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Sometimes chantilly cream just doesn’t have enough pizazz to top off an understated dessert. With the added flavor and richness of mascarpone cheese and an orange-vanilla kick from Tuaca, this cream takes a simple dessert like Pandoro to the next level. What to buy: Tuaca is a vanilla-flavored brandy made in Italy. It can be found at most high-end liquor stores. Game plan: Feel free to adjust the Tuaca, sugar, and almond extract to suit your tastes. The Tuaca can be left out completely (or another liqueur added), and the almond extract replaced with 1 teaspoon vanilla, if desired.
Unlike most pasta dishes, which are best served immediately, this baked rigatoni is perfect for preparing ahead and heating just before serving. To make this recipe for 12, double it and bake it in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes.
Munching raw or blanched snap peas may be the purest way to enjoy their natural sweetness, but sautéing the pods and adding a sprinkle of fried shallots and a squirt of lemon juice ups the flavor factor while still keeping things simple. This recipe was featured as part of our Halloween Horror Movie Quiz.
"I cribbed this salad from my grandmother Nonna," Maria Helm Sinskey says. "She'd toss leftover beans with greens and lemon juice." This version has toasted croutons; the lemon juice is mixed into a refreshing dressing.
Like the original, our julep features bourbon infused with mint. But this drink's signature sweetness is tempered by the tartness of blackberries, which also tint it a gorgeous shade of purple. Another twist: Our cocktail is blended with -- rather than served over -- ice, creating a slushy texture.
This delicious recipe for guava margaritas comes courtesy of chef Sue Torres.
Simply seasoned with olive oil and rosemary, these rustic grilled flatbreads received our Test Kitchens' highest rating. Place leftover grilled flatbreads in an airtight container and freeze up to 1 month
Make this salad with any whole grain, including wheat berries or barley. Vary the chopped vegetables too, if you like. But don't change one iota of the simply luscious vinaigrette made with orange juice and champagne vinegar; it makes this salad burst with flavor. Substitute raisins if you don't have currants.
The parfait can also be assembled in one large glass bowl.
Opening a bottle of wine for a small amount may seem wasteful unless you plan to serve the rest with dinner. Opt to buy the small bottles, usually sold in four-packs in the wine section of the supermarket. Use a Chianti or Merlot for red wine and Pinot Grigio for white in the White Wine-Tomato-and-Clam Pasta variation.
Chorizo is a highly flavored sausage made with lots of paprika and spicy seasonings. Cured varieties are firm, and are sliced or chopped. Fresh chorizo is soft, and crumbles when cooked. Use either variety in this recipe.
These delicious sandwiches make a great weeknight meal and take just minutes to prepare.
Brush lamb chops with honey so the spice mixture stays on while they cook. Then serve them on top of a colorful bed of orange-scented couscous.
The recipe for this campfire dessert from from Sarah Huck and Jaimee Young's book Campfire Cookery: Adventuresome Recipes and Other Curiosities for the Great Outdoors (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011) uses wild blueberries in peak season from July to October.
We call these "power" muffins because they're loaded with B vitamins from whole wheat flour, calcium from milk and yogurt, antioxidants from blueberries, and heart-friendly monounsaturated fat from almonds and canola oil. You can freeze the muffins for up to a month, then thaw them at room temperature, or microwave each muffin at HIGH 15 to 20 seconds.
Romanian Easter Bread with Cheese or pasca appears on the table with cozonac. Pasca is similar to Polish kolacz. The term "pasca" means Easter and can be confusing because it can refer to many different Eastern European breads and cheese desserts served at Easter time. The fun is in trying them all! Easter Bread Recipes Around the World Freeze leftover egg whites and save for leftover egg white recipes.
Serve this classic side with our Southern Grilled Chicken.
" A caballo " means "on horseback" in Spanish, and when this expression is used to describe food, it means you'll find something good (most often a fried egg) served on top of something else, like fried egg on top of steak ( bistec a caballo ). Pizza a caballo is a slice of regular pizza (usually plain mozzarella pizza) topped with a thin slice of fainá, a garbanzo flatbread popular in Uruguay and Argentina. It sounds unusual but is actually quite delicious, kind of like a pizza sandwich.
Serve these simple pressed sandwiches with a pickle and some vegetable chips.
This recipe for chilled eggplant soup combines all the ingredients Balkans love -- eggplants, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, buttermilk and a hint of spicy red pepper. Balkan cuisine has been influenced by its Mediterranean neighbors more so than other Eastern European countries. This vegetarian soup is a real refresher on a hot day. Here's a larger photo of chilled eggplant soup. Makes 4 to 6 servings of Balkan Chilled Eggplant Soup
Nothing conjures up a checkered tablecloth and an Italian American trattoria like spaghetti topped with meatballs. In the States, we tend to eat meatballs over pasta or in a sub, while Italians simply pair up a bowl of them with nothing more than a Basic Tomato Sauce, crusty bread, and some red wine. No matter how you eat these herby meatballs, they’ll fill you up. And if you have leftovers, don’t worry—these get better the longer they rest in the sauce. What to buy: Meatballs shouldn’t be where you hide second-rate ground meat, so look for quality meat from a good butcher. Our turkey-beef-pork combo tastes great, but any combination will work, even straight ground chuck or ground sirloin. If you can choose, go for the more full-flavored ground turkey thigh meat rather than breast.
