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.
Sachertorte is the standard when it comes Viennese chocolate cake, which means it's been on my must-perfect recipe list since I moved to Austria. Sachertorte is to Austria what apple pie is to America — essentially, an edible national treasure, so, a few months ago I decided it was about time to perfect the recipe.
Hot chicken is such a classic Nashville recipe that it's pretty much illegal to visit Music City without trying it every chance you get. Here is our classic recipe for the spicy fried chicken that is Hattie B's Hot Chicken.
Mockingbird Hill is a bar in DC and has unique flairs like pour-over coffee, punk music, and industrial decor. But, the owner, Derek Brown, is a self-proclaimed sherry advocate and has made Mockingbird Hill into a sherry and ham bar. The food is simple but well done and one of my favorites was his twists on the classic tapas bite, Pan Con Tomate.
The Off Menu: New York episode was one of my favorites because I discovered so many new food gems in a city I already love. You can't really talk food in New York without bringing up pizza and we visited Paulie Gee's Pizza in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. After eating our way through most of the menu, Paulie finally showed us the "off menu" item that you have to know to order: this Monte Cristo pizza.
Ashlae traveled to Iceland and spent weeks there uncovering the beautiful country. Four of the five nights she was there she dined on a hearty Icelandic stew made from an assortment of vegetables and rolled oats. Although it sounds like an unusual combination, she promises it’s as delicious and satisfying as it is nutritious, and chances are you’ve got most (if not all) of the ingredients in your kitchen.
My mother used to have a not-so-secret stash of Mounds candy bars and I thought they were just the worst. Well, with the rise of the vegans, coconut milk has become ever-more popular and I've done an aboutface. And it's a good thing because otherwise I wouldn't have ever tried Ted's Bakery Chocol...
The Hawaiian classic dish, Saimin, is seriously amazing but the storebought stuff can also be seriously salty. Here's my homemade version that's healthier than the original but just as Hawaiian as the original dish.
We did it — we cracked the code. True it was years ago but I still do a little victory dance everytime I think about it. Back when I moved to San Francisco and in the very first days of my life as a recipe tester, my then-boss was obsessed with figuring out how to make the Roasted Tomato Salsa from his favorite taqueria, Papalote.
If there had ever been a mimimalist movement in food, I'm pretty sure these Chocolate Cornflake Clusters would've been at the forefront of it. So simple they make you wonder why you didn't come up with it yourself -- until you realize that's because it takes a mastermind pastry chef like Jacque Pepin to make something so simple yet so brilliant.
It’s pretty much impossible to spend any real time in Hawaii without coming across boiled peanuts. Along with poke, boiled peanuts are a classic happy hour pupu (appetizer) and I can never seem to get enough of them.