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These light, scalloped sponge cakes are baked in a small pan and served as cookies. Their decorative designs come from a specially molded pan, so they’re fuss-free for you. Serve freshly baked and dip into coffee or tea.
This rich chowder offers a delicious harmony of flavors; sweet corn, smoky bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Fresh corn in season is always best, but frozen corn also works very well, and makes the chowder a snap to prepare.
Like many Indian dishes this only improves with age, so feel free to make it a day or two ahead. Serve over basmati rice with cilantro chutney. Perfection!
Enchiladas Verdes with Chicken City Style
This simple-yet-satisfying dish blends the tangy spice of salsa verde with the mellow richness of cheese. A sprinkle of crisp onion and fragrant cilantro is the perfect finishing touch.
Pupusas con Curtido
Pupusas are stuffed tortillas that are very popular in El Salvador. We have two options for stuffing—bean and cheese or zucchini and cheese. Serve with my recipes for salsa rojas and curtido for an authentic meal full of flavor.
Avocado-Cucumber Sushi Rolls
With the proper tools and a little practice, homemade sushi can be a great activity for the whole family. We’re starting with a basic avocado-cucumber roll, but feel free to add your favorite restaurant fixings once you’ve mastered the basics.
As is so often the case with traditional dishes, theories abound about the origins of pasta carbonara. Because its name is derived from the Italian word for coal, some suggest that it was originally created as a hearty, simple supper for hungry charcoal workers.
Chicken Noodle Soup
If you’re used to chicken soup from a can, get ready for a life-changing experience. Classic, simple, and one hundred percent authentic, this homemade elixir is the perfect antidote to a stuffy nose, a rainy day, a gloomy mood—or just a hungry tummy!
Making guacamole is more an art than a science, so feel free to adjust the balance of chilies, onion, and lime to suit your taste.
Enchiladas Enfrijoladas with Chicken
Perfectly simple and utterly delicious, this is home style Mexican cooking at its best. Prepare it in advance and warm before serving for an easy weeknight supper or crowd-pleasing party meal.
Chia with Raspberry Salvadoran Drink
Chia seed drinks are popular all over the world. Try this variation that is sold by street vendors all over El Salvador. While many vendors color their drinks, raspberries add natural color and great flavor.
English Jam Tarts
Our neighbor, used to bring us a batch of these tiny tarts every Christmas, and the kids devoured them in minutes. I finally realized that if I wanted a chance to taste one, I’d have to start making them myself!
Cobbler Fruit Pan
Golden puffs of biscuit afloat on hot, bubbling fruit… it’s no wonder the entire Southern portion of the U.S. is crazed for cobbler. It’s scrumptious with any type of fruit, but particularly beautiful with colorful choices like cherries or blueberries.
Pasta Puttanesca (Sugo alla puttanesca)
“Sugo alla puttanesca” is a bold, spicy dish that was originally conjured up in Naples, Italy. As word of this amazing sauce spread beyond its native region, puttanesca became wildly popular in the 1960’s.
Enchiladas Roja with Chicken City Style
Cheesy, satisfying enchiladas are a simple and delicious way to feed a crowd. A sprinkle of fresh onions on top adds a little crunch and a nice burst of extra flavor.
Indian Aloo Tikka
In India, street vendors fry spicy aloo tikki on portable charcoal grills. The wafting aroma can draw hungry customers from miles around! Serve these as a party snack with an array of chutneys for dipping.
Tamarind chutney is one of the fundamentals of Indian cuisine. Dried tamarind pulp is easy to work with, and readily available at Indian grocery stores or online retailers like Namaste.com.
Cilantro Chutney Indian Recipe
This classic Indian chutney is my all-time favorite condiment. I even eat it on toast in the morning! Try it with your favorite Indian dishes, with simple grilled chicken or lamb, or on a spoon straight out of the jar.
An authentic mango lassi requires perfectly ripe, tender mangoes. At the market, look for fruit that feels heavy for its size and gives off a sweet, heady perfume.
Angel Food Cake
My mother always made this recipe one day ahead, to give the almond and vanilla flavors time to develop. Try it with Very Berry Topping for a dessert that is not only delicious and attractive, but also fat-free.
Very Berry Topping
Pour this glorious topping over angel food cake or premium vanilla ice cream, savor a spoonful, and be spoiled for life. Fresh strawberries are essential here, but take advantage of convenient frozen packages for the rest of the fruit.
French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Flecked with tiny vanilla seeds, this simple delicacy is a treat for the eye as well as the palate. One taste, and you may never go back to standard store-bought ice cream!
Classic Mashed Potatoes
Have the paramedics standing by—my version of the comfort classic contains cream, milk, and butter in abundance. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.