By Marcus Samuelsson | January 8, 2015

Photo by Jennifer Chait
Citrus-Infused Vodka

Photo by Jennifer Chait

It wouldn’t be winter without a little aquavit to keep you warm! Here’s one of my favorite recipes for Citrus-Infused Vodka that goes well for sipping or mixed in a cocktail. It’s a perfect way to incorporate some of those seasonal citruses into your cooking.

Whiskey Sour Remix

By Jeannette Park | June 27, 2014


This punch is a play on the classic whiskey sour. It’s wonderful for entertaining, and is especially refreshing on summer nights. Tart, smooth, strong. Enjoy!


Farro-Orange Salad Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 27, 2011

Photo: Paul Brissman

This refreshing salad balances bitter radicchio against oranges and nutty farro. Loaded with vitamins and fiber, farro is a nutritious but often overlooked grain. I love how the fennel bulbs tease out this healthy salad’s sweetness. Try serving it for a light weekend brunch.


Grains are a great way to add texture to any salad. Try these recipes using grains and ingredients from your local farmers market:

Vegan Quinoa Salad 

Farro Salad with Marinated White Anchovies 

Barley Salad 

Couscous Salad with Shrimp

Strawberry Barley Scones 



Fresh and Light Lemon Bars Recipe

By Tara O'Keeffe | January 27, 2011

Photo: Tara O'Keeffe

Photo: Tara O’Keeffe

Winter weather inspires warm and comforting meals-stews, soups, and braises that are carb-heavy and rich. As delicious as these foods are, it’s nice to enjoy something bright and sweet.

A lemon bar can transcend the heaviness and remind me that warmer weather and sunny days are in the not-so-distant-future.  There is no better fruit than a lemon to help clarify that vision.

The simple and humble lemon is the perfect fruit in this dessert that for me sometimes doubles as an indulgent breakfast treat.  Lemon Bars are a classic, and there are many recipes for this treat, but I promise you none are as good as this recipe that I adapted from Thomas Keller’s cookbook Ad Hoc at Home.

They start with a crust that tastes and smells like the perfect sugar cookie.  It’s then topped with a velvety and tart, stove-top lemon curd.  All you need is a dollop of freshly whipped cream (or piped meringue if you’re feeling fancy) and you have yourself a little bite of sunshine, no sunscreen required.

Tara O’Keeffe is a food writer and founder of


Citrus Shortbread Recipe

By Lindsay Hunt | January 12, 2011


As a born and bred American, with many nationalities and countries in my blood, I often wish to have a stronger heritage.  In my melting pot I have Venezuelan, Dutch, Austrian, and English ancestry to name a few, but what that boils down to is American.

My name, however, has a direct lineage.  Lindsay is Scottish, and means “linden tree near the water.”  My middle name, Maitland, is Scottish, too.  Despite the fact that I am descended from long-ago settlers in this land, I like to pretend I am still a little bit Scottish, too.

Like my name, shortbread originated in Scotland, and I wager that most Americans associate the treat with a tartan-patterned package.

For me, shortbread conjures up the taste of a chalky, packaged, lego-shaped cookie.  There’s butter, to be sure, but the cookie is chalky and needs to be bitten with the molars, not the front-teeth.  I wanted to find a cookie that made me proud of my Scottish appellation, one that might explain my penchant for baking.

This Citrus Shortbread showcases the flavor of high-end butter.  It melts in your mouth and leaves traces on your fingers.  I added a teaspoon of orange zest for additional flavor.  Next, I want to try a black pepper shortbread, and then maybe one with cocoa powder.  The possibilities are limitless, this simple recipe is only the beginning.

I made a cup of strong black tea and enjoyed the buttery shortbread fingers.  I guess I’m a little bit Scottish, after all.

Adapted from Greg Patent’s A Baker’s Odyssey


Torta di Limone Recipe

By Lindsay Hunt | December 22, 2010

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

In winter, I find myself with a version of Seasonal Affective Disorder specific to the kitchen.  I flip through my cookbooks, lusting after upside-down plum cakes, mixed-berry cobblers and lattice-topped peach pies.  The dearth of fruit leaves me feeling melancholy, and at a loss in the kitchen.  Citrus is my winter option, but often lemon desserts leave me unsatisfied, wishing I had eaten a strawberry tart, instead of one filled with lackluster lemon curd.  Cue an Italian treat called a Torta di Limone.  It has returned some sunshine to my kitchen, and has banished the winter blues.

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