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Reminiscent of a childhood favorite, these ice cream sandwiches take on an adult air when made with chewy ginger cookies and butter-pecan ice cream. But beware, they still melt as quickly as ever.
Tossing the shredded Cheddar with a tablespoon of flour helps the cheese melt smoothly. The result is a creamy base for this chunky chowder.
The blood-orange juice turns what would ordinarily be a mimosa into a lovely ruby-tinted cocktail.
This recipe for flaky pie dough is courtesy of chef Paul Bergeron.
"I felt compelled to make a chocolate dessert option, too. It's a twist on a family favorite, like having German chocolate cake, but in a more decadent, satisfying, and rich form. Reserve some whole pecan halves for a pretty garnish." -SaBrina Bone, Test Kitchen Professional
Our version of the classic, convenience dinner is sure to please the whole family, even with the added fresh vegetables. Make It a Meal: Serve with roasted potato wedges and steamed beans.
It's important to weigh the nuts for accurate amounts, as volume can differ enormously. Extra cookies keep well, covered in plastic wrap and frozen.
The ultimate grilled cheese sandwich, according to author Francine Prose, includes Aleppo pepper, which adds a dimension of spiciness to balance the tangy sourdough bread and the creamy mozzarella. This recipe first appeared in our April 2011 special Sandwich Issue with the article Dreamy Good.
While tofu is often paired with assertive Asian seasonings, it also benefits from intense Mediterranean flavors. In this recipe, an easy olive-spiked tomato sauce enlivens pan-grilled tofu. Round out the meal with steamed broccoli and orzo. Each serving contains about 8 grams of soy protein.
The artichoke’s lesser-known cousin, the cardoon was considered a delicacy by the ancient Greeks. Its large stalks require extra effort but impart a bitter, earthy, distinctly vegetal flavor that’s sure to win over artichoke-lovers. What to buy: Cardoons are most commonly found at farmers’ markets. Look for stalks that are free from blemishes and don’t show signs of wilting. Panko is coarse Japanese-style breadcrumbs. It’s available in the international section of most supermarkets. This recipe was featured as part of our Fall Ingredients photo gallery.
. We were cooking for a crowd, but we only used three little sausages.
Nothing says summer like fresh watermelon and tequila, precisely the idea behind this cocktail from Tres Agaves. What to buy: Agave nectar, also known as agave syrup, is available at health food stores and online at Wild Organics. If you can’t find it, just substitute Rich Simple Syrup.
Lime juice adds zing to a regular rum-and-cola cocktail.
Upgrade: Add some extra veggies, subtract the extra fat, and scoop up this guilt-free indulgence.
Prep: 10 min., Cook: 25 min. This recipe goes with Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
In Thailand, pumpkin and coconut milk are commonly paired up to make a variety of both savory and sweet entrees. In this recipe, the two come together beautifully in a lightly-curried soup that tastes as delicious as those you may have tried at your favorite Thai restaurant. A variety of protein sources can be used with this soup, including tofu, deep-fried tofu, shrimp, or chickpeas (for a purely vegetarian/vegan recipe, see link below). It makes a perfect meal on a chilly night, but is also wonderful to serve as an appetizer for a dinner party. Enjoy!
Leeks can be extremely dirty and are best cleaned after they've been trimmed and cut. Soak cut leeks in a bowl of cool water; lift them out, replace water, and repeat until no grit remains at the bottom of bowl.
The subtle perfume of vanilla is so often paired with other flavors and so rarely given the spotlight. In this tender pound cake, vanilla bean seeds fleck the cake for a simple dessert that’s good any time of day. Toast it up and serve it with coffee sauce for a more elaborate dessert. This recipe was featured as part of both our Valentine’s Day menu and our Easter Desserts photo gallery.
Prep: 10 min., Chill: 3 hr., Grill: 20 min., Stand: 10 min.
The universal Czechoslovakian cake, called Bublanina, varies with the season and the fruit that is available. It's a bit like a coffeecake in texture and is probably why it is sometimes served as a breakfast pastry. Commonly used fruits are sweet cherries, tart cherries, plums, nectarines, apricots, strawberries and blueberries, which I used in this version. The name "Bublanina" comes from the Czech word for bubble and might refer to the fact that the cake batter bubbles up around the fruit, almost enveloping it. View this larger image. Makes 6 servings of Czechoslovakian Bublanina
This recipe is handy for entertaining because the initial cooking can be done up to a day ahead. The ribs then can be quickly finished on the grill or in the oven, just before serving. Prep: 10 minutes; Bake: 3 hours; Rest: 20 minutes; Grill: 10 minutes.
