While this dish may be best with tender fresh peas, it is a fine way to dress up frozen baby peas
These sweet-and-sour tender shallots will perk up simply grilled meats.
A creamy, warming cheese-topped dish
Look no further for an out-of-the-ordinary sweet potato dish for holiday entertaining
A good accompaniment for roasted and grilled meats
This baked potato dish is rich with cream and fragrant with garlic and nutmeg
This is such a simple accompaniment but very colorful and tasty
Roasting these vegetables brings out their natural sweetness
Serve at room temperature to allow the flavors to merge.
These carrots are a good accompaniment to roast beef, pork, lamb, or poultry.
These little cakes make a nice change from mashed potatoes.
Fresh pomegranate seeds enliven this warm salad.
What could be simpler than latkes, traditionally served with sour cream, apple sauce, or both.
Colorful and popular with children, this is a good side dish for everyday meals.
Baking sweet potatoes makes them intensely sweet and full of flavor
This fresh-tasting Italian bulb works well with the creaminess of the sauce.
Pine nuts contrast well with the smooth texture of creamed spinach
This delicious and versatile vegetable purée can be served in place of mashed potatoes.
Similar to ratatouille but with a touch of vinegar to heighten the flavors, this Spanish dish goes well with grilled chorizo
A sweet and tangy accompaniment that complements most roasted or grilled dishes
This peppery dish was developed by the French settlers of Louisiana.
Make the most of seasonal mushrooms with this filling side dish
Tender asparagus spears are served cold with a simple dressing
Spicy vegetables make a punchy side dish.
An ancient method of preserving meat, confit infuses flavor into vegetables.
The added flavorings transform broccoli into something special.
Make this British classic at home with a yeast batter that remains crisp to the very last bite
This rustic stew is delicious served for lunch or dinner.
These should be served straight from the pan while still sizzling hot.
With a layer of freshly-cooked spinach under the poached haddock, this classic dish is a colorful one-pot meal
This is a popular Brazilian stew, rich with creamy coconut milk. An authentic ingredient is palm oil (dend), which lends a distinctive ...
Delicate trout enhanced with citrus and a nutty texture
Keep an eye on the butter. It should be nut brown, with no black flecks.
Ideal as a main course or made bite-sized as a canapè.
A British favorite, with its creamy filling and mashed-potato topping. It can be as luxurious or as homely as desired, depending on the ...
This updated version of carpaccio uses tuna served with a lemony potato salad
This is a tasty and unusual way of cooking delicate flounder or sole.
Equally good with salmon steaks or fillets, this light dish is quickly prepared.
Tender and flavorsome, these can be cooked on the grill or under a hot broiler.
Baking salmon en croute keeps it moist and succulent.
A traditional British dish that could also be made in the summer with bluefish fillets and gooseberries in season
The tomatoes and wine add sweetness to this Spanish dish.
Fresh sardines are full of flavor, and this easy rice and herb stuffing soaks up the tasty juices from the fish
A fresh-tasting dish that is easy to prepare and cooks in minutes
Crisp strips of fried fish are served with a peppery mayonnaise sauce.
Perfect for a summer lunch, the mackerel can be grilled or cooked on the barbecue
A deliciously fresh but gutsy dish, and great for a midweek supper or dinner with friends.
Pieces of monkfish with mussels in a creamy tomato sauce combine to make a fabulous main course
This Spanish dish also works well with other whole fish, such as snapper or trout.
Here, salt cod (bacalao) is simmered with the fragrant Spanish aromas of garlic, bay, and saffron to a lovely tenderness
Cooking in a tightly sealed paper packet or papillote ensures that the cooking juices are retained and keeps the fish moist.
Suitable for lunch, a picnic, or a light supper in the back yard, this chilled salad is an ideal summer dish
Popular in coastal regions all over southern Europe, this is the way to enjoy these oily fish at their very best
This fish stew, which Basque fisherman call marmitako de bonito, was originally made at sea to provide for a hungry crew
An impressive restaurant-style dish that brings out the clean, delicate flavors of the fish and is easy to prepare.
Tuna is often cooked with Asian flavors, but here the profile is Mediterranean
A fine example of the Nonya cuisine of Singapore
Some stores carry this deeply smoked fish for a quick supper.
Gently steamed fish makes a healthy, tasty supper.
