Eye Candy: Masa Turnovers

At a Beard House dinner celebrating the cuisine of Oaxaca, the chefs served these tiny masa turnovers. (The Spanish word for "dough," masa is made from ground corn kernels that have been fire-dried and soaked in limewater.) To see more photos of the Oaxacan feast, click here.

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Eat this Word: Spoonbread

spoonbreadWHAT? "The apotheosis of cornbread." Or so said writer Redding Sugg. This Southern soufflé may take its moniker from suppon or suppawn, an Indian porridge. Perhaps the name stuck because this Southern comfort food is best eaten with a spoon. It's made from cornmeal, eggs, butter, and milk, sometimes enlivened with baking powder and a dash of sugar, and it's served across the South with country ham or rabbit stew or all on its own. Spoon bread is an any-meal kind of food: Jefferson, for instance, ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spoonbread, according to Southern Food author John Egerton, is "the ultimate, glorified ideal" of cornbread." True Grits author Joni Miller declares it "one of the most elegant and classic Southern dishes." An essential Southern savory, "a properly prepared spoonbread," Egerton writes, "can be taken as testimony to the perfectibility of humankind." WHERE?

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Staff Recipe: Phyllis's Sauteed Corn with Pesto and Robiola

Corn When Phyllis Isaacson told us about her deliciously simple pesto the other night, we knew we had to share the recipe. “The inspiration for combining Robiola with pesto comes from the gastronomic superstore Peck in Milan,” she told us. The combination of the garlicky pesto, creamy Robiola, and fresh corn makes for the perfect end-of-summer weeknight dinner.

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Staff Recipe: Phyllis's Sauteed Corn with Pesto and Robiola

Corn When Phyllis Isaacson told us about her deliciously simple pesto the other night, we knew we had to share the recipe. “The inspiration for combining Robiola with pesto comes from the gastronomic superstore Peck in Milan,” she told us. The combination of the garlicky pesto, creamy Robiola, and fresh corn makes for the perfect end-of-summer weeknight dinner.

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