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Who doesn't dream of owning a cute little pied-à-terre in Paris, combing the markets for fresh French food and cooking it in a tiny European kitchen? Until that becomes a reality, we'll have to resort to watching Rachel Khoo's Little Paris Kitchen on the Cooking Channel. The show is everything the name implies; it follows a charming British cook as she creates glorious French cuisine in the tiniest of kitchens.
Recently, I watched an episode where Rachel makes a lavender roasted chicken, and the video stuck with me for weeks before I finally did some serious digging to retrieve the recipe. That is, until the publishers sent us her latest cookbook, which is as quaint and enticing as the cooking show.
When the sizzling, caramelized pieces of chicken come out of the oven, Rachel recommends taking a bit of crusty bread and dipping it into the pan juices to sample the flavors. My oh my, this chicken will make you fall in love with lavender, if you haven't already. It hits all the right sweet and savory notes, providing just enough floral flavor and herbaceousness to perk you up on a cold Winter night. The recipe is halved on purpose, because the lavender chicken has all the right potential for a dreamy date night like Valentine's Day.
Don't get us wrong: gin and tonics are great — particularly when employing top-notch ingredients — but gin's versatility lends itself well to a host of enticing cocktails that are more than worth exploring. Click through and try something new. Who knows? You may just find your new signature drink!
Most varieties of gin fall into four general categories:
- London dry gin is what most think of when gin comes to mind. Dry and heavy on the juniper and other botanicals (common additives include citrus peel and coriander, though the options include a host of barks, roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, and berries), it's in many ways similar to an infused vodka. London gins need not be produced in London — most are not — but are instead a style of gin defined by a lack of sugar and juniper-forward flavor. Some sip it on the rocks, but it's most commonly appreciated in cocktails like the martini, negroni, gin and tonic, southside, and a vast variety of others.
- Genever or Dutch gin may be less commonplace than its London dry counterpart, but it actually preceded the spirit and has experienced a revival as of late, with Bols Genever being the most widely available. Smoother and darker in flavor than other varieties, with less of an emphasis on the botanical notes, genever is distilled from either corn, rye, or barley malt, making for a spirit more similar to a light-bodied, botanical-infused whiskey. Try it sipped straight on the rocks, up, or as a substitute for whiskey or moonshine in cocktails — it's particularly great in an old-fashioned.
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If you've ever been known to get behind a taco, burrito, or chips from Chipotle Mexican Grill, then you've probably enjoyed some of the chain's signature spicy guacamole. We went into the kitchen with Chipotle to learn exactly how they make their legendary avocado dip. The secret? A longtime recipe that comes courtesy of founder (and classically trained chef) Steve Ells. Watch and learn, then get the recipe when you keep reading.
With the Super Bowl less than a week away, it's time to start prepping for your game-day party — especially now that we know which teams will be playing for the win. If you're a 49ers fan — which, as San Franciscans, we hope you are! — then you might want to listen up! While you can prep for your tailgating soiree with decorations like red-and-gold utensils, there's plenty of 49ers kitchen gear (think cheese boards and wine stoppers) to choose from. Here, we've put together all the items you need to embrace the football festivities.
What's perfect for your Super Bowl spread, and yet far from indulgent? These za'atar and cumin-spiced roasted chickpeas. Additionally, they're an excellent garnish for soups and salads, come together with a minimal of effort, are easy to transport, and are just plain delicious.
If this seems like a lot of blustery praise, don't be put off. Even if you find they're not your cup of tea you'll be out a mere few dollars (chickpeas are cheap!) aside from the initial purchase of tangy herbal za'atar and earthy cumin seeds (use extra za'atar in this soothing soup that's swirled with za'atar oil).
Not feeling the Mediterranean flavor profile? Think of this recipe as more of a blueprint than a set in stone prescription — feel free to sub out spice blends as you please, the proportions listed below are intended as a mere jumping off point.
What better way to celebrate the virtues of rum than by whipping up a bunch of traditional rum cocktails? Learn how to make rum classics, like the muddled mojito, as well as tiki favorites like the mai tai and the hurricane, a New Orleans standby. Stock your bar with light and dark rums and you'll be ready to mix any of these six libations.
Biting Winter weather got you down? Warm up with a bowl of soul-soothing roasted carrot soup from GraceDickinson.The beauty of a good soup is that you need only a few steps for it to turn out tasty. Often, you’ll also only need one pan, though this soup requires a step in the oven that will call for two. Roasting the carrots here really draws out their flavor, which gives this orange bowl of butter a sweet, earthy flavor. A touch of thyme draws back memories of Thanksgiving all over again, while ginger spices things up to keep your body extra warm.
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