Skewers are quintessential Summer food. They cook quickly on the barbecue, keep the house cool, and bring everyone outside to enjoy the wonderfully warm weather! This recipe for ancho-chile-marinated pork skewered with mangoes is a perfect combination of spicy and sweet. The cilantro sprinkled on top adds freshness and flavor to the already complex dish. To keep the entire dinner finger- and outdoor-friendly, I simply served it with barbecued corn. If you can't find mangoes, other fruits such as pineapples, peaches, or nectarines would be great substitutes. To get started on these succulent and tropical-inspired skewers keep reading.
Lately I've enjoyed vegetables as the focus of my meal in dishes such as Caprese and corn and cotija salad. But I spotted sirloin steak on sale at the supermarket, so this weekend, it's going to be all about the beef.
Since my steak and pineapple salad was so well-received, I'm lighting up the coals for another salad tonight. Warm, sizzling sirloin sliced against the grain, served with smoky onion wedges and a cilantro-jalapeño vinaigrette. What's not to like? Get jazzed for dinner tonight
For the first 23 years of my life, I thought salsa was something purchased at the grocery store or enjoyed at a Mexican restaurant. Then one day, I realized I could make it at home using fresh ingredients and everything changed.
The entire experience of eating salsa (with tortilla chips, of course) was enhanced. The juicy sweetness of tomatoes, the spicy heat of jalapeños, the subtle smokiness of chili powder, the crunchy bite of raw onion — it was like tasting salsa for the first time.
Don't be intimidated if you've never made salsa before, it's wildly easy and domestically rewarding. While having a food processor allows you to make salsa in mere minutes, it can also be done the old-fashioned way by finely chopping the ingredients. To check out my favorite salsa recipe read more
Say hola to the weekend with this exciting and flavorful dish. Quick-grilling chicken breasts are coated with a mixture of lime juice, cumin, and chile powder. Poblano chiles, bell peppers, and red onions are charred on the grill alongside the chicken.
Bring the chicken and veggies to the table on a large platter and let everyone assemble their own fajitas. Chill some Coronas or shake up a couple of margs and you've got yourself a Mexican fiesta! For the recipe, read more
I'm a major supporter of soup, and believe in eating it year-round, regardless of the weather. Yet I know how some of you can't bear to steam up sun shades with bowls of hot liquid in the Summer. If you fall into the latter category, chilled zucchini soup, with its creamy body and subtle flavor, is just the thing to talk you off the ledge. Add a quick course to the dinner menu when you blend together zucchini, broth, dill, and shredded cheese — or transform it into more of a substantial meal by topping off bowls with cumin-spiced shrimp and tangy cilantro cream. Decide between the two when you read more
Just because it's the middle of the week doesn't mean you can't enjoy a hearty and delicious pork dinner. This recipe uses pork tenderloin, a cut of meat that cooks quickly in the oven or on the grill. When topped with a caramelized onion and honey jam, the pork becomes rich and flavorful. Serve on a bed of rice seasoned with orange and cilantro for a meal that is balanced and satisfying. To check out the mouth-watering recipe, read more
During the Spring and Summer, you can almost always find the ingredients for pico de gallo in my fridge. This delightful Mexican condiment has a fresh tomato base and is flecked with raw onions and minced jalapeno. Just-squeezed lime juice adds a refreshing tartness. If I have cilantro, sometimes I'll stir that in, too.
To simply enjoy the pure flavor of pico de gallo, serve as a dip with crunchy tortilla chips. Or use the versatile mix in a number of creative ways. Place on top of grilled fish or steak. Stir into a salad of mixed greens or fold with cooked couscous. Toss with shredded chicken and you've got a quick filling for tacos or enchiladas frescos. Place in between soft tortillas with cheese and make quesadillas. Puree in the food processor for salsa.
See? The possibilities are endless. Get this recipe that you'll be making well into next Fall when you read more
Take an exotic escape to a tropical locale with this marvelous meal. Scallops — which are quick-cooking shellfish that are effortless to season — are tossed with a zesty lime cilantro marinade.
Spicy jalapenos add heat, juicy pineapple provides a sweetness, and chunks of avocado yield a creamy coolness. If you don't have an indoor grill pan, roast the skewers in the oven until scallops turn opaque.
This is a great dish to break out of a weeknight recipe rut, so get it now when you read more
- Once shunned, the affordable carnation is making a centerpiece comeback.
- Once shunned, the affordable carnation is making a centerpiece comeback. — Hostess With the Mostess
- Love cilantro? Check out this new website devoted to the fragrant herb. — Serious Eats
- Tips for building the ultimate green kitchen. — Chow
- One writer argues that food cannot travel and cuisine is limited to the place where it's made. — Gourmet
- Trader Joe's is now selling hard boiled peeled eggs. — The Kitchn
- Get excited for Thomas Keller's next big deal, Ad Hoc at Home, a family-friendly cookbook. — Eat Me Daily
Watching the radiant Slumdog Millionaire cast at the Oscars and the clips from the lush film made me hungry for Indian culture — and Indian food. I've decided to round up an intimate group and host an informal Indian dinner. My girlfriend Emily is bringing the wonderful soundtrack from the film and I'm in charge of the menu.
With fewer people traveling due to the economy, this is a great way to experience an exotic culture in the comfort of your own kitchen. Cooking a meal is more affordable than purchasing a plane ticket, so consider brightening up a Winter's evening with this lively get-together. Jump-start the party with Padma Lakshmi's crispy turkey rolls with mint and date dipping sauce; they should be ready and waiting for guests to arrive.
Shrimp tikka with mango chutney is fragrant, flavorful, sweet, and spicy. For the main course, serve chicken with a fresh, tangy cilantro sauce, white rice, and green lentils with lemon slices and popped mustard seeds. To entice your tastebuds with these dishes, read more