Rosemary is not usually used with fish, but it perfectly complements the meaty flavor of swordfish
The most popular seafood is cloaked with cheese sauce and broiled until golden
This irresistibly indulgent seafood dish is thought to be named in honor of the play Thermidor, which opened in 1894 in Paris
Fresh herbs and grilled seafood make a delicious warm salad.
This quick curry is flavored with chiles, coconut, and lime
If hot as the "devil," is too hot, use less of the hot red pepper
Cooking in wine, garlic, and herbs is one of the easiest ways to prepare mussels, and one of the best.
This is a fresher, lighter version of the Chinese take-out standard, with a fragrant sauce spiked with chile, garlic, and ginger
This simple Greek dip makes a good start to a casual meal, served with a selection of cruditès.
This popular dip, which has its origins in Mexico, can also be used as a condiment for grilled meats and seafood.
Red wine adds flavor to this spread and cuts through the richness of the liver
Once you have the smoked fish, which is available at the local delicatessen, this appetizer can be prepared in minutes.
This piquant spread from France should have a fairly rough texture.
No Middle Eastern meze table is complete without a bowl of this creamy dip
This creamy textured mousse can be served as a starter or a light lunch.
To make this wonderful dip of smoked roe, look for tarama at Mediterranean markets.
This chickpea bean and tahini dip is one of the most widely recognized of all Middle Eastern dishes.
Look for skinless dried fava beans at Middle Eastern and Latino grocers.
For this classic French dish, look for duck fat online or render duck skin and fat purchased at an Asian butcher.
This appetizer of creamed salt cod is popular in the South of France, where it is traditionally served on Christmas Eve.
Full of flavor and texture, this pâtè is extremely versatile
A full-flavored olive spread, popular in the Mediterranean.
This heavy and delicious dip can be made in minutes.
These crisp morsels make a lovely vegetarian party snack.
Portobello mushrooms make great bases for savory goat cheese and pine nut fillings.
Ideally, the toasted bread should be about the same size as the mushrooms, so choose a loaf of the appropriate size.
Delicately flavored artichokes combine well with peppery arugula.
This meze dish is delicious warm or cold. Jarred grape leaves are sold at supermarkets and Middle Eastern delicatessens.
Rich and tangy hollandaise sauce and fresh asparagus is a time-honored partnership
Presented this way, these baked potatoes are a real treat.
A delicious, elegant starter
Marinated in the Scandinavian fashion, serve this as a brunch dish, or with vodka cocktails.
These get their name because they were served to commemorate the first day of Spring in the Chinese calendar
This popular restaurant appetizer is easy to make at home.
Corn kernels and avocado give a south-of-the-border twist to this perennial favorite.
Large shrimp are cloaked in a cheese-flavored cream sauce
Boquerones en Vinagre are a Spanish speciality, ideal as tapas or as a lunchtime dish. Good with lightly toasted slices of crusty bread, ...
Canned anchovies can be turned into a quick snack
Crisp fishcakes make a tasty starter, and are a good way to use up leftover mashed potato. Good with a salad of arugula and watercress, a...
Deep-frying is the perfect way to cook these tiny fish, which are eaten whole. Good with chilled potato salad.
These bite-sized treats are perfect party food.
Serve these as a light meal or with wine before dinner.
A delicious blend of smoked trout and herbed goat cheese in a tortilla wrap.
Easy and quick to prepare, this is an ideal starter for an informal dinner party.
These are fish sticks for grown-ups. Good with tartar sauce and a fresh tossed salad.
Ceviche lightly pickles raw fish to conserve freshness and bring out its true flavor. Good with crusty bread or tortilla chips.
These turnovers are found wherever Spanish is spoken.
This easy-to-make dish is great as an appetizer or snack.
Crostini and bruschette can be made in many variations. Tangy-buttery créme fraîche lightens this savory bite.
These simple canapés are ideal with pre-dinner drinks. Good with a chilled glass of sparkling Prosecco.
These stylish canapès can also be served as a simple appetizer. Good with a dry white wine.
These crisp vegetable fritters are made with chickpea flour, also known as gram flour, which can be found in Indian food shops. Good with...
These Thai-style toasts make warm and savory mouthfuls.Good with sweet chile sauce and chilled sake or a cold beer.
Serve these Indian pastries hot or cold. In India, they would be fried in ghee, a clarified butter that can be heated to a high temperatu...
Quick to make and great for sharing.
