One of your favorite childhood fixtures has officially grown up: Snow cones are now appearing at restaurants, bars and food trucks–complete with local ingredients, artisanal syrups and the occasional splash of booze. Time to explore the next ice age!
Brabo Restaurant in Arlington, VA, serves up the kickin’ Old Town Ginger snow cone, a refreshing blend of kaffir lime vodka, ginger beer syrup, mint liqueur and ice chunks, all of it topped with lime zest and chili flakes. braborestaurant.com
At the Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls shop in New Orleans, the specialty is made with light-as-air shaved ice (versus the ground kind you’re used to) and crowned with house-made syrups such as watermelon-jalapeño and cardamom cream. iwsnoballs.com
Kauai’s Uncle’s Shave Ice serves up shave snow, a Hawaiian take on a Taiwanese treat that starts as a frozen block of water, milk and syrup (try the Asia-inspired lychee or dried plum), then gets shaved into creamy ribbons. uncleskauai.com
Sno con Amor at L.A.’s Hollywood Farmers’ Market fancies up raspados (Mexico’s answer to the snow cone, served in a cup) with handmade syrups. Two faves: lime-mint and grapefruit juice with vanilla bean. snoconamor.com
In true Bay Area style, Oakland’s Skylite Snowballs makes nearly everything from scratch with local farm fare. The result? Seasonal syrups–from pluot to lemon-ginger–poured over crunchy ice and served from a truck. skylitesnowballs.com
By Jenna Scatena
No beach? No problem! Here’s how chef Ben Ford builds a classic seafood feast on the grill.
Serves 4 Prep 20 min Cook 50 min
2 live lobsters (about 1 1/2 lbs. each)
4 medium artichokes
4 ears corn
3 sticks butter–1 softened, 2 melted
4 sweet onions, peeled
9 small potatoes
1 lb. fresh Mexican chorizo links
12 unpeeled, deveined jumbo shrimp, preferably head-on
2 1/4 lbs. littleneck clams, scrubbed
1. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to high. Place the lobsters in the freezer for 20 minutes. Trim the artichoke stems and leaves; slice off the top inch. In a pot, steam artichokes in 1 inch boiling water until crisp-tender, 20 minutes.
2. Pull back the cornhusks and remove silk. Rub each cob with 2 tbsp. softened butter. Pull husks back up to cover corn; tie with kitchen twine.
3. Using a chef’s knife, make two slits in the core end of the onions about a quarter way through, forming an X.
4. Lay half the seaweed on the top grill grate. Arrange the lobsters in the center of the seaweed, then surround with the artichokes, corn, onions, 8 potatoes and the chorizo links. Scatter the shrimp and clams on top; cover with the remaining seaweed. Place the remaining potato on top as a tester. Cover the clambake with the grill lid.
5. Cook until the tester potato is tender, about 30 minutes. Serve with the melted butter.
Adapted from Taming the Feast by Ben Ford and Carolynn Carreño, Atria Books, 2014
Even if you aren’t lucky enough to win the $5,000 prize pack being offered up by our friends at Porch and Cost Plus World Market, you can still snag a few stylish outdoor pieces that won’t break the bank. There are hundreds of great finds (think: furniture, décor items, dining accessories and more!) on the World Market website—and in stores—right now. Here are some of the things we’re currently lusting after:
A fun twist on the French bistro chair, this Golden Rod Cadiz Metal Chair adds a pop of color—and style—to any patio. $120 for 2
You’ll want to use this Blue Beer Garden Outdoor Dining Collection, made from sturdy acacia wood and steel, all year-long, but if you can’t, it folds flat for off-season storage. $230/table, $140/bench
A beer table (above) is usless without an Outdoor Wood Cooler to hold all your cans and bottles. The sleek eucalyptus wood frame hides a removable plastic cooler. $150
By Lisa Freedman
Photos courtesy of Cost Plus World Market
The Le Creuset dishes I’ve accumulated over the years get a lot of love in my kitchen, from the classic 5 qt. oven to my treasured tarte tatin pan. So when I was invited to visit the Le Creuset foundry, in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France, the birthplace of this iconic cookware, where all of the company’s cast iron products have been produced since 1925, I jumped at the chance!
Paul Van Zuydam, the Chairman of the company, bought Le Creuset in 1987 at a time when it was unclear whether or not the company would survive. Not only did he bring it back to life, he managed to turn it into one of the most prestigious cookware companies in the world.
After a 2 hour drive north out of Paris (and a lovely lunch with Paul Van Zuydam of quiche, salad, cured meats and local cheeses), we entered the lobby, complete with a mini museum with some classic pieces since retired, like these yellow beauties from 1945-1955.
Frédéric Sallé, the most affable plant manager, gave us the tour of the foundry, which recently expanded just in time for the company’s 90th anniversary. I was so impressed by how he warmly interacted with the workers like they were family.
Our first sight upon entry to the factory was bins full of Dutch Ovens and skillets. Be still my heart! We were all a bit floored when we found out they were seconds, soon be melted down and re-cast.
We’re so happy it’s National Biscuit Day– biscuits are the perfect food to eat for every meal! When it’s time for dessert, make a cobbler. Top it off with this simple and delicious biscuit topping that can be made two different ways: it can be rolled and cut into shapes or, even easier, turned into rustic drop biscuits. The difference? Just a few tablespoons of cream.
The classic Italian cocktail is getting shaken and stirred into all kinds of delicious treats. During Negroni Week, June 1-7, participating bars and restaurants around the country are serving up fresh takes on the tipple and donating at least $1 from each sale to a charity of choice. Check out some of our picks for places to get your Negroni on. Cheers!
The Negroni pie at Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch stars a custard of Campari, gin and vermouth. (butterandscotch.com)
For a dessert of pillow-soft Negroni marshmallows, hit Cambridge, MA’s Ames Street Deli. (amesstreetdeli.com)
Gin-flavored ice cream meets vermouth, Campari and Cheerwine in the Cheergroni float at Chuck’s in Raleigh, NC. (ac-restaurants.com/chucks)
The Negroni pop at San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe blends the cocktail’s spirits with grapefruit juice. (humphryslocombe.com)
Serve yourself! To make a classic Negroni, stir equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth in an ice-filled rocks glass (strain to serve if you wish). Garnish with orange peel.
By Erin Meister
Stir it into coleslaw, potato salad or pasta salad for extra zing.
Add it to water when boiling potatoes to infuse them with a bit of extra flavor.
Stir it into Bloody Marys, martinis or micheladas.
Whisk it with olive oil, minced herbs and lemon zest for a tangy dressing.
Use it as a marinade for chicken before grilling. Let sit overnight to help tenderize the meat.
Or boil it until the brine is reduced by half to concentrate flavor, then whisk with butter to make a bright sauce for drizzling on cooked fish or vegetables.
No offense, cooking school, but the best kitchen wisdom comes from Mom. This Mother’s Day, top chefs share their favorite advice and recipes from that one special lady.
Anne Burrell and her mom, Marlene, at home in upstate New York in 1999.
Left with a pantry full of canned black beans after Cinco de Mayo? Dinner–or dessert!–is only a few ingredients away.
Black Bean Salad Bites
Toss 1 can (15 oz.) drained, rinsed black beans with sliced scallions, a diced bell pepper, a handful of chopped cilantro, a pinch of cumin, 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and EVOO. Season. Serve in scoop-shaped tortilla chips topped with sour cream.
Matzo balls, the Passover staple made from ground, unleavened bread, are getting ever cheffier spins. Try to catch one near you!
At Philadelphia’s Sbraga, chef Kevin Sbraga fries his matzo balls, then adds house-made sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickled apple.