While this is exceptional made with fresh corn, good-quality frozen corn is very, very good as well.
Dominga has cooked for Heriberto and Joaquin Larios of Papantla, Vera Cruz, for so many years that she and her daughter, Gabriella, are considered part of the family. Every afternoon Dominga creates delicious regional cooking, always starting with freshly made, hot soup. Under any other circumstances I couldn’t imagine eating hot soup when the temperature’s in the high 90s and the humidity is at least 80 percent. But Dominga’s soups are too good to pass up.
Potatoes! One of the best comfort foods, especially when it’s cold, at the end of a day outside, or just about anytime, for that matter. What’s not to like about something you can bake, boil, fry, stuff, make into a salad, use it as a gravy boat, and dress it up for the holidays?
The South Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu produce vanilla along with many other products. Their major harvest festival is in January, a time when people traditionally worshipped the gods of weather, most significantly, the sun. Pongal means “overflow” in Tamil, celebrating abundance. May your January – and your harvest if you are farmers – be abundant!
Nasi goreng is the national dish of Indonesia, a country comprised of over 17,000 islands (6000 are inhabited), and where rice is a cultural celebration as much as a staple. This dish varies, depending upon the chef, and may contain many different ingredients, based on what’s in the pantry. The truly authentic dish should include shallots, chiles, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), and a fried egg for each diner.
The creamy sweetness of corn and vanilla pair together perfectly. So here’s an easy late summer recipe to get you started with Vanilla Salt. This is also a nice, low-fat, low-calorie dish that is great for dieters or to serve as a side dish with grilled meat or fish. As it’s delicious at room temperature and it’s finished with balsamic vinegar, it easily doubles as a salad.
Vanilla and maple have a special affinity for one another. Each enhances the other’s flavor. They’re both foods of the Americas, so that might have something to do with it.
As a special pancake topping, heat 1 cup natural maple syrup (B-grade has a deeper flavor, but any grade will do) until warm. Add 2 teaspoons rum and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and mix well. Add 1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts, and serve over pancakes.
For a heartier mustard, leave out the tarragon, coarsely grind the mustard seeds, and use honey instead of brown sugar. Or…make a jar of each!
Delicious on desserts that need the cream to hold firm for an hour or two before serving.
Chef Valery Malijenovsky,executive chef of the Meridien in Tahiti, serves the following sauce on fresh shellfish, such as prawns and lobster, as well as with grilled fish.
Adjust the heat by adding more or less chipotle.
Courtesy of Chef Bev Shaffer
Bev has shared delicious recipes that are perfect for late summer/early autumn, but that can also be enjoyed any time of the year. The Berry Vanilla Marinade I find very exciting as a topping for grilled salmon. I trust you will be tempted by her offering to The Vanilla Company and will prepare these recipes for yourself and people who are special in your lives.
When you think of pears your mind thinks autumn, right? However, the magic of modern markets along with climate change, has extended pear season to almost a year ’round pleasure. That said, for a great summer substitute think peaches and nectarines.