These small cigar-shaped cheese pastries from Turkey are seen on Middle Eastern menus all over the world. Good with Middle Eastern dishes...
These flaky parcels are delicious served hot or cold as an appetizer.
Spanakopita, the Greek spinach pie, can be cut into small diamonds or squares and served as an appetizer. Good with other Greek or Middle...
Ideal for parties or as an appetizer with drinks.
This classic, quick, and easy appetizer can be served with drinks at any occasion.
Vol-au-vents or "puffs of wind" are little puff pastry cases enclosing a savory filling, such as creamy mushrooms.
Crisp crostini with a deliciously savory topping.
These tartlets are perfect for a light supper or picnic.
Serve these right out of the pan with sour cream and salsa.
Anchovies give a salty kick to this mild onion tart.
Versatile, crisp croustade baskets can host a wide range of different fillings, such as this delicious combination of goat cheese, mint, ...
You'll find shelled frozen soybeans at natural food stores.
Tarragon and chicken is a popular combination.
Roast beef with a creamy mustard mayo combine in this party dish.
Lightly spiced crabmeat in a crispy case.
Spanish habas con jamòn is a popular snack dish of soft beans and chewy, salty cured ham
Almendras tostadas are served with drinks in Spain.
In higaditos al Jerèz, the sweet sherry perfectly offsets the intense richness of the livers.
Guisantes con jamòn is a classic tapas dish with delicious sweet and savory flavors.
A variation on Buffalo wings, these sticky chicken wings are served with a tangy dip.
The authentic version is made with Indonesian soy sauce, kecap manis, but Chinese or Japanese soy sauce can also be used.
These chickpea fritters can be enjoyed tucked into pita bread.
Wontons are healthy and great to have ready in the freezer.
Everyone enjoys these popular cocktail party treats.
These easy party appetizers can be served with drinks or as a first course alongside a salad.
The sweet figs contrast with salty prosciutto and the peppery tang of arugula in these one-bite party snacks.
Serve these crisp-fried dumplings with a yogurt dip.
The sweet peanut sauce is a perfect accompaniment to these savory bites
Delicate-tasting partridge are good pot-roasted as the flavors become concentrated in the pot
Mixed game makes a wonderfully rich-flavored dish. Use chunks of boneless and skinless turkey or pork loin as a substitute.
Wrap the quail in pancetta to keep the flesh moist. The apples and Calvados add a rich, sweet flavor to the dish.Good with roast potatoes...
Game birds are lean, so braising keeps pheasant nice and moist. Good with mashed carrots, rutabagas, and green beans.
The fruity Sauternes complements the rich flavor of the game.
Cut the breasts from squab for the recipe, or use small duck breasts, cooking them for about 10 minutes total
Young grouse are the best for roasting. Serve one per person. Good with roasted cherry tomatoes and mashed potatoes.
These little veal and pork meatballs--albondigas in Spanish--are popular served as tapas. Good with crusty bread or as a main course dish...
This restaurant classic can easily be made at home.
This popular Italian dish uses a classic method to prepare veal. Good with sautèed spinach or a green salad.
Although these are regarded as a Swedish national dish, they are popular in all the Scandinavian countries. Good with new potatoes and st...
This recipe is great served hot for a weekday family meal, or cold in a packed lunch or sandwich. Good with a salad of arugula and halved...
These burgers are enriched with onions and egg yolk. Good with your favorite condiments (ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise) and toppings ...
This hot stir-fry is a good choice for lovers of Chinese food who like their dishes spicy rather than sweet and sour.
This classic Russian dish was named after the Strogonov family. Good with rice or egg noodles.
Colorful and filling, this makes a substantial summer salad.
Thai curry paste is sold at Asian markets and some supermarkets.
Always impressive for a dinner-party main course.
A simple, delicately flavored French veal stew in white sauce.
This warming winter stew makes a great main course for entertaining, since it can be made well in advance. Good with buttered tagliatelle.
Long, slow braising allows the beef to absorb the rich flavors of the wine and herbs and tenderizes it in the process. Good with mashed p...
This stew is redolent with red wine and earthy mushrooms. Good with buttered egg noodles or parslied boiled potatoes.
Veal shanks have a richness unlike any other cut of meat and turn this stew into an extraordinary meal. Good with a saffron-flavored riso...
Beer helps to tenderize the beef and imparts a delicious flavor.
Be sure to let this magnificent roast stand at least 15 minutes. Good with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, and vegetables of your cho...
