Risotto

Spanish Rice and Beans

This recipe is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a straightforward and traditional Spanish-style rice and beans dish. Serve inside flour tortillas with shredded cheese, lettuce and yogurt or sour cream to make a delicious vegetarian burrito. This recipe is by Martine Perez from Santa Rosa, California, and was originally published in The Baltimore Sun. Notes Sofrito is a …

Seafood

Barbecued Salmon With Andouille Potato Hash

Need some dinner inspiration? Try this barbecue-glazed salmon served over crispy andouille-potato hash and topped with fried onion rings and tomato gastrique. This recipe is by Emeril Lagasse and was originally published in the Orlando Sentinel. Ingredients 2 cups cubed russet potatoes Coarse salt and pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 pound andouille sausage, crumbled 1/2 cup minced onion 1 …

Desserts

Nectarine and Berry Parfaits

There are breakfast parfaits with layered fruit and yogurt, and then there are dessert parfaits like this with crumbled cookies, slightly sweetened whipped cream and seasonal fruit. Here, the whipped cream gets a boost from mascarpone and lemon zest. If you don’t wish to use orange-flavored liqueur, substitute 1 or 2 tablespoons of orange blossom …

Dinner & Lunch

Chicken Balsamic

The delicious sauce for this simple and hearty chicken recipe calls for demi-glace, which is a rich, concentrated brown sauce made by combining veal stock and espagnole sauce (one of the five mother sauces of classic French cooking). Although demi-glace is made by chefs in professional kitchens regularly, it’s lengthy process discourages most home cooks. But never fear, …

Pasta

Pesto alla Trapanese

There are numerous variations on pesto today, such as garlic scape and cilantro-packed pesto, but there’s also a lesser-known ancient take on pesto: pesto alla Trapanese. The sauce is made with garlic, salt, cheese, herbs, olive oil, vinegar and almonds.  Notes Note: If tomatoes are in season, replace the canned and sun-dried tomatoes with 1 1/2 cup garden-fresh tomatoes. Ingredients …

Soups & Salads

Cream of Crab Soup

Cream of crab soup is a popular menu item at restaurants all around the Chesapeake Bay region and is as ubiquitous in Maryland as clam chowder is along the coast of New England. Recipes for the soup are plentiful, but the best versions are the simple, straightforward ones that allow the sweet and succulent meat from …

Appetizers

Classic Baltimore Rainbow Cake

Rainbow cake is an iconic Baltimore dessert. While somewhat similar to the tri-colored Italian almond cake, the Baltimore version often consists of four or six layers of thin, moist cake—each a different bright color—with a thin layer of jam or fudge in between and glaze on top. This cake and glaze recipe is by Reva Arnoff …

Dinner & Lunch

Sriracha Aioli

Try this mouthwatering sauce with French fries, slathered on your favorite sandwich, or even drizzled over avocado toast. Adjust the spice level by increasing or decreasing the amount of sriracha. This recipe was originally published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Ingredients 3/4 cups mayonnaise 1 teaspoon sesame oil 2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce 1 tablespoon sriracha Juice of 1/2 a …

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