Samantha Sustaita

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Brown Butter Carrot Cake From "BraveTart" Recipe

To highlight the earthy sweetness of carrots and pecans, my carrot cake starts with brown butter. Its toasty flavor compliments the grahamy flavor of whole wheat flour, which absorbs water from the carrots to keep this cake fluffy and light. It's a perennial birthday request in my family, so I …

Pasta con Asparagi + Old Fashioned

<i>We're celebrating Meatless Mondays with balanced, delicious meal plans. We hope you'll join us -- whether you're vegetarian all the time or just here and there.</i><p><i>Today: While you whip up a 15-minute pasta masterpiece, placate</i> <i>your guests</i> <i>with a classic cockail.</i><p>Do you groan every time you see a recipe …

One-Skillet Orecchiette With Shrimp, Spinach, and Mushrooms Recipe

Earthy, meaty mushrooms, tender shrimp, and silky strands of spinach are the stars of this easy, one-pot pasta dish. A perfect choice for a weeknight dinner, this recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes and makes minimal mess as the action occurs in a single pan.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>Cooking …

Pollo en Bistec From 'Yucatán'

<i>Pollo en bistec</i> is a homey variation on the Cuban beef dish called <i>Bistec a la cazuela</i>. In it, cubes of meat (in this case, pieces of chicken) are marinated in a heady blend of garlic and oregano before they're braised under layers of tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and chilies. This chicken version is …

Wonton Noodle Soup With Chicken and Shiitakes Recipe

This simple soup combines dried shiitake mushrooms with thin wonton noodles, chicken, and scallions in a light chicken and mushroom broth. It's an easy but filling meal with delicate flavors and a soul-satisfying warmth. The secret is all in the mushrooms.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>We make a quick but …

Spicy Cocoa Almonds

We all know it's good to have a handful of almonds each day; before you get that virtuous, try them this way for a little devilishness that'll …