This super-simple sauce was inspired by the tarragon tang and beautiful color of green goddess dressing. It's rich yet has a sharp bite and highlights the briny sweetness of crab. Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus 30 minutes resting time).
This makes a great dish for company, served with a green salad and garlic bread.
Chef Bryan Vietmeier makes these terrifically moist and carroty cupcakes for Seattle's Take 5 Urban Market. He suggests freezing the cupcakes before frosting to firm them up, preventing crumbs.
Iced drinks called "granizados" are very popular in Spain during the hot summers. This "granizado" is made with espresso coffee combined with cocoa powder and brown sugar. It is easy to prepare and very refreshing as a snack or dessert on hot summer days.
Pain Perdu--literally "lost bread"--was a simple breakfast of day-old French bread dredged in beaten eggs and pan-fried in butter.
It has been said the casing-less sausages known as cevapcici or cevaps found their way into Eastern Europe via the Ottoman Empire, which picked them up from Arabic cultures around Persia. Today, there are different versions of cevapcici throughout Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia. Some use pork and lamb, others use pork, lamb and beef, and yet others omit the pork entirely. Originally, they were skewered and grilled over an open fire. Nowadays, most cooks grill, broil or pan fry them. They make great appetizers and sandwiches on lepinje bread! Makes 6 servings of Cevapcici
At less than $1.50 per serving, this fast dessert tops homemade chocolate pudding with mini marshmallows and crumbled graham crackers. Use commercial chocolate pudding cups for an instant, no-cook treat.
A Thanksgiving-worthy soup blends tangy, sweet apples with mellow butternut squash; cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne add vibrant flavors.
These garlic mashed potatoes are full of flavor and a great side dish to any meal. Enjoy this creamy and filling dish at your next family meal.
The chicken stock and sour cream both serve a dual purpose here: They moisten the biscuits and enrich the thick, luscious sauce.
Fatty bluefish takes well to roasting and grilling.
Chef Harveen Khera, whose restaurant Tallula closes this month as she searches for new digs, serves a whole golden trout and stuffs it with sprouted beans. Our recipe substitutes trout fillets for a simpler, everyday approach. Prep and Cook Time: about 45 minutes. Notes: Trout may be sold whole; ask for boned, trimmed fillets.
This is a quick, simple salad that’s packed with flavor, texture, and color—all the things required of a good salad.
Need a new lunch idea for school days (or still at work days)? You know the usual brown bag suspects — tuna, egg, chicken salad, pb and js — well this tempeh deli salad might be just the dish to shake up your mid-day meal.
Mara des Bois are small, wildly aromatic strawberries. Pastry sous-chef Michael Brock of Los Angeles's Boule layers them in a stellar napoleon with crisp puff pastry and pillowy lemon verbena cream.
The mildly spiced rice goes with Beef Curry with Toasted Spices and Lamb Shanks with Lime and Cilantro. Store leftovers separately from the lamb or beef. To reheat the rice, add a teaspoon or 2 of water, and microwave partially covered. The water will rehydrate the grains and make them fluffy again.
These can be made a day in advance if the weather is not humid. Let cool completely, and store in an airtight container.
This burrito recipe is easy to make. Garnish with shredded lettuce, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, or your favorite garnish. Scroll down the page for more burrito recipes and related recipes.
This recipe yields a dense dough, so use a stand mixer for mixing. Make sure the oatmeal mixture is cool before combining with the yeast mixture. If you have oatmeal at breakfast and make a sandwich with this bread for lunch, you can meet the recommended 1 1/2 cups oatmeal per day. Irish Oatmeal Bread recipes are also a big hit on St. Patricks Day.
The classic hors d’oeuvres of smoked salmon topped with caviar and crème fraîche often travels via potato latke, galette, or sliced fingerling. So why not a potato skin? These briny bites are fancy enough for a dinner party yet humble enough for a casual get-together. For brunch, fill them with scrambled eggs first, then top with the goodies. What to buy: Look for potatoes in 5-pound bags, as they tend to be smaller in size than loose potatoes. Avoid green-spotted or sprouted potatoes—they contain the bitter toxin solanine. Game plan: Use the leftover scooped potatoes for mashed potato cakes, gnocchi, or potato soup. This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Loaded Potato Skins project.
This works best with rice that has completely chilled down or, better yet, has been made earlier and kept in the refrigerator. But if you can?t prepare rice for this dish in advance, you can still cook it and pop into the refrigerator while you?re cooking the rest.