Can't say I'm a big fan of rillettes, a specialty of France's Loire Valley. It gets made by slow-cooking the meat in fat, then shredding and mixing it with some of the fat and chilling it to a fatty, porky spread for toast or bread. The chilled fat reminds me of schmaltz, or chicken fat, which in th ... More >>
Kasha varnishkas is an Eastern European dish that mixes bow-tie noodles, kasha grain, and caramelized onions. It's a hearty dish served warm, and one that I grew up eating from time to time.When I was chef at an upscale take-out shop in Manhattan called Mangia, I made my own version of the dish, ... More >>
Photo by Christina VillamorEver since we discovered the food blog Gastronaut Jones, we've been intrigued. Not only do we love the name, the blog chronicles some interesting kitchen experiments. Think pork skin cannoli, pig's tongue confit and more approachable dishes like butternut squash gnocchi ... More >>
Then again, there's always this option instead.Too early to post a after-Christmas Day recipe, you say? Be prepared is how I counter. Plus I'm not going to be blogging the day after Christmas, so you might as well tuck away this really easy, absolutely tasty recipe for ham steaks with redeye grav ... More >>
Chef Kurtis JantzAs the executive chef at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, Kurtis Jantz oversees the entire food and beverage operation for the resort. This is one busy man, and most of his Thanksgivings are spent working."My tradition is definitely working it," Jantz told us. ... More >>
Not your typical French fare, huh?In yesterday's interview with Joan Nathan, the author mentioned that she collected the recipes for her book Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking from French folks. Here's a tasty one from Celine Bénitah, a woman who hails from the Algerian ... More >>
Chef Dena MarinoChef Dena Marino moved to Miami from Colorado last summer to head the kitchen at DeVito South Beach. The job was short lived but Marino loved Miami so much she stayed. She's now working on another Miami project about which she can't reveal much because details aren't final yet. An ... More >>
Photo by Riki AltmanWrap it up--just like the Heat.These recipes are from Levy's Restaurants, the Chicago-based company that handles all the food you'll eat next week at the American Airlines Arena, when the Miami Heat plays its home opener. If you're too lazy to make these simple recipes at home, l ... More >>
Stone crab lovers, get ready: The season officially begins today and runs through May 15, 2011.The sweet and succulent claw meat of stone crabs is one of Florida's famous delicacies. The crustaceans live in waters off North Carolina to the Yucatan Peninsula, and 2.4 million claws were harvested c ... More >>
Sudre's servin' up some serious sea bass at Sofitel.Feeling French after reading parts one and two of our interview with Chef Pierre Sudre from the Sofitel's La Riviera? Give this recipe a go!Seared Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Espelette Pepper and Grilled Artichoke Hearts Over Kalamata TapenadeSer ... More >>
Courtesy of POC A pleasant stroll up Ponce de Leon, from Miracle Mile, brings you to POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi. The ten-day old restaurant celebrated its grand opening Tuesday evening; a triumph that was more than four years in the making. The festivities began with a ceremonial bles ... More >>
"Let's eat what God gave us." - Jennifer Paterson"Never trust a thin cook." - Clarissa Dickson WrightTwo Fat Ladies was my favorite cooking show of all time, which is probably why my wife bought copies of two of their books for me while she was in London. Full Throttle was the third cookbook by thes ... More >>
This is a companion volume to the PBS series of the same name. An obviously very generous friend of mine gave this autographed copy to me as a gift, and it's one of the best cookbooks I own. Mr. Pépin and Ms. Child offer complementary recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, desserts ... More >>
via about.comHave you ever made beer-can chicken? If you haven't, you're missing out on the juiciest grilled chicken you've ever tasted and on a few good laughs from looking at your bird perched atop a beer can on the grill. It's also incredibly easy to make, which makes it the perfect dish for t ... More >>
Nino Pernetti graciously sent me a copy of his then just-published cookbook after I'd done a short interview with him about it for Short Order in 2008. The subtitle, His Life Story and Travels around the World, pretty much describes the narrative, in which Nino's co-authors Ferdie Pacheco a ... More >>
I purchased this book, the followup to author Kelly McCune's best selling Grill Book, when it first came out in 1990. Can't say exactly what prompted me to do so, but looking back at it now (after years of not having done so), the recipes seem to have remained pretty up-to-date considering how mu ... More >>
Zuma's Seared Tuna with Chilli Daikon and Ginger ChipsAfter talking to Chef Weissgerber and hearing all about the dishes he creates for Zuma our mouth was watering. Below is his recipe for Seared Tuna, made especially for the Japanese food lover in all of us.Seared Tuna with Chilli Daikon & G ... More >>
.How do we love thee, ceviche? Let us count the ways...Since Norman Van Aken is doing a 180 by coming back to Coral Gables, partnering in the kitchen with his son and a fresh-faced Phillip Bryant, and putting local sourcing at the top of the priority list, we thought we'd mix things up a bit and ... More >>
Yesterday we wrote about fabada Asturiana as a way to prepare for today's Spain-Germany soccer game. If you didn't start then, maybe you can celebrate la victoria with fabada. It's a traditional Spanish stew that requires time, patience, lots of meat, and a hearty appetite. Slowly ... More >>
