Judith Pena

Caviar At Home

When creating a list of the most decadent foods caviar is always near the top of my list. Perhaps this is rooted in my daydreams of sipping champagne and eating caviar, but something about these tiny fish eggs suggests dec-a-dence. So today, on National Caviar Day, let’s take a look at two different ways to enjoy this luxurious seafood delicacy.

 

Not gonna lie, I find ordering caviar in a restaurant to be a bit intimidating. Not only is it pricey, but the pomp and circumstance of how they serve it–Mother of Pearl serving spoon, anyone?–only adds to my anxiety. So, I’ve taken to enjoying this luxurious food at home, which is actually easier than I thought it would be.

 

True caviar, the processed and salted roe of fish, only comes from sturgeon. So once you find a trusted place to buy it from, you can enjoy it with the addition of only two more ingredients: a cracker and creme fraiche. Just layer the three “c” ingredients (cracker, creme fraiche and caviar) on top of each other and pop that bad boy in your mouth. Yum!

Caviar Appetizer

Photo by Judith Pena

 

Care to be a bit more adventurous? Then try this recipe from Chef Todd English. He takes deviled eggs to the next level by adding caviar and lobster! Wowza. Talk about reinventing a classic.

Lobster and Caviar Deviled Eggs

Photo by Lisa Shin

Get the recipe: Lobster & Caviar Deviled Eggs

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: @loreleiannmarie316

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine! Keep calm and cookin’ on!

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We love deviled eggs! They’re the perfect finger food for any party or picnic and make a great anytime-snack too. So when we saw @Loreleiannmarie316′s avocado deviled eggs we knew we had found this week’s featured cook. To mix it up and eat clean, she filled the hard boiled eggs with seasoned avocado. Delish!

 

“Steal” Rachael’s Deviled Egg recipes here!

 

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Josie’s Mixer Berry Cream Puffs

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Alisa’s Fajita Night

Poll: Granite or Marble Countertops?

Our Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Purcell is renovating her kitchen with help from her design guru, Maxwell Ryan of ApartmentTherapy.com and sharing the process with you.

 

According to our friends at Twitter, granite countertops are mentioned in tweets twice as often as marble countertops. So we wanted to know what YOU think? Which do you prefer and why?

Granite Countertops

 Granite Countertop

Marble Countertop

Marble Countertop

 

 

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Crazy for Cobblers

When I’m looking for an easy summer dessert, I almost always turn to a cobbler and according to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert, Carolyn Clark, I’m not the only one who’s crazy for these tasty desserts. In the past month, searches have been spiking as people hunt for their perfect peach, blueberry or blackberry cobbler recipe. It’s all with good reason though, as peaches and berries are currently in season.

 

So what exactly is a cobbler? A cobbler is a baked fruit dessert topped with a batter or a biscuit crust. As the topping is often dropped or spooned in small clumps the crust appears “cobbled” (think cobblestone street) instead of smooth, hence the name cobbler. Pretty cool, eh? (I had a bit of a glass-shattering moment when I finally made that connection!) Take advantage of summer’s bountiful produce with these easy cobbler desserts today.

 

Get the recipes:

Grilled Summer Cobbler

Grilled Summer Cobbler

This peaches and berries dessert bakes up right on the grill and is best when paired with vanilla or bourbon ice cream. To make an easy “oven,” simply cover your cast-iron skillet tightly with aluminum foil.

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Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Southwest

BurgerBattle_Chef Paul Qui

CHEF PAUL QUI

formerly of Uchiko, Austin, TX

Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Qui’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Southwest

 

1. PRIMETIME BURGER Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Austin, TX

American kobe beef, brie, truffle aioli, arugula, caramelized onions and steak sauce on a homemade bun.

Primetime Burger

Photo by Charles Masters

 

 

2. “BOWLING ALLEY BURGER” Swift’s Attic, Austin, TX

Fontina, grilled onions and special sauce.

Bowling Alley Burger

Photo by @Tinerd via Foodspotting

 

 

3. CHEESEBURGER Parkside, Austin, TX

Old-school American cheeseburger on a homemade bun.

Rare Cheeseburger

Photo by @JonnyFromTheBlock via Foodspotting

 

 

4. BACON AVOCADO BURGER 24 Diner, Austin, TX

Charred poblanos and avocado with smoky aioli.

Bacon Avocado Burger

Photo by @ChrisBoyles via Foodspotting

 

 

5. THE ROYALE WITH CHEESE Justine’s, Austin, TX

Hand-ground angus burger with house-made mayo on a ciabatta roll.