This works well for a crowd and can be served warm or cold.
A great dish for autumn, when walnuts are at their peak.
This pot roast, with its richly spiced sauce, is especially tender thanks to a combination of long marinating and slow cooking. Good with...
Sweet, tart, and spicy meet in this delicious marinade.
A sweet-tart sauce adds character to tender but mildly flavored beef.
Otherwise known as feijoada, this is the national dish of Brazil and is made with a variety of porks. Good with cooked white rice, steame...
These soft, mild peppercorns add a gentle spice to the creamy sauce. Good with hashed brown potatoes and freshly steamed green vegetables.
This filling is both savory and sweet and the pecans add a delightful crunchy texture.
A hearty bean and meat dish from southwest France.
Marinate the ribs overnight before baking, if you wish.
A filling one-pot meal known as Cocido in Spain.
Boiling the ham first makes it nice and moist.
Dried apricots and orange juice, along with cumin, coriander, ginger, and thyme, give this the distinct flavor and aroma of Moroccan cui...
Tender lamb noisettes (filet mignons) are a special treat.
Middle Eastern spices flavor these tender, ground lamb kebabs. A raita of cucumber and yogurt is the ideal accompaniment.
This dish packs plenty of flavor with its tomato, olive, and herb sauce. Good with couscous cooked in vegetable stock.
There are many versions of this dish, all of which are based on lamb and potatoes. This one is a hearty casserole. Good with a fresh gree...
Lighter than many stews, navarin contains lamb with young spring vegetables. Good with lots of crusty French bread for soaking up the stew.
French cooks prefer delicate flageolet beans for this rustic dish, but any small white bean will do.
Middle Eastern spices flavor these tender, minced-lamb kebabs. A raita of cucumber and yogurt is the ideal accompaniment.
Traditionally a recipe to use meat and potatoes from a roast lamb, this version is topped with a potato and leek mash.Good with a simple ...
A quick summer supper dish.
You can also use this marinade for grilled boneless leg of lamb.
Use leftover lamb for this dish and adjust the spiciness of the sauce with the amount of curry powder.
Greece's most famous dish, moussaka is usually baked in a large dish. This version makes individual servings, which are easier to freeze.
Thinner than a Spanish tortilla, this popular Italian dish is ideal for lunch or a light supper. Good with plenty of Italian bread and a ...
This quick recipe uses dainty quail eggs, and the mild curry sauce tops the whole dish off perfectly.
The smooth buttery sauce makes a truly indulgent breakfast or brunch.
This is the ultimate feel-good Sunday brunch recipe.
Great for picnics and packed lunches, serve these with a spoonful of your favorite chutney.
Beaten egg whites give this omelet a light and fluffy texture.
These vegetable molds can be served as a light main course or appetizer with the salad, or serve them on their own to accompany roast lamb.
This makes a hot, satisfying breakfast or brunch. Good with a few summer berries or a spoonful of yogurt.
Popular in Brittany, in northwest France, where the local cuisine is defined by rich, rustic flavors.
This Indian dish has its origins in ancient Persia. Good with salad leaves, light toasted naan bread, or chapatis.
A French classic, this egg and bacon tart is the original and the best.
This is a favorite appetizer or light lunch dish in rural France.
This classic brunch dish of poached eggs on a bed of spinach is also good for lunch or dinner.
Savory crepes are great for lunch, supper, or brunch.
A simple and satisfying dish
These souffles are deliciously golden and puffy once cooked, and taste every bit as good as they look.
Light and tasty, these are made with shrimp and stir-fried vegetables
Souffles are not challenging at all, and actually quite easy. There are many options beyond the basic cheese version. Good with a green s...
This savory scrambled egg dish is from the Basque region of southwest France.
Beaten egg whites give this omelet a light and fluffy texture. Good with toast and grilled tomatoes.
This famous dish was specially created for the Victorian novelist by the chefs at the Savoy Grill, London.
Serve this filling dish for breakfast, and you won't have to be concerned about what to make for lunch.
Similar to popovers, these are the traditional accompaniment to roast prime rib of beef.
These small cream puffs are filled with a blend of cheese, herbs, and spices.
This foolproof recipe can be prepared several hours in advance, so is ideal for serving at a dinner party.
Quick to make, this "peek-a-boo" vegetarian pastry makes the most of store-bought ingredients. Good with a green salad.
