Michael Ray

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Cemitas (Mexican Sesame Seed Sandwich Buns) Recipe

The cemita, a brioche-like bun from Puebla, may well be the ultimate sandwich of hamburger bun. It has a sweet and savory flavor with a dense-yet-light crumb that can stand up to stacks and stacks of toppings without disintegrating or losing its tenderness.<p>Why It Works<p>Using heavy cream in place of …

Baking

Easiest Summer Ever

Make These Easy Crispy Tofu Spring Rolls With Peanut-Tamarind Sauce

I don't know why I don't serve spring rolls more often at home. They're inexpensive, typically easy to prepare, and have that same DIY-at-the-table appeal that the taco nights of my youth did, but with flavors that are a little more sophisticated than premixed taco seasoning and jarred salsa.* The …

Curries

Make Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi in Less Time Than it Takes to Cook Dried Pasta

I love gnocchi. At least, I love the gnocchi in my mind. Light, pillowy, flavor-packed, they're the perfect vessel for turning a good red sauce into a full-fledged meal. In reality, more often than not they're leaden, dense, mushy, or dull. And it's all the fault of the potato.<p>For years I worked at …

24 Recipes for a Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner at Home

As we've noted before, Valentine's Day is arguably one of the worst times to go out to dinner, precisely because it's a night when everyone wants to (or is persuaded to) go out to dinner. You can't get a reservation at your local hot spot before 9 p.m. Once you get there, the place is packed and …

Dessert

Most members of Denmark’s parliament support seizing refugees’ valuables

The Danish government has secured a parliamentary majority for a law that would allow police officers to confiscate valuables and cash from refugees. Despite support among political leaders, the bill has provoked international outrage and drawn criticism at home.<p>The proposal is expected to be …

Human Rights

Judge: Lawsuit saying Central American migrants are held in filthy, inhumane conditions can go forward

Lawyers for undocumented Central American immigrants who have flocked to the United States since 2014 have won an early round in their legal battle to prove that the migrants were held in filthy, inhumane conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations.<p>A federal judge in Arizona this week allowed a …

Immigration

Vegan General Tso's Cauliflower: In No Way Authentic, In Every Way Tasty

This Christmas, sleigh bells will ring—and so will the phones of Chinese restaurants.<p>Because while some of you are preparing crown roasts, others of you will be fiddling with chopsticks. Many orders of General Tso's chicken—battered, deep-fried chicken pieces coated with a sweet-and-sour chili …

Tips for a Whiskey Pairing Dinner Party

The obsession with whiskey has inspired some restaurants to offer carnivores a new pairing experience. Chef Christina Lecki of the Breslin in NYC …

Food

Bourbon-Ginger Pecan Pie

I wasn’t planning on beginning this post for a pie recipe with anything other than a story about how much I liked it, encouraging you to make it. …

Bibimbap (Korean Mixed Rice, 비빔밥)

Smash Your Cucumbers for a Smashingly Simple Chinese Side Dish

Sichuan food gets a reputation for its fiery, mouth-numbing dishes, and quite fairly. They are certainly the dishes that make the biggest impression on you when you hit up a Sichuan restaurant or roam the streets of Chengdu. But as Joe DiStefano pointed out in his wonderful article on the flavors …

Food & Dining

The Best Frozen Yogurt Is the One You Make Yourself

I have to hand it to the frozen yogurt people—they have a hell of a racket.<p>Few chains do as good a job of making us feel like we're in control as frozen yogurt stores. Think about every one of those serve-yourself, pay-by-the-ounce fro-yo places, and how much autonomy you have in every transaction. …

9 Healthy Desserts for Brown Bag Lunches

Brown bag lunches don’t have to be boring. (Just check out @desklunches on Instagram for inspiration!) And they should always end on a sweet note. …

Dessert

How to Make the Best Deep-Fried Jalapeño Poppers

The first time I ate jalapeño poppers, things went very wrong. It was many years ago and I had just gotten my tongue pierced on a whim. When I left the piercing shop, they sent me off with an instructional aftercare sheet on how to treat the fresh piercing. One of the tips was to avoid spicy foods …

North Jersey Special: The Tale of Belmont Tavern's Chicken Savoy

Nearly every luminary with a photo on the Belmont Tavern's walls—"98 percent," resident raconteur Jimmy Cuomo will tell you—has actually eaten at the Belmont Tavern.<p>Step in off Belleville, New Jersey's busy Bloomfield Avenue, do a spin, and you'll meet them all, loosely grouped on the wood-paneled …

New Jersey

10 Rising Star Mixologists

In a preview of the 2015 edition of F&W cocktails, here’s a look at the women who are bartending’s big new talents.<p><i>In a preview of the 2015 edition</i> …

Cocktails

Argentina's First Female Winemaker Traversed Mountain Roads and Dealt with "Garbage Books" to Find Success

Learn more about Susana Balbo, Queen of Torrontes.<p><i>F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas</i> …

Roads

How to Make Sweet Potato, Sage, and Fried Egg Tacos

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>Sometimes I start with an end goal in mind when I'm cooking. I'll scour the city, make orders online, send email requests to far off family members for overnight deliveries of exotic ingredients, or smuggle illicit spices …

Cooking

In Music, Uniformity Sells

More evidence that, historically, albums featuring less complex instrumentation have enjoyed greater popularity<p>Even unapologetic Top 40 hit-lovers would have a hard time denying the claim that popular music, on the whole, tends to sound pretty repetitive. This assertion feels so intuitive, that …

Vexed

How to Make Queso Fresco, the World's Easiest Cheese

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Let's face it, there are some skills that are just cool to have. Being able to weld things, very cool. Ability to moonwalk? Always cool. And being able to turn everyday milk into wicked good cheese definitely belongs …

The Secret to Crisp Arancini (Rice Balls) With Molten Centers: Sushi Rice

Food writers spend a lot of time waxing poetic about magical childhood food memories, and attempts at recreating—but never quite capturing—that original ideal experience. But sometimes the opposite happens. Sometimes we eat bad versions of dishes in our childhood and we somehow end up accepting it, …

Fruit Sorbet, Bibimbap Tacos, Lyonnaise Salad, No-Bake Berry Cheesecakes, & Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips

What are your cooking plans this weekend? Let's talk experimenting with new flavor combinations. Try our bibimbap tacos, BBQ chicken macaroni salad, …

Tacos

Memphis-Style Barbecue Nachos, and Some Thoughts on Sauce

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: Rethink your nachos with a tangy-sweet barbecue sauce straight out of Memphis.</i><p>Great barbecue is about the cut of meat, the …

Crispy Apple-Oat Fritters

8 Servings<p>If the batter thickens as it sits, thin with more club soda.<p>January 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided<p>1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided<p>Vegetable oil (for frying; about 4 cups)<p>1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats<p>½ cup rice flour<p>2 tablespoons cornstarch<p>1 teaspoon …

Breakfast

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Memphis-Style Ribs

<i>Editor's note: The recipe and introductory text below are from</i> The Barbecue! Bible 10th Anniversary Edition<i>, by Steven Raichlen. To read more about</i> …

5 Flavored Ices for the Greatest Summer Cocktails Ever

Here, Justin Siemer of Portland, Oregon’s Ración, shares tips on five easy-to-make flavored ices.<p>We are in a golden age of ice. Bartenders are …

The Most Important Plate of Food on Earth

Starting with the salad here, chef and sustainability advocate Dan Barber wants to change the way we eat.<p><i>Starting with the salad here, chef and</i> …