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3 of a Kind: Meatloaf Wellington

by in Restaurants, January 4th, 2017

Meatloaf Wellington from Saint Lou's Assembly
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Creative chefs across the country are marrying the humble meatloaf with the elegant beef Wellington. The result? Meatloaf Wellington. This genius mashup takes a down-home dish and transforms it with an upscale tweak: puff pastry. Any kind of ground meat works; the layer of duxelles (a mixture of mushrooms and shallots traditionally found in beef Wellington) is optional. One crucial addition, however, is the sauce, which adds an extra layer of flavor. Save the ketchup for your burger. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Warming Cocktail

by in Restaurants, December 31st, 2016

Revived Corpse Cocktail
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Winter’s chill provides the perfect excuse to cozy up with a warming cocktail in hand. Get inspired by these pros who’ve shared their go-to drinks for warding off the cold-weather blues. Read more

3 of a Kind: Potato Crisps and Caviar

by in Restaurants, December 28th, 2016

Caviar from the Wine Kitchen
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Caviar and potato chips usually sit at opposite ends of the fancy food spectrum. Lately, however, chefs have united the two, pairing the upscale tinned fish eggs with the humble potato, a seemingly ideal combination that brings together both creamy and crisp textures. Read on to get the take on these creative dishes that fuse the familiar flavors of fried potato with the bold and briny notes of caviar. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Chinese Takeout

by in Restaurants, December 24th, 2016

Kung Pao Chicken
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

For some, ordering Chinese food is a time-honored Christmas Day tradition. For those who plan to dive into a bowl of noodles tomorrow, follow the lead of these chefs who’ve shared their preferred takeout plates, including Americanized favorites and regional classics.

A Feast of Favorites
Chefs Salil and Stacey Mehta brought the traditional Chinese fare of India to Brooklyn earlier this year when they opened the Chinese Club, which honors Stacey’s Indian-Chinese heritage. Given the hectic pace of running two restaurants (they’re also owners of LAUT in New York City) while raising a family, the husband-and-wife duo are fans of ordering in when they need a bit of a break. Stacey’s takeout picks are Kung Pao Chicken, Chinese corn soup and Singapore Mai Fun, while Salil opts for crab rangoon, General Tso’s Chicken and roast pork fried rice. “We love these dishes as our lazy day food, especially after a long day of working at both restaurants and also looking after children: dropping them off at school, picking them up, spending time with them and playing with them,” says Salil.

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3 of a Kind: Holiday Cocktails

by in Restaurants, December 21st, 2016

The Bad Santa Cocktail from Westbound
By Natalie B. Compton

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

With the holiday season in full swing, bars across America are creating festive vibes with whimsical winter cocktails. The temperatures are dropping, making it the perfect time for eggnogs, mulled wines and punches. Beyond those warming staples, bartenders are getting creative with their wintry concoctions by pulling in innovative ingredients and putting together playful presentations. Here are a few places to sip spirits merrily. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Edible and Drinkable Holiday Gifts

by in Restaurants, December 18th, 2016

Polvorones
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

There’s a lot of stress when it comes to gifting at the holidays, but professional chefs are not the type to buckle under pressure. Many infuse their presents with an ultra-personal touch by using their culinary talents to create the gifts themselves. These edible (and drinkable) presents range from beyond-basic baked goods (standard sugar cookies need not apply) to a hot sauce so in demand that it’s now offered right in the creator’s restaurant. Here’s what chefs across the country are fermenting, infusing and baking for friends and family — and even some lucky customers. Read more

Hometown Hungers: Kentucky Hot Brown

by in Restaurants, December 17th, 2016

Hot Brown from Brown Hotel
The history of Kentucky’s Hot Brown is as deliciously decadent as the state’s signature dish itself.

This hot turkey sandwich that comes drenched in a silky Mornay sauce got its start in the 1920s. It was dreamed up in the kitchen of the glamorous Brown Hotel, which had gained notoriety among Louisville locals and travelers alike for its legendary weekend dance parties. Chef Fred Schmidt needed a hearty dish to satisfy the masses and keep the celebration going during those swinging days of the Jazz Age. Accomplishing this task was no easy feat, as there were up to 2,000 people in attendance on any given weekend. But Chef Schmidt’s culinary talents proved to be formidable, as he transformed a few humble ingredients that he already had on hand — brioche bread, turkey, bacon and tomatoes — into a truly indulgent creation perfect for the hotel’s partygoers. He made an open-faced sandwich and then smothered it in a classic Mornay sauce (his featured Pecorino Romano, butter, cream and nutmeg). Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Hanukkah

by in Restaurants, December 14th, 2016

Dark-Rum Doughnuts from The Dutch
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chefs’ Picks: Hanukkah
Hanukkah spans eight nights, which means there is plenty of time to reflect on traditions, exchange gifts and indulge in one celebratory meal after another. The holiday is full of dishes that are steeped in symbolism. Many of them are made with oil, to celebrate finding the oil that kept the temple’s menorah lit for eight days. That’s why the holiday is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. Whether you are preparing your first Hanukkah feast or are looking for ways to mix up traditional recipes, get inspiration as these chefs across the country give their take on what should land on your table this holiday. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Christmas Dinner

by in Restaurants, December 11th, 2016

Cardoon Gratinata
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Christmas Dinner
Though it may feel like the Thanksgiving feast just ended, it’s already time to start decking the halls, trimming the tree and gearing up to prepare yet another festive meal. Don’t let holiday fatigue take over. We’ve rounded up a menu of inspiring dishes by checking in with chefs across the country to find out which recipes make the cut for their Christmas spread.

A Surprising Italian Side
Chef de Cuisine Justin Winters of Boston’s La Motta’s likes to stick with an Italian standard that is often a surprise for most Americans: cardoon. A cousin of artichoke that has slender stems similar to celery, this vegetable is a common addition to the Christmas table in various regions of Italy. Read more

Hometown Hungers: San Francisco Cioppino

by in Restaurants, December 10th, 2016

Cioppino
When the fog rolls through the waterfront city of San Francisco, few dishes can ward off the ensuing chill like a steaming bowl of cioppino.

This tomato-based stew sings with the flavors of the sea, as any version done right comes crammed with a veritable bounty from the ocean in every bite. Though seafood is the constant of this dish, there is no set standard as to what kind must be used. Seasonings and type of stock also vary, though the base traditionally includes tomatoes.

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