Ready for festive? You’ll need some chocolate.
Happily, these chocolate cheesecake brownies jingle all the bells.
Because chocolate. And cheesecake. And most of all, brownies.
Spicy chili crisp adds flavor and depth to this starter or main
Shrimp-and-grits is a classic dish from the southern US – and one we love. We also love Asian-style shrimp stir fried with chili sauce. So why not combine them?
This Asian-Style Shrimp and Grits would make a great starter, with piquant flavor that can wake up any taste bud. Or you could serve this dish as the main event. Because it’s so tasty that a starter portion might not be enough to satisfy you.
And it’s good to be satisfied.
We use corona beans in this terrific main/side – but any white bean will work
Nothing brings out savor like roasting. Today we’re applying its magic to white beans and eggplant. With some spicy tomato sauce to liven things up.
We like to serve this dish as a main course (if you go that route, you might also want to add a salad and/or some crusty bread). But it also makes an excellent side dish.
However you serve it, we suggest adding a glass of wine. Just so you can offer a proper toast: Buon appetito!
Use any white bean to make this easy, tasty main or side
A hill of beans, you say? Coming right up.
Today we’re using corona beans (aka royal corona beans), a large white bean that’s very popular in Italy. Their size makes them perfect for an antipasto dish or salad. But if you don’t have corona beans on hand (they’re hard to find), you can substitute any white bean for this dish.
Coronas are worth the effort to search out, though. If for no other reason than to say you’ve bean there, done that.
Chill out with this charmer from Trader Vic
We’re reaching peak heat in our part of the world. Time to trek to the beach or plant ourselves beside the pool.
But after an hour or two in the sun, we get mighty hot and thirsty.
Enter the Beachcomber Cocktail, a refreshing combo of rum, Cointreau, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice. It’s a nice afternoon sipper – and dry enough for a predinner drink.
Liquid perfection, we call it.
Great for meat, seafood, tacos, enchiladas – or pretty much anything
Pasilla negro chilies – also called pasilla chilies or sometimes chile negro – have deep, haunting flavor. But they’re not too hot for comfort.
Here, we pair them with fire-roasted tomatoes for a tangy sauce. One that’s great on almost any meat (try it with steak), rich seafoods (swordfish, anyone?), or Mexican-style dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos.
You might even be tempted to dip a tortilla chip into it. Go ahead – we won’t tell.
This homey pasta sauce features bold flavor
We love us some pasta. Comfort food at its finest!
Especially when we top it with this sauce – which is meaty with a bit of spicy zest. Combine your dish of pasta with a salad (and maybe some garlic bread) for a particularly satisfying meal.
Celebrate the Scottish poet Robert Burns with this namesake cocktail
January 25th is the birthday of Robert Burns, perhaps Scotland’s most beloved poet. During non-COVID times, people throughout the world would gather on or about the 25th to celebrate at a Burns Supper. Much eating and drinking would ensue. Along with toasting.
We won’t be gathering this year. But we can still enjoy our favorite toasting tipple: The Bobby Burns Cocktail is a delightful combo of Scotch whisky and sweet vermouth, seasoned with Bénédictine liqueur.
Care to join us (virtually, of course)? Kilts and bagpipes optional.