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Try these corn cakes as a summertime vegetarian main course, served with a salad--or make them smaller, for an appetizer.
, and now this quick sauté with another summer staple: zucchini.
Polish blueberry cordial is so pretty in the glass but, beware, this benign-looking drink packs a wallop. This alcoholic beverage takes several months to steep, so make it well in advance of drinking. It makes a wonderful addition to an edible gifts basket. Makes about 1 quart
What does the new light mean for Cooking Light recipes? It means eliminating our old no-no ingredients list, for one thing. Used with balance and moderation, even half-and-half is fine for healthy eating. A little goes a long way in this rich-tasting soup that's a meal in itself.
This super moist and flavorful banana bread is inspired by the breads and cakes popular in the Caribbean and the South American countries Suriname and Guyana. A combination of sweet potato cake (think sweet potato pone ) and tropical-style banana bread, this batter can be baked in muffins tins, a bread pan, or cake pans. Candied pecans sprinkled on top add delicious crunch.
These mini sandwiches are a great beef tenderloin appetizer. Serving beef tenderloin as an appetizer is an elegant, yet budget-friendly way to enjoy a pricey cut of meat.
We adapted the original version of this squash casserole from the recipe book of Joyce Swisdak's mom, Elizabeth McCann, to bring down the fat and calories and update the flavor. We added rice, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese. Now you can count it as a starchy side and vegetable all in one.
Green peppers, garlic and potato are the primary ingredients of this easy side dish. Combine them with olive oil and eggplant for a wonderful saute and serve with any type of meat.
Barbara Lynch's advice for a perfect bird: "Buy a turkey from somebody you trust. And keep going back to the same source. Every year I get my turkey from Vermont Quality Meats in North Clarendon, Vermont, and every year it comes out juicy, tender and beautiful. I'm a true believer that you shouldn't mess around too much with the turkey. I don't brine it, I don't fry it. If you buy a good turkey, you don't need to add much to it."
For a variation on this crisp Italian cookie recipe, substitute orange for lemon and semisweet chocolate chips for chopped white chocolate. Take time to chop a white chocolate candy bar for this recipe; white chocolate morsels contain no cocoa butter.
Reducing the wine before placing it in the slow cooker gives the dish a more rounded flavor.
You can easily shave thin slices of cheese in a snap using an inexpensive kitchen tool: a vegetable peeler. This is a perfect technique for many hard cheeses like Gruyère.
The first nationally branded barbecue sauces were likely based on a Kansas City-style sauce like this one--thick, tomatoey,and sweet,with just a hint of hot.
You may need to make these in batches. If not serving immediately, poke a small hole in each to release steam. The popovers hold up surprisingly well; reheat just before serving.
Marinate lamb 1 day ahead, and cook a few hours before your guests arrive. Slice and top with Mint Gremolata for an easy make-ahead entrée. Boneless leg of lamb can be butterflied by your local butcher; call ahead so you won't have to wait. Watch for flare-ups when grilling over direct heat.
In addition to broad egg noodles, you can make this heavenly soup with angel-hair pasta broken into short lengths or other shapes, such as alphabet pasta or pastina, or add cooked grains like rice.
This is a good nondairy dessert with a nice creamy texture. The first time I made this at [the now-defunct San Francisco restaurant] Monsoon, I watched a hostess’s eyes light up as she tasted a spoonful and blurted out with abandon, “This is better than a Mounds bar!” I consider that a compliment.
Anyone who's outgrown the kiddie classic will love this version—gooey-sweet melted marshmallow tempered by bittersweet chocolate cookies and salty roasted peanuts. Prep Time: 5 minutes
This recipe for flaky pie dough is courtesy of chef Paul Bergeron.
This recipe combines antioxidant-packed summer berries with an easy-to-make, protein-rich meringue. A touch of cumin gives the meringues an exotic earthiness, but they're equally delicious without the spice.
The simple syrup needed for this beverage may be made up to 1 week ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
Notes: To pit olives, crush slightly with the flat side of a knife blade, then remove pit. Prep and Cook Time: about 45 minutes.
