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Archive for May, 2010

RECIPE: German Potato Salad

Instead of mayo, make potato salad with
bacon vinaigrette. Photo by J.Java | Fotolia.

Making potato salad this weekend? Hold the mayo!

Given America’s desire for all things bacon, put German Potato Salad on your menu. Made with bacon and onions or scallions, it can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Here‘s the recipe.

Find more potato salad recipes.

By the way, in Germany this dish is just called “potato salad” (or Kartoffelsalat).

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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Chocolate Bark

We found ourselves with a pile of quality chocolate bars. But with all the other things demanding to be eaten for reviews, the chocolate just sat there, month after month.

Taking a page from the adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” we decided to make the chocolate bars more alluring by turning them into chocolate bark with our favorite inclusions (the professional word for mix-ins).

Nuts, dried fruit, candies and other chocolate can be mixed in. We adore pistachio nuts and happened to have a supply of Guittard’s superior chocolate chips (dark, milk and white chocolate chips plus butterscotch, cappuccino, mint—available at Chocosphere.com).

It’s a long weekend—enough time for you to become a chocolatier, and to bring the [chocolate and] fruits of your labor to a Memorial Day party.

You don’t need a pile of chocolate bars—just 14 ounces of quality chocolate. See the recipe and start chopping!

If you’re attending parties this weekend, bring some as a gift to the hosts.

This version has raisins, sultanas, cashews,
crystallized ginger and orange peel. Photo by
Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

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RECIPE & GADGET: Make Jalapeño Poppers

Treat family and friends to jalapeño
poppers. Photo courtesy SurLaTable.com.

 

Did you know you had the need for a Chile Pepper Grill Rack and Corer? We didn’t, until we saw it at SurLaTable.com.

Last month there were 49,000 Google searches for the term “jalapeño poppers.” Evidently, the cheese-stuffed chiles have become so popular, there’s a market for popper racks.

Developed by Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue! Bible and How to Grill, this stainless steel, dishwasher-safe device makes it easy to impress your friends with poppers and anything else you can think to do with it. It comes with a chile corer that makes removing the membrane and seeds a snap.

The only problem is that the stainless steel rack holds only 18 chiles. We can easily demolish a large portion of that. Guess we’ll have to get a second rack for guests.

 

While we’re at it, we’ll pick up another two popper racks as summer house gifts for our favorite grill masters.

  • An 18-jalepeño rack, and the recipe for jalepeño poppers, are at SurLaTable.com. A double-size rack, holding 36 jalapeños, can be bought on Amazon.com.
  • What’s the difference between a jalepeño, a chipotle and a habanero chile? Find out in our Chile Glossary.
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    TIP OF THE DAY: Mustard Mash-Up

    There will be a lot of mustard served this weekend at barbecues across America. It’s your opportunity to try something new and exciting in this low-calorie-condiment category.

    Even though you think the crowd likes yellow ballpark mustard, delve into the more exciting types of mustard.

    Bring out the Dijon, the flavored mustards and the old-style grainy mustard. You can even bring a selection of gourmet mustards to your barbecue hosts.

    See the many different types in our Mustard Glossary.

    Find more of our favorite condiments—chutney, hot sauce, mayonnaise, olives, pickles and more—in our Gourmet Condiments section.

    How about some blue cheese mustard?
    Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

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    Sex And The City 2: “Rock The Casbah” Cosmo Cocktail

    Enjoy a Cosmo with a Middle Eastern
    twist. Photo courtesy The London NYC Hotel.

    Just about every spirits manufacturer we know developed a line of cocktails to celebrate the premiere of the film, Sex And The City 2. The typical suggestions we received had a cocktail named for each character—some just for the girls, others for every recognizable character in the film.

    If we had tried them all, we wouldn’t have been sober enough to write about them! And in truth, most were just spins on familiar cocktails with SATC2-appropriate names: Carrie’s Cosmo Caper, Samantha’s Seduction and so forth.

    One single recipe, though, came from the mixologists at The London NYC hotel—also home to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. “The Sexy London” was so different and tasty, with real Middle Eastern flavors—cardamom, rose syrup and mint, we decided that it was our SATC2 cocktail.

    If “Sexy London” doesn’t sound right for your crowd (we renamed ours the “Rock The Casbah Cosmo”), call it whatever you want. Just don’t call it late for dinner.

     

    Get the recipe and start infusing the vodka!

    The London NYC is located at 151 West 54th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues, convenient to the theatre district and Rockefeller Center.

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