Bhindi (okra) is a staple in Indian cuisine. This recipe for Bhindi Masala comes from Slate Magazine. If you were scarred by stewed okra as a child, you might be wary of overcooking your okra here. Don’t be. Counterintuitively, you want to cook it so long it’s just shy of burning. A long frying session will give the okra time to dry out as its liquid evaporates, and that dried out texture is what you want if you’re trying to avoid slime. Your okra’s not done until it looks wilted and deeply browned. (more…)
Found in Rani Sidhu’s Menus and Memories from Punjab cookbook, this is a classic recipe for Baingan Bharta, a roasted eggplant purée. The word ‘Bharta’ (pronounced BHURR-taah) refers to dishes in which the ingredients are roughly mashed either before or after the dish is prepared. Bhartas are largely North Indian in origin and made from all sorts of vegetables. Yields 10 half-cup servings. (more…)
This Mexican street corn recipe found on Simply Recipes is a staple of summer and it’s easy to make at home! Top char-grilled corn on the cob with a tangy, creamy sauce, sprinkle with crumbled cheese and dive in. Make this for your next backyard cook-out! Note that if you can’t find cojita cheese in your grocery store, it’s ok to omit or substitute another cheese.
As the herb-growing season draws to an end, we’ve been lucky to have a choice of herbs, including cilantro. I overhear many of our members say they love cilantro, so, as we promised earlier in the season when we said we’d try to find new and interesting salad dressing recipes, today we offer a Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing that also takes advantage of those “extra” jalapeño peppers — I hope some of you have taken a few and still can find them in your fridge! Give this a try and enjoy cilantro in a new form on your next fresh salad! (more…)
This is a classic Moroccan sauce typically used on grilled or baked fish, but it is also quite good on chicken. Some like to cook the fish and then add the sauce as a choice on the table, but others love how the sauce seeps into the meat when the fish is cooked with a slathering of the sauce on top. This particular recipe comes from The New York Times. (more…)
Here’s another colorful variation on a traditional summer party staple, taken from a William Sonoma cookbook, Cooking from the Farmers’ Market. The recipe serves 6. (more…)