This is a more sophisticated recipe of the supper dish, Welsh rarebit, which is a comforting meal of cheese sauce over toast.
It's fun and easy to make this fresh yogurt cheese, called labna. Good with herbs sprinkled on top along with toasted pita bread.
These crispy and spicy snacks would be great with a cold glass of beer. Good with pre-dinner drinks or as part of a buffet.
This savory baked dish is a wonderful way of celebrating fresh corn when it is in season. Good with roast chicken, turkey, or ham.
This Indian restaurant favorite is easy to make at home. If you can't find paneer, farmer's cheese is a good substitute.
Often pronounced as Welsh "rabbit," this simple recipe makes a meal out of Cheddar or Lancashire cheese. Good with salad. If desired, put...
Grilling figs enhances their natural sweetness and the addition of blue cheese makes a great flavor contrast. Good with pre-dinner drinks...
Crisp pastry encases a delicious blend of spinach, feta, and pine nuts in this classic Middle Eastern dish. Good with a crisp salad or a ...
Delicious on toast, this spread is also a great sandwich filling.
These crunchy little snacks are packed with the rich and salty flavors of Greek feta cheese.
This dish is all about balance. Match the mild ricotta with full-flavored olive oil, ripe tomatoes, and sharp black pepper.
A delicious cold dish for a summer's lunch or brunch. Good with warm crusty bread or Melba toast.
Soft polenta topped with cheese sauce is a dish that hails from northern Italy, where polenta is often favored over pasta. Good with stea...
This makes a sumptuous first course or light lunch, served warm or at room temperature. Good with a mesclun salad.
Popular Middle Eastern snacks, these tasty filo pastries are filled with a sweet-savory mixture. Good with other Greek or Middle Eastern ...
Halloumi is made from sheep and goat's milk. Good with pita bread, and a spinach and red onion salad.
A simple, stylish tart with a light cheese filling.
"Fondue" means melted in French, and there never was a more luscious way to serve melted cheese.
Oats give the tartlet pastry an interesting texture and flavor that complements the light goat cheese and yogurt filling.Good with salad ...
Use individual cheeses or a whole cheese for this recipe. Good with bread or crackers, or chopped and placed on pieces of toast as a can...
You will find paneer (a firm Indian cheese) and tandoori paste at Indian markets.
This vegetarian tart, with crisp, thyme-flavored pastry, is equally delicious warm or cold. Good with an arugula or watercress salad with...
Be sure the mangoes are fully ripened, they should yield slightly when squeezed. Good with hot and cold meats, and cheeses.
This recipe is an exciting combination of crunchy seasonal vegetables, pickled in an herb and spice vinegar. Good with hot and cold meats...
Make this fruity, spicy chutney at harvest time and you will have a good supply to last for months.
These pungently spiced preserved limes will enhance curries or pilafs, are wonderful with fish or chicken, and are easy to make.
Apple, ginger, and mild onion make this chutney especially sweet, rather than spicy.
A refreshing cross between a salsa and a true cooked relish.
This is a modern version of a traditional Indian pickle called peccalillo. Good with crusty bread and a robust sharp cheese, and with col...
A mild-tasting but very enjoyable fruit relish that is particularly good with cold meats and cheeses.
Versions of this popular classic shellfish dish of thin linguine and clams are cooked all along the Italian Mediterranean and Adriatic co...
Easy to make, this sauce is wonderfully versatile.
Baked ziti in a hearty meat sauce is a great way to feed a hungry family; use either pork or turkey sausages.
Succulent scallops with a hint of chile and lime make this a perfect pasta dish for lunch, dinner, or entertaining. Good with crusty brea...
Every cook should have a recipe for this quick one-dish meal, which is ideal at the end of a busy day. Good with hot garlic bread and a g...
Quick to prepare and cook, this is a great meal when time is short.
This popular dish combines the delicacy of Chinese cooking, the heat of Indian spices, and the fragrance of Malaysian herbs.
This simple dish makes a nourishing family meal. Good with a green salad or garlic bread.
Quick to make and full of rich flavors, this pasta casserole makes a satisfying midweek meal or an informal dinner-party dish. Good with ...
An unsurpassable dish made with good-quality ingredients.
This meaty, slow-simmered sauce goes well with pasta ribbons, but is also delicious served with tagliatelle or used in a lasagna.
When tossed with cheese and eggs, spaetzle, a homemade noodle from Switzerland, makes a delicious one-pot meal.
