It’s red, but it isn’t red hot. And that’s why it’s the sort of curry the average American is going to love.
I’m talking about red curry paste, one of a literal rainbow of intensely flavorful Southeast Asian seasonings.
To be clear, curry pastes are not the same as the curry powders most people know, though they do share some ingredients.
Curry pastes — which are used in Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian and Indian cooking — combine dry spices with ground fresh herbs and roots, garlic, chilies and other ingredients to form thick pastes.
These pastes often are classified by color. Green curry paste, for example, is a fiery Thai blend that combines green chilies, lemon grass, garlic, shrimp paste and kaffir lime leaves. It’s usually blended with coconut milk to season beef, pork and chicken.
Keep the rolling pin in the cabinet: Alton’s simple shortcakes are made by dropping large spoonfulls of dough onto a baking sheet. After they’re done baking, sweet whipped cream is nestled between the crumbly shortcakes and served with summer berries like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
It doesn’t get more local than your own backyard. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden (or in my case, have parents who do), you can have a garden-to-table dinner whenever your veggies are in season. This past weekend, the yellow summer squash were the perfect size for picking.
Since yellow summer squash has a soft rind, you only need to scrub it under water before cooking. It can be baked into casseroles, like Paula’s Summer Squash Casserole, thinly sliced and sprinkled with cheese, like a Summer Squash and Potato Gratin or sliced into spaghetti, like Tyler’s Spaghetti with Summer Squash, Tomatoes and Grilled Shrimp. But when it’s so incredibly fresh like this, I think just a little salt, pepper and olive oil are all that’s needed before thick slices of the squash get thrown on the grill.
Every week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.
It’s hard to beat the taste of corn bought from a roadside stand — just driving past a cornfield makes my mouth water. I imagine taking the corn off the grill and watching the butter melt over the kernels — the salt, the first bite. Nothing beats it. Here are some of my favorite tips for purchasing and preparing corn:
1. I always pick corn where the husk clings tightly to the cob; they are the most freshly picked. Similarly, I avoid buying cleaned corn wrapped in plastic or trimmed on both ends for “easier” eating. They tend to be dry and less fresh. The more “whole” you buy your vegetables, the better.
Bobby Flay has been cast to play a fictional version of himself in the final season of the HBO series Entourage. The character Ari Gold will discover his wife is dating the chef. In real life, Bobby is married to actress Stephanie March, but the TV show will portray him as a bachelor. Fans who prefer the nonfiction version of chef Flay can find him offering barbecue and grilling tips at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y., on July 31 at 11am. The event is part of the hall’s series Stirring the Pot: Conversations With Culinary Celebrities.
Iron Chef Marc Forgione, with the help of other chefs, will host his first fundraising dinner this November for Feeding America, a Chicago-based nonprofit with a network of 200 food banks. “Charity is an extension of what we do,” said Forgione, as he took a break from taping Iron Chef episodes. “I don’t even have to think twice about it.”
Porcinis, creminis and portobellos, oh my! With some 5000 species of mushrooms — not all edible — growing in the United States alone, it is no wonder these meaty and robust veggies have become such a staple of our diets. The recipes below suggest new and inventive ways to cook with mushrooms, while celebrating their classic earthy flavors and textures. Don’t forget that to avoid mushy mushrooms, it’s best to just wipe them with a damp towel to clean; soaking them in water will cause these porous varieties to absorb moisture and become soft when cooked.
Go meatless tonight and enjoy Food Network’s Grilled Portobello Burger With Onion Jam (pictured above). This classic vegetarian alternative to traditional beef burgers features grilled portobello mushrooms topped with a sweet and tangy red onion jam, fresh lettuce and a spoonful of spicy horseradish-yogurt sauce.