The Royale

Photo by Marco C. via yelp

 

 

Get the entire “Burger Battle Royale” story here

 

Keep Cool with Cucumber Cocktails

Cucumbers are cool…literally! Did you know that cucumbers are about 20 degrees cooler than the air temperature on a warm day? Yup, so put that in your cocktail. No, really–do it! As an unexpected cocktail ingredient favorite, cucumbers lend a light melon flavor and mouthwatering freshness to cocktail creations all year-round.  Keep reading below for to see how you can put this crunchy green in your cocktails.

 

 

Cucumber Cocktails

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin Featured Cook of the Week: Josie

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Weekto appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine! Keep calm and cookin’ on!

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Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, we love them all! Not only are these little gems full of antioxidants, they’re also great in any dish from salads to main courses. One of our favorite ways to use these colorful beauties though is in desserts, which is why we chose Josie as this week’s Featured Cook! Her mixed berry cream puffs made us what to take advantage of these seasonal faves and whip up a berry dessert ASAP. Thanks for sharing your photos, Josie, we can’t wait to see what you make next!

 

Click here for our Berry Dessert Recipes

 

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Star-Spangled Berry Cocktail

If you like Pina Coladas…

…and getting caught in the rain. – Rupert Holmes

 

Escape (Pina Colada Song)- Rupert Holmes (Music Video)

Before I ever had my first Piña Colada, I knew they were something special, based entirely on their oft-repeated mention in Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)“–a 1970s rom-com in song form with an undeniable sing-a-long and body swaying quality. Think about it, have you ever been in a bar and not heard people sing along with this tune? I think not.

 

Fun fact: In the original song lyrics, Holmes said “Humphrey Bogart,” but ended up changing the lyrics to “Piña Coladas” to conjure the idea of escaping to an island vacation. (Can you imagine if he hadn’t changed the lyrics to Piña Colada? We would probably have never heard the song.)

 

So today–and all summer long–we celebrate the Piña Colada (“strained pineapple”), a Puerto Rican concoction made of rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice. While the creation of the drink has been debated, it is widely believed that bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marero created the exotic sipper in 1954 to delight the bar’s wealthy tourist clientele.

 

Now, less than 100 years later, we can find this tropical flavor in all types of different forms beyond the beverage–from cakes to ice cream and even lip gloss to body wash. So let’s think outside of the “glass” this year, and celebrate National Piña Colada Day with jelly shots! Find out how to make them after the jump!

 

Pina Colada Jello Shots

Photo by Levi Brown

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Meatless Monday: Easy Egg Bake

Go vegetarian this Meatless Monday with an Easy Egg Bake inspired by a Fried Egg and Spicy Tomato Sauce dish I had at Danny Meyer’s Maialino. As they’re unfortunately no longer serving the dish on their brunch menu, I decided to re-create the dish and add a bit of Southern flavor–in the form of cheese grits(!)–into the dish.

 

Feel free to get creative and add mushrooms or more veggies to grits or sauce. Serve this dish as either a hearty breakfast or brunch or as a meatless lunch or dinner with a side salad any time. Even better, make all of the components a day (or night) in advance and build the grits and tomato sauce layers and store in the fridge until you’re ready to top with eggs and bake everything off.

Easy Egg Bake

Photo by Judith Pena

 

As I sometimes go about cooking with a no-recipe philosophy, here’s a quick talk-through of how to make this tasty dish:

  • Make Moroccan-inspired spiced tomato sauce and let simmer to intensive flavor
  • Make grits and add cheese
  • Layer grits into a baking dish, layer tomato sauce on top of grits, crack two eggs on top and sprinkle with grated cheese
  • Bake until eggs are cooked and other layers are warmed. Top with herbs (optional) and serve.

Prefer more detail?

Get the recipe: Easy Egg Bake

 

 

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Easy Egg Recipes

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Everything is Better with Chocolate

Chocolate Better Quote

If you’re like me, you don’t need a specific holiday to encourage you to eat chocolate. However, when those special holidays do come along, you celebrate them with such dedication and gusto that some people may believe that you truly only save chocolate for special occasions–hah! That being said–high-fives all-around–because today’s the day to go crazy for cocoa, it’s World Chocolate Day!

 

Spicy Chocolate Wings Do you agree with Jo Brand’s “everything is better if it’s made of chocolate” philosophy? I certainly do! And to prove it, I’m daring you to try our spicy and savory chocolate chicken wings. These Mexican-mole inspired wings combine the earthy flavors of superfood dark chocolate with hot chili pepper to make an addictive, finger-licking good appetizer or party snack. For an added kick of flavor and heat, sprinkle the wings with a touch of cayenne pepper before serving. (Bonus: Chocolate and cayenne pepper are known to boost your metabolism.)

Get the recipe: Spicy Chocolate Wings

 

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