Chef's Notes Plus

All About Caviar

Caviar is the salted roe of fish, traditionally sturgeon, which is prized for its briny delicate flavor. Due to overfishing, politics, and pollution, the supplies have dwindled and the price has increased, leading to a flood of alternative varieties from many sources. The delicate berries of true caviar come from […]

Chef's Notes Plus

All About Ceviche

It is funny in the food world how trends come and go, yet some dishes fly just under the radar. Ceviche is a dish that continues to be interesting but has yet to reach the cross-cultural influence that, say, sushi has. The origins of both are not as far-flung as […]

Allergen Friendly, Main Dishes

Chilled Chile-Garlic Noodles with Shrimp

Makes 6 servings This recipe makes more sauce than you need, but it will keep well, so you can use it again in a few weeks. These noodles are great with shrimp, but you can make it vegetarian with crispy tofu or sautéed mushrooms. Ingredients 1 large shallot, thinly sliced […]

Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvre, and Snacks, Breakfast and Brunch

Citrus-Cured Salmon

Makes 24 servings Curing salmon at home is an easy project that makes for a big presentation at a special brunch. Serve the cured salmon with toast and your favorite pickled accompaniments, alongside your softly scrambled eggs, or with plenty of cucumbers and hard-boiled eggs. Ingredients 1 (24 oz) salmon […]

Main Dishes, Soups and Stews

Crab and Mushroom Chowder

Makes 8 servings Many supermarkets now carry a greater selection of mushroom varieties, such as shiitake, oyster, and cremini mushrooms. You can make this delicious chowder using a single variety or a combination. Avoid white mushrooms, though; they don’t have the flavor and texture needed for this hearty soup. Ingredients […]

Main Dishes

Crawfish Étouffée

Makes 4 to 6 servings Étouffée is the name given to dishes like this one that are gently cooked in a covered pot. Crawfish, or crayfish, are sold live or as cooked meat. If you buy crawfish meat, look for the words fat-on. Crawfish fat is an integral part of […]

Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvre, and Snacks

Fried Calamari

Makes 6 small-bite servings Any place where squid swim you will find a different version of fried calamari. Be sure to rinse and dry the squid thoroughly before seasoning it. You can use both the tubes and the tentacles, but you may want to fry them separately. Sprinkle with sea […]

Main Dishes

Fritto Misto di Pesce (Mixed Fried Fish)

Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients 1 lb squid, cleaned, tentacles and bodies separated 12 medium shrimp (20/25 count), peeled and deveined 1 lb any type of fish, cleaned and skinned 2 cups warm water 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more for sprinkling 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed 2 […]