This salad from the December issue of Fine Cooking caught our eye because it has a little bit of everything. There's hearty red quinoa, gouda cheese, and walnuts to satisfy our desire for deep earthy flavors this time of year. But the arugula and crisp apples are a reminder that fresh things are on the way.
The recipe for croissants in the Tartine Bread cookbook by Chad Robertson is a whopping nine pages, six of them full of step-by-step illustrations. If anything, this made me even more determined to make them.
In the doldrums of winter it's imperative to have a sweet treat to break the (snowy!) blues. How about one that's quick to put together and just as delicious spread over toasted brioche as it is eaten straight out of the jar?
It's extremely gratifying when something so simple — namely Mark Bittman's recipe for cornmeal pancakes — results in something so outrageously good. Nothing more than soaked cornmeal thinned out with a bit of milk and olive oil, these pancakes come off the griddle crispy-edged and tender in the middle.
We wrote about this recipe two years ago and just got around to making it (with a minor citrus swap-out) this week. We might not forgive ourselves for taking that long. If you like sherbet, heed our advice: This is one of the easiest and most addictive desserts we've made in a while.
Socca is a classic street food from the South of France. In Nice you'll see street vendors with big smoking grills cooking wafer-thin socca pancakes. They chop them up, piping hot, and give them to you with flurries of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. When consumed with the ice-cold rosé of the region, it's the taste of Nice.
After the sugar-rush that is the holidays, I always find myself turning to substantial salads and homey soups for a change. And today I'm thrilled to share with you a recent favorite I've added to my arsenal of "best ever" soup recipes.
This New Year's Day, at a leisurely late Saturday morning hour, my husband and I hosted a New Year's brunch with friends and family. While hearty dishes of eggs, meats, and pastries crowded the spread, it was this warm blueberry soup that welcomed my 2011.
From first crunchy nut-filled bite, we've been big fans of the rosemary raisin pecan crackers from Raincoast Crisps. Addicts, really. Our habit has been kept in check only by the long trek across town to the one store that carries them and the fact that their cost still makes us think twice. This DIY recipe might just be our salvation.