You might know Tom Colicchio from his long running stint on Top Chef or from his many restaurants in New York and beyond. But we sat down with him on the occasion of a rebranding of his sandwich shop, "Wichcraft, And he delightfully answered questions on everything from his favorite city he's filmed in to the brain drain of chefs in big cities.
Beer is pretty complex to make a people have spent lifetimes studying it. But for the casual beer drinker like myself, it's sometimes more realistic to have an overview (don't think I have many beer brewing days in front of me). I recently took a trip to Portland, Maine and had the good fortune to stop into the Allagash Brewery.
Growing up it was almost impossible to miss the ads for the Bloomin' Onion. It's one of the few dishes outside of fast food and pizza that somehow made it into the American consciousness. How did a deep-fried onion become a concept that everyone new about? No matter its status, it's time to shake things up. So we went to Bowery Road to get their fun take on the classic with a Bloomin' Mushroom.
This recipe is one of those easy-to-throw-together Salad Heroes that has one special ingredient that ties everything together. A quick fry of the blueberry changes the game. It adds a new flavor and texture to an otherwise simple salad. And when combined with the rosemary you'll have a delectable summery treat.
I know what you're thinking: luaus don't make anyone outside of Hawaii look cool. No one wants to dress up like their dad in a bad Hawaiian shirt.
But I'm here to tell you that that's where you've been going wrong. Hawaiian theme doesn't have to mean pineapples and cheap leis. And that's where Sheldon Simeon comes in.
I'm a pretty happy meat eater. While I do tend to eat more vegetables and often find my meals happen to be vegetarian, I can't really imagine a world where I give up meat (or cheese for that matter). But even if you are like me, there's certainly a great case for trying to always find more plant-based recipes and so that's why I fell so hard for Jean-Christian Jury's new book Vegan.
Soft shell crabs for some reason are intimidating. You can't just throw them in a pot like their harder-shelled brethren so that makes them seem finicky. But actually they are even easier - you just place them under the broiler for 6 to 8 minutes and then they're done. All you need is a good sauce to start and you're golden (literally and figuratively).
If you haven't heard of Barbara Lynch, you are really missing out on one of the coolest chefs in the business. But if you're from Boston, then she's probably already a legend to you, seeing as she completely changed the face of the dining scene there. But now we all get to see her in a new light, thanks to her incredibly personal new memoir, Out of Line.