I realize there are threads with San Antonio dining recommendations, but I have a slightly more complicated request. Next weekend my family and I will be in San Antonio. Saturday night is my mom's 60th birthday - the occasion that has inspired this whole vacation. I'd love to take her somewhere that feels special. However, my two year old nephew (who is very well behaved - I promise!) is part of the group. Any place we can go for a fun, special birthday dinner that won't frown on the presence of a toddler? Any help is much appreciated!!
Growing up my mom would eat beets, and I loathed them. Granted, they were the canned kind, but I hated everything about them. Subsequently, I avoided all things beets into adulthood. As it turns out, I LOVE beets. Somehow I finally gave them another chance and am now practically an addict. So I thought I'd pose a question - what foods did you completely write off only to discover later in life a true love? I'm now considering a position change on sauerkraut myself....
Hello SE folks,
A friend and I are venturing to Vancouver, a city that (thanks to the Olympics) has had their food finds featured here. However, we're taking a side trip to Victoria for a day/night's stay. Any recommendations for delicious destinations?
Like a lot of folks, the economy has taken it's toll. I'm looking to cook a fancy and tasty Valentine's dinner this Sunday for me and the boy, but trying to do so on a budget. Any helpful thoughts, menus, suggestions?
This candied bacon stands meaty as its saltiness combines with the rich sweetness of caramelized sugar, with just a touch of spice that may not be wholly apparent, but creates a little bite within the sea of sugar.
Always looking for ways to bring seasonal finds into my cocktails, I started tinkering with some of my favorite strawberry flavor combinations. The result is a summery take on the classic whiskey smash. Strawberries are muddled with lemon to create a juicy base, then a little strawberry syrup is added for a bit of sweetness and to balance the tartness of the lemon. The balsamic acts as bitters, and then of course a hefty pour of bourbon is added, because what's a smash without the bourbon?
An awesome side dish alternative that stands tall on it's own....
These scones are for those of us who crave something savory, but still want flaky pastry in the morning.
This simple, boozy peach sauce makes a perfect dinner party dessert for those nights when it's too hot to even think about turning on the oven. Try swapping some of the peaches for apricots, or use bourbon, peach schnapps, or dark rum in place of the whiskey. Serve it over ice cream, pound cake, or French toast.
Summer squash is the season's most bounteous crop. Take advantage of its abundance with this simple but flavorful chilled soup: yogurt adds smoothness and acidity, fresh mint contributes both flavor and a lovely light green color, and sourdough croutons lend an irresistible crunch.
Sweet tea vodka is quick becoming one of this summer's guilty pleasures. Mixed with club soda and garnished with a wedge of lemon, the stuff goes down just about as easy as its zero proof inspiration, making it prime jelly shot material. Once set and sliced, these shots end up being just as refreshing as their sippable inspiration but a whole lot more fun.
Cobb salads offer me a way to eat bacon and blue cheese while maintaining the appearance of control and self-righteousness. This dip does away with that pretense. Dig in....
It's rare that sauce also does double duty as the vegetable, but that's the case with this incredible recipe from Moro. The grouper fillets are sauteed in a pan on both sides over medium heat, before adding wine, saffron-infused water, a garlic and bread paste, and a whole heap of peas. The liquid reduces to the point where the peas actually are the sauce. Somehow it works.
On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share a healthy, delicious, and budget-conscious recipe with us. Today, a recipe that would work well on your Thanksgiving table. It's a common misconception that in order...
To freeze the Tots, follow the recipe through step 3. In step 4, remove them from the fryer after 1 1/2 minutes and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Transfer to a sheet tray or large plate in a single...
[Photograph: Lucy Baker] Real homemade butterscotch sauce is a marvelous combination of flavors including brown sugar, butter, salt, and booze. And it's incredibly simple to make. This version is spiked with a generous dose of Irish whiskey. It will keep...
What really works with the famous pasta e broccoli is that if you cook it long enough, the parboiled broccoli breaks up into the pasta and almost melts into a pasta-clinging sauce when combined with the cooking water. Increasing the ratio of broccoli-to-pasta not only makes the dish a bit healthier, but better too. While this version is a simple one with garlic, pepper flakes, and Parmesan, another route might melt some anchovies into the oil and skip the Parmesan. Either way, this is, at the very least, a delicious way to eat your broccoli.
I'm not sure why it's never occurred to me to squeeze some Sriracha into tomato sauce. The complex spiciness goes well on just about everything, and in a marinara, it's a bit more interesting than a basic pinch of red chile flakes which you see much more often. What you end up with is a sauce that's slightly sweet, slightly vinegary, slightly garlicky, and definitely spicy. It does wonders to liven up a mainstay.
Ceviche might not be traditional Super Bowl fare, but the salsa-like qualities of this version make it a great accompaniment for tortilla chips. The heat of Sriracha along with chunks of tomato, avocado, and seafood give this Sriracha Ceviche all of the best qualities of guacamole, salsa fresca, and ceviche at once.
[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] There are as many recipes for plov, the Uzbek version of rice pilaf, as there are cooks who make it. Choices of meats, vegetables, and spices are up for debate, but all plovs start with more liquid...
Italian Egg-Drop Soup, adapted from Eating Well, should start your resolution in the right direction. Surprisingly hearty and super delicious, it's also a powerhouse of fiber and protein that comes together in under 30 minutes. Not to mention, it will feed an invading army of lifestyle changers.
I was recently introduced to the wonder that is marinated feta cheese in olive oil, which mellows out the sharpness of this cheese. Following the fabulous David Lebovitz's instructions for making this own my own, a commenter on his blog wondered about adding jalapeño. That's all the nudging I needed. Adding two jalapeños gives a sultry heat to the finish of the feta.
This cranberry elevation process is a matter of historical import and as such must begin with a good stiff drink. First off, we need to start with real cranberries (or what's the point?)
Despite any inauthenticity, this take on teriyaki from Mad Hungry is delicious. Allowing the salmon to marinate for half hour or so then sliding it under the broiler makes it comes out deeply flavored, moist, and tender. You can't ask for much more out of a piece of fish.
Note: Slab bacon is ideal for this recipe, though sliced bacon will work in a pinch. You can also substitute your favorite cured pork product. Prosciutto, guanciale, or Spanish dry-cured chorizo all work well. If your brussels sprouts are very...
Note: This cheese sauce is gooey and tangy. For a spicier version, substitute half the cheddar cheese with Pepper Jack and add 2-3 minced pickled jalapeños, or to taste. To reheat the sauce, microwave it on high heat, stopping and...
I'm just slowly moving past my BLT binge, which consumed nearly all of my sandwich-making capabilities for the whole summer. Luckily, I ran into some figs at the produce shop, and before I knew it I was at the Chocolate and Zucchini site, gawking at this warm sandwich. How could I not go for this? It seemed soothing and a perfect dish for the slight cool in the air.
As pictured, ratatouille and chickpeas make a filling but very simple meal. I eat this at room temperature like a hearty salad. If that sounds too plain for your tastes, spring for some goat cheese. You can crumble that over the beans and vegetables one day and then make goat cheese and ratatouille tartines (or pizzas, yum) the next.
In honor of my favorite summertime treat, I am sharing one of my favorite recipes: S'mores Tartlets. They are a little time-consuming to make, but well worth the effort—especially in January when winter is upon you and summer feels lightyears away. Made from a little shell of graham cracker sable, filled with semisweet chocolate ganache and topped with a dollop of charred marshmallow meringue, this bite-sized treat can be made anytime, along with a pitcher of lemonade, for a quick transport to a hot summer day.