The bright hues of saffron rice, green onions, and pomegranate seeds give this dish its name.
Good-quality saffron is the key to this dish. Shop at a reliable source such as a gourmet store or online spice purveyor, and choose brands that indicate where the saffron was harvested. Kashmiri, Persian, and Spanish saffrons are some of the best.
In the south of France, this spicy sauce is traditionally spread on toasted croutons and dipped into bouillabaisse. But its delicious flavors complement more than just fish soup. Try croutons and rouille with your favorite soup, or use the sauce as a sandwich spread or dip. If oil rises to the top during storage, stir or blend the rouille in a food processor before using.
Who needs a paella pan? A large skillet stands in for the wide, shallow two-handled cookware in this quick veggie-laden version of the classic Spanish rice dish. Just like its pasta namesake, Paella Primavera lends itself to endless variation. You can substitute zucchini for broccoli in the summer; in the fall, replace half the broccoli with cubed butternut squash.
"My grandmother once told me that if I ever wanted to make a man fall in love with me, I should make him this dish," says Nancy Toenniges. "Of course, she was talking about a version with lamb; since I don't eat meat, I reworked it–but it's still a meal men can't resist."
The difference between a good risotto and a great one? A flavorful stock that seasons the rice grains as it is absorbed.
The secret to cooking with artichokes is to use a light hand when adding seasonings so the unique flavor of the veggie comes through.
Large, melon-shaped knobs of celery root or celeriac may look tough to handle, but are actually very easy to cook with. Once peeled, they can be grated like carrots into salads, boiled and mashed like potatoes, sliced and added to soups, or cut and braised in stews. This recipe tastes even better the next day, once the flavors have had a chance to meld. Serve with brown rice, if desired.
Traditional paella pans are round, shallow metal pans that let the rice and vegetables cook evenly without getting mushy. A wok will do the job just as well; the wide mouth lets liquid evaporate, so the rice cooks and the other ingredients steam rather than boil.
Toasting the spaghetti in the oven to bring out a nutty taste, then cooking it in a light vegetable broth gives this dish so much flavor, you won’t even miss the cheese you usually add to pasta.
To many Americans, couscous refers to the tiny pearls of semolina we've come to know and love. But in Morocco, it is also the proper name for a time-honored stew, rich with vegetables and the flavors—saffron, cinnamon, turmeric—of North Africa. This is a terrific, relaxed party dish—easy to make, fun to eat and meant for a gathering.
High in protein, quinoa is a good source of calcium, phosphorous, iron, vitamin E and several B vitamins. Leeks, which often retain sand in their tight layers, require thorough cleaning. Cut off and discard the roots, and slice the leek in half lengthwise. Fan the layers open, and rinse each layer thoroughly under cold running water. Set leeks aside to soak in a large bowl of cold water, changing the water a few times, until no grit appears in the bottom of the bowl. These lovely golden timbales make an elegant presentation for a special occasion.