Only the Best Salt Recipes
\"Biscotti have become very popular recently, but my mother-in-law, Helen, has been baking them for years,\" says Janet Mercuri of North Royalton Ohio. \"Now that I've started using her recipe, friends tell me that my biscotti taste just like their grandmothers' and I'm not even Italian.\"\r\n
These have a subtle anise flavor and would be nice with a caffè latte.
Brasato al Barolo\r\n\r\n
There is a bit of a contradiction inherent in this homey dish: Barolo isn't exactly a cheap cooking wine. Not to worry: The less-expensive bottles recommended below will produce an equally unctuous result.
TREND: Exotically flavored chocolate\r\n
WHO: Katrina Markoff, CEO of Vosges Haut-Chocolat in Chicago\r\n
WHAT: Markoff, one of the first to infuse chocolate with unexpected ingredients, named this Asian-tinged creation after one of her most popular truffles. Its Japanese flavors ginger, wasabi, and black sesame seeds are the building blocks for an inspired cake.
If you're not familiar with soufflé cakes, this dessert may look a little odd but it's delicious. The cake is designed to be eaten once it has collapsed and cooled (just the opposite of a regular soufflé).
\"My fiancé and I just love the coconut cake at the Shubox Cafe in nearby Cedar Grove,\" Tammy L. Drukker of North Caldwell, New Jersey. \"The cake is tender and moist, and the cream cheese frosting is tangy and rich. I have yet to find a comparable recipe, so I hope the restaurant will share theirs.\"\r\n\r\n
At Shubox Cafe, this dessert is known as Awesome Coconut Cake, aptly named by one of the cafe's best customers. To make this recipe, you'll need to buy one 15-ounce can of sweetened cream of coconut. Some of it is used in the cake; be sure to save the rest for the Cream Cheese Frosting.\n
Editor's Note: This recipe was requested by a Gourmet reader who stayed at the Inn at Sunrise Point in Camden, Maine, and wrote: \"Innkeepers Rich and Jackie Diehl's signature breakfast dish was a fabulous cr\u00E9me br\u00FBl\u00E9e French toast, which we would love to make at home.\"\r\n\r\n
Although the Diehls use large slices from a round loaf of bread and remove the crust, we also tried the recipe with a baguette, leaving the crust on, and found it just as delicious. At La Maison, challah is often the bread of choice.
Bev Heinecke of San Anselmo, California, writes: \"Many of our favorite family recipes come from my mother-in-law, Hannah, who was a wonderful cook. When my sons were younger I made her chocolate macaroons and pancakes all the time. I don't make them quite as often as I used to, but they're still a hit with my husband.\"\r\n
The fluffy texture of these tender pancakes comes from folding beaten egg whites into the batter.
After receiving three letters about rainbow cookies with practically identical recipes attached, we knew we had to try them.
Andrea Giordano of North Babylon, New York, loved rainbow cookies as a child and was thrilled to be able to get the recipe from a coworker.\r\n\r\n
Stephanie Lenzo, of Kings Park, New York, wrote, \"These have to be my favorite Christmas cookies of all. They are part of my holiday tradition.\"\r\n\r\n
Tracy Tortora of Marion, Massachusetts, calls these cookies Venetians and said they were the best from the assortment her grandmother baked every Christmas.