This healthy recipe for Penne "Alfredo" With Basil Sauce comes from Barilla chef Lorenzo Boni, and was served at Oldways' 15th Anniversary Conference on the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. A low-fat cauliflower sauce replaces the usual heavy Alfredo sauce, and a basil-Parmesan pesto adds color and lots of fresh herb flavor. Chef Boni uses Barilla PLUS™ pasta, but you could substitute another pasta if desired.
This flavorful fish dish is quick and easy enough for a busy weeknight, and elegant enough to serve to guests. Make your own Ras El Hanout spice blend, or use a ready made version. And feel free to substitute another firm, white fish, such as halibut or sea bass.
Roasting is an easy way to bring out the sweet, nutty notes in cauliflower, while curry powder adds another dimension of flavor to a simple preparation that will have everyone clamoring for more. Serve this Curry Roasted Cauliflower alongside grilled meats or fish, or as a great complement to Indian menus.
Recipe for Fennel & Carrot Salad With Coriander-Lemon Vinaigrette. With its fresh, herbaceaous aroma and subtle anise notes, ground coriander seed beautifully complements this light fennel and carrot salad. The coriander and lemon flavors in the vinaigrette make this salad a natural to pair with Middle Eastern or Indian menus.
Barack Obama's chili recipe is circulating all over the Web -- sort of. We don't know all of the ingredients or proportions (would you share all the secret details of your famous potluck go-to?)I call this version "Almost Obama's Chili" because it includes all of the known ingredients in his recipe, but with overhauled instructions for clarity and suggestions for success.
This recipe for Sopa Azteca Tortilla Soup With Pasilla Chile comes from Rick Bayless' Topolobampo restaurant in Chicago. Both the restaurant and this pasilla chile-accented tortilla soup are favorites of the Obamas. Enjoy it as-is, or serve it as they do at Topolobampo, by adding some roasted chicken and garnishing it with Mexican crema (you could also use creme fraiche or sour cream).
Avocado and Pomegranate Salad With Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette
Cumin's warm herbal notes blend beautifully with the tang of fresh limes. Salads or simply-prepared vegetables dressed in this cumin-lime vinaigrette would be a great complement to Mexican, South American, Caribbean or Indian menus. Or, try it as a marinade for meat, poultry or fish.
Traditional European potato latkes (pancakes) get a bit of Sephardic flair from the Moroccan spice blend ras el hanout and a bright hint of lemon zest.
Recipe for Ras El Hanout Moroccan Spice Blend
This vanilla bean-flecked sugar uses the entire vanilla pod for an intense flavor. Blending the sugar and vanilla bean in the food processor yields a superfine texture that's great for stirring into tea or coffee.
I developed this Sugar and Spice Frosting in honor of the birth of my sweet little girl, who is definitely made of all things nice. Rich with white chocolate, this frosting is subtly flavored with vanilla bean, cinnamon, and crystallized ginger. White Chocolate Sugar and Spice Frosting would be great for frosting baby shower cake or cupcakes, but the flavor is also sophisticated and versatile enough for all sorts cakes and entertaining scenarios.
These beautiful little Winter Spice Sugar Plum Bonbons are naturally sweet, and feature a winning combination of plump prunes and spiced almond paste, topped with crunchy almonds. They keep well, so they make great gifts. Plus, since there's no cooking or cutting involved, this is a great recipe for kids -- it'll keep them occupied, and they'll love getting permission to play with food!
This easy Spicy Carrot Soup gets its beautiful reddish-orange hue from the addition of a red bell pepper. Made from pantry and refrigerator staples, this simple carrot soup is a great choice when you don't have much in the kitchen, but want to eat something homemade.
Fans of the famous steakhouse will love a homemade jar of Morton's Cajun Seasoning. This recipe is reprinted with permission from Morton's Steak Bible: Recipes & Lore from the Legendary Steakhouse, by Klaus Fritsch with Mary Goodbody.
This maple syrup sweetened cider sorbet captures the essence of crisp fall apples touched with warming spices.
Tart cranberries and sweet dried blueberries -- both native North American fruits -- get a dose of sweet heat from crystallized ginger in this festive cranberry sauce. A natural accompaniment to Thanksgiving turkey, it's also great spooned over baked brie.
Colonial Americans referred to corn as "Indian," which is likely how this humble molasses-sweetened pudding got its name. Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this eggless version of Indian Pudding makes a great addition to the Thanksgiving table.
Recipe for Oven Roasted Caribbean Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Calming lavender and vanilla combine with hydrating honey in this gentle sugar-based facial scrub.
Luxuriously moisturizing, this mocha spice sugar scrub smells good enough to eat. The coffee grounds and sugar gently exfoliate, and the cocoa and spices leave a subtle scent on the skin.
Roasted corn and butternut squash add textural interest to this velvety, garam masala-scented soup. Easy and relatively quick to prepare, this filling chowder would be perfect with crusty bread and salad on a cold winter night.
This Honey and Spice Cake is moist, slightly sticky, and just sweet enough. Delicious the day it is baked, this aromatic honey cake is also great a day or two later, as the subtle spice flavor will continue to develop in complexity. Serve it plain, or with the simple date jam. For a truly indulgent dessert, add a dollop of freshly whipped cream or lightly sweetened mascarpone.
Moist, dense, and full of cinnamon- and sugar-coated apples, this beautiful cake makes a wonderful finale to a holiday dinner. It's delicious for breakfast or with coffee, too!
A cooling avocado salsa tops oven-fried, spice-crusted tofu in a dish inspired by the flavors of India and Southeast Asia.