It doesn’t have the romance of gelato or the homey familiarity of old-fashioned ice cream, and quite often when you order it the server misunderstands and brings coffee. Yet kulfi, or Indian ice cream, has its own charms, including a slightly chewy texture and a sweet, creamy taste. We found an Indian-style recipe that can be assembled in less than five minutes. For a more traditional style, substitute ground toasted saffron threads and rose water for pistachios. You can add mango or passion-fruit pulp. -Ya-Roo Yang
Best Quick Bread. This recipe originally appeared on the cover of our September 2003 issue and remains one of our best banana breads. --Recipe by Jean Patterson (September 2003)
Candy making has never been so easy! The slow cooker is the perfect tool to keep this candy mixture warm while you're spooning it out. Prep: 13 min.; Cook: 2 hrs.; Other: 2 hrs. Editor's favorite; Gift idea
It's everything we love about dessert, only more portable and fun to hold in your hands. Recipe editor Amy Machnak, a former mixologist for Kuleto's in San Francisco, whipped up this decadent hot white chocolate to serve on a chilly evening.
When Nancy Sephton lived in South Africa in the '50s, lamb curry was as ubiquitous there as hamburgers and hot dogs are in the United States. On a return visit a number of years later, she came across the curry made with beef, which has become a favorite with her family.
When Ryan Poli and his kitchen staff tried finishing orzo risotto-style (stirring the cooked orzo with stock until creamy) they got fantastic results with impressive speed.
Israelis enjoy jelly-filled donuts, called soufganiyot (soof-GHAHN-ee-yote), during Hanukkah. The donuts traditionally are fried, but we bake them to trim calories. We found using a plastic condiment bottle (available at supermarkets and kitchen supply stores) is the easiest way to fill the donuts with jelly. Serve this as a snack during Hanukkah. It's not part of our menu because it contains milk; kosher law prohibits serving milk and meat at the same meal. Store at room temperature up to two days.
Spice up a summer meal with a grilled dish that tastes of the Caribbean islands.
"This recipe was invented using trial and error. The name is actually a joke. My dad couldn't think of 'jambalaya,' so he said, 'Pass the Louisiana goulash.' This made us laugh, and it's in honor of him." -CL Reader
Heady with ginger, clove, and nutmeg, these gingerbread caramels make sweet stocking stuffers and party favors. See Caramel-Filled Cones for the how-to. Caramels should be individually wrapped in cellophane or waxed paper to prevent them from sticking to one another.
Even if you're not feeling nostalgic, you'll find this slightly updated version of an old favorite irresistible. And it's incredibly fast and easy because you don't have to make a sauce or even bake the macaroni.
This classic soup hails from the Castilian region of Spain and features serrano ham, smoked paprika, and lots of garlic. For more flavor and protein, break an egg into each bowl, top with the garlic-and-ham broth, and bake in the oven until the eggs are set. Top Sopa de Ajo Castellana with homemade paprika croutons.
Haricots verts are delicate green beans, sometimes called French green beans.
This not-too-sweet cherry pie is delicious on its own, and even better served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Complete the meal with steamed broccoli or carrot sticks with light ranch dressing.
Maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness to this spicy chili sauce. Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 4 hours, 8 minutes; Other: 8 hours Slow-Cooker Size: 3-quart
Serve a fun fall side dish packed with the earthy flavors of fresh pumpkin, ground nutmeg, and spinach. Shredded Swiss cheese adds creamy texture to the savory casserole.
Savory biscotti are great for dipping into chili. Make these a couple days ahead, and store in an airtight container.
The combination of vanilla, nutmeg, and pecans gives these popcorn balls all the flavor of eggnog without the booze. Special equipment: You’ll need a reliable candy/fat thermometer for this recipe. We like this one by CDN
If you run into baby artichokes in your market, be sure to grab them. Although a little labor-intensive to prepare, they are delicious in this vegetarian bean salad. If you don't have baby artichokes, you can use fresh artichoke bottoms or, in a real pinch, canned hearts.
Divide this hip food gift evenly among small airtight storage jars available from import or home stores. Prep: 9 min. Cook: 9 min.
Prep: 10 min.; Cook: 2 hr., 10 min.
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.
Pair this pleasantly tart side-dish risotto with roasted salmon or halibut. Garnish with long strips of lemon rind and fresh tarragon sprigs, if desired.
Layers of thyme-flecked potato and tomato slices are baked to crisp perfection. If you have a mandoline, use it to make the thinnest, most even potato slices.