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Zhug (Yemenite Hot Sauce With Cilantro and Parsley) Recipe

This Yemenite sauce is fresh and bright from herbs, while also having an intensely spicy kick to it. It's the ideal accompaniment for falafel or <i>sabich</i> sandwiches, but it also goes great with a variety of grilled vegetables, fish, meat, and eggs. And it should last a few weeks in the fridge (though …

Old-Fashioned, No-Knead English Muffins Recipe

Don't bother preheating your oven—my English muffins are griddled through and through. Not only does the searing heat promote "oven spring" to create those coveted nooks and crannies, it gives the muffins an amazingly crispy crust with a soft and chewy interior. A scoop of whole wheat flour makes …

Breakfast

Fresh Lemon Syrup Recipe

Whether you're juicing standard supermarket lemons or their seasonal Meyer cousins, save the rinds for this vibrant yellow syrup. It's pure sunshine in a bottle, made from nothing but sugar dissolved by the acidic pulp—no cooking required! Since there's no added juice, it tastes more sweet than …

Hot Spiced Portobello Grill with Fresh Arugula and Parmigiano Shavings

This is a lovely, light vegetarian supper. The preparation is simple because, quite frankly, the meatiness of the mushrooms against the cool, …

Cherry Bomb Chicken Recipe

"Thanks to the magic of brining, this really will almost guarantee a juicy, tasty piece of chicken."<p>Ingredients<p>1 quart cold water<p>1/3 cup kosher …

Roasted Potato and Shallot Salad With Marinated Mushrooms and Kale Recipe

This robust salad pulls together a handful of hearty, delicious ingredients: tender roasted potatoes, sweet caramelized shallots, tart marinated shiitake mushrooms, and hefty kale leaves.<p>Why It Works<p>Parboiling the potatoes before roasting leads to tenderer flesh.<br>• Roasting the onions at a low oven …

What to Do With Leftover Tomato Paste

For years, I resented any recipe that called for tomato paste. It wasn't the flavor of the paste itself, which I've always been fond of, or even my erroneous suspicion that its impact on finished dishes was overrated. Rather, it was the sight of yet another full can (less one or two tablespoons at …

Cooking

Roasted Vegetables, Moroccan Style

Apparently, I’m slowing down.<p>Well, at least when it comes to cooking.<p>These vegetables take 1 1/2 hours in a 400F (200C) oven – which is a long time …

Thai-Style Beef With Basil and Chilies (Phat Bai Horapha) Recipe

<i>Phat ka-phrao</i> is a ubiquitous street dish in Thailand, where cooks wielding woks will rapidly stir-fry sliced or minced meat flavored with garlic, shallots, fish sauce, and fiery Thai bird chilies, finish it off with a big handful of holy basil, and serve it with rice and perhaps a fried egg on …

Charred Salsa Verde Recipe

This is my favorite salsa, hands down, and that's coming from someone who <i>loves</i> salsa. Smoky, spicy, sweet, bright, and complex, this is the one salsa to rule them all. The fact that it only has four real ingredients, you can make it in 20 minutes, and it requires pretty much no knife work or clean …

24 Super Bowl Snacks to Kick Off Your Party

I'm a football fan, but I recognize that Super Bowl parties are less about the game and more about the food (and the beer and commercials, of course). We've got all kinds of game day recipes coming for you in the next couple weeks, but today is all about snacks, since finger-friendly appetizers are …

Forget Raw: Roast Your Radishes for Maximum Mileage

There was a time, many years ago, when I'd look at the heaps of radish bunches at the farmers market, admire their vivid red and pink colors, and then think, "What the heck does anyone do with <i>that</i> many radishes?"<p>Back then, a radish, to me, was a tasty root vegetable to be eaten raw, its crisp bite …

Wedding Chicken

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 15 min<p>Total Time: 12 min<p>“When I was getting married, I couldn’t think of a caterer I wanted to use,” says chef Naomi Pomeroy, Expatriate, Portland, OR, “and I didn’t want to ask my staff.” Her solution? Cook for her guests herself. She went with super-simple chicken, powered …

Soysauce

Eat This Gumbo While You Watch Football

Homemade stock made from a whole bird has two upsides: You get a rich, balanced liquid for the gumbo, and plenty of tender poached chicken meat.<p>Sunday night football is best observed while eating copious amounts of Southern food. But you don't have to go tailgating in order to get your hands on a …