The beauty of this pasta is variety. Use whatever fresh seafood you like.
This cheesy Butternut Squash Penne is a filling, comforting pasta dish that the whole family would love. It's an easy way to sneak a butternut squash recipe into your weeknight dinner plan - it's so delicious, the kids will never know they're eating vegetables! When squash is in season it's great to find any excuse to use it, and butternut squash pasta is the perfect way to incorporate this creamy seasonal vegetable into your recipes. It's the perfect cozy dinner to end a cool autumn day.
Stuffed pasta is a great way to feed a crowd. This version has two sauces to make it extra-special.
This Ravioli with Ricotta and Spinach features a homemade ravioli recipe that's packed with cheese - it's sure to become a family favorite. Making homemade pasta for a weeknight dinner might seem like a daunting task, but once you learn how to make ravioli from scratch, you'll never go back to buying it from the store! The flavors of ricotta cheese and spinach combine to create a savory taste that's impossible to resist, and this whole ravioli recipe takes less than two hours to put together. You can even get the kids to help you make it and turn dinner into a fun family activity!
This cool salad, with a base of full-flavored soba noodles, makes an extraordinary light meal.
A quick and light pasta dish.
Almost any spring vegetable can be used--for a change, try peas or diced zucchini. Good with hot crusty garlic rolls.
This pasta dish combines ingredients from the sea (mare) and from the mountains (monte).
A combination of crunchy textures and Asian flavors.
Think of this as a seafood paella made with pasta instead of rice. Good with chunks of crusty bread to mop up the juices.
This fresh tomato pasta sauce is flavored with pancetta and hot red pepper
A fragrant and colorful stir-fry with the flavors of Thailand
Chinese barbecued pork (also called char-sui), pork loin cooked with a shiny scarlet glaze, and fresh Hokkien-style noodles can be purch...
A spicy Sicilian pasta sauces gets its edge from capers and olives
Green, under-ripe papayas make a refreshing addition to many southeast Asian salads.
The perfect dish for family meals or casual entertaining.
A popular Italian classic. Good with a simple salad.
Once you have gathered the ingredients, this dish comes together quickly to create a fast weeknight supper. Good with a fresh salad of be...
It is worth making a double batch of this stock to use in soups and casseroles.
A tasty, delicate stock that is quick and easy to make.
Endlessly versatile, it is worthwhile to make your own chicken stock.
This chilled, no-cook Spanish soup is always popular when temperatures are hot outside.
For extra flavor, serve this velvety soup with shredded Parmesan cheese
Gentle spices perk up this earthy-flavored soup. Good with crusty bread or cheese scones.
Hearty and satisfying, this Russian beet and vegetable soup can be enjoyed at any time of year, either hot or chilled.
Despite its French name, this iced soup originates from America. It can also be served hot, with a few cooked shrimp on top.
Easy to make using canned tomatoes, this delicious soup can be enjoyed all year round. Good with a swirl of heavy cream, créme fraîche, o...
Using a selection of both wild and cultivated mushrooms will produce a soup that is bursting with flavor.
A light, refreshing soup with a hint of spice, this is the perfect start to a summer meal. Good with a spoonful of low-fat plain yogurt o...
This hearty Italian country soup is full of deep, earthy goodness. Good with bowls of spiced olives, and crusty bread.
This thick soup from northern Italy is guaranteed to keep out the winter chills.
Bisque, an elegant creamy shellfish soup, is thought to have originated in the Spanish Biscay region
A refreshing chilled soup.
A robust soup of assorted fish and shellfish partnered with Mediterranean flavorings.
A simple combination of chicken broth with eggs.
This soup, ribollita, is thick, filling, nutritious, and delicious. It is even wonderful at room temperature. Good with a dollop of pesto...
Full of warming flavors, this traditional soup makes a rich and satisfying meal.
This Parisian classic is given extra punch with a few spoonfuls of brandy.
This hearty soup makes a great lunch or dinner. Feel free to add whatever vegetables are in season. Good with a dollop of pesto, stirred ...
Serve this rich, creamy soup with plenty of saltines or crusty bread.
In days past, this soup involved the slow simmering of a whole chicken, but today it is prepared with less time and effort. Good with war...
Originally nothing more than a humble fisherman's soup using the remains of the day's catch, bouillabaisse has evolved into one of the gr...
Some people call this "Penny Soup," because the vegetable pieces resemble coins.
