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  • Classic New Orleans Cocktails for Mardi Gras

    It may come as no surprise that New Orleans, the exuberant center of Mardi Gras, is also the birthplace of several classic cocktails. This year, toast to the fun-loving spirit of the city with a glass of classic milk punch (left), a sazerac (center), a sparkling gin fizz (right), a "Stormy Morning," or spicy Cajun bloody mary. As they say in New Orleans, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

    This frothy, refreshing tall cocktail was rumored to be flamboyant Louisiana governor Huey Long's favorite drink.
    SERVES 1

    2 tsp. fresh lime juice
    1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
    1 tbsp. superfine sugar
    1½ oz. gin
    1 oz. heavy cream
    ¼ tsp. orange flower water
    1 egg white
    1 oz. cold seltzer

    1. Combine lime juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker and stir to dissolve. Add gin, heavy cream, orange flower water, and egg white. Cover and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

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  • Building a Heart-Shaped Cake for Valentine's Day

    This Valentine's Day, instead of giving your sweetie one of those cute but chalky candy hearts, make your own delicious candy heart cake! We'll show you how to assemble the cake in this step-by-step demo.


    SERVES 16-20

    1¾ cup seedless raspberry jam
    3 Tbs. Grand Marnier
    1 Tbs. vanilla extract
    1 8" square chocolate cake, cooled and unfrosted
    1 8" circular chocolate cake, cooled and unfrosted

    1½ tsp. powdered gelatin
    4 cups confectioner's sugar
    ¼ cup light corn syrup
    1½ tsp. glycerin
    Nonstick cooking spray
    15-20 drops food coloring in your choice of color (we used red)
    Food grade decorative paint in the color of your choosing (we used red)

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    1. Cook raspberry jam in a small saucepan over low heat until reduced to 3/4 cup, 35-40 minutes.

    2. Make the fondant: Sprinkle gelatin into 1/8 cup water in a small saucepan. Set aside forRead More »from Building a Heart-Shaped Cake for Valentine's Day
  • The King of Mardi Gras: New Orleans King Cakes

    I first tasted king cake at a Mardi Gras party in my fifth-grade classroom in Mississippi. Striated with cinnamon-sugar and cream cheese, and glazed with a sticky icing, my slice included a surprise: a small plastic baby. King cakes, which commemorate the Epiphany-the wise men's discovery of the baby Jesus-are eaten the world over in various forms, but they're nowhere more beloved than in New Orleans, where the cake is associated with the festivities of Mardi Gras. Introduced by French settlers in the 1600s, New Orleans's traditional cake is sweetened, yeasted bread stuffed with a filling (cinnamon and cream cheese, say, or praline), shaped into an oval ring, topped with white icing, and garnished with purple, green, and gold sanding sugars. A figurine, which some say symbolizes the infant Jesus, is hidden inside; whoever gets the trinket is named king. The title comes with strings attached: it obligates its bearer to buy the cake for the next party. -Ben Mims

    RECIPE: King Cake


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  • A Homemade Box of Chocolates

    Kick the standard Valentine's box of chocolates up a few notches by skipping the sweets shop in favor of your own kitchen. Homemade chocolates are surprisingly easy to make, and you can tailor the selection to your sweetheart's tastes, whether homey Chocolate and Peanut Butter Nougat Squares, spiced Cardamom-Infused Milk Chocolate Truffles, or retro-classic Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials. Wrapped in fancy tissue or simply served on a beautiful dessert plate, it's a romantic treat far more elegant than anything you could buy in the store. If you choose to go all out and make 3 or 4 recipes in full, you'll have enough to mix-and-match several assorted edible valentines for all your friends and loved ones-with many leftover for sampling, of course!

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  • In this comforting winter pasta dish, dark, earthy kale is offset by bright lemon cream, savory pork sausage, and a warm, aromatic heat from crushed red chiles and garlic.

