Wednesday, October 26, 2011
My Great-Grandmother’s Recipe Delivers Moist Richness
Who doesn’t like chocolate? And who doesn’t like a good chocolate cookie?
The trouble is, a really delicious chocolate cookie can be hard to find. A lot of chocolate cookies look great. But when you bite into them? Meh. Dull flavor. Chalky texture. Sometimes acidic or bitter undertones.
So let me introduce my great-grandmother. She baked one of the best chocolate cookies ever. They’re moist and rich, with a deep chocolate flavor.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I Know — But When You Want It, You Want It
We all crave foods that are bad for us or that we’re embarrassed to admit we like — often both. They’re our guilty pleasures. We visited the concept a few months back in our Cheddar Cheese Chicken Curry post.
You’ve got your own list, I’m sure. It might include Tuna Noodle Casserole (with corn-flake topping!) or fake Mexican “queso” dip (made with Velveeta!) or Jell-O Mold (with marshmallows!).
Me? At this time of year, I hear the siren song of one of my favorite guilty pleasures, Frito Pie.
It’s decadent and delicious — and I can’t resist it. I’ll bet you can’t, either.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Freshly Grated Cheese Makes This Dish Sing
Although an elaborately constructed salad can be a great main course (think Salade Niçoise), most of us prefer to use salad as a light starter that sharpens the palate for the rest of the meal.
The best salads often have only a few well-chosen ingredients. Mixed together expertly, however, they can deliver a distinct, clear taste that lingers agreeably on the tongue.
A great example is this Spinach Salad — a simple dish that delivers superb flavor and takes only a few minutes to prepare.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Splash an Olive into this Classic Concoction — and Enjoy
Everybody knows the Martini, right? Well, sort of.
Everybody knows the name, but not everybody has sipped the classic version recently – if ever.
Say “Martini” today, and your listener will probably imagine one of those “something-tinis” that just happen to be served in a martini glass. You know what I mean — drinks whose predominant flavor is apple or raspberry or chocolate or expresso. Even when people want to drink the “real” thing, they may order a vodka Martini.
All those drinks may be good in their own way. But they aren’t the Martini.