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Try a mix of roasted red, yellow, and orange bell peppers to bring color to this stew.
This dutch-oven dessert cooks more evenly if you use charcoal rather than wood for fuel.
Have fun with all the family with this scrumptious lamb and sweet potato pizza topped with fresh herbs and feta cheese. This basic pizza dough, which is ready in under an hour, makes for a crispy, thin base.
Add a bit of tang to your next salad with this full-flavored dressing.
Tres leches cake is usually served in a sheet cake pan, because it's sponge cake that has been drenched with a mixture of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and cream. The pan allows the extra liquid to pool at the bottom and eventually soak up into the cake. But if you make the cake a day ahead of time, and the milk mixture is allowed to soak into the cake overnight, you can serve it as a beautiful layer cake with fluffy meringue icing. This delicious coconut version has coconut milk in both the cake itself, and in the "three milk" mixture that moistens the cake.
When we stumbled across a cocktail in the Savoy Cocktail Book with the claim that "it will either cure a rattlesnake bite, or kill rattlesnakes, or make you see them," we knew we had to try it. Dating back to the original 1930 publication of the bartending manual from London's Savoy Hotel, this tangy whiskey drink is just the right amount of sweet, sour, and straight-up booze. It's a spiteful but lovely little drink, with a smooth and frothy airiness provided by an egg white.
Lisa Keys won second prize in the amateur division with this recipe. She works as a physician's assistant in a private pediatric practice and lives in Middlebury, Connecticut.
Asian sesame paste can be found in Asian specialty stores and in the international section of some supermarkets. These noodles can be served warm or at room temperature, and the recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd.
Look for shrimp labeled "flash-frozen" (frozen at sea), which can be purchased in advance and thawed when needed. If you choose to use fresh shrimp from a fishmonger, buy it on the day you plan to use it.
Put the fancy on this pound cake recipe by serving slices toasted and topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate fudge sauce, and sliced fresh strawberries.
To achieve the most volume, whisk egg whites in a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water until just warm to the touch.
Notes: Up to a day ahead, toast nuts and make dressing; cover and let stand. Chill greens. Peel and segment mandarins up to 6 hours ahead; cover and chill. Or, instead of fresh fruit, use 1 or 2 cans (11 oz. each) mandarin sections, drained.
Lacy, green-flecked zucchini-potato pancakes are a pefect complement to any meat dish; they're also delicious served with a dollop of sour cream.
Mrs. Riley says that this recipe may be halved and baked in a 13" x 9" baking dish at 350° for 40 minutes or until bubbly. She also recommends fresh herbs (when in season) instead of dried. To avoid extra chopping, she sometimes steeps sprigs of fresh herbs in the milk as it comes to a boil (this takes about 10 minutes). She then removes the herbs from the hot milk, adds the grits, butter, and salt, and cooks the grits as directed before assembling the casserole.
With chicken, cheddar cheese, and black beans, this Southwestern-influenced salad needs nothing on the side except some iced tea. Fresh lime gives it a citrusy counterpunch.
Spring lamb is a delight of the season. Ask your butcher for a nine-rib rack, if possible, and have it "French cut" (meat between the rib bones removed) and fully trimmed.
What kid (or grown-up, for that matter) wouldn't love this ooey-gooey sandwich? Serve the souped-up PB&Js with fresh fruit.
The traditionally creamy filling of these deviled eggs get a crispy bite from perfectly cooked bacon. Use a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off to make piping the filling easier.
This cool, sweet-tangy riff on the Spanish staple was inspired by an abundance of watermelons from a farm on the island.
Green beans and fresh mint and are a great flavor combination, and have been served together in California for over a hundred years. The early Spanish settlers originally called San Francisco "Yerba Buena," which was a local species of wild mint that they found growing in abundance in the area. It translates to "good herb" and mint sure is a "yerba buena" in this delicious green bean salad. Serves 4 to 6
Category Winner: Sides and Salads. "I simply love the taste of this unique little vegetable. The recipe has a bit of lemony tang, and I opt for a Vidalia onion to complement that flavor. The easy preparation ensures that the dish comes out the same every time you make it. " —Nikki LoRé, Rochester, NY
This recipe was also featured on "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn."
