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Buttermilk-marinated Fennel with Satsumas and Jalapeños

DIFFICULTY: 1 of 5 (5 being hardest)

Buttermilk-marinated Fennel with Satsumas and Jalapeños Most of the dishes in this book have some serious thought behind them. This one was a total experiment. I love the classic flavor combination of oranges and fennel. But I didn’t want more orange flavor in this marinade. I didn’t want the harsh taste of vinegar either. I

Spicy Chanterelles

DIFFICULTY: 2 of 5 (5 being hardest)

    Spicy Chanterelles Makes about 1 1/2 cups as a filling or feeds 4 to 6 as a side dish   Only a handful of ingredients fare well with mushrooms. Green chiles are one of them. The grassy, herbaceous aroma of green chiles makes the perfect top note for earthy-tasting mushrooms. Chanterelles also have

A Really Good Cuban Sandwich

DIFFICULTY: 1 of 5 (5 being hardest)

A Really Good Cuban Sandwich Makes 4 sandwiches After years of trying them, I have had very few excellent Cuban sandwiches. They always seem dry. My version here may not be traditional, but everyone likes it. I use soft, sweet challah bread rather than the traditional baguette-style bread. When you toast it, the sandwich still

Cheddar Waffles with Pork Schnitzel, Country Ham and Sunny-Side-Up Egg

DIFFICULTY: 2 of 5 (5 being hardest)

Cheddar Waffles with Pork Schnitzel, Country Ham and Sunny-Side-Up Egg Feeds 4 hungry folks I’m fanatical about waffles. They are far superior to pancakes, French toast, and the other breakfast sweets of the world. If you don’t have a good waffle iron, spend a few bucks on a heavy-gauge, nonstick model. The reason is, we’re

Cincinnati Chili Five-Way

DIFFICULTY: 2 of 5 (5 being hardest)

Whenever I go somewhere I’ve never been, I do a little restaurant research. The first time I researched Cincinnati, I found myself inundated with chili parlors. I knew about Cincinnati chili, but I had no idea it was so deeply woven into the local culture. I picked out four places to try. If you told me you were going to take spaghetti noodles and dump cinnamon and chocolate-spiked chili on them, I’d say “What are you talking about?” When the first plate was placed in front of me, I thought, “This is the craziest food I’ve ever seen!” But I liked it enough to eat it four times in one day. It’s now one of my favorite got-a-craving foods. This recipe combines the elements I loved from all four places: It includes the heavy spicing of Skyline, the thin consistency of Pleasant Ridge, the finely grated cheese of Camp Washington, and the topping ratio of Gold Star. This might infuriate some people from Cincinnati, but it’s actually meant to honor their city’s signature dish. Oh, and if you’ve never had it, five-way means it includes chili, spaghetti, onions, beans, and cheese. Two-way is just chili and spaghetti, and you can figure out the numbers in between.