Five contenders — Ryan Scott, Jen Biesty, Mattin Nobila, Erik Hopfinger, and Laurine Wickett — made original cocktail recipes that incorporated the use of Fiji Water, a sponsor for the event, and I had the pleasure of guest judging the competition. In the end, Top Chef: Chicago's Jen Biesty came out on top with a well-balanced cucumber cocktail.
Jen Biesty named her cocktail The Fiji Facial after being inspired by a famous San Francisco spa. Her zen-like cocktail incorporates health-minded ingredients like ginger juice and organic cane sugar. To score the refreshing recipe — and check out photos from the event — read on.
- Gail Simmons opens up about her role as hostess of Top Chef: Just Desserts. — Feast
- Tips for making homemade sausage. — Huffington Post Food
- Everything you need to know about Morimoto's new Napa restaurant. — Inside Scoop
- Be like Thomas Keller and make your own cured lemons. — Food Wishes
- How to refuse dessert politely. — Chow
- On a hot night, serve chilled cucumber soup for dinner. — The Epi-Log
- Anthony Bourdain is hosting a food writing contest. — Eater
- Catching up with the Food Network's Adam Gertler. — Serious Eats
- Find out how President Obama prefers his pizza slices. — Grub Street CHI
Pineapples have traditionally been employed in tropical fruit salads, where they complement the flavors of papayas, mangoes, and toasted coconut. But don't overlook a savory application. Combine the fruit with cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs in a fiery Asian vinaigrette for a sweet-hot twist. Make it a full meal by adding shredded rotisserie chicken or garlicky grilled shrimp. Aching for a taste of the tropics? Decide whether to go the sweet or salty route when you read more.
I'm always looking for easy appetizers to throw together for an impromptu gathering. Inspired by PartySugar's scrumptious caprese skewers, I decided it was time to test out a Greek salad skewer. All it takes is a quick chop of ingredients and in about 20 minutes, I had a plate full of these delectable bites. The key is to make sure you have the right portion of each component — you don't want to overdo with the Feta or olives. A quick drizzle of olive oil and voilà, the easiest, freshest, and most flavorful killer app ever. It will surely impress your guests so keep reading for the simple recipe.
While Katie was pressing a sandwich with smoked ham and cherry mustard, I was busy placing my own honey-glazed Easter leftovers between slices of bread. I was drawn to this nontraditional ham salad, which is made with chopped ham, cream cheese, and Dijon mustard and mango chutney for tang and sweetness. I used a spinoff of Major Grey's Chutney, a ginger-mango preserve created two centuries ago by a British Army officer. When combined with dense pumpernickel bread and thinly sliced cucumbers, the result is a tea sandwich with a spicy, lemon-tinged twist. The recipe, when you read on.
The chicken is seasoned with ground ginger and coriander, and thanks to quick-cooking boneless skinless tenders, it's ready in just five short minutes. Don't be intimidated by the multiple steps in the recipe, it really is simple. To check it out, read more
I guess if you're in a pickle and can't find your vibrator, a cucumber will do. This ad suggests that they don't like that very much.
Every Fourth of July, I make the ultimate burger. This year I slathered my burger with homemade mustard and ketchup and covered it with a crunchy jicama slaw. If you are not keen on coleslaw as a condiment, it's also a refreshing and crunchy side dish for hot Summer days. A complex slaw, this recipe doesn't exclusively use jicama, but combines radishes, carrots, bell peppers, and cucumbers in a sweet and spicy dressing. Although it's simple, it does take time to prepare — many of the vegetables are grated. It goes fast with one person grating and another chopping, so get someone to help you out (like I did!). To make this colorful and crisp Summer slaw, keep reading.