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  • Spicy Moroccan Shrimp Tagine

    Often called shrimp al pip-pil, this northern favorite can be either spicy in the sense of piquant, with plenty of cayenne pepper, or spicy in the sense of heavily seasoned with garlic, cumin, sweet paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper, plus plenty of fresh cilantro and parsley.

    Related:Crunchy coconut shrimp recipe

    This Spicy Moroccan Shrimp Tagine recipe is the latter, though you can add firepower as desired. Instead of going all out with a tagine, the shrimp can also be prepared in individual terra-cotta dishes and served in an appetizer.

    Reprinted with permission from Morocco, A Culinary Journey with Recipes

    Servings: 4
    Ingredients
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 medium ripe tomatoes, halved, seeded and grated
    6 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 bay leaf
    salt
    freshly ground black pepper
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  • 6 Ways to Pimp Your Iced Coffee

    For those of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon line, these summer months are known as iced-coffee season.

    Related: Welcome To Iced Coffee Season. Now Here's The Problem.

    Henceforth through mid-September, our afternoon coffee breaks will be taken while sucking on a straw and our at-home coffee routines made more complicated thanks to the additional step of chilling required. So, what's the best way to ice one's coffee? We're so glad you asked.

    Go ahead: Use your AeroPress for iced coffee.Go ahead: Use your AeroPress for iced coffee.

    1. Use an AeroPress: This is one of our favorite ways to make iced coffee - and is a fine way of making hot coffee, too. What's not to love? It's cheap (as little as $25 online), fast and easy to use, portable, makes single servings or up to four, looks like a chem-lab tool, and involves plunging. Simply use it like as directed, but when you "plunge" (press down the pump part of the contraption), do so over ice. The flavor of an AeroPress coffee is clean and true, whether poured hot into a mug or over cubes.

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  • The 7 Most Influential Cocktails of All Time


    The Old Fashioned's formula serves as a base for today's cocktail innovations.The Old Fashioned's formula serves as a base for today's cocktail innovations.

    A lot of the cocktails you find in high-end bars today are based on the classics. But whether or not a single drink has been the most influentialis almost impossible to say.

    Related: 10 Cocktails For Summer Drinking

    There is a lot to consider when determining which drinks influenced the cocktail lists of today.
    First you have to look at all of the popular drink families like the sours, Old Fashioneds and so on. If you take just the sour family alone, then a margarita would fit the bill, as would the daiquiri, white lady or sidecar. But we're not taking this family-by-family. That would be easy. Below are the seven most influential cocktails inspiring today's drinks. Period.

    1. The ultimate cocktail: The Martini
    The most important cocktail for my money is the martini. It's certainly the most symbolic: when you look at the cocktail glass it conjures images of the Rat Pack and James Bond. The glass alone says sophistication and it has become the universal symbol of Read More »from The 7 Most Influential Cocktails of All Time
  • Grilled Tofu with Crispy Shallots Recipe

    Watch your tofu soak up this marinade, which caramelizes nicely over a hot grill.Watch your tofu soak up this marinade, which caramelizes nicely over a hot grill. This is a great entrée, but also a delicious lunchtime or late-night snack: Toss the tofu on a brioche roll, add a dollop of mayo, and call it a day (or night, as you wish).

    Related: Chinese Chive And Pressed Tofu Turnover Recipe »

    Servings: 4

    Ingredients

    1 14-ounce package firm tofu
    Grapeseed oil
    1 cup light soy sauce
    1 cup pineapple juice
    1 cup lemon juice
    3 tablespoons sugar
    3 tablespoons gochujang paste (or sriracha as a substitute)
    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    3 cups shallots, thinly sliced
    kosher salt
    1 lemon (for zest)
    3 sprigs cilantro

    Directions:

    1. Preheat a grill to high heat, or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Cut the tofu into four 1-inch-thick slabs and pat them dry with paper towels. Lightly brush the tofu with oil and grill on both sides until deeply charred, about 1 minute each side. Transfer to a wide, shallow dish.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, pineapple juice, lemon juice, sugar, and gochujang
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  • Is Icelandic Skyr the New Greek Yogurt?

    That's right — 0% milk fat.That's right — 0% milk fat.Noma may have raised the profile of Scandinavian food overall, but when it comes to the cuisine of Iceland, few people know it from a hole in the ground. In fact, many people still associate Icelandic food primarily with the putrefied shark meat that comes from a hole in the ground. Anthony Bourdain, he no like. In truth, most Icelanders don't actually make a habit of dining on rot-cured shark. But one thing they do eat a lot of is another Viking-age favorite: skyr.

    Related: Can Greek Yogurt Save the Greek Economy? »

    Skyr is a cultured dairy product that is thick and creamy and tangy like Greek yogurt. Remember the first time you had Greek yogurt and couldn't believe how the rich, dense cloud in your spoon could be related to the runny, bland yogurt you grew up on? Well, the feeling is familiar the first time you taste skyr, only perhaps magnified. It's so thick you practically slice into it. How it manages to have 0% milk fat is beyond me.

