Chef's Notes Plus

All About Quick Pickles

If your kitchen cabinets are currently storing more than one empty glass jar, you are officially missing an easy pickling opportunity. Pickled fruits and vegetables are the absolute best way to add some excitement to any recipe, cheese plate, or mid-afternoon snack attack. There are many pickling strategies, which can […]

Grilling, Main Dishes

Asian Glazed Flank Steak

Makes 6 servings Ingredients 2 flank steaks (3 to 3 1/2 lb total) 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup mirin 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce Directions Trim any excess fat from the flank steak. To make the marinade: Combine the soy sauce, honey, […]

Allergen Friendly, Main Dishes, Salads

Banh Mi-Style Chicken Salad

Makes 6 servings Banh mi is a ubiquitous Vietnamese sandwich that reflects the cuisine’s French influence, with roasted pork, pork pâté, pickled vegetables, and lots and lots of herbs filling a baguette-style roll. This salad takes inspiration from the sandwich, with herby tender greens, pickled veggies, and crisp French bread […]

Breakfast & Brunch, Family Fun

Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup

Makes 8 Servings Pancakes Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 1/4 cups buttermilk 4 large eggs 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen Cooking spray or vegetable oil to coat […]

Breakfast & Brunch

Cheese Blintzes with Mixed Berry Sauce

Makes 12 servings Ingredients 24 Crêpes 2 cups Mixed Berry Sauce 1 cup farmer or pot cheese 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese 1 cup cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar 3 large eggs 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons butter, or as needed Directions The crêpes […]

Desserts

Cheesecake With Fresh Summer Berries

Makes one 8-inch cheesecake Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted Cheesecake Ingredients 1 1/4 lb cream cheese 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 5 eggs 1 egg yolk 1/3 cup heavy cream 2 teaspoons […]

Salads, Side Dishes

Chicken Salad with Tomato and Cucumber

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup small-dice onions 2 cups medium-dice English cucumber 2 cups medium-dice seeded plum tomatoes 2 cups medium-dice cooked chicken breast 1/4 cup rough chop cilantro leaves and stems 3 tablespoons olive oil Juice of 2 lemons 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste if needed […]

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 […]

Desserts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

Makes 8 servings This may be an icebox cake recipe, but the beauty of an icebox cake is that it requires no recipe. Simple layer your favorite cookie (graham crackers, chocolate chip, snickerdoodles!) with something creamy (pudding, whipped cream, dulce de leche!) and wait until tomorrow. Ingredients 2 cups heavy […]