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Mango adds a sweet flavor to these easy to make muffins. As with all muffin recipes, the trick is to not to overmix the batter (it should be lumpy like pancake batter), and to bake the mango muffins immediately after mixing.
Black beans add extra protein and fiber to this meal. We think it is a fun, creative way to dress up potatoes. If the kids wonder about the black spots (the beans), call 'em polka-dot potatoes. This recipe goes with Cuban-Style Shredded Pork
Coffee breath can be a deal-breaker, but if you’re single or have someone who loves you blindly then you can indulge in this dessert, which combines toasty, buttery bites of Vanilla Bean Pound Cake with a sweet Coffee Sauce. It’s so good you’ll be willing to risk coffee-breath exile. Game plan: For a slacker solution, substitute high-quality store-bought pound cake and caramel sauce, and whisk some coffee-flavored liqueur or strong espresso into the latter. This recipe was featured as part of our Valentine’s Day Menu.
After talking with us, Bubbe, a.k.a. Bayla Scher, gave us a recipe for her low-fat take on the traditional Jewish noodle kugel. Game plan: This version is rated milchig and can be eaten with dairy meals only; it can be served warm, room temperature, or cold.
Grilled tuna steaks are one of life's simple pleasures, satisfying even when unadorned. Here they're made better yet with a quick lemon-and-caper sauce, whose pleasant tartness balances the richness of the fish.
The slow cooker makes easy work of this pulled pork recipe. Serve on hamburger buns, if desired, for a hearty and satisfying sandwich.
This side dish tastes just as good at room temperature as it does hot from the stove, so there's no need to worry if it's ready before the rest of the meal.
We keep fillers to a minimum with this fresh take on crab cakes. This lower-sodium, streamlined rémoulade (there are no gherkins, anchovies, or green olives) is best made one day ahead to allow flavors to marry.
, but in cookie form. Such a sweet treat! Brown Sugar Cookies with a Touch of Whole Wheat 2-3 dozen, depending on size of cookie and their thickness 1 cup butter, softened at room temperature for an hour 2 ounces cream cheese (1/4 of a standard cream cheese package) 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese with the sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extracts, and lemon zest, and beat until lightened and creamy. Add the flours, baking powder, and salt to the creamed butter mixture and beat just until well-combined. Prepare a large cookie sheet (or two) by lining with wax paper. Pat the dough out on the wax paper then cover with another sheet of wax paper and roll to an even thickness. (I've made these as thin as an eighth of an inch, and as thick as half an inch; it's up to you.) Put in the fridge for about an hour or until the dough is firm to the touch. Heat the oven to 350°F. Prepare another large cookie sheet (or two, or three) by lining with parchment paper. Take out the dough and peel off the top layer of wax paper. Cut out cookie shapes and lay on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes, depending on thickness. Thinner cookies will start to brown after about 8 minutes. I find that these are best when cut thick and then just slightly undercooked; they will hold their shape and not break, but they will still be soft and toothsome. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting and decorating.
Different fresh or dried herbs can be used to suit your taste or the time of year.
Make this soup up to two days ahead, cover, and chill until you're ready to serve. If you prepare it ahead, you may need to stir in a bit of water before serving, as it may thicken slightly as it sits. For more heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño, or remove them to tame the flames.
This recipe goes with Maple-Glazed Turkey
This technique of roasting lamb over a bed of rosemary sprigs lends this Greek classic a smoky, herbal flavor.
With okra and shrimp in the freezer, this satisfying meal is just moments away from the dinner table. Serve the shrimp masala with Coconut-Cilantro Chutney, rice, naan (Indian flatbread), jarred mango chutney, lime wedges, and sliced shallots and chiles.
Spicy fresh ginger complements the sweet roasted winter squash and shallots in this easy soup recipe. Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich for a simple supper.
Combining cooked and fresh berries (good sources of vitamin C and anthocyanins) with vitamin E-filled wheat germ and pecans maximizes this dish's antioxidant potential.
This is a lovely reinvention of the macaroni and cheese that my mom made when I was growing up. With leeks, too.
This recipe for Croatian potato moussaka or musaka od krumpira demonstrates the influence of Greek and Turkish cuisine on the Balkans. Instead of eggplant, this moussaka is made with potatoes. And instead of the béchamel or white sauce common in Greek versions, this Croatian moussaka sports an egg-custard topping. Some toppings call for sour cream, but I've used cheese here. The potatoes are typically deep-fried or pan-fried, but I've blanched them in water to lessen the carlorie load. Here's a larger photo of Croatian Potato Moussaka - Musaka od Krumpira.
Use this recipe to decorate our Sugar Cookies for the holidays.
