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.
{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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{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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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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{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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{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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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 Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Citrus Vodka Martini Cocktail

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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Classic Chicken Paprikash | http://saltandwind.com

Classic Chicken Paprikash

Sometimes classic and simple is the best, like in the case of chicken paprikash. You could fancify it but really there's no reason to!

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{Rösti} Swiss Potato Pancake with Sauteed Mushrooms | http://saltandwind.com

{Rösti} Swiss Potato Pancake with Sauteed Mushrooms

On my trip to Zurich, I was focused on finding great rösti (possibly the best potato pancake ever created). At its best it's crispy and buttery and I found a lot of great versions: during breakfast at the Ambassador Hotel, a rustic dinner at Zeughauskeller, and during both of my two meals at Hiltl vegetarian restaurant.

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Crab-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers | http://saltandwind.com

Crab-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

Between the people, food, and culture, San Sebastian is by far one of our favorite places we've ever set foot. Very much Basque but still distinctly Spanish, one of the must dos in this seaside town is a tapas crawl. You'll see foods familiar to tapas in Madrid and Barcelona and other flavors that are 100% Basque. This piquillo pepper is a variation on the tapas bars and we now make it on the regular. 

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