Salads, Side Dishes

Brussels Sprout Salad with Dried Cranberries

Makes 8 to 10 servings This simple salad is full of quintessential fall flavors and is a fresh and bright addition to your Thanksgiving spread. Prepare the dressing and Brussels sprouts a day ahead, if you like, but wait to toss the salad until an hour or so before serving.

Side Dishes

Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Glaze

Makes 4 servings Brussels sprouts, a member of the cabbage family, are usually available fresh from late summer to late winter. Select small, bright-green sprouts with closed leaves. The smaller Brussels sprouts are more tender than the larger ones. If the Brussels sprouts are to be served with a meat […]

Sandwiches

Butifarra (Traditional Peruvian Ham Sandwich)

Makes about 24 sandwiches This recipe makes quite a bit of ham, so you may have leftovers (unless you have 24 hungry people to feed!). You can tightly wrap any remaining pork and freeze for later, if you like. You can find Peruvian-style chile pastes (we use ají panca and […]

Salads

Chilled Asparagus With Mustard Herb Vinaigrette

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 lb asparagus 2 tablespoons white wine or cider vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon chopped flat leaf parsley 1/2 teaspoon chopped tarragon leaves Salt and pepper as needed Dash of onion powder Dash of garlic powder 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Directions Bring a […]

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 […]

Sandwiches

Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur (Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich) Makes 8 servings Béchamel Sauce Ingredients 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups whole milk Directions Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat and whisk in flour. Cook flour until raw smell is gone, about 2 minutes. Whisk in […]

Allergen Friendly, Salads

Fennel Salad With Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This simple preparation is full of big flavors. Crisp fennel, onion, and celery make for a refreshing salad paired with the sweet and slightly tart juice of the blood orange. Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 3 stalks celery, thinly […]

Side Dishes

German Potato Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings German potato salad is a bit tangier than traditional mayo-based versions. Though it’s typically served warm, you can make this ahead and let it come to room temperature before serving. Omit the bacon and sub vegetable broth for a vegetarian version. Ingredients 1 1/2 lb […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Grill Anything (Yes, Even Pasta!)

By the end of this summer, I will be able to write a book on how to cook exclusively outside. As I’ve mentioned, probably too often, I live in Texas, where it is currently HOT. My house is small, but tragically under-cooled in the summer, so when I turn on […]