    SERVES 6-8

    ¼ cup olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
    1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
    1 bunch kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
    2½ cups half and half
    ⅓ cup grated Parmesan
    Juice and zest of 1 lemon
    Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    1 pound dried penne pasta
    3 tbsp. finely chopped parsley, for garnish

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    1. Heat oil in a 6-qt saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion and red chile flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add sausage, and cook, using a wooden spoon to break it up into small pieces until browned, 16 to 18 minutes. Add kale, season with salt and

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  • Ultimate Twice-Baked Potatoes

    The buttery, creamy indulgence of mashed potatoes meets the joy of digging into a baked potato in this iconic side dish: crispy potato skins are filled with soft whipped potato mixed with cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, butter, Tabasco, and herbs, topped with more cheese, and baked until golden brown and bubbly. It's the perfect accompaniment to game day wings, chili, or pulled pork.

    SERVES 4

    4 russet potatoes (about 2½ lb.), scrubbed
    1 cup grated aged cheddar cheese
    1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
    ½ cup sour cream
    4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
    2 tbsp. finely chopped chives
    1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
    ¼ tsp. Tabasco hot sauce
    ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    8 slices cooked bacon, cut into ¼" strips
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    ¼ tsp. paprika

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    1. Heat oven to 450°. Put potatoes on a baking sheet and bake, turning occasionally, until tender, about 1 hour. Transfer to a rack and

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  • MENU: Fully Loaded Game Day Buffet

    Serve this crowd-pleasing spread of rich, bold, and finger-friendly snacks-from classic wings to addictive chocolate chip cookies-for your Super Bowl Sunday party.


    PLANNING TIPSClassic Chocolate Chip Cookies
    1. Snack-size ham and cheese football sandwiches go both ways-they can be served hot out of the oven, or baked ahead of time and served room temperature.

    2. Chili con carne is the Texas classic, but for variations on the theme try Chicken and Sausage Gumbo or State Fair Chili with beans and stewed tomatoes.

    3. Like the jalapeño poppers, twice-baked potatoes can be prepared and baked once, then warmed in the oven before serving, finishing with a quick spin under

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  • SIMPLE WEEKNIGHT MEALS: Easy Pork Chops with Pickled Peppers

    MAIN: Pork Chops with Pickled Peppers
    These juicy pork chops topped with halved cherry peppers have been a menu staple at Bamonte's restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since the 1950s. This recipe first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2013 issue along with Greg Ferro's article Bamonte's.
    SERVES 2

    2 (1"-thick) bone-in pork chops
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    3 tbsp. olive oil
    5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    12 pickled cherry peppers, halved
    ¼ cup dry white wine
    ¼ cup chicken stock

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    Heat oven to 425°. Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Fry chops, flipping once, until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer pan to oven; roast until pork is cooked through, 18-20 minutes. Transfer chops to a plate. Return pan to medium heat, add remaining oil, garlic, and peppers; cook until garlic is golden, 3-4 minutes. Raise heat to high, add wine and stock; cook

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  • MENU: A California Ranch Dinner

    Inspired by the humble yet beautiful ranch food of Central California, we're cooking up a feast of west coast staples: empanadas, tri-tip tacos, stewed beans, onion and olive enchiladas, grilled romaine with blue cheese and bacon, and bright apricot tarts. The Menu

    Planning Tips
    1. The empanadas can be made days in advance and fried off just before serving.

    2. These Cal-Mex-style enchiladas are completely vegetarian. Make sure you use canned pitted olives, such as Lindsay brand, or any of the varieties we recommend in Uncanny Flavor.

    3. Tri-tip steak, also called Newport, Santa Maria, or triangle steak, comes from the lean bottom sirloin. We love it seasoned with cumin and rosemary as a tender

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  • MENU: A Simple, Wholesome Supper

    After a few long months of holiday celebrations, we're ready for something simpler. For a warming, hearty, wholesome meal, we love pairing smoky Senate Bean Soup with bright counterparts such as a raw kale salad and lemon-roasted vegetables. Health-minded as it may be, no meal is complete without drinks and dessert: End dinner with a glass or two of good red wine and some dark chocolate truffles.


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    1. To make this menu vegetarian, omit the ham hock from the bean soup (try adding roasted garlic to keep the richness and flavor the ham adds), and use butter instead of goose fat for the popovers.

    2. The soup can be made up to two days ahead and kept in the refrigerator; gently warm over medium-low heat

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