Souvenir Recipes

Like edible souvenirs, these our easy versions of recipes inspired by a trip or a memory of eating on the road so that you can eat like a local even if you never leave home.
Sparkling Yuzu Lemongrass Lemonade Cocktails |

Sparkling Yuzu Lemongrass Lemonade Cocktails

One of my favorite stops while filming Off Menu Chicago was the ramen shop, Yusho. In addition to the insane ramen there were the cocktails on tap that were every form of interesting. This Sparkling Yuzu Lemonade is loosely inspired by their cocktails. 

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Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing |

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing

One of the stops on our Off Menu: Los Angeles episode was at Mohawk Bend, where they served us an addictive Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip. Their version is 100% vegan, but I couldn't help but make a legit blue cheese dressing because I love the real deal. 

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{Bolo de Ananás} Azores Almond Polenta Pineapple Cake |

{Bolo de Ananás} Azores Almond Polenta Pineapple Cake

One of my favorite discoveries from my trip to the Azores was this pineapple cake I found on the menu at A Tasca in Ponta Delgada. Nothing like those 60s era upside-down cakes, this pineapple cake was filled with fresh pineapples, perfectly textured, and totally messy — and I was determined to recreate it when I got back home. 

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Halibut Ceviche with Mango and Avocado |

Halibut Ceviche with Mango and Avocado

Ever since I visited gorgeous Cartagena, I have found myself making this ceviche whenever I'm dreaming of the Colombian sunshine and seafood. But, with mango, chiles, and coconut milk, this ceviche will more than hold me over until my next trip to gorgeous Cartagena.

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Charred Corn and Zucchini Mini Mexican Pizzas |

Charred Corn and Zucchini Mini Mexican Pizzas

While road tripping to Texas I found myself at La Gloria in San Antonio. They specialize in Mexican street food, so they make tons of tlayudas aka the king of Oaxacan street food. Or, as anyone who's been to a TexMex restaurant calls it: Mexican Pizza. Here I mixed it up CalMex style and make a Mexican pizza that's individual-sized, lightened, and summer-ified. 

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Corn Chowdered Clams |

Corn Chowdered Clams

Nothing against chowder but I like this better. My problem with chowder is that I have always wanted them all:– corn, clam, and potato –mixed up together even though that’s totally sacrelig. That’s why I came up with this method I call “chowdering” clams. It’s a term I made up so it means nothing more than this faux definition: verb, to cover a dish with chowder-like ingredients even though you're technically not making anything like chowder, as is the case with these Corn Chowdered Clams. These Corn Chowdered Clams are inspired by my last trip to Cape Cod but they tastes great even if you can't make it to the shores of the Cape.

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Chocolate Coconut Coffee Seltzer |

Chocolate Coconut Coffee Seltzer

Raise your hand fellow coffee dorks because this recipe is for you. On my latest trip to Portland, it was blazing hot so everyone was selling a version of iced coffee, with lots of appearances by the increasingly popular carbonated iced coffee. As a sort of gateway guzzler, I created this Coconut Chocolate Coffee Seltzer that resembles an old-fashioned East Coast-style Egg Cream, except there's coconut milk and cold brew so it's decidedly different. 

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Moroccan fruit and nut ​truffles  |

Moroccan fruit and nut ​truffles

Ashlae spent nearly two weeks criss-crossing Morocco and tasted her way from Marrakech to Fez and found the best way to understand that country was to go off the beaten path. One of the recipes she created upon her return are these Moroccan fruit and nut truffles — they're ridiculously simple and good and our favorite part is there's no passport required to taste them!

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Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos  |

Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos

This weekend Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos is where it's at. This a perfect recipe in that they're super easy to make but elegant enough to be from a restaurant. Which is likely because these Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos are highly inspired by the Sopa de Crema dish at Taco Maria restaurant. The recipe reflects the restaurant because Taco Maria is pretty unassuming when you first walk in but a few bites and it'll knock your calcetines off (see what I did there?).

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Orange Espresso Granita |

Orange Espresso Granita

It’s known as “dome sickness” in our family. You won’t find a definition in any other dictionary because it's my Mom's term and she'd define it as an intense longing for the duomo of Florence and for Italy in general. To cure my latest bout of dome sickness, I’ve been scraping together (literally) this coffee granita. It’s a classic Southern Italian recipe with the addition of orange juice, cocoa, and some liqueur for something that’s more than meets the eye. And, let’s be honest, it’s a pretty great way to breath new life into leftover coffee.

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Papa's Hushpuppies |

Papa's Hushpuppies

I'm from the South, in case you didn't know, so I love me some hush puppies. These are the gluten free (and vegetarian) version of my Dad's recipes and I use them everywhere. I mean, hush puppies work great in this panzanella, or simply served with beans and rice, fish, or as a fun taco filling!

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Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing |

Chopped Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing

I wish I knew about this salad so long ago. It's inspired by a salad I found at M Cafe de Chaya that's a bit fancier – with tempeh bacon, beets, and a vegan "Ranch" dressing. But, after spending way more than I should ever be spending on salads, I decided to make my own version. 

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