Month: July 2018

The Best Way to Store Your Knives

The Best Way to Store Your Knives

A magnetic knife strip, such as the wood one pictured here, is a great space-saving knife storage solution. [Photographs: Vicky Wasik] I have a bit of a kitchen knife–buying obsession. It helps that I can justify many of my purchases for work (how else am […]

How to Make Paratha, the Flaky, Buttery, South Asian Flatbread

How to Make Paratha, the Flaky, Buttery, South Asian Flatbread

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, Video: Serious Eats Team] Four-year-old me acted like a little tyrant, stomping around and demanding to be entertained. Mr. Rogers and Elmo were never enough for me; I wanted magic markers that changed colors and I wanted to run through the house […]

Paratha (Flaky South Asian Flatbread) Recipe

Paratha (Flaky South Asian Flatbread) Recipe


[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, Video: Serious Eats Team]

Paratha is a unique South Asian flatbread, often used to scoop up curries and dip into raitha, that’s got tons of crispy layers. The special flaky quality of this bread is achieved through a double-roll procedure that fills it with countless layers of ghee, or Indian-style clarified butter, similar to the way puff pastry is layered with butter. Although making them can be a time consuming effort, the ingredients and techniques are simple enough that anyone can have freshly made flatbread at home. This recipe can also be multiplied as needed and made in advance, cooking up from frozen on demand.



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24 Pineapple Recipes for Tropical-Tasting Sweets, Savories, and Drinks

24 Pineapple Recipes for Tropical-Tasting Sweets, Savories, and Drinks

[Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt, Morgan Eisenberg, Yvonne Ruperti, Vicky Wasik] There is no shortage of ways to enjoy pineapple—its sweet-tart flavor is equally at home in savory dishes, desserts, and drinks. Nowadays, fresh pineapple is available year-round, so if you’re ever stuck in a cooking […]

How Japanese Knives Are Made

How Japanese Knives Are Made

[Photographs: Daniel Gritzer] The world of kitchen knives can be roughly divided into two overarching groups: Western knives, which are rooted in German and French cutlery traditions, and Japanese knives, some of which can be traced back hundreds of years to the days of the […]

Special Sauce: Rick Bragg on Why Cooks Are the High Priests of Good Living

Special Sauce: Rick Bragg on Why Cooks Are the High Priests of Good Living




We talk with acclaimed Southern author Rick Bragg about the inspiration behind his latest book, The Best Cook in the World.
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Fresh Pineapple Ice Cream Recipe

Fresh Pineapple Ice Cream Recipe

1. In a 3-quart stainless steel saucier, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and eggs, followed by pineapple purée and lemon juice. (If you like, save the pineapple core and lemon rind to make a no-cook pineapple syrup.) Cook over medium-low heat, whisking gently but constantly, […]

How to Make Pineapple Ice Cream

How to Make Pineapple Ice Cream

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] A few weeks ago at dinner, Sohla talked about the charms of growing up near Disneyland, where summers were flush with the cold, bright zing of a Dole Whip, a dairy-free pineapple-flavored soft-serve that’s been sold at the theme parks since 1986. […]

17 Tequila Cocktail Recipes to Take You Beyond the Shot

17 Tequila Cocktail Recipes to Take You Beyond the Shot


[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, Heather Meldrom, Rabi Abonour]

Tequila and margaritas are virtually synonymous, and for good reason—a properly crafted margarita is one of history’s greatest cocktails. At the same time, tequila can be used for so much more. With a variety of expressions—bright and grassy blanco tequila, mellower reposado, and añejo varieties as dark as bourbon—tequila is at home in all sorts of cocktails. Our favorite tequila cocktails showcase all sides of this versatile spirit, from a peachy blended drink to a bittersweet Negroni variation to a boozy Sazerac-inspired sipper. Keep reading for these recipes and more, plus a few of our favorite margaritas for good measure.

Margaritas

Classic Margarita

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Forget sour mix and slushie machines—to make a perfect margarita all you need is tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, salt, and a cocktail shaker. Because the drink is so simple you should reach for a nice bottle of tequila. If you are going to make a margarita with lower-quality liquor, you will probably want to mix in a little simple syrup.

Get the recipe for Classic Margarita »

The Best Frozen Lime Margarita

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Even a frozen margarita should be made using fresh ingredients. For the slushiest texture, chill the tequila, lime juice, Cointreau, and simple syrup in the fridge overnight. The alcohol will keep the mixture from freezing, but it will all get cold enough to keep the ice from melting too much as you blend up the drink.

Get the recipe for The Best Frozen Lime Margarita »

Quick and Easy Margarita Shandy

[Photograph: Heather Meldrom]

I’ll admit that if you are trying to make margaritas for a party, juicing all the limes by hand is a bit of a chore. Our favorite shortcut is this margarita shandy, which combines reposado tequila with frozen limeade concentrate (trust us, it works). Mixing in beer (go with a pilsner or lager) gives the drink a refreshing effervescence.

Get the recipe for Quick and Easy Margarita Shandy »

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Purists might scoff, but we love mixing fresh fruit into our margaritas to give them a little extra flavor. Here that means blending in super-ripe pineapple (plus a little lemon juice) in with the margarita base. If you cut up your pineapple and find that it’s not quite as ripe as you would like, microwaving the chunks of fruit for just 12 seconds will help bring out its sweetness.