This Southern-style entrée is a one-pan dish that's sure to impress guests. Serve with steamed asparagus to round out the meal.
Brimming with a combination of six types of fresh seafood, this simply seasoned salad could be the star of your dinner. Use any combination you like. Flavorings are minimal to allow the seafood to shine. To ensure the octopus becomes tender, it needs lengthy cooking in barely simmering water. Cook the seafood a day ahead, and then refrigerate; toss with remaining ingredients a couple of hours before serving.
A couple of days before Christmas, I'm in the kitchen just finishing-up a couple of Tropical Carrot Cakes when my niece comes in. She asked if I was planning to make a chocolate cake as that was her favorite. I hadn't planned on it. In fact, I was just about to make the Bacardi Rum Cake. Realizing that kids don't care that much for cakes made with alcohol or vegetables, I decided to make a chocolate cake. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough flour to make one from scratch and I didn't have a chocolate cake mix. I ended-up using a yellow cake mix with a few additions. This cake turned-out to be everyone's favorite.
These oatmeal cookies get their excellent nutritional value from quinoa, a high-protein grain from the Andes. Quinoa is often enjoyed as a hot cereal in South America, and if you can find quinoa flakes at health food stores (I get them at Whole Foods) or online, you can cook or bake with them in the same way as rolled oats. These low fat quinoa oatmeal cookies are soft and chewy thanks to some applesauce and mashed banana (great way to use up overripe bananas). Toasted walnuts, golden raisins, and dried pineapple add both nutrition and great taste.
This recipe is inspired by Diana Kennedy’s arroz verde from her book The Essential Cuisines of Mexico. It goes well with just about everything—especially grilled meats. This recipe was featured as part of our Build Your Own Burrito Bar menu.
Tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, and mint are tossed with torn and toasted pitas and topped with grilled butterflied leg of lamb for a delectable Middle Eastern salad. If you can't find a one-and-a-half-pound piece of leg of lamb, substitute lamb steaks and grill or broil them for about five minutes a side. Don't add the pitas until you're ready to serve the salad, or they will get soggy.
Make the rice a day ahead, or use leftovers; while cooking, constantly stir and toss the ingredients in the wok.
This is a marvelous turkey—simple, satisfying and completely delicious. Since Grace Parisi is a big fan of sweet Italian sausage (which was always in the rice-based stuffing she ate as a kid), she often adds it to the dressing; the fennel seed in the sausage truly elevates the dish.
Bubba Hiers, brother of TV cook Paula Deen, serves fantastic grilled Gulf Coast oysters smothered in butter and Parmesan cheese at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah. Bobby Flay modifies the recipe by topping his oysters with a blend of butter, tarragon and hot sauce, then returning them to the grill so the butter melts into little pools in the shells.
It makes sense to get your head around doing a mega mix of beautiful roast vegetables as well as potatoes because this recipe uses the same principles. It?s really a guide to get you thinking along the right lines and looking for the flavor combos that work for you. If you want to prepare the vegetables the day before and just keep the roasting tray in a cold place that will be fine because the acid and oil will keep them from discolouring. Trust me, doing these the day before will make Christmas Day that little bit easier.
Keeps you asking for more until closing time.
You'll love this twist on traditional macaroni and cheese, and so will your kids. Cheese adds fat-burning CLA. Resistant Starch: 2g
This hearty casserole features favorite Mexican flavors like chiles, cumin, coriander, and of course-lots of cheese! Serve with refried beans or Spanish rice for a complete meal.
This cinnamon-vanilla rice drink is a frothy Mexican classic. Rice flour offers a nice shortcut, eliminating the customary need to soak grains of rice overnight and grind them. Condensed milk gives the blend sweetness. For a spiked version, stir in a little rum.
This roast turkey recipe gets its flavor from a quick bath of spices and a flavorful Sausage-Pumpkin Corn-Bread Stuffing. To speed the cooking process, leave the turkey unstuffed; simply serve the stuffing on the side. See the "fake it" instructions, below.
Delica RF-1 buys organic green and white asparagus for this salad from Zuckerman's Farm, a regular vendor at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Zuckerman's is located in California's Delta, near the city of Stockton, an area famous for its fertile black peat soil. The sweet and tangy sesame dressing is also wonderful as a dip for crudités, as a spread for a rare roast beef sandwich or drizzled over grilled fish, chicken or shrimp.
Summer fruit gets saucy.
Make this casserole the night before, then refrigerate and pop it in the oven in the morning.
Use rotisserie chicken from the deli to cut preparation time on this chicken pasta salad recipe. Serve it for dinner tonight, and then pack the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.