What should I look for? What do you wish you'd brought back with you? I'm traveling to New Orleans from the Northeast this weekend. It will be my first trip and I'm hoping your suggestions will feed into my excitement!
I got the idea that I want to make focaccia and bake some thinly sliced zucchini on top of it, but I've only made focaccia once before. I think I'm remembering something I ate years ago in Italy, but maybe I just made it up. Do you have a good focaccia recipe to share? Can you give me tips about making focaccia and/or adapting it to my purpose? Last, should I use AP flour or high-protein flour for the best results? Thanks for any thoughts!
[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] Rasam is a thin tomato soup often served as a dip or broth in Indian cuisine. This is very much my own version, with a flavor inspired by what's often found in restaurants, but bulked up by...
Last week's post on big wontons wouldn't be complete without its companion, the little wonton post. Little wontons, or xiao hun tun, are made with flour and egg wrappers crumpled casually around a tiny nub of pork.
The Champagne Cup is one of six champagne punches featured in Esquire's Handbook for Hosts. Combining the fresh tang of pineapple, cucumber, orange and cherry with the rich flavors of cognac and Benedictine, the Champagne Cup underscores the wine without overwhelming it.
I am astonished I haven't written about this recipe before. It's probably my favorite enchilada variation—it's comforting, soothing, and wildly addictive. For help I turned to Rick Bayless's Fiesta at Rick's (one of our favorite cookbooks of 2010) and I'm really glad I did. He replaces the normal shredded chicken with roasted vegetables.
What could be better than chocolate, tequila and ice cream on a hot August afternoon? So why not put them all together in one amazing ice cream concoction? Funny you should ask, because that's exactly what we did.
Carnitas. The undisputed king of the taco cart. The Mexican answer to American pulled pork, at their best they should be moist, juicy, and ultra-porky with the rich, tender texture of a French confit, and riddled with plenty of well-browned crisp edges. Our version is easier than the traditional bucket-of-lard method, and produces results that are juicier and more flavorful.
The Tangelo-Tangerine Puddings from Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison have a lot of good things going for them. First off they're a gorgeous, vibrant shade of orange that brings to mind all sorts of happy things (sunshine, sherbet). Secondly, they are the perfect summer dessert—less than five minutes of heat on the stovetop then a chill in the fridge means you won't suffer from the dreaded summer kitchen sweats. And lastly, they are dairy-free, gluten-free, and even vegan if you opt to sweeten them with agave instead of sugar or honey.
This recipe for Vin d'Orange from Put 'em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton is an ideal introduction to the world of home infusions. For those of you familiar with Lillet, that lightly sweet, elegantly orange flavored French apertif, this is a do-it-yourself approximation. White wine is mixed with pieces of whole orange (including the skin and pith for a pleasant bitterness), vanilla bean, cinnamon, and a mix of vodka and sugar for sweetness and shelf life.
These Mocha Toffee Bars made their debut in the December 1987 issue of Gourmet magazine. The recipe, adapted from The Gourmet Cookie Book, is a pretty spectacular example of sweet-meets-salty, a trend that has gained popularity in recent years—it must have seemed pretty outrageous in the late 80s.
Adapted from recipes in Southest Asian Flavors by Robert Danhi via Viet World Kitchen....
[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Chinese cuisine is one I've been flirting with now for a few months. But with a copy of Revolutionary Chinese by Fuchsia Dunlop, I felt confident to move beyond the standard take-out fare and see what else...
I've been mixing variations of a Flaming Holiday Punch (known in some circles as "English Bishop") every December for years now. The base recipe is from Esquire's Handbook for Hosts, from 1949, which is nice on its own but quite open to improvisation. The ingredients are a cinch: a bottle of aged rum poured into a punch bowl over baked oranges studded with cloves. Toss in a little sugar and some holiday spice, turn down the lights before you apply a match to the hot liquid (careful!) and conversation is pretty much guaranteed to stop.
These Austrian pancakes are closer to French crêpes than the thick North American pancake. Traditionally palatschinken are served for lunch or dinner, but growing up under the care of an Austrian mother and grandmother, I often had them for breakfast as well. Instead of the folded French crêpes, palatschinken are filled and then rolled (jelly-roll style), and traditionally filled with apricot jam.