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Types of Sushi Knives

What distinguishes Japanese sushi knives from Western-style knives is that many types of Japanese sushi knives are honed on only one side, the right side, to create the sharpest cutting edge possible. [more…]

Smoked Salmon Risotto

Smoked salmon risotto is an elegant dish that captures the flavors of the salmon and wine. You can make smoked salmon risotto as a side dish for a seafood-based meal, or you can prepare it for a special [more…]

Fresh Vegetables for Sushi

Fresh vegetables like cucumber and carrots are common in sushi. But for variety and authenticity, look for some specialized vegetables to add to your sushi-making session. These sushi-friendly vegetables [more…]

White Wine Risotto

This risotto recipe uses white wine in much greater quantities than most risotto recipes, creating a delicious flavor that complements the rice and vegetables. To keep this dish vegetarian, use the vegetable [more…]

Chinese Appetizer Wrappers

Egg rolls, spring rolls, and wontons consist of thin wrappers containing bits of deliciousness. You can find premade Chinese wrappers with the right shape and size to accommodate any Chinese appetizer [more…]

Smoked Salmon Sushi Rice Balls

These quick-as-a-wink-to-make, four-ingredient smoked salmon sushi rice balls are 2- or 3-bite sushi. Because these rice balls use smoked salmon, you can serve them to friends who are squeamish about raw [more…]

Meat-Stuffed Peppers with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Dill

Jewish cuisine features countless ways to stuff peppers — many with meat mixtures, as in this recipe. Stuffed peppers are simple to make, and adding tomatoes and tomato sauce to the stuffing keeps it exceptionally [more…]

Pesto Pasta

Pesto is best in the summertime when basil is fresh and you can make a batch of pesto from scratch. Pesto is a snap to make and will fill your kitchen — and maybe your whole house — with the wonderful [more…]

Chinese Potstickers

Potstickers are Chinese dumplings that are steamed and then fried. The combination of steaming and pan-frying the potstickers gives the dumpling wrappers an irresistible balance between smooth and noodlelike [more…]

Bottled Sushi Ingredients

Many of the bottled ingredients used when making sushi are probably familiar to you. These bottled sushi ingredients keep, unopened and in a cool dark pantry, for many months. Refrigerate opened bottles [more…]

Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)

The grill’s unique ability to impart rich, smoky flavor gives this Middle Eastern eggplant dip, baba ghanoush, its very special taste. Baba ghanoush makes a tasty appetizer, served with grilled pita bread [more…]

The Different Types of Olives

You have dozens of varieties of olives to choose from, each with a different shape, size, and color. Unlike other fruits (olives are a pitted fruit that arises from tree blossoms), you must cure olives [more…]

Caramelized Bananas

Caramelized bananas are a classic Chinese restaurant dessert. With this banana recipe you end up with a crackly, cooled candy glaze surrounding soft, piping-hot bananas at the center — the best of both [more…]

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a hearty vegetable stew from the Provence region of France, and you'll find many variations. This recipe for ratatouille uses a pressure cooker to cook up the brightly colored and flavorful [more…]

Tuscan Fish Stew

Almost every region in Italy makes a hearty fish stew. The fish stew in this recipe comes from Tuscany and contains mussels and clams, as well as shrimp, squid, and fish. [more…]

Drunken Chicken

This drunken chicken recipe doesn’t call for chickens who’ve had one too many martinis. It actually gets its name from the step of marinating moist, cooked chicken pieces overnight in Chinese rice wine [more…]

Bourekas: Savory Cheese-Filled Pastries

These cheese-filled pastries are relatively easy to make — if you purchase the dough to make your feta-filled bourekas. Flaky filo dough makes the best bourekas, but you can also use puff pastry and pie [more…]

Potato Gnocchi

You can serve potato gnocchi with many of the same sauces you use on pasta, including meat sauce and pesto sauce. Potato gnocchi are made with ricotta cheese in some regions of Italy. [more…]

Roasted Achiote Chicken

Achiote paste, a blend of spices and vinegar, gives this roasted chicken its distinctive orange hue and spicy aroma. Roasted achiote chicken is a recipe straight from the Yucatán — as Mexican as you can [more…]

Falafel (Fried Chickpea Nuggets)

Serve spicy falafel in a sandwich, as an appetizer, or as a snack. Falafel is made of soaked dried chickpeas, not cooked or canned ones. When the falafel balls are deep fried, the chickpeas become cooked [more…]

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce, a yogurt-based Mediterranean specialty, has a thick consistency and is intensely garlicky. Don’t make your tzatziki sauce fat-free because it will get watery after standing for a few minutes [more…]

Tools for Shaping Sushi

When making sushi, your well-washed, moist hands are the best tools you have for shaping the pieces. You may need a few other tools to shape sushi, depending on the type of sushi you plan to make: [more…]

Banana-Stuffed Mexican Toast with Coconut Syrup

Banana-Stuffed Mexican Toast with Coconut Syrup appeals to morning sweet lovers. This Mexican-style French toast features a stuffing of mashed bananas, a cinnamon-scented egg wash, and a topping of homemade [more…]

How to Make Flour Tortillas

In Mexico, tortillas are often made by hand before almost every meal. The taste of a good homemade flour tortilla adds an extra dimension to any Mexican dish. Make your own flour tortillas for the next [more…]

Guava Cheese Puffs

Guava cheese puffs, delicious fruit- and cheese-filled tarts, really show the Mexican kitchen’s knack for combining sweet and salty. You can find guava paste in the jam and jelly section or the ethnic [more…]

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