Sold in cellophane bags fit to burst with fiery red peppers, the large selection of dried chiles available at markets catering to Mexican and Central American cooks can be daunting. When taking on a new mole recipe with a long list of ingredients, it’s hard to know which ones to use - though they’ll keep for several months sealed in airtight containers and stored in a cool dry place while you figure it out.
With the holidays coming sooner and ending later each year, the mind turns to the warmth offered by allspice and anise, cinnamon and vanilla bean. In Latin America and the Caribbean, they are favorite ingredients in custards and flans, breads, and spice-speckled cookies all year around. Going beyond desserts, they stand up to the chilies in complex moles and adobos while transforming traditional soups and stews. Ground together with peppery spices and herbs, they make excellent rubs and marinades for beef and poultry.
Spicy is often the first word that comes to mind when describing Latin cuisine - though it’s worth noting it does not always translate to hot. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, dried herbs and seeds impart delicate nuances and depths of flavor to soups, stews, pastes and marinades. Traditional cooks instinctually add a little of this and that as they work, unsure of exact measurements but always confident of where they are heading. Here are a few key spices and herbs used for savory dishes that are good to have on hand when you start experimenting.
When you first arrive at chef Jose Garces’ newest outpost Volvér, you know you’re in for a theatrical culinary experience. Set inside Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, guests pass through a corridor lined with Garces’ travel photography before entering the sleekly minimal glass box dining area that rings the open-air kitchen at the heart of the restaurant.
When Comodo opened in 2011, husband-and-wife team
Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe brought the Latin American sobremesa to
New York and perfected the dinner party.
At Colonia Verde, the couple’s recently launched Brooklyn restaurant, they transport you
to a Colombian farmhouse for a weekend asado, down to the fireplace and
ruana blankets that are casually draped at each table.
There is a sense of well being that washes over you the moment
you step inside Feel Food. Everything in the popular West Village café and
juice bar - from the white washed walls to bustling counter serving out teas,
wraps, and salads to the product packed cases and shelves - seems to
vibrate. The energy comes in no small
part from chef and co-owner Fernando Aciar.
While Feel Food offers the usual slate of healthy juices and
There are as many cautionary tales about working with family as
there are about opening a new restaurant.
Fortunately, chef Katie Button, of the family owned and operated Cúrate Bar de Tapas, has
never been afraid to turn a narrative on its head.
As the food world descended on Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival this weekend, Alberto Cabrera of Miami’sBread + Butter joined a select group of local chefs taking on one of the city’s most treasured lunch counter specials, the medi
Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito can hold his own in the kitchen - even when that kitchen is full of well-respected chefs and restaurant owners who have made significant contributions to the landscape of Mexican cuisine and happen to be members of his immediate family.
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