Pattypan is very mild-flavored, so my husband will eat it. And it's abundant, too, so we're always looking for ways to serve it. Served with fresh corn and sliced tomatoes, this is a meatless meal. Try a horseradish sauce for the fritters.
I always seem to have rice flour on hand (for Vietnamese and Thai food), and am always looking for ways to use it up. This recipe is from the incomparable Beatrice Ojakangas' "Great Whole Grain Breads" (Simon & Schuster, 1984,1993). The recipe calls for small loaf pans, probably to reduce the baking time. Might be possible to use a large pan, but I haven't tried.
I found this recipe when I was researching an article on Spanish food for a food story when the Olympics were in Barcelonoa in 1992. Since then, I've made these so many times, in so many ways. They will accomodate about a zillion variations and still come out delicious. Prep time doesn't include chilling time. I usually prepare the creamed mixture the day or night before.
My husband lived in post-Ceaucescu Romania for a year and when I visited, cornbreads and cornmeal mush were pretty much on the menu every day. Okay by me -- it was like a taste of Tennessean far from home. I actually prefer this cornbread to most Southern-style cornbreads. The recipe came from Please to the Table, I think, and I usually halve the recipe for a smaller batch.
This recipe appeared on the Quaker Oats box in 1908 and again from 1909 to 1913. It's hearty and grainy, delicious topped with cheese, cinnamon-sugar butter, or served with soup. Original directions didn't specify an oven temperature, so I selected 450.
Purists would probably faint at the blending of French and Russian tradition, but it was delicious and simple, especially since two of the steps use a blender. Make the crepe batter the day or night before for even quicker assembly.
If you can stop eating the dough long enough, this makes great shortbread, slightly crisp rather than sandy. It's the best shortbread I've ever made, and the best-tasting dough ever. I daydream about hunks of it frozen into vanilla ice cream. From "In the Sweet Kitchen," by Regan Daley
I've worked with probably 20 pancake recipes and this is the best pancake I've ever made, whole grain or otherwise. It's light and tender, even when cold, and has a little heft and body from the oatmeal and cornmeal plus a bewitching fragrance from the nutmeg. The original is from the 1997 edition of Joy of Cooking, where it's called Four-Grain Flapjacks (just to confuse Brits). I usually halve the recipe, which works well.
Not as sweet as common watermelon pickles, and fantastic on turkey sandwiches (and don't forget to use the onions!). You can use cucumbers instead, but I prefer the firm texture of watermelon rind. (For crispness, I soak the cubes in a little alum and water, which is not recommended any longer.)
If you leave the cubes big -- or even cut the rind into spears -- they're delicious straight from the jar and on relish trays.
Give it the Bass-o-matic treatment in a food processor, then chill and fry. salmon, tuna, amberjack, halibut and other steak-like fish would be fine substitutes for the mahi mahi. Prep time doesn't include the chilling.
Sprouts are sort of flash fried, or stir-fried, or pan-seared, then flavored with curry. I can get the family to eat sprouts this way, and only this way. You can make it with fresh sprouts, too, but I haven't ever done so.
This is really a sour cream pound cake, studded with cherries, so it is festive and beautiful when you slice it. It's delicious with coffee. Note the long beating times -- they give the cake its fine-crumbed texture.
Evil Jungle Prince was the first Thai dish I ever made, and was so good that we went into the kitchen and made another batch to eat right then and there! These days I make it with tofu, but chicken tastes better.
This moist cake reminds me of the Harvey Wallbanger Cake my mom made in the 1970s. Who would have dreamed I'd be nostalgic for that? Anyway, because it uses a box mix, it's quick, so when your kid says you have to bake something for the school bake sale, you can make it seem like you really worked on it.
From a Beta Sigma Phi cookbook -- have you discovered them yet? Real homemade food from home cooks from the American heartland. My company publishes them but doesn't sell them oddly. Try the Beta website www.betasigmaphi.com
A fairly simple and very authentic Creole recipe from New Orleans that I ate at the late, great Ugelsich's restaurant. (They prepared it with eggplant rather than chayote -- they're equally delicious.) Use crab meat or shrimp or a mixture of both. Two chayote halves are a good light entree, or one half is right for a side dish.