Side Dishes

 
Cowgirl Blue Cornmeal Muffins

Blackberry Blue Cornmeal Muffins -
Years ago, as the food editor for Cottage Living magazine, we featured a story on Austin’s Liz Lambert, creator of the Hotel San José and El Cosmico in Marfa, among other unique and ultra hip places to lodge.  The recipes were…

Bean Chili

Bean Chili -
One of winter’s great culinary offerings are long, cold days, meant for warming drinks and easy cooking.  The best kind is putting in a little work on the front end and letting the pot and stove do their magic. I’m…

Spiced Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce -
I’m reposting this from last holiday–it’s a favorite for the Thanksgiving table and a great gift for guests. As much as I have a place in my heart (and a space on my plate) for canned cranberry sauce, preferably still in…

Meatless Monday: Romesco Sauce with Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables with Romesco Sauce -
I’ve been making variations of Spanish Romesco—a deeply flavorful nut-and-red pepper-sauce from Catalonia—for years, after tasting a version at Chef Adolfo Garcia’s Restaurant Riomar in New Orleans. The smoky piquillo pepper-based sauce was paired with rare yellowfin tuna and a…

Fresh Fava Beans

Fresh Fava Beans -
One of my favorite early signs of spring are the lovely pale green curves of fresh fava beans.  It takes a good pound of shell-on fresh favas to serve one person so plan on buying a few pounds.  You’ll need…

Thanksgiving Plates

Thanksgiving Plates -
Roast turkey and gravy are usually the star for the big Thanksgiving meal but a little love on the side can come from the equally stellar supporting players.  On this plate of Roast Turkey with Pancetta and Prunes (lovingly styled…

Fresh (Lightly) Creamed Spinach

Fresh Creamed spinach -
I love a good creamed spinach, steak house-style, but after eating a nice (steak-house portion), I don’t always feel that great. At home, I make this lightened-up version with sautéed fresh organic baby spinach.  And for tang and creaminess, I…

Recipe from A Mouthful of Stars: Avocado Papaya Salad

Avocado Papaya Salad -
This salad is a combination of Caribbean influences and Mexican flavors inspired from my travels to both places. Creamy avocado and papaya come to life with fresh lime juice and the crunch of jícama. Sometimes I substitute a large Korean/Asian…

Carrot and Yogurt Dip

Carrot and Yogurt Dip -
I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables, especially after the year or so of recipe testing for my new book, A Mouthful of Stars (out May 6, 2014).  This is a recipe I wrote up for Sukhi’s based on a…