I don’t always buy organic, but when it comes to lemons, I make no exceptions. Why? Because there’s a lot more to lemons than their tart, juicy flesh; their aromatic skin is also edible, and an amazing flavor booster in both sweet and savory recipes. Because pesticide residue settles in the skin of fruits and vegetables, it’s a healthy investment to pay a bit more for organic lemons so you can reap all the tasty benefits.
The people of Spain deserve a muy grande gracias for coming up with one of the best things known to cooks anywhere: smoked paprika. Smoked paprika is typically made from mild red peppers, which are dried over an oak fire in special smokehouses. This is what gives the pimentón ahumado its deliciously haunting depth of flavor. I buy the deep-red powder in colorful 2.6 oz-tins at my local Spanish import store, but I’ve also found it in mainstream supermarkets. If you’re unable to source it at a store near you, you can find smoked paprika at Amazon.com and other online retailers.
Every year during the holidays, I bake a batch of Mexican Wedding Cookies to share with friends and family. They’re so tasty, yet so simple: Just walnuts, flour, butter (or vegan buttery spread), and sugar. It was that last ingredient that tripped me up this year; my recipe called not just for regular granulated sugar, but the powdered variety, too. I’d already begun measuring the ingredients and preheating the oven when I realized I’d forgotten to buy powdered sugar.
The traditional pairing of chocolate and romance on Valentine's Day is a perfect union, as the simply act of consuming chocolate evokes a multi-sensory, sensual experience: its intoxicating aroma, the way it melts slowly and softly on the tongue, its rich color, its heavenly flavor. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner—it’s time to decide which decadent, chocolaty indulgences to gift to your special someone or pick up to treat yourself to. But before your reach for that traditional heart-shaped box, you should know that not all chocolates are created equal, especially if you're shopping for a vegan valentine.
These days, whether I'm at a shopping mall or a grocery store, I can't seem to leave the house without hearing familiar Christmas jingles that play on in my head even as I write this blog. After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year! But did you know that it's also the most POM Wonderful time of the year? If you haven't noticed the crimson beauties at your local market, look out: pomegranates are in peak season and bursting with flavor. That's why I asked POM Wonderful to share a festive ho, ho, ho holiday drink recipe.