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We replicated the flavor profile of Mexican chocolate using semisweet chocolate and cinnamon. If you prefer to use Mexican chocolate, look for it with the hot drink mixes or on the Hispanic food aisle. This moist cake is equally delicious without the sauce.
, who scoured her grandmother's cookbook for this bar recipe and graciously shared it with us. The other is my own grandmother, who I'm pretty sure has been holding out on me all the times I've asked about the recipe in the past. After one final plea, I received her recipe in the mail. And guess what - it was nearly identical to greenandlean's! Maybe our grandmothers went to the same church. I made a few tweaks here and there and the result is just as good as I remember it: creamy tangy filling with chewy raisins and a crisp cookie crust. Without further ado, here's the recipe: Sour Cream Raisin Bars Makes one 9x13 pan of bars
This easy chicken dinner is truly a one-dish meal because you cook both the chicken and the pasta in the same pot, then add the peas, herbs and cheese.
Notes: While the pork, pineapple, and onion marinate, cook rice and heat canned black beans to serve alongside. (Or, for more intense flavor, marinate the pork the night before.) Serve with coleslaw dressed with a white wine vinaigrette spiked with cumin seeds, chopped fresh cilantro, and minced garlic. Prep and cook time: about 35 minutes.
The flavor of thyme in this lemonade lends an unexpected grown-up flair to a summer favorite.
Crisp meringues encase fruity sorbet (any flavor will work). A stint in the freezer hardens the sorbet, ensuring a clean cut.
Not a classic cocktail by any means, this concoction is one we’d add to the list of Prohibition-era drinks if only we could rewrite history. This recipe was featured as part of our Sexy Vampire Halloween Party photo gallery.
This recipe, taught to me by my mother-in-law, has to be one of the tastiest ways to prepare cabbage. Preserved lemons and olives add tangy flavor. Beef or goat may be substituted for the lamb. The method of preparation is the same as for Tagine with Cauliflower. The cooking time indicated is for a pressure cooker. Allow double the time if using a pot or Dutch oven. Serves 4.
This crisp, fresh salad has thinly sliced vegetables that are quickly tossed in a vinaigrette. Consider using other vegetables: peeled artichoke, jicama, fennel, or cucumber. Game plan: This salad benefits from sitting out for a few minutes, making it perfect for a tailgate or picnic. This recipe was featured as part of our story on How to Troubleshoot Your Salad.
Sour cream gives these flaky biscuits extra flavor and tenderness. Serve these delicious southern biscuits with syrup or jam, or top with country ham or sausage gravy. Here's a large photo of the biscuits.
This recipe for Polish poached pears with chocolate sauce or gruszki w czekoladzie is typical of the stewed or poached not-so-sweet fruit desserts Poles love. For a dramatic presentation, leave the pears whole and remove the core from the bottom or slice them in half for easier core removal. For a pink color, 1 cup of the water can be replaced with 1 cup red wine. Makes 4 servings Polish Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce or Gruszki w Czekoladzie
Serve this tangy dip with an artful array of vegetables known as crudites, such as radishes, whole yellow and sliced red baby carrots, blanched asparagus, and green and yellow squash curls.
A hummus vinaigrette gives this couscous salad a little Mediterranean flair. Toss in some pistachios, red bell pepper, mint, and feta cheese, and you have a healthy side to a lamb burger or baked fish.
This mashed potato recipe is perfect to serve along side steaks, roast beef, and braised short ribs. The horseradish gives this mashed potato recipe a wonderfully spicy kick. Makes 6-8 Portions of Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
Instead of regular granulated sugar, we useed an all-naturural granular sweetener in this reduced-sugar, reduced-fat homemade vanilla ice cream.
Tuna is a rich source of metabolism-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Add that to the MUFAs in the almonds and the Resistant Starch in the pita, and you've tripled the boost to your metabolism. Resistant Starch: 1g
Leftover light fruitcake, raisin bread, chalka, challah or houska are perfect candidates for Cream Cheese Bread Pudding. The bread pudding needs to be refrigerated overnight before baking. I used leftover King Cake and the cream cheese offset the sweetness of the dried fruits to a T. A dollop of vanilla ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or Easy Vanilla Custard Sauce is the perfect finish. This is also delicious for breakfast, brunch and potlucks. View this larger image of Cream Cheese Bread Pudding. Makes a 13"x9" pan of Cream Cheese Bread Pudding.
You can substitute 1 1/4 teaspoons ground fennel seeds if fennel pollen is unavailable.
Beverly Stichtenoth of Katy, Texas, was honored for this recipe, a favorite of her just-graduated son, Todd.
