The salad turned out beautifully. It has vibrantly hued ingredients, each neatly chopped, in contrasting layers. I especially enjoyed the flavors and textures — like buttery avocado, smoky cumin, and crispy chips — without any of the grease. Leftover chopped ingredients make for a wonderful next meal, and you can vary the dish. Remove the cheese to turn it vegan, or add grilled skirt steak if you're a meat lover. Savor a different taco salad when you read more
Posts for September 1st 2009
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch-thick medallions
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 pound arugula, stems discarded and leaves chopped
1 pound plum tomatoes, chopped
- In a very large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the prosciutto and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the garlic is golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Season the pork medallions with salt and pepper, add them to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until well browned on the outside and medium within, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the medallions to a plate and keep warm.
- Add the balsamic vinegar to the skillet and cook until nearly evaporated, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
- Add the arugula and toss until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the prosciutto and garlic. Cook over high heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the arugula to a platter, top with the pork and serve.
- Main Dishes, Pork
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 pint coconut sorbet, softened
1 pint raspberry sorbet, softened
1 pint mango sorbet, softened
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a 6-cup (8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches) loaf pan with a long strip of plastic wrap, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides; set aside.
- Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until golden, 8 to 10 minutes; let cool completely.
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup toasted coconut in prepared pan. Dollop coconut sorbet on top, and spread evenly; sprinkle with cup toasted coconut. Repeat with raspberry sorbet and remaining cup toasted coconut, then mango sorbet. Fold plastic overhang over sorbet, and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours and up to 2 weeks.
- To serve, unfold plastic, and invert pan onto a plate; remove plastic. Slice terrine crosswise with a serrated knife.
- Desserts, Frozen
For the cake:
11 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 1⁄2 cups flour 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, preferably 54%, chopped
1⁄2 cup confectioners' sugar
7 eggs, separated
1⁄2 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup dark rum
For the ganache
24 oz. semisweet chocolate, preferably 54%, roughly chopped
3 cups heavy cream
Cocoa powder, for dusting
- Make the cake: Heat oven to 325°. Line bottom of a 9" springform pan with parchment paper. Grease pan with 1 tbsp. butter. Add 1⁄4 cup flour; shake to evenly coat inside. Invert and tap out excess flour; set pan aside.
- Set a medium bowl over a 1-qt.saucepan of simmering water. Add chocolate; melt. Set aside to let cool.
- In a large bowl, beat the melted chocolate, butter, and confectioners' sugar with a handheld mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in the flour and salt and mix until just combined; set batter aside.
- In a bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until frothy. Sprinkle in 1⁄4 cup sugar and beat to form stiff, glossy peaks. Using a rubber spatula, fold egg whites into the cake batter. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top with the rubber spatula. Bake until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Transfer to a rack; let cool. Invert and unmold cake. Cut cake horizontally into 3 even layers; set cake layers aside.
- Dissolve remaining sugar and 1⁄4 cup water in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until syrup has slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in rum; let cool.
- Make the ganache: Place chocolate in bowl of a standing mixer. Bring cream to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan; pour over chocolate; let sit for 5 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, combine chocolate and cream. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until ganache reaches room temperature. Chill until ganache has the consistency of peanut butter, 2 hours. Transfer bowl to standing mixer fitted with a whisk. Whip on medium speed, 15–20 seconds.
- Place bottom cake layer on a cardboard cake circle. Using a pastry brush, brush cake with one-third of rum syrup. Using a butter knife, spread 1 cup ganache evenly across cake top. Top with second cake layer and one-third of rum syrup; repeat process with remaining cake, rum syrup, and ganache. Spread remaining ganache over cake. Press chocolate shavings onto sides. Shake cocoa powder over cake with a mesh sieve.
- Desserts, Cake
The two events I'm really dying to attend? The famed Best in the West Rib Cook-Off and upstate New York's yearly Buffalo Wing Festival. Where will you make an appearance this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
- St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Cooks! — Sept. 1
- New York, NY: Slow U: Ice Cream, From Sugar and Snow — Sept. 1
- Millersport, OH: Millersport Sweet Corn Festival — Sept. 2-5
- Sparks, NV: Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off — Sept. 2-7
- Morgan City, LA: Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival — Sept. 3-7
- Village of Pinehurst, NC: Pinehurst Food & Wine Fest — Sept. 3-7
- Sonoma, CA: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend — Sept. 4-6
- Kerrville, TX: Kerrville Wine & Music Festival — Sept. 4-6
- Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis Rib America Festival — Sept. 4-7
- Rusk, TX: Texas Potjie Festival - Sept. 4-7
- Denver, CO: A Taste of Colorado – Sept. 4-7
- Cleveland, OH: Taste of Cleveland — Sept. 4-7
- Fallon, NV: Fallon Cantaloupe Festival — Sept. 4-7
- Hamburg, PA: Taste of Hamburg-er Festival — Sept. 5
To see the rest, read more
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8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 large tomato, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 onion, diced
1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot, or more, to taste
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
Crinkle-cut potato chips, saltines, or vegetable sticks, for dipping
Combine all ingredients together, stirring until fully incorporated.
Makes 1 1/2 cups.
- Appetizers, Dips
- North American
This Summer, Starbucks developed an even edgier tumbler for the warm weather: a cold to-go cup, complete with green straw, constructed in clear lucite. It sold out almost immediately, and is now being sold on eBay for as much as $50 a pop. What do you think of it: impractical or brilliant?