Jerk seasoning is characteristically sweet and spicy. Habanero peppers crank up the heat; if you prefer, use a milder pepper, such as jalapeño. The sweet-tartness of the relish complements the spicy flavors.
We garnished these sophisticated desserts, which are very easy to prepare, with chocolate shavings. To make your own garnish, use a knife or vegetable peeler to scrape a 4-ounce bar of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate into thin strips.
Marc Murphy grew up eating this intensely cheesy baked spaghetti. "When I was young, we lived in Genoa, where spaghetti is the pasta of choice. This is my mother's version of macaroni and cheese," he says.
Send your valentine off with a sweet start to the day with these cranberry-orange muffins.
A medium-tall drink, the Daisy is a fruit juice-based cocktail that is sweetened with grenadine or a red liqueur. Yet another “old-timer” that has more than a century under its belt, Daisies are a sumptuous relative of Cobblers and Fixes. A Daisy always has a red tinge to it and is occasionally finished by a compatible liqueur floated on top at the last second. The name Daisy seemingly derives not from the flower but from slang for something extraordinary—from which the word doozy is also derived. To separate them from other drinks, Daisies were often served in elaborate, heavy glassware or silver mugs. The latter also keeps the drink cool.
Serve this creamy dish with a tossed green salad or a fruit salad.
Marcus Samuelsson's curry-laced chutney reflects India's influence on East African cooking. Honey makes the chutney slightly sweet, and sesame seeds, sprinkled over the top just before serving, add crunch.
Try this simple champagne cocktail for a delicious drink perfect for special occasions. Also try: Cranberry Sparkler
Georgia's Vidalia and Texas's 1015 sweet onions are available in spring and summer, but sweet onions are now available just about all year long. In fall and winter months, look for the South American OSO sweet onion. This recipe goes with Sweet Onion 'n' Fruit Salad
On chilly autumn afternoons, nothing warms more than a good bowl of creamy tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Puréed alphabet pasta, instead of cream, thickens the soup in this version.
Shell the shrimp right at the table and then dunk each one into our positively addictive cayenne-spiced sauce. For tamer tastes, serve the shrimp with lemon wedges instead.
Because it is so often used in pies, rhubarb is sometimes called "pie plant." For best results, make this pie the day before you plan to serve it.
Black Forest cake is a crowd-pleaser, with its combination of chocolate and cherries and alcohol. The problem is that it’s hard to get all those elements in each forkful. Our solution: deconstruct it (swapping lambic for Kirsch and adding in chocolate crème anglaise for good measure) and layer it in “strata” so each bite is filled with everything this dessert has to offer. What to buy: Belgian lambics are becoming more popular and therefore more commonplace. Lindemans Kriek Lambic is the most widely available kriek lambic, and it can be found at most gourmet grocery stores and liquor stores. Game plan: Everything can be prepared up to 1 day ahead, and the dessert can be assembled up to 8 hours ahead. This recipe was featured in our 2006 Moktoberfest! menu.
This New York cheesecake recipe is surprisingly simple to make, and the results are always creamy and delicious. New York-style cheesecake is America's most popular version, with very good reason. If you've always wanted to taste an authentic New York cheesecake give this simple recipe a try. Makes One 9-inch New York Cheesecake
When we say easy lasagna, we mean easy lasagna. You don't even have to cook the noodles for this speedy yet impressive pasta dinner.
This recipe is used to create our Peppermint House.
Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables, the most common of which are napa cabbage and daikon radish. In addition to being served as banchan, Korean side dishes presented as part of a meal, it can also be used in a variety of cooked dishes. Try it as a sauce for Brussels sprouts or braised with short ribs. The versatility of kimchi makes it great to use in everyday cooking. Game plan: Kimchi needs time to ferment, so we recommend starting a batch about a week before you plan to use it. What to buy: Korean crushed red pepper or kochukaru is what gives kimchi its spiciness and distinctive flavor. It can be found in Korean markets in large resealable plastic bags, in different grades of coarseness and spiciness. Choose a grade based on your personal preference. Also known as saeujeot, Korean salted shrimp are very small, naturally fermented shrimp that impart authentic flavor to kimchi. They are sold in jars and can be found in the refrigerator case of Korea