August 2, 1989 |
When pesto - that pungent combination of basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil - was introduced, fresh basil was about as common as a rare steak. Cooks in the know had herb gardens where they grew enough basil to supply half the world's Italian restaurants, and everyone else was envious. Now basil is available year-round in most supermarkets. (It must even have replaced the African violet as the most popular house plant by now.) So to put a fresh slant on what's become a summer perennial, substitute cilantro for basil in the usual pesto recipe.
July 2, 2000 |
In my 25 years in the food business, I have seen a huge change of public opinion on cilantro, the green, lacy leaves and stems of the coriander plant. At one time, I couldn't serve it because customers had extreme aversions to this odiferous plant. Thanks to the area's immigrants from places such as China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, Haiti and India, we're all getting into cilantro big time. It may be an acquired taste, but once acquired, you can expect regular cravings for this funky favorite.
December 7, 1994 |
Thailand is a country of amazing diversity. No single phrase quite conjures up the melange of big-city bustle, the beauty of the countryside, the warmth and gentleness of the people, the magnificence of the palaces and temples - and the intense excitement of the food. Like most countries, Thailand has two levels of cookery - elegant and everyday. The different regions also have their own distinctive cuisines, though all have a common thread. Bangkok is one of the great eating cities of the world.
September 3, 2010 |
Cilantro is to Mexican food what fuel is to a race car. It has become the factor I use to grade Mexican restaurants, and woe to the grocery store that fails to stock fresh cilantro for my own fajitas and pico de gallo. As a further testament to the zest cilantro provides, it is also known as Chinese parsley and is used in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. The mildly narcotic seed, known as coriander, is popular in pickles, liqueurs, curries, and ratatouille. The root is added to curries, and the stems go in beans and soups.
July 1, 2010
Baba Ghanoush . . . 4 Chicken With Lime and Cilantro . . . 4 Fennel and Radiccio Salad . . . 2 French Potato Salad . . . 2 Steak and Portobello Sandwich . . . 3
July 20, 2012 |
It's easy to be smitten with the green sauces of summer. Practically every savory meal or snack my family has consumed for the last few weeks has been a delivery vehicle for these uncooked mixtures based on cilantro or parsley harvested from a deck garden or the local farmer's market. Those arepas and empanadas we get take-out from a Venezuelan restaurant? They're merely scoops for a spectacular vegetable puree called guasacaca that accompanies them in a much-too-small take-out tub. The food at a certain Mexican place nearby is very good, but many customers are more in love with the bright, grass-colored blend that is a simple, no-recipe mash of pickled jalapeño juice, cilantro, and garlic.
September 20, 2007 |
The secret to Puerto Rican cuisine is the distinctive sofrito . The Puerto Rican version is made with culantro (saw-leaf coriander, a relative of cilantro) and ajies dulces , sweet cooking peppers. This recipe is adapted from from Joel Rodriguez, executive chef at San Juan's Ajili Mojili, celebrated for serving authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, " cocina criolla . " Puerto Rican-Style Chicken and Rice Makes 2 servings. 1. Place bell pepper, garlic, onion, tomato, 1/2 cup cilantro and cubanelle pepper in a blender or food processor; blend until mixed.
June 13, 2001 |
A samosa is a fried dumpling filled with meat or veggies (or both) that in India is traditionally sold by street vendors. At Mirchi, a Mexican and Indian restaurant at 236 South St., tradition mixes with nontradition as owner Satish "Sherman" Sharma incorporates the potato samosa into his specially designed sandwich. Served on freshly baked Indian bread known as Tandoori naan, this sandwich is stuffed with veggies, potatoes, spices and herbs such as cumin, cilantro and fenugreek leaves.
April 17, 1994 |
Rice, beans and chorizo usually add up to a delicious, long-simmering stew or soup. However, the mix is also excellent when served cold as a salad. The base of this salad is chorizo, the spicy Mexican sausage. Other uncooked spicy sausage, crumbled into small pieces, can be substituted. The key to success when using sausage is to cook it thoroughly and drain it completely before mixing it into the other ingredients. Otherwise, it will be greasy and unpalatable. Complete the Tex-Mex accent of this entree by adding cilantro, scallions and sweet red peppers.
March 26, 1999 |
It was, Montgomery County prosecutors say, the largest drug arrest in Pennsylvania last year - more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of $55 million, were seized from a tractor-trailer parked at a Horsham motel. The truck's driver, Armando Robles, yesterday accepted a deal with the District Attorney's Office and pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges that will keep him in prison for eight to 20 years. Robles also was fined $25,000. It was not much of a deal - the maximum time Robles could have gotten was 10 to 20 years.