Berbere Spice Paste

Makes 2 3/4 cups Berbere is a traditional Ethiopian spice blend made with chiles, warming spices, fenugreek, and other aromatic ingredients. Use this paste to rub meats, poultry, and fish before grilling. Ingredients 4 pequin chiles, seeds and stem removed 2 teaspoons cardamom seeds 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon […]

Main Dishes, Pantry

Chestnut-Cocoa Rotolo Sheets

Makes 1 1/4 lb dough Use this pasta dough in our recipe for Rolled Pasta with Pumpkin and Chestnut. Ingredients 12 oz (2 1/2 cups) all-purpose or tipo 00 flour 4 oz (1 cup) chestnut flour 6 tablespoons cocoa powder 5 medium eggs Directions Combine the flour, cocoa powder, and […]


Chimichanga Dough

Makes enough for 16 chimichangas Ingredients 5 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups masa harina or fine cornmeal 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 cups water Directions Mix together the flour, masa harina, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix […]

Pantry, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

Classic Barbecue Sauce

Makes 3 cups sauce This is a classic mild, sweet-style barbecue sauce with a very slight acidity that gives the flavor balance. It is a good, thick, general-use, red barbecue sauce that works well with chicken, beef, and pork. Ingredients 2 tablespoons corn oil 1/2 cup minced onion 2 cups […]

Breakfast and Brunch, Pantry

Classic Puff Pastry

Makes 4 lb Use this dough to make folded pastries, like turnovers, or as the base for a freeform tart. To save extra for later, wrap it up tight and freeze. Defrost in the refrigerator the night before you want to use it again. If it’s your first time, this […]

Pantry, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

Dry Taco Seasoning

Makes 1/4 cup Keep this taco seasoning on hand for whenever you want to spice up some ground meat or sautéed vegetables for a wrap. It is lower in sodium than most packaged taco seasonings. Epazote is an herb used in Mexican cooking. It is similar to oregano, so you […]

Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvre, and Snacks, Pantry, Side Dishes

Durum Rosemary Rolls

Makes 22 rolls Found in the pasta aisle of many supermarkets, durum flour—a wheat flour high in protein and gluten strength—contributes a slight yellowish hue to these aromatic rolls. The flavors of chopped rosemary and olive oil conjure up thoughts of the Mediterranean. Whether the dough is shaped into a […]


Fried Shallots

Makes about 1 cup (enough for 6 garnish servings) These crispy shallots are a great-looking and flavorful garnish, adding a crispy finishing touch to soups, salads, stews, fried eggs, grilled fish…there is no end to the list of uses! If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test the temperature […]

Pantry, Soups and Stews

Ichi Ban Dashi

Makes 1 gallon A primary ingredient in Japanese cooking, dashi is a broth made by simmering flakes of dried bonito tuna (katsuobushi) with pieces of seaweed. Dashi is the base for miso soup, but is also a flavorful base for vegetable soups or brothy noodle dishes. You’ll find kombu sheets […]