Iconic Recipes

These are the dishes that represent a place on a plate, they're those classics you just gotta try from Lebanese Lemonade to Portuguese Pineapple Cake, and, of course, our easy, healthy version of those recipes.
Persian Kuku with Saffron Potatoes and Herbs | http://saltandwind.com

Persian Kuku with Saffron Potatoes and Herbs

Spring is the unofficial season of brunching, don’t you think? One of my favorite dishes for brunch is this kuku , which is like the Persian cousin to the Italian frittata except that the eggs are a supporting player more than a star. Kuku is one ofthe main dishes made for Nowruz or Persian New Year, which happens the first weekend of Spring.

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{Hyderabadi Dum Biryani} Spiced Lamb Biryani Rice Dish | http://saltandwind.com

{Hyderabadi Dum Biryani} Spiced Lamb Biryani Rice Dish

Biryani deserves some props. It’s an aromatic rice pilaf (aka rice cooked into liquid) that hails from the Indian city of Nawabs, Hyderabad and it's one of the oldest of old-school rice dishes. Though biryanis origins aren’t totally clear, some claim it was first prepared in a royal kitchen durin...

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Crispy Black Lentils with Asparagus, Jamon Serrano, and Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce | http://saltandwind.com

Crispy Black Lentils with Asparagus, Jamon Serrano, and Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce

The ultimate souvenir recipe, this recipe is a nod to a restaurant that's not around any longer. When I first graduated from college, I moved back to my hometown of Los Angeles and into an apartment with my older sister. We'd frequent this hole-in-a-wall BYOB tapas place that channeled Spain almost as well as Vicky Christina Barcelona. 

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{Bocadillo Antxón} Shoestring Fry Chorizo Egg Sandwich | http://saltandwind.com

{Bocadillo Antxón} Shoestring Fry Chorizo Egg Sandwich

If I lived in Barcelona, becoming a regular at Entrepanes Diaz would be a life goal. Every detail at this 50s-style bar is thoughtfully executed as is their food. It's all about bocadillos (Spanish sandwiches) and I've recreated my favorite!

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{Rabanada} Cocoa-Cinnamon Churro French Toast | http://saltandwind.com

{Rabanada} Cocoa-Cinnamon Churro French Toast

It's almost New Year's Eve, which preceeds my favorite brunching day of the year, New Years Day. For the occasion, I wanted to make something breakfast and brunch appropriate and immediately thought of this Cocoa-Cinnamon Churro French Toast (aka Rabanada). Okay, it's actually a dish that Brazili...

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Marigot Mango Eclairs | http://saltandwind.com

Marigot Mango Eclairs

On my last trip to the Caribbean, I knew I'd be all about Saint Martin. From the minute we left, I was counting down the days with anticipation. I mean, it's half Dutch, half French, which means you can have Heinekens and eclairs with the Caribbean at your feet. I was smitten with the pastries, which is what inspired these Mango Eclairs. 

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{Kaiserschmarren} Austrian Rum-Raisin Shredded Pancake | http://saltandwind.com

{Kaiserschmarren} Austrian Rum-Raisin Shredded Pancake

When it comes to Austrian sweets, you probably think of strudel-wrapped pastries, marzipan confections, or the iconic Sachertorte. But when I moved to Vienna, these weren’t exactly the treats I craved. To ease my transition into my new life abroad, and to counteract the incredibly chilly and gray weather, I wanted something warm, unfussy, and most of all, über-comforting. It turns out that Kaiserschmarren—essentially a fluffy, shredded pancake—was just the ticket.

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Our Most Perfect Hummus | http://saltandwind.com

Our Most Perfect Hummus

You know what's been missing around here? A classic hummus recipe. As in a recipe that is simple, not boring, and effing amazing. This is that recipe.

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Citrus Rosemary Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Citrus Rosemary Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail

The Spaniards are pretty much killing it when it comes to Gin + Tonics. Yes, it's kind of random but when I went to Spain a few weeks ago to film Off Menu, I totally got it. 

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Brown Rice Chirashi Bowl  | http://saltandwind.com

Brown Rice Chirashi Bowl

When I was traveling in Japan I had some amazing eats—gooey takoyaki, grilled skewers, bowls of ramen. But, after a while, I wanted a good clean meal—enter the chirashi bowl. This is a recipe for a classic Chirashi bowl with brown rice to make it even healthier.

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Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup | http://saltandwind.com

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Look, tortilla soup is like chicken soup in that there are as many versions as there are abuelitas. What I know is that I love mine blended rather than soupy -- even if it makes some of my traditionalist friends crinkle their nose in disapproval -- and I like to mix it up, garnishing with avocado, radishes, scallions, and, of course, lots and lots of crisp tortilla strips. 

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Citrus Vodka Martini | http://saltandwind.com

Citrus Vodka Martini

I haven't given Martinis much love around here because I kind of assume we've all been there done that. But, when our friends at Juliska offered up their gorgeous Martini set for a holiday giveaway (details below), it got us rethinking this classic cocktail. Here is a very slight twist on the classic, a Citrus Vodka Martini with a twist. 

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