Cooking

A Super Fast, Super Fresh Middle Eastern Hot Sauce

Like many chefs, Eli Sussman of New York City’s Mile End Deli enjoys making his own hot sauce. This jalapeño-cilantro version can run from mild to …

6 Steps to Great Stuffing

It’s the ingredients you choose (Chorizo? Sure! Rye bread? Why not?) that will make your stuffing stand out.<p>It’s the ingredients you choose (Chorizo? Sure! Rye bread? Why not?) that will make your stuffing stand out. We bake ours outside the bird to maximize crispy bits (and, of course, you can’t …

Cooking

For Thanksgiving Dessert, Make an Apple Galette

You don’t need a pumpkin pie on the table. What you do need is an apple galette<p>You don’t need a pumpkin pie on the table. What you do need is plenty of other (more decadent, more delicious) desserts. Like this galette, for instance. Here's how to make it:<p><b>Cut apples off the core</b> into three lobes. …

Baking

Marshmallow Creme-Hot Fudge Sundaes

Makes 2 cups<p>August 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped<p>1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder<p>1/2 teaspoon instant espresso or coffee<p>1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream<p>6 tablespoons marshmallow creme<p>Vanilla ice cream<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Combine chocolate, cocoa powder, and espresso …

Dessert

Croque-Monsieur

Makes 4 Servings<p>Grilled ham and cheese: nothing to scoff at. Baked ham and cheese with velvety béchamel oozing out all over the place: mind-altering.<p>May 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>béchamel<p>¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter<p>¼ cup all-purpose flour<p>1½ cups whole milk<p>2 tablespoons whole grain mustard<p>½ teaspoon …

Breakfast

Melted Cheese and Chorizo with Grilled Bread

4 Servings<p>March 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 1/2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, or other neutral oil, divided<p>2 cups chopped white onions<p>1 cup (packed) thinly sliced leeks (about 2 small; white and pale green parts only)<p>1/2 cup dry white wine<p>8 ounces smoked Spanish chorizo, cut into 1/16-inch-thick rounds<p>3 …

Bread

Frittata Sandwich with Olive Salad

4 Servings<p>Lettuce and tomatoes might be classic sandwich stuff, but this herby olive salad brings way more to the table—and it will never wilt.<p>June 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>3/4 cup chopped green olives and/or Kalamata olives<p>1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves<p>2 tablespoons capers<p>2 tablespoons finely …

Frittatas

Six More Sauces Everyone Should Learn How to Make

A good sauce can take a dish from bland to spectacular, and with just a few tweaks you can create an endless variety of dishes. Here are some more …

If You Like Chicory Iced Coffee, Try St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur

The first summer I was 21, I found myself working in a new city. Striding into bars was a new skill for most of our crew that summer, and traveling in packs to play pool or stuff a jukebox with songs no one else wanted to hear was our primary form of night-off entertainment. I'd been drinking cheap …

Parmesan Bacon Gougères From 'Down South'

Donald Link's gougères in his new cookbook, Down South, are a far cry from the delicate hors d'oeuvre seen on passed appetizer trays at fancy receptions. Studded with pieces of crumbled bacon and infused with their rendered fat, these bite-sized puffs make for a seriously porky statement. Link …

Stir-Fry of Hoisin Lamb with Cashews and Snow Peas

• 1 to 1-1/4 pounds tender lamb (organic if possible; lamb steaks are ideal), trimmed of fat and connective tissue, and cut into 1/2-inch by 1-inch …

'Spring Forward' With These 12 Quick Brunch Recipes

These 12 quick brunch recipes are perfect to make when you've lost an hour of sleep (thanks Daylight Savings!).<p>For those of us who like sleep (that is, everyone) it's the most dreaded morning of the year: The day we "spring forward" into Daylight Savings Time. The bad news: We've lost an hour. The …

Breakfast

13 Recipes Starring Your Cast Iron Skillet

In the pantheon of kitchen greats, brightly colored KitchenAid mixers and stately Le Creusets -- the kind of gifts you might receive for a wedding (or get married so that someone gives them to you) -- might first come to mind. Or your attention may dart to the gleaming knife that fits perfectly in …

Cast Iron Skillet

Pancake Mini-Muffins

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, which the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the day the Christian season of Lent begins, which is typically the time of …