A Beginner's Guide to Italian Wine

Does anyone know where to get this wine - it is a great Italian Pinot Nero...?

2005 lechthaler trentino pinot nero

Marmalade Chicken From 'Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food'

What type of marmalade would you recommend?

Ricky Bayless Recipe Help

Thanks all - and I mean Rick Bayless instead of "ricky" - whoops!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Truffle Lovers Pasta

My first experience with truffles involved a day I will never forgot. I was on a trip to Italy with my parents and sister. A year prior to this trip, my dad had met an Italian man while scuba diving in Bora Bora. My dad and this man stayed in touch and my dad promised to meet him and his wife in Italy when we took our trip. We arrived at a restaurant and met the couple (the wife speaking very little English). The language barrier was somewhat difficult but overall we could communicate. By the end of the night, there were only two words that we could not translate from Italian to English (one of which was “account”).
On to dinner….we decided to let them order the meal, deciding the couple would know what was best in this restaurant. A dish is placed before us and it looks boring…slices of crostini, perhaps rubbed with olive oil, and something on top of the crostini. It has an odd tan color to it. We ask the couple what it is but they cannot figure out the English word for it. My sister and I, being adventuresome, dig in anyway. Wow it was delicious. We decide we NEED to know what this dish is so we can duplicate back in the US. We take out the Italian-to-English dictionary – no translation. We ask the waiter – no translation. At this point, we order another serving of it because it is so amazing. Finally, we give up, enjoy the dish, and write down the word.
When we get back to the US, we finally figure out what the word means. Tartufi = truffles!!! Amazing.

Pickled Tomatoes by Jose Garces

Yea I was thinking water too but I wasn't sure if he meant to actually drop the tomatoes in oil....

Barramundi: where have you been all my life?

I had in Las Vegas at Mix last month and it is now my favorite fish ever! Check out

Fried Cherry Tomato Hors d'oeuvres

I went to a wedding at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia recently and had the most amazing veggie appetizer. It was a cherry tomato cut in half, fried in a parmesan crust, and had a basil sauce on top. I tried to contact them to get recipe but no luck. Anyone have a recipe for this dish? It would be such a pretty appertizer for Christmas with the red tomato and green sauce - and beyond yummy!

Ricky Bayless Recipe Help

I'm going to make this Rick Bayless recipe for a party next week. I have no idea where to get the apricot spread - any thoughts? Whole Foods? Trader Joes?

Mexican Crudité Platter - 2X
2/3 cup apricot spread (not jam)
1/3 cup Tamazula (or other Mexican) hot sauce
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 pound jimaca sticks
1 pound cucumber round
1 pound radishes, cut in half
A generous pound (usually 2) peeled and cored pineapple
4 limes, cut into wedges
1 teaspoon powdered hot chile (I like guajillo or ancho)
1 teaspoon table salt
Make the dipping sauce. Scrape the apricot spread into a food processor and add the hot sauce and lime. Process until blended and smooth. Scrape into a small serving bowl. Arrange the vegetables and fruits. Set the dipping sauce in the middle of a large round platter. Stand the pineapple on a cutting board and cut it into quarters. Cut the quarters crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange the pineapple, jicama, cucumber and radishes into quadrants around the dipping sauce, filling the space between each one with lime wedges. Serve. Mix together the powdered chile and salt. Sprinkle it over the fruits and vegetables.

Adobo Sauce

I have two jars of Dona Maria Adobo Sauce. The instructions for using on the jar suck! Has anyone used this sauce before and/or have ideas for how I can use.

I was thinking of doing some sort of chorizo on toothpicks and serving it with the sauce but not sure if that makes sense.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Hazan Tomato Sauce - canned tomatoes?

I'd like to make the famous Hazan tomato sauce recipe below:

Problem is - I have three large cans of San Marzano tomatoes - but they are crushed instead of whole.

Has anyone made this recipe using crushed tomatoes instead?

Kosher Appetizer Recipes

Does anyone have any good kosker appetizer recipes? I'm looking for something other than dips, latkes, spreads, etc. More along the lines of somethign on a skewer or in phyllo....

Garlic Aioli - Philadelphia

Today I went to Village Whiskey in Philadelphia and had their tater tots. While the tots were not amazing, the sauce that went with them was! I believe it was a garlic aioli but, to be honest, did not seem very mayo-like.

Would anyone know what this sauce was and / or have the recipe?

Pickled Tomatoes by Jose Garces

I have the following recipe to make for pickled tomatoes from Philadelphia chef Jose Garces. I am confused about the first step where is says to place in fryer. Does anyone have suggestions? Does he really want me to fry the tomatoes?

Pickled Tomatoes
3 cups rice wine vinegar
4 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp fennel seed
1 tbsp yellow mustard seed
3 dry guindilla peppers
1 tsp white pepper
2 bay leaves
5 garlic gloves

Blanch tomatoes in 400 degree F fryer for 10 seconds, then shock in ice bath. Peel off skins.

Bring the pickling liquid up to a boil then turn off the heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Then pour over peeled tomatoes and allow to sit out over night uncovered. Stir occasionally to get an even pickle on all tomatoes.

Fig and Raisin Chutney App

I have those frozen Athens mini phyllo shells and Stonewall Kitchen Fig and Raisin Chutney in my kitchen. I was thinking of making an appetizer with both those items.

I was thinking a little cheese in the phyllo and then the chutney?

Any cheese suggestions? or other ideas?