The earthy, lusty flavor of truffles is a welcome treat when cool weather approaches. For this recipe we’ve opted for fresh black winter truffles, which are both chopped and mixed into the Madeira butter as well as left in whole slices to dot the bird’s crisp skin. If you don’t want to splurge on fresh truffles, you can substitute frozen or jarred ones with good results, but if it’s available we urge you to seek out the good stuff. What to buy: Look for truffles in gourmet grocery stores or online at D’Artagnan. If you can’t locate black winter truffles, you may substitute black summer ones, which have a lighter-colored interior. Madeira is a slightly sweet, fortified wine from the Portuguese island of the same name. It complements truffles well, but tawny or reserve port is a suitable substitute. Special equipment: The pros use a small slicer to thinly shave fresh truffles. You may also use a mandoline or a sharp knife.
Prunes...excuse me, dried plums, are not the prettiest fruit in the world. They are wrinkled and black, wizened and dry like oversized raisins. They have a terrible reputation, too, as food for babies and the fiber-deprived. But it's a mistake to treat them as functional health food. Under proper treatment, prunes acquire a deep richness and silky soft texture, oozing sweet, dark plum juice. And when you combine that delicately tannic juice with red wine, well, they're downright indulgent.
A hot toddy is a cool-weather glass of cheer with limitless combinations of spirits. Few ask whence the “toddy” in hot toddy comes. This is good, because nobody knows. The closest connection seems to be the name for the sap of an Asian palm tree, but no mention of this ingredient appears in the recipe. Although popular at ski resorts and inns, the hot toddy is not common in most cocktail lounges. This homey drink is best prepared at home. Despite its name, the hot toddy should not be served too hot. Heat the mixture in a chafing dish or saucepan until just before boiling, and let it cool a few moments. For added flair, you may also use a hot poker.
This stuffed pork chops recipe is typical of the type of finely chopped vegetable stuffing Eastern Europeans love. Mushrooms, onions, celery, parsley and toasted bread crumbs are the only ingedients -- no broth, no eggs. The chops are browned on the stovetop, then baked in the oven. Here's a larger picture of stuffed pork chops. Makes 4 servings of Stuffed Pork Chops
This is a really simple and tasty way to make greens less boring. Also, having a mixture of greens makes things much more appealing. I've used three types of greens, including rocket, which is always thought of as a salad leaf. Chicory is a slightly bitter-tasting green leaf which is excellent for braising. If you can't get hold of it then try substituting with any other type of green, like spinach, cabbage, cavolo nero, Chinese leaf, beet leaves, sprouting broccoli ? whatever you fancy.
If you can't find fresh cranberries, use thawed frozen ones. A prepared pie shell yields a stellar dessert with little effort. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
For an out-of-the-ordinary first course, offer guests a wedge of this veggie-topped pizza with smoky flavor from the grill. Start with purchased fresh pizza dough; many supermarkets now offer fresh dough in their delis or bakeries.
A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and summer-ripe tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will quickly become a go-to mealtime solution.
This quick, easy bulgur side dish has yet to meet a main it didn’t like (pictured here with seared scallops). What to buy: Fine-grind bulgur can be found at your local health food store, gourmet grocery, or online. Game plan: The bulgur can be made through step 1 up to a day ahead. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use. This recipe was featured as part of our Whole Grain Recipes photo gallery.
Snap a little extra ginger on top of this classic recipe for a crispy, crunchy cookie that everyone loves.
This recipe for Polish egg brandy or likier jajeczny is ready to drink in four days and is best served ice cold. You can freeze the leftover egg whites and use them in leftover egg white recipes. Makes about 1 quart Polish Egg Brandy - Likier Jajeczny
Serve a classic family-favorite for an easy weeknight meal in minutes. Pair with an easy starch and a small green salad.
Berber women sell loaves of dense and crusty bread in market stalls throughout Morocco. In this recipe, thickly slicing the olives before placing them on the unbaked bread allows the briny oil from the cut sides to seep into the dough.
When I was little, my dad and I spent Sunday mornings on the Santa Monica beach. Before heading home we'd sometime hike up to the pier and buy a newspaper cone of freshly made potato chips from a little stand there and share them on the ride home. They were warm, and slightly soft in the middle, just out of the fryer.
Note: Kosher salt is available in most supermarkets. If you can't find it, substitute 3 1/2 tablespoons regular salt.
Hands-on Time: 5 min.; Total Time: 5 min.
This sweet vinaigrette contrasts perfectly with the bitter greens.
Store-bought clam juice adds great flavor to a quick pasta dish. Serve with crusty bread and a simple green salad to round out dinner.
Simmer herbed meatballs with escarole and kidney beans for a soothing soup.
"I love the flavors of Greek cooking," Berry says. Here, she uses lemon, fresh oregano, and feta to brighten up russet potatoes. Serve alongside grilled fish or steak. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes.
A heady punch of woodsy rosemary creates an herbaceous riff on the classic Bellini.
It's not Passover yet. It won't be Passover for over a week. And this isn't even really our recipe. But this stuff is so awesome, we just had to post the recipe now. Crispy, flaky matzo covered with brown sugar caramel and bittersweet chocolate is so addictive there's even a special nickname for it:
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