Fresh lime juice, cilantro, and ancho chiles add an unmistakable Mexican flavor to this tomato soup.
This spicy Mexican soup has thin fideo noodles (similar to angel hair pasta) and makes a substantial meal.
This hearty vegetarian soup has just a touch of spice certain to warm you up. Good with a spoonful of plain yogurt and crusty bread.
With the addition of salty ham and fragrant caraway seeds, this hearty salad is full of flavor.
This easy summer dish is great for summer lunches and dining alfresco.
Anchovies help to give this classic salad its traditional flavor, but they can be omitted from the dressing if preferred. Good with all b...
Quick to prepare, this makes an excellent first course or side salad. Good with barbecued meat or seafood, or as a light first course wit...
For convenience and speedy cooking, buy marinated herring fillets at the supermarket. Good with chunks of sourdough bread or slices of pu...
Quick to cook, and easy to assemble, this warm salad is hearty, but refreshing at the same time. Good with thick slices of crusty French ...
Sweet Bibb lettuce contrasts well with a piquant, creamy Parmesan dressing. Good with crisp cooked pancetta, or bacon, or strips of prosc...
A classic salad named after the prestigious Waldorf–Astoria Hotel in New York.
Use a grill pan if the weather isn't cooperating.
Stale crusty bread doesn't have to go to waste when you know how to make this substantial salad, known as panzanella. Good with cold meat...
The bitter leaves and radishes combine well with the salty fish and cheese in this light dish.
Try serving this dish alongside savory tarts.
Vietnamese cuisine is noted for its fresh, clean flavors: lime, mint, chiles, and fish sauce are all widely used.
A tangy salad to satisfy seafood lovers, this is simple enough for a weekend brunch, but special enough to serve to dinner guests.
Homemade coleslaw is so much better than the store-bought kind, and it is worth making extra to have on hand. Prepare in a food processor...
This Lebanese specialty of parsley, mint, tomatoes and bulgur is refreshing all year round.
This well-known classic French salad is made here with fresh tuna for a main-course serving.
Bresaola, air-dried beef from Northern Italy, adds a salty contrast to sweet roasted beets in a spicy horseradish dressing.
Cucumber slices combine well with the flavor of smoked salmon.
This light, multicolored salad is good as an accompaniment to hot or cold meats, or served alongside a sandwich.
Serve this crunchy, creamy, and zesty salad by itself or with roast lamb.
This lovely summer lunch proves how well crab matches with fruit. Good with slices of freshly baked Irish soda bread.
This is a fantastic salad to serve as an appetizer, a side dish, or with cheese. Good with shavings of Parmesan and pitted Kalamata olive...
An ideal salad to serve alongside Asian-style duck or grilled meat.
Red, white, and green are the colors of the Italian flag and are echoed in this Italian dish.
Russian salad always consists of vegetables in mayonnaise, but the Spanish version includes tuna and red peppers.
This crunchy, nutty salad is also a great vegetable side dish.
In this Spanish salad, sweet red peppers are gently stewed, then combined with a fresh tomato sauce.
A very special summer salad, ideal for outdoor dining.
A delicious steakhouse salad that is full of flavor and textures. Good with grilled meat.
Juicy tomatoes, cool crisp cucumber, and salty feta cheese are a winning combination.
Drizzle this creamy, tangy dressing over your favorite greens. Good with green salads, or as a dressing for steamed new potatoes.
This versatile dressing is suitable for almost any salad.
There is no need to limit this dressing to salads; it goes particularly well with seafood. Good with shrimp cocktails or salads containin...
If made with fat-free yogurt, this is a healthy alternative to mayonnaise. Good with falafel or grilled meat, such as lamb.
Making your own mayonnaise is easy and allows you to choose your own flavorings.
This Spanish Vegetable Tortilla is a frittata recipe like no other. Loaded with potatoes, broccoli, and peas, it makes for a filling and nutrient-packed breakfast or brunch that's ideal for family gatherings. Spanish food is known for its color and taste, and their tortilla recipes are no exception - the fluffy texture of the egg makes this dish an easy favorite, while the broccoli and peas give it some visual style. If you're looking for easy Spanish recipes to put a little flair in your flavor, this one's for you.
Here is a near-perfect egg salad, which makes a classic sandwich filling for a summer's lunch. Good with salad greens or when served in l...