Travel ChannelSearing a hog and shooting some hard liquor is the only acceptable way to honor avowed pork addict and alcoholic connoisseur Anthony Bourdain. Naturally, any South Floridian's first impulse would be to stuff that mojo mofo into a caja china and let him roast till sundown. Sadly, tho ... More >>
Robin Medlin / Grill GrrrlNow that you have Grill Grrrl's (Robin Medlin) grilling tips from earlier, you should be ready to try her buffalo sliders. On July 4, follow Medlin's suggestion to create a slider bar by serving your favorite toppings and letting your guests create their own specialty bu ... More >>
On June 12, 18-year-old Cuban-American high school student Lynette Bofill emerged from a field of ten young, aspiring chefs to take $10,000 in Le Cordon Bleu's Future Chef of America Culinary Scholarship Competition. Today, Lynette offers the recipe for her winning dish, chicken paprikash with br ... More >>
Lee KleinCulinaria's flag of American eatsEarlier today, we kicked off our Cookbook series with a patriotic July 4th-inspired look at Culinaria: The United States (A Culinary Discovery). Now we offer two of the book's recipes that might be useful for this weekend's festivities. One is for barbecu ... More >>
photo by Kristin PearceThe saying "Don't Mess with Perfection" does not always apply to cooking. Take for example a perfect meatloaf and the perfect Cuban sandwich. You may wonder how you can make each of these comfort foods better? Try combining them! Anyone who has tried this dish will te ... More >>
Sean O'Connell, Corporate Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Operations for the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, has a Father's Day recipe to share, along with a quick backstory about life with his father. The recipe is for Seared Irish Salmon with Creamy Mustard Cabbage; perhaps it is stating ... More >>
Photo by Christina StaalstromNorma Vargas-Matus is not exactly what you would expect from a pasta maker. She's a "Mexicana" from the beautiful town of Acapulco who grew up working at her family's bakery located in the hip Condesa district of Mexico City. Today, this latin lovely finds herse ... More >>
Paula Niño"Chicken again?" That was my uncle's line to my grandmother each time she served him lunch regardless of whether it was chicken or steak. Not very funny perhaps, especially not to my grandmother, who just rolled her eyes and walked away. Chicken is so easy as a dinner staple because, y ... More >>
One of the stars of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Katie Lee is heading to Miami in two weeks to start whipping up some of her signature Southern-flavored recipes. The gorgeous cookbook author (she has two tomes out) and former wife of crooner Billy Joel, Katie Lee is a culinary force to ... More >>
Paula NiñoSo it's pasta. Dressed simply with tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. What's the big deal? I'll tell you. It's comforting, easy to make and relatively inexpensive. It never fails in those "I could care less for cooking" moments. Which typically occur on a weekday night when all you want i ... More >>
Jackie SayetBig, fat, oven-roasted turkey - check. Stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce - check. Grilled leg of lamb with cranberry salsa verde? Oh yes! Check please! Whether it's Thanksgiving, or a big family get-together, this twist on a traditional staple will wow 'em. Bone-in l ... More >>
Photo by Jacob KatelSetai Mixologist Paul Sevigny.Hold on to your curly little tails, folks. It's no secret that pork flavors have somehow made their way into the world of trendy cocktails (still haven't tried a Bacontini or Bacon Bloody Mary?), so perhaps it was just a matter of time before the ... More >>
photo by adam larkeyChef John Critchley has attracted plenty of notice and praise for his sustainable fish dishes at Area 31. Rightly so, as few chefs have made sustainability so inherent to their cuisine. Plus his simply adorned and pristine seafood preparations taste great. We asked for a ... More >>
This brassy 24-hour eatery is just what we needed.
Last week, Mario Batali unveiled a new recipe at an event to benefit his equally new charity, The Mario Batali Foundation.The recipe was for machaca, which comes from the Mexican word machacado -- 'pounded' or 'crushed'. The preparation originated with the ranchers and cowboys of northern Mexico, wh ... More >>
Sometimes, especially in a pinch, a taco is just a taco.
Yard House Ginger Crusted SalmonThe main claim to fame for Yard House, the new 12,000-square-feet Coral Gables resto-pub (Yard House, Village of Merrick Park; 305-447-9273) has been its' peerless beer selection -- 130 on tap, with a glass-enclosed keg room housing up to 5,000 gallons at a time. But ... More >>
Pan sauteed diver scallops with braised short ribsThis weeks recipe comes from one of Miami's elite chefs, Pascal Oudin of Pascal's On Ponce. Oudin has trained under Ducasse, Vergé, and Jean-Louis Palladin, who mentored the young Frenchman when he first came to the States in 1982. After a lengthy s ... More >>
In this fiercely competitive market, a new Italian restaurant in SoBe will have to try harder.
Peeps' Last Meal My friend Peggy Jean was in town over the Easter holidays. Peggy Jean is a real Southern cook, which means that just about everything she makes calls for many pounds of butter, cartons of heavy whipping cream, half and half, bacon fat, salt, and variations on the theme of sugar (tur ... More >>
It's expensive and mostly satisfying — not enough from a superstar chef.
In yesterday's Short Order I suggested that a major unnamed chef would be shortly leaving a major unnamed restaurant. I was alluding to Clay Conley of Azul, in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. When I contacted the chef to see if the rumor was true, he started off by stating "I'm not leaving." This seeme ... More >>
If you sit down for this sequel, don't think too hard about the original.
Sabor a Perú and Burritos Grill Café offer bargains on the city's main drag.