One of the most beloved street foods from Vietnam, the irresistible bahn mi is traditionally made with juicy sliced meat (usually pork), crunchy pickled vegetables, fresh chilies, herbs and a sauce. It is served on a baguette with a soft crumb and thin, crispy crust. Lucky for us, we can make a wonderful version at home: seared ground pork patties get extra savory flavor from aromatic fish sauce and sweet and salty hoisin, and quick pickled vegetables add satisfying lightly acidic crunch. A simple sauce of mayonnaise and sriracha contributes a creamy element; sliced jalapenos a burst of heat; and fresh cilantro leaves just the right amount of green herbaceous-ness.
The exciting flavors of New York City come alive with the combination of apple-bacon jam and rich, creamy cheddar. And like the city, this grown-up grilled cheese is sweet, spicy, sour and rich—a little bit of everything. Note: the jam, which keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks, is also the perfect condiment for pork roast.
Show off your stir-frying chops with this delicious, veggie-loaded Chicken and Egg with Black Bean Sauce recipe. This savory and smoky, wok-fried dish is simple enough to whip up for dinner any night of the week, and tastes way better than takeout!
One of the keys to the deep, savory flavor of the of the braise is what’s known as “thin” or “superior” or “premium” soy sauce. It is also occasionally referred to as light soy sauce—but don’t confuse that with low sodium! Thin soy sauce is actually saltier and lighter in color than regular soy sauce. Buy the buns at your local Chinese market: look in the freezer section for folded, not round, buns.
This sophisticated and healthful dish can be made in a single divided pan which allows you to both grill and cook in a skillet at the same time (with only one pan to clean at the end of dinner!)
Make an entire meal—a beautifully browned roast chicken and vegetables—in one pot.
This classic Israeli dish of eggs poached in a savory tomato sauce is generally served right out of the pan in which they are cooked. It is traditionally served for breakfast or brunch, but makes a wonderful, healthful dinner as well.
A thoroughly decadent twist on a classic Nicoise salad – and duck works surprisingly well with the traditional tuna accompaniments, too! A few tips to making this a real winner – keep the egg yolks moist and soft, the vegetables crisp and tender and don’t overcook the duck! This is all about moist and flavorful ingredients coming together for a simple yet exotic experience.
Light and flavorful fish tacos with a sweet and savory salsa can be made for two in fewer than 30 minutes… using just one pan and one bowl!
This easy-to-make pasta dish makes a wonderful romantic meal for two with enough for leftovers. Much of the flavor in this pasta comes from the Italian sausage that’s seasoned with fennel and the sweet sun-dried tomatoes. Depending on your taste, you can go for hot or sweet (mild) Italian sausage.
Thick fettuccine noodles combined with a rich Parmesan-garlic cream sauce makes for the ultimate decadent dinner in less than 20 minutes!
These sandwiches may be assembled up to two hours ahead: cover with a damp paper towel topped with plastic wrap and to prevent the bread from drying.
A simple, but elegant pasta recipe for two that features thin capellini tossed with crispy bacon and juicy tomatoes, seasoned with garlic, onions and basil.
The slightly sweet bread adds an interesting twist to this savory sandwich. You may double the amount of pesto and freeze the extra in ice cube trays for later use.
Israeli couscous is a larger grained “pasta” than regular couscous. It has delightful silky texture and meld with all kind of flavors served either hot or cold. I love wine to be the first liquid added to it after dry toasting the grains for just a minute – it adds a real vibrant freshness to the flavor, particularly a fruity dry white! My favorite for the recipes is South Australia’s wonderful dry Riesling such as the Rathbone.
Dill, lemon and capers make a refreshing combination for pasta salad.
An homage, of sorts, to the Hispanic communities of the Bronx, where spicy chile flavoring is a way of culinary life.
Nuts on pizza are not something you’ll come by often, but they add a delightful crunch as well as contributing healthy proteins and oils saving the need for extra meat and cheese.
Sweet onions, tangy goat cheese and a light egg custard filling make an elegant tart perfect for a light lunch or appetizer. Serve warm or room temperature.
Combine hard-cooked eggs with different flavor inspirations from Spain, Italy and Provence, like sundried tomatoes, capers, and tapenade, for flavorful, savory sandwiches or easy hors-d’oeuvres.