Make Your Own Dinner!


Why not?  All the ingredients are before you – the thin tender chicken slices, marinated in lime juice, cumin, chili powder and other Mexican-forward spices.  Then there’s the smoked poblano peppers, also sliced thinly, the rich crema (Mexico’s version of crème fraiche or sour cream) surrounding it taming the heat.  Also present are cooling sprigs… Continue reading Make Your Own Dinner!

aka Muffin, aka Doughnut…


The suspect is a master of disguise, mixing undetected among both muffins and doughnuts.  It bakes like a muffin, and even takes on its form, yet it’s robed in the cinnamon-sugar livery associated with doughnuts.  Opening one reveals the dense essence of a doughnut too, down to the traces of nutmeg. Cook’s Country dreamed up… Continue reading aka Muffin, aka Doughnut…

All Kinds of Fixins’


Right here we have a whole heap of buttermilk biscuits, fluffy, buttery and still steaming from the oven.  They’re savory just by themselves, but all sorts of toppings, fillings and other accompaniments wait  to take these to the next level, where they’ll satisfy not just the stomach, but also stir the soul, creating future nostalgia,… Continue reading All Kinds of Fixins’

They Gave You Some Sauce, Right?


An important point, because Jaew dipping sauce is vital to vaulting Thai Grilled Pork Skewers (Moo Ping) past excellent all the way to legendary.  Already, the thinly sliced meat ribboned onto skewers allows the flavorful marinade to permeate every square millimeter.  Then, dunking it in the jaew after grilling enacts some new kind of magic. … Continue reading They Gave You Some Sauce, Right?

Handmade, No Machine


Imagine, first time making pasta, no machine in sight, nor an Italian grandmother.  Guess what happens next.  Watch as hilarity unfolds?  Maybe, but not from the countertop, thanks to a nice recipe for Ravioli featured in Cook’s Illustrated‘s May/June 2019 issue. Specifically, today’s entry is Chicken-Spinach Ravioli, as the magazine’s ricotta-based filling didn’t inspire culinary… Continue reading Handmade, No Machine

Another Chocolate, Herr Mozart?


Just in time for Mozart’s birthday, coming up Wednesday (it was the 26th of January, if you’re reading this in archive), here’s an Austrian confection, Mozartkugeln (“Mozart Truffles”).  While the composer was famously fond of sweets, Salzburg chocolatier Paul Fürst didn’t invent Mozartkugeln until a century or so after Wolfgang passed to the eternal in… Continue reading Another Chocolate, Herr Mozart?

We Need Heat, Stat!


Today’s entry supplies it too, with a pair of warmers.  Indonesia’s cooks contribute the sambal, while Korea’s kitchens produce gochujang, a fermented bean-pepper paste served alongside the main course.  While the flavors span different parts of the continent, both impart a vigor that gently stimulates the palate and satisfies the spirit.  They definitely give this… Continue reading We Need Heat, Stat!

It’s Quick


That’s the whole concept of tempura – once the oil is hot enough to begin bubbling, lightly battered food is dipped in it just long enough to flash cook it and to seal in the flavors.  The batter actually protects the food from the oil and ensures the edibles are steamed, not fried, and that… Continue reading It’s Quick

Malabar Coast


On India’s southwestern coast, the sun bejewels a sea washing tropical shores fragrant with flowering spices.  Can somewhere as lavishly endowed with vibrant vistas, aromas and colors produce anything other than an exuberant cuisine?  Definitely, the state of Kerala does, and one of its favorite creations, Chemmeen Moilee, Curried Shrimp and Coconut Soup, headlines today.… Continue reading Malabar Coast