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Raspberry Macarons Recipe

By Ashley Bode | May 24, 2012

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Other than being symbolic of Parisian Romanticism, what makes macarons so special is that they seem to be impossible to make at home. However if you’re seeking to fulfill your need for an indulgent challenge, then this will be quite a satisfactory endeavor. This recipe, a combination of french translation and the trustworthiness of Martha Stewart, can easily be modified for different flavors of macarons. In this case, fresh raspberry preserves are used for the filling and bring a light summertime touch to the airy cookies.

The Perfect Michelada Recipe

By Ashley Bode | May 24, 2012

Photo: wine me up

Photo: wine me up

As spring sets in and the wind blows a little warmer are you envisioning yourself somewhere beachside? If so, you might want to reconsider your brunch drink of choice and try a Michelada.

South of the border, some would consider it to be superior to the Bloody Mary while still being a true variation. Micheladas are, traditionally speaking, beer, tomato or clamato juice with hot sauce, lime, and salt. Like in a Bloody Mary, tomato juice serves the purpose as the mixer, truly blending well with the carbonation of beer, the acid of lime juice and the brine of salt. Not to mention, tomatoes naturally lend themselves kindly to the introduction of heat of any kind making it not just a beer cocktail, but one that is balanced by all the basic elements: sour, spicy and savory.

Some believe the name Michelada comes from the Mexican slang phrase, “Mi chela helada” which translates to “my cold beer.” Different parts of Mexico will prepare the drink differently, each region having their own version on the classic. Some places specifically serve Cheladas, which omit the tomato juice.

Like the Bloody Mary, and the Red Eye (consisting of beer, tomato juice and an egg,) the Michelada is known for lessening the symptoms of a hangover. Though it may not be a proven fact, you will be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t believe in its hair-of-the-dog-like abilities. Despite its morning rescues, the Michelada makes appearances all day long when you’re visiting Mexico as it is just as delicious in the afternoon with good torta or in the evening with a fantastic mole.

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Barley Salad Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 24, 2012

Photo: Paul Brissman (www.PaulBrissman.com)

Photo: Paul Brissman (www.PaulBrissman.com)

I often want a one-bowl meal that’s healthy and filling.  This barley salad combines whole grains with vegetables and flavorful spices. The variety of colors and textures make this salad exciting.  This salad is great served warm or at room temperature, and tastes great the next day.

Tofu Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw Recipe

By Joanna Bruno | May 24, 2012

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Preparing for Hurricane Irene took as much time as getting ready for prom (and ended up being equally as expensive. Apparently, the early bird gets the cheap water and better hummus.) These tacos are like a fiesta on a plate! Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can rejoice in the fulfilling texture and flavor of the tofu paired with the tangy slaw. Flavored with lime and cumin, they taste bright, light, and refreshing; which is just what you need when you realize that your one night fling with Ms. Irene is not going to end with slightly blistered feet from hours of dancing, but rather with power outages and broken windows.  Pass me another tortilla, we’re going to need it.

Snickerdoodle Biscoff Sandwich Cookies Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | May 24, 2012

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If you haven’t heard of or discovered Biscoff spread, I’m not sure whether to tell you to run as fast you can away from this post or towards the supermarket to pick up a jar but at least now you’ve been warned. Biscoff spread is made from ground up Biscoff cookies (those cinnamon and graham cracker cookies that are given out on airplane flights.)  Both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods now make a similar version that is called Speculoos spread that is equally delicious. While Biscoff is great eaten straight from the jar, here it’s turned it into a frosting of sorts and sandwiched it in-between two Snickerdoodles, which, with their cinnamon-sugar coating, are arguably one of the most delicious cookies out there.

Asparagus and Broccoli Rabe Over Polenta Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | May 24, 2012

asparagus and broccoli rabe over polenta

Some people’s happiness tends to hinge on asparagus season and while you could purchase asparagus out of season, you sometimes get shunned for things like that here.  Yet when that first locally grown asparagus finally decides to show its ruddy little face at the grocery store or farmer’s market it is advisable to buy it in bulk and find opportunities to creatively experiment with it.

Those first batches, especially, which are sweet and young, need nothing more than a quick roast in the oven.  Or to be tossed with broccoli rabe and chickpeas and a dash of lemon juice, all of which is then thrown over some polenta, as is done here.  Quick, simple and for the lemon lovers out there – utterly delicious.

Grilled Peaches and Yogurt Recipe

By Kelly Yandell | May 24, 2012

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Peaches are one of those jewels that are best eaten in their natural state but why not throw a half dozen into a pie or a cobbler, and save a few for this delicious dessert. The heat from grilling enhances the sweetness and creates a gorgeous texture to go along with the incomparable fuzzy skin of the peach. Temperature, taste, and texture combine to make a truly sensual bite.

I paired the peach with one of nature’s other gifts, honey as I was honored to use a few precious spoonfuls of honey collected by my friend Melissa in her own backyard hive. Her bees in Healdsburg, California feast on pollen from her nearby vegetable garden and all of the bounty that Sonoma has to offer. The Greek yogurt in this recipe is a tangy counterpoint to the sweetness of the peaches and honey. From start to finish, this is a 20 minute recipe.

Note: Try to find yogurt with a firm texture so that you can scoop it up as you would ice cream. Runny yogurt will taste just as nice, but will not make quite the presentation. If you are making several servings, you can scoop the yogurt with a small scooper, and place the scoops of yogurt on a plate. Set the plate in the freezer while you complete the recipe. This makes the yogurt more firm and able to stand up to the residual heat of the peach. Just don’t leave the yogurt in for more than about 10 minutes or it will begin to freeze and crystallize.

Photos: Kelly Yandell

Lentil Mango Picadillo Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | May 24, 2012

lentil mango picadillo

As the weather starts getting warmer, we often find ourselves craving tropical fruit. It’s as if there’s a switch deep down in our subconscious that feels the sixty degree weather and responds with “pineapple-mango-papaya-coconut time.” A fantastic way to satiate this craving is to just throw mangoes into any and every dish. Salads, stir fries, and here in this picadillo. I made this originally during my early days as a vegetarian and it served as the perfect throwback to a non-veg meat dish that I loved.  It’s so filling and satisfying, you won’t miss the beef at all.

Seafood Paella with Chicken and Hot Sausage Recipe

By Emma Haberman | May 24, 2012

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This delectable seafood paella is a regional Valencian dish, originating from the mid-19th century. Traditional Valencian paella consists of white rice, vegetables, meat (chicken, duck or rabbit), land snails and beans. Though the ingredients are interchangeable, the one necessity is that the bottom layer of rice must be toasted to form a crust, called socarrat. When cooked over an open flame, as traditional paella is, the socarrat forms naturally.

This paella includes seafood, chicken and hot sausage. Many paellas are made with chorizo yet hot turkey sausage to be an excellent low-cholesterol substitute. Pair with a nice crisp Verdejo wine and you have a dinner party in an hour.

 

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