it: Frozen pre-packaged food is never going to be as good as fresh, homemade food made with quality ingredients. Here are two recipes for burger patties that aren't just my favorite vegetarian and vegan burgers, they're two of my favorite recipes, period.
Morel mushrooms are great as a side dish for, say, roasted chicken or in your omelet, but true lovers of these spring treats know that they're best in more concentrated doses. It doesn't get much better than a buttery open-faced morel mushroom sandwich like this one.
Blanched and peeled fava beans that are roughly chopped and served on top of a goat cheese tartine with Marcona almonds and a few sprigs of chervil: This is the kind of toast you eat all by yourself while hiding in the kitchen so that nobody can steal a bite.
Fresh blanched asparagus and mint pair with creamy ricotta cheese on this simple spring open-faced sandwich. The key is to get the best ingredients and treat them as simply as possible.
Morels are one of the most delicious signs of spring, and with just a little work, they're incredibly easy to prepare and cook. Here are the basic steps to get them ready for the frying pan, and then what to do to make them as delicious as possible.
In Italian, a pasticcio is a mess. In the case of polenta pasticciata, it's a glorious, wonderful, rib-sticking mess, made by layering soft polenta with lasagna-like fillings, then baking it until browned on top. Here, we fill it with a rich mushroom ragù, then drizzle a cheesy Parmesan cream all over it.
One of the problems with a lot of vegetarian stir-fry recipes is they can quickly become monotonous, with the same old lineup of vegetables and tofu each and every time. Don't get us wrong—some of those can be delicious—but as Buddha's Delight reminds us, there's so much more vegetarian stir-fry potential, if we just know how to tap it.
Making huevos rancheros—rancher's-style eggs—is an inherently impromptu and simple affair at home. Briefly fry some corn tortillas to soften them, add a couple of crisply fried, runny-yolked eggs, and ladle on plenty of salsa. That's it. Everything else is just window-dressing. It's easy for me to think of huevos rancheros as a dish so darn casual that it doesn't even need a recipe. But then I wouldn't be doing my job, now would I? My goal was to come up with a recipe for huevos rancheros with a smoky and wickedly spicy tomato and red chili salsa that requires nothing more than basic supermarket pantry staples. And I wanted it all in under half an hour, because who has time to wait for breakfast?
Tender-crisp asparagus and firm tofu tossed in a fiery-sweet Sichuan-style vinaigrette made with roasted chilies and Sichuan peppercorns.