    Actually, skyr is not yogurt. It's a fresh

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  • Brazil’s Cachaça Finally Gains Recognition in U.S. & 5 Cachaças to Try

    Brazil's national spirit is made from fermented pure sugarcane juice.Brazil's national spirit is made from fermented pure sugarcane juice.Here's a brief quiz for you: what is cachaça? If you guessed "Brazilian rum," you're now officially wrong.

    Related: Cachaça Cocktail Recipe »

    In the last few years, you may have noticed a campaign to "Legalize Cachaça!" advertised at your local watering hole. Sponsored by Leblon, a popular brand, the campaign was a clever publicity stunt wrapped in a bona fide initiative to get the U.S. to acknowledge cachaça for what it is. This country has only ever recognized the spirit as "Brazilian rum." After years of lobbying, the government announced last month that it would finally grant cachaça its distinct status.

    Cachaça is Brazil's national spirit, a distillate of fermented pure sugarcane juice. It has been produced since the early 16th century and is now made by more than 5,000 distillers throughout Brazil - many of
    them very small operations - producing a total of close to 250 million gallons a year. That's more
    than a gallon per Brazilian.

    "It's the third largest spirits category

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  • BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe

    Making BBQ ribs on the grill is a skill every summer enthusiast should acquire.Making BBQ ribs on the grill is a skill every summer enthusiast should acquire.Learning how to make BBQ pork ribs on the grill instantly makes you the person who knows how to make BBQ ribs on the grill. Some grilling traditions last a lifetime. This being a truly gigantic rack of ribs, don't be shy to enlist some help when flipping the behemoth over - there's no shame in asking for assistance when making one of the most hardcore deliciously grilled meats out there, right? There are Bear Paws Meat Handlers and plenty of other accessories to aid you in your journey.

    Related: Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce Recipe »

    As for the sauce, pick your favorite. There's a whole world of barbecue sauce out there just waiting to be brushed onto ribs. Might we suggest a few?

    Tandoori Barbeuce Sauce Recipe
    Coffee Barbecue Sauce Recipe
    Tennessee Whiskey Barbecue Sauce Recipe
    South Carolina Barbecue Sauce Recipe

    Servings: 2 to 4
    Ingredients
    1 full rack pork ribs
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, or the dry rub of your choice
    2 cups barbecue

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  • Beer Can Chicken Recipe

    Beer can chicken: bask in its glory. Only a true patriot could take something as simple as French-style roast chicken and turn it into the poster child for why keeping canned beer in the fridge is important. If you've never roasted a chicken before ...no, no, we're not going to get mad. That won't roast the chicken.

    Related: Grilled Green Beans With Harissa »


    Let us school you: pop open a can of beer (fancy or otherwise), chug half, plop the chicken butt-down on the remainder and let the oven do the rest. The beer infuses the whole chicken, the aroma infuses the whole kitchen, and you don't have to chop, flip, reduce, sous-vide or risk burning a single thing. This is in fact the easiest chicken recipe we know of (all apologies to the mighty chicken breast). Spend your precious effort on some killer sides, instead.

    Creamed Corn with Chives and Chiles
    Grilled Green Beans with Harissa
    Fava Beans with Bacon
    Sugar Snap Pea Salad

    Or you can continue on the zero-effort trail with our

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  • Cobb Macaroni Salad Recipe

    Let the almighty Cobb salad inspire your next macaroni dish.Let the almighty Cobb salad inspire your next macaroni dish.Macaroni salad recipes abound, but personally we like removing almost all of the mayonnaise in order to incorporate cheese into the mix. The Cobb salad, one of California's great contributions to the universe, (besides after-work surfing excursions), features umami-packed blue cheese. Plus, who wouldn't want bacon in their macaroni salad?

    Related: Goat Cheese And Asparagus Macaroni Salad »

    Scrap the salad greens and sub in macaroni for a delightfully busy pasta salad that's almost as
    attractive as it is delicious. Serve with grilled chicken for a satisfying weeknight dinner, and
    savor the leftovers for lunch the next day. Here's what you'll need to know:

    How to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs »
    How to Make Bacon »
    How to Make Mayonnaise »

    Servings: 8
    Ingredients:
    1 pound macaroni
    1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
    6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
    3 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped
    1 ripe avocado, diced
    6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
    1/2 cup chives, finely chopped
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    salt

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  • Artichoke with Baked Brie Sauce Recipe

    This artichoke and brie dish looks great and is easy to execute.This artichoke and brie dish looks great and is easy to execute.We love seasonal vegetables, especially when they're as interactive as artichokes (and as beautiful to behold). Something about pulling off the leaves, dipping them in something yummy and scraping off the sweet, tender flesh with our teeth is so satisfying. Plus they're all-natural, which is lot healthier than something out of a bag dipped in something out of a jar.

    Related: How to Steam An Artichoke »

    Rather than dip your artichoke leaves in butter, aioli or other sauce, bake a creamy-crunchy brie-spiked sauce right on top and let the goodness ooze all over. Sound like a plan?

    It's a very easy recipe, but make sure the brie you're using is top-quality, otherwise it won't be as tasty. Use a lot of thyme and lots of almonds for extra flavor and crunchiness!

    Servings: 2
    Ingredients
    2 large artichokes, top quarter and stems sliced off
    3 ounces brie, rind removed and cut into chunks
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    1 egg yolk
    1/4 cup freshly grated

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