After you rinse and drain the chard, there should be just enough water clinging to the leaves for it to wilt.
Roasting grape tomatoes with olive oil and garlic produces a quick base for a pasta dish rounded out with Parmesan cheese and basil.
Meaty breakfast sausage, earthy eggplant, and zesty feta complement each other in this hearty pasta dish.
Though one generally thinks of pasta when one hears the word lasagna, they can be made with other ingredients as well. In this case, with testaroli, thin bread rounds that in some ways resemble crepes, and may be a precursor to modern pasta. They do well with rich thick sauces, for example wild boar sauce. If you do not have wild boar, this will also work well with other game, in particular venison or mountain goat. To serve 6:
If you like super-chocolatey, fudgy brownies, then these are for you. Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes.
In pandowdy, a spiced fruit filling is topped with mounds of biscuit dough and then baked, similar to cobblers. Traditionally made with apples, this version of the dessert features pears; dried cranberries add a tart note. The name is believed to refer to its rather old-fashioned appearance.
On the Ecuadoran coast, ceviche carts line the beaches selling ice-cold seafood cooked in lime juice and sprinkled with popcorn. In Quito, where fresh seafood is more rare, a lightly poached shrimp cocktail is the ceviche of choice. What to buy: We found deveined frozen shrimp at our local market, and they worked great in this recipe. If you use fresh shrimp, they will take slightly less time to cook, so start checking them after a few minutes. Look for avocados that are ripe but not mushy. If they are too soft, they will fall apart when you fold them into the shrimp mixture. Game plan: A great way to serve the shrimp cocktail is in small cups or bowls with a cocktail fork stuck in for easy eating. This dish can be prepared up to 1 day in advance (without the avocado), covered, and kept in the refrigerator. When your guests arrive, simply peel and dice the avocado, sprinkle it over top, and serve. This recipe was featured as part of our Spicy Holiday Cocktail Party menu.
If you want to make the soup ahead of time, prepare through step 3. Reheat and stir in the greens just before serving.
Coffee and coconut are both important ingredients in South American cuisine. They also happen to be my daughter's two favorite flavors, so she suggested that I combine them for her birthday cake this year. The result was quite successful. The yellow cake has a touch of coconut flavoring, and the filling is dulce de leche (the same one that goes into these chocolate dulce de leche whoopie pies ) with sweetened dried coconut. The frosting is rich coffee buttercream.
Kids will love this easy cheese pizza that uses bottled pizza sauce and two kinds of cheese. The homemade pizza crust makes it special.
For Thanksgiving, I wanted to bake a Blackberry Pie for a dear friend and neighbor. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry and was only able to find one 1/2 pint of blackberries. Since she loves all berries, I was able to improvise and came up with this multi-berry Fruits of the Forest Berry Pie.
La Rioja is a small region in the north of Spain, most famous for its high quality wines. The cuisine of La Rioja may not be as famous as its wines, but there are some fabulous-tasting classic dishes from the area. One of them is this potato recipe, "patatas riojanas." It is a relatively simple soup that has chunks of potatoes, fresh Spanish chorizo sausages, onion, garlic and Spanish paprika. This is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and warm you from the inside out.
Although the tomato mixture and tangy lemon marinade complement the full-flavored chicken thighs, you can use this same preparation with tuna steaks. Roast the tomatoes while the chicken marinates. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Mache, or lamb's lettuce, is a tender, nutty green. If it's unavailable, try watercress as a delicious substitute.
Whip up this 30-minute chicken curry recipe and enjoy Indian cuisine in the comfort of your own home.
This refreshing, simple dessert is a delicious twist on a summer standby, and it's great to have on hand for hot afternoons. For a frozen mint iced tea, add several fresh mint sprigs with the lemon juice and sugar mixture; discard mint before freezing.
Smoking ears of corn, in the husks, over wood chips for 30 minutes creates an amazingly rich, smoky flavor. After the corn is smoked, top it with thyme butter for a fresh herb note.