Get the recipe for Fresh Pineapple Margaritas »

Fresh Watermelon Margaritas

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

This vibrantly colored watermelon margarita substitutes St. Germain elderflower liqueur for Cointreau—the floral notes of the liqueur complement the sweet fruit nicely. Adding a pinch of salt to the mixture helps bring out the flavor of the watermelon and straining before serving ensures that the drink isn’t full of pulp.

Get the recipe for Fresh Watermelon Margaritas »

Other Cocktails

The Upgraded Paloma

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

I’ll never say no to a classic Paloma—made by spiking grapefruit soda with tequila—but this upgraded version is even tastier. To make it we replace the soda with a homemade grapefruit cordial, which we mix with blanco tequila, lime juice, and Campari and top with seltzer. The bitter Campari keeps the drink from being too sweet and highlights the grapefruit’s more astringent qualities.

Get the recipe for The Upgraded Paloma »

Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler

[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

This drink starts with a simple syrup made with dried hibiscus flowers and lime juice and zest. I’d recommend keeping this syrup on hand all summer—mix it with seltzer during the day for a refreshing nonalcoholic drink and add a splash of blanco tequila once it’s time to unwind.

Get the recipe for Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler »

Swiss Cartel (Tequila Negroni Cocktail)

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

For something a little more brooding, try this Negroni variation that pairs reposado tequila with aromatic Gran Classico and sweet Carpano Antica. A traditional Negroni uses the sweet spirits in equal parts, but I like adding a little extra tequila to this drink to balance out the sweetness.

Get the recipe for Swiss Cartel (Tequila Negroni Cocktail) »

The Charming Foxhole

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

Another twist on the Negroni, this cocktail sticks with the reposado tequila and uses bittersweet Aperol in place of the Campari. For the vermouth we go with Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and pour in a splash of Amaro Nonino for extra depth. A couple dashes of Peychaud’s bitters give the drink a subtle anise aroma.

Get the recipe for The Charming Foxhole »

Tequila and Campari With Tangerine

[Photograph: Heather Meldrom]

A party-friendly option for Negroni fans, this pitcher drink combines añejo tequila, Campari, fresh-squeezed tangerine juice, and seltzer. Tangelo juice works just as well as tangerine juice, so use whichever fruit you can find.

Get the recipe for Tequila and Campari With Tangerine »

Peach and Tequila Frozen Blended Cocktail

[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

This fruity blender drink is a great way to use up peaches that are just a little too ripe to eat raw—we blend them up with pineapple (both fresh fruit and juice). To balance out the sweet fruit we turn to grassy blanco tequila, bitter Suze, and fresh mint. As with a frozen margarita, be sure to chill the base overnight before blending.

Get the recipe for Peach and Tequila Frozen Blended Cocktail »

Grilled-Rambutan Cocktail

[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

This cocktail is made with rambutans that we grill quickly to intensify their sweet-tart flavor before muddling and mixing with tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. If you live near an Asian market you might be able to find spiky red fresh rambutans, but already-peeled canned ones are perfectly fine.

Get the recipe for Grilled-Rambutan Cocktail »

Mango-Ginger Cocktail With Cilantro

[Photograph: Rabi Abonour]

This refreshing cocktail pairs tequila (preferably an oaky aged variety) with sweet mango, bright cilantro, and spicy ginger juice. Store-bought ginger juice is universally terrible, so make your own by muddling fresh ginger and pushing it though a fine-mesh strainer.

Get the recipe for Mango-Ginger Cocktail With Cilantro »

Cucumber-Tequila Cooler

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Moving from fruits to vegetables, this unusual but super refreshing drink is made with muddled celery and English cucumber. We mix the muddled veggies with blanco tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar and top with seltzer. A pinch of salt helps bring out the flavors of the celery and cucumber.

Get the recipe for Cucumber-Tequila Cooler »

El Diablo con Limón (Tequila Punch With Cassis and Lemon)

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Sometimes converting a cocktail from a bar recipe into something approachable for a home bartender means taking shortcuts. Portland’s Clyde Common makes the Diablo—a well-balanced tequila and crème de cassis punch—with a lemon peel syrup and lime juice, but to keep you from ending up with a bunch of extra lemon juice and lime peels we go all-lemon for our version of the drink.

Get the recipe for El Diablo con Limón (Tequila Punch With Cassis and Lemon) »

Mojalisco

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

Drawing inspiration from the Dark and Stormy, Moscow Mule, and Mojito, this cocktail starts with a base of Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer and a shot of blanco tequila. Mint livens the drink up, Velvet Falernum adds an almond sweetness, and bittersweet Cynar lurks in the background with an herbal depth. It’s worth double-straining the drink to remove any little pieces of muddled mint.

Get the recipe for Mojalisco »

The Federation

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

Warm and oaky, añejo tequila bears more than a passing resemblance to whiskey and can be used similarly. Here we use the spirit in a Sazerac-like cocktail, mixing it with crème de cacao and Angostura bitters and serving in an absinthe-rinsed glass. The absinthe seems like a minor part of the recipe, but the cocktail won’t be the same if you leave it out.

Get the recipe for The Federation »



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Pastrami vs Corned Beef: A Guide to the Jewish Deli

Pastrami vs Corned Beef: A Guide to the Jewish Deli

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, unless otherwise noted] Despite its name, the Jewish delicatessen is for everyone. If anything, an overstuffed sandwich of pastrami, or corned beef, or brisket is what helped Jews assimilate into the United States after the great migrations of the 1800s and 1900s. […]