Chef's Notes Plus

Savory Pies for Any Time of Day

Pies typically fall into one of three categories: fruit, cream, and custard. But there is one often-overlooked member of our pie family that deserves more attention than it gets. Savory pies! Pies can be filled with nearly any vegetable, cheese, or other savory ingredient, though the most familiar version is […]

Free Recipes, Soups & Stews

Silky Zucchini Soup

Makes 4 servings This simple summer recipe is inspired by the menu at Savor on our San Antonio, Texas campus. Garnish the soup with diced, julienned, or shaved zucchini, if you like. We especially like it with a crusty piece of bread for dipping! This recipe makes about four 1 […]

Main Dishes

Spaghetti with Anchovies and Fennel

Makes 4 servings Ingredients Kosher salt, as needed 1 lb dried spaghetti 6 salt-cured anchovy fillets 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1/4 cup chopped fennel fronds 1/2 cup toasted bread crumbs Directions Bring a large pot of salted water to […]

Main Dishes

Spaghetti with Broccoli Rabe

Makes 6 servings The toasted bread crumbs add a nice texture to this dish, but they aren’t essential if you’re looking to save some time. Use leftover sandwich bread to make fresh breadcrumbs in a food processor. Toast them in a little butter or olive oil over medium heat until […]

Main Dishes

Spaghetti with Sausage and Bitter Greens

Makes 4 to 6 servings If you’re still exploring the world of bitter greens, this is a great dish to start with. It’s acidic and rich, which helps to balance the slight bitterness of the radicchio and escarole. Peel the tomatoes, if you want, but if the skins don’t bother […]

Main Dishes, Sandwiches

Sweet and Spicy Ricotta Toast with Figs

Makes 4 servings If you like sweet but not spicy, skip the chili oil step. If you can’t get your hands on fresh figs, you can use fig jam, sliced berries, or peaches. For a vegetarian version, try adding salted nut butter or grilled eggplant. Ingredients 1/2 cup olive oil, […]

Main Dishes

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pineapple Cream

Makes 4 servings These are a super-simple vegan dinner that is both flavorful and super filling. We used black beans and sweet potato to fill our corn tortillas, but you can substitute butternut squash and chickpeas, if that’s what you have on hand. You can make the pineapple-avocado cream a […]

Family Fun

Taco Night

What comes to mind when you think about a taco? Is it a crunchy tortilla shell filled with ground beef and lettuce? Is it a flour tortilla wrapped around shredded chicken? Or maybe you live in southern California, and a taco means grilled, freshly-caught fish in a corn tortilla. That’s […]

Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvres & Snacks

Vietnamese-Style Fried Spring Rolls

Makes 20 pieces Spring roll wrappers usually can be found in the produce section. We opted to panfry these spring rolls, rather than deep fry them. Be sure the oil is heated properly. Ingredients 2 tablespoons peanut oil 2 teaspoons minced ginger 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions, white portion only […]

Main Dishes

Vinegar Chicken

Makes 6 servings Braising chicken in vinegar is a very popular cooking method in the Mediterranean. You will find numerous variations in different countries and regions, but this particular recipe is a version of the French poulet sauté au vinaigre, or vinegar chicken. The method calls for marinating the chicken […]