Ask a Chef: Tory Miller, Where Should We Eat in the Madison Area?

 

We asked 2012 Best Chef: Midwest winner Tory Miller of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin, for his top restaurant picks in the Badger State's food hub.

 

Late-Night Dining

Natt Spil

“No sign on the door, local DJs every night, wood-fired pizzas, and great bartenders—everything you need after a long shift.”

 

Quintessential Wisconsin Cooking

Culver’s

“Go for the frozen custard, cheese curds, and butter burgers. When you say Culver’s, you’ve said it all.”

 

Family Dinner

Ha Long Bay

“Every Monday I go here with my son, Remy, for a taste of Vietnamese, Lao, and Thai cuisines. My order goes like this: AP10, PH8, LS7.”

 

Date Night

Tornado Club

“An old-school steakhouse with delicious food and classic... Read more >

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Recipe: Banana Pudding Panna Cotta

 

When Daniel Doyle and Katelyn Selin of Charleston's Poogan's Porch set out to produce a refined take on banana pudding, they started by tinkering with a standard panna cotta recipe. They boosted the richness of the base by adding cream cheese, then blended it with sliced bananas that were cooked in earthy brown sugar, butter, and bourbon. After several hours of chilling, the team completed their modern interpretation with garnishes of white chocolate foam and banana bread dust. At home, you can simply serve the pudding with vanilla wafer cookies or shortbread for your own version of this reimagined Southern favorite. 

 

Get the recipe here. 

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Six Bitters to Have on Hand This Summer

 

During these most idle of summer days, we need a damn good reason to abandon our towels and mindless reading. A nicely mixed drink is one acceptable excuse. To ensure that our August libations are of the low-effort, high-reward variety, we turned to Brad Thomas Parsons—author of the JBF Award–winning Bitters: A Spirited History Of A Classic Cure-All With Cocktails, Recipes, And Formulasfor suggestions for unconventional bitters that will add instant pizazz to whatever we're sipping poolside. - The Editors

 

Bartenders love to describe bitters as the salt and pepper of the bar, but I like to think of them as an entire spice cabinet of liquid seasonings. They play a pivotal role in bringing balance to well-made cocktails, and every serious home bar should have three essential bitters on hand: Angostura, Peychaud’s, and an orange bitters. While this trio will allow you to craft a multitude of classic and... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: August 20, 2012

 

The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook!

 

Floating Island with Apricot Creme Anglaise [NYT]

Melissa Clark's ode to Julia Child, who would have turned 100 last week.

 

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce [Smitten Kitchen]

How to make a perfect grilled steak even better? Drizzle it with this smoky, tangy sauce.

 

​Corn Bisque with Crema [JBF]

This time of year, there's no such thing as too much corn. But if you got a little over-excited at the farmers'... Read more >

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