Perfect party food, make them hot as the devil with spicy paprika and hot mustard, or keep them mellow with milder condiments. Good with ...
These desserts are perfect to serve at a dinner party--just make these little rum-soaked cakes a day ahead and finish just before serving.
A moist cake that keeps well.
These are British sticky buns, with a bit of spice in the fruit filling.
Saffron gives these fruit buns a light golden color and a subtle spicy flavor. Good with butter.
These are best served straight from the oven for breakfast, but are also good in lunch boxes or with afternoon tea. Good with butter when...
Best eaten freshly made, this quick-to-make treat is perfect for brunch.
These are sure to fix any chocolate cravings, and the buttermilk lends a delicious lightness to these muffins.
This Irish fruit bread is sometimes served for Halloween with little charms baked inside, which are supposed to forecast your luck for th...
This sweet, crunchy pie is a true all-American dessert. This version uses maple syrup. Good with créme fraîche, whipped cream, or ice cream.
Serve this in the summer when blueberries are at their peak.
Sweet-tart quince paste is available at specialty markets and in the Latino section of many supermarkets.
A traditional British favorite.
A fabulous combination of fruit and nuts.
Mince pies are a must for many bakers at the holidays. These individual pies are perfect for gift-giving.
Rich and indulgent, this pie offers a satisfying contrast between a light, smooth mousse-like filling and a crunchy crumb crust.
Sugar-coated fruit in pastry.
This traditional American pie makes a rich and creamy end to any meal.
Key limes can now purchased at well-stocked markets during their winter and early spring season, but regular limes work, too.
These pretty little tarts are ideal to serve, topped with fresh summer berries, at dinner parties.
Tarts made with poppy seeds are popular in Eastern Europe.
With its creamy lemon filling, this tart is perfect with seasonal fruit.
With the contrast between the smooth, tart lemon filling and the fluffy meringue topping, this pie is certain to be a hit.
A refreshing variation on key lime pie, this is quick to make.
Long and flat, these crisp cookies translate as "cat's tongues" in Spanish. Good with hot chocolate, chocolate mousse, or ice cream.
Legend says that this Austrian pancake was created for Emperor Franz Josef. Roughly translated as "Emperor's Mishmash," it is warming an...
These crisp pastries filled with candied fruits and ricotta cheese are a Sicilian speciality.
Tasty bite-sized chocolate pastries'the perfect treat.
These little cream puffs, drizzled with chocolate sauce, are a deliciously decadent dessert.
From Tuscany, these crisp, twice-baked almond cookies are ideal for dipping in glasses of coffee or vin santo after a meal.
These cookies are soft, chewy, and cakey, and perfect to fill up the cookie jar.
This popular Scottish classic has become an essential for afternoon tea. Good with a freshly brewed pot of tea.
These delicate, buttery, piped cookies are usually made at Christmas time.
Originating from Normandy, the name of these rich cookies comes from the French for "sand," as they have a light, crumbly texture. Good w...
If you're watching your saturated fats, try these cookies, made with oil instead of butter. Good with a glass of milk as an after-school ...
These crisp Italian cookies are loaded with fruits and nuts and coated with thin layers of luxurious dark chocolate.
These cookies are crisp outside and slightly chewy inside. When storing, they tend to dry out—so just give in to temptation.
Buttery rings sandwiched together with preserves, these are also called Ischl tartlets.
These light, crisp cookies curl up gently as they cool.
These chewy bars, known as flapjacks in Britain, use only a few pantry ingredients.
These chewy, but cakey brownies make a tempting snack.
Without the egg white glaze and nuts, you can use this dough to roll out and cut into shapes for holiday cookies.
This caramelized dessert sauce originated in Argentina but is now beloved all over the world.
This simple recipe can be used to ice cupcakes and to sandwich cake layers together.
Serve this sauce warm or cold over a variety of desserts. For best results, use a 70 percent dark chocolate. Good with ice cream, profite...
Rich and buttery, this sauce is a hit with young and old. Good with ice cream or for a treat, with pancakes stacked with whipped cream, s...
This quick and easy fruit sauce is an excellent way to add a fresh flavor to many desserts. Good with poached pears, chocolate cake, mixe...
This spiced custard sauce is great for dipping fruits, cookies, or even cubes of cake.
This sweet pastry cream is a rich and creamy filling for fruit tarts and cream puffs.
This classic vanilla sauce is wonderful warm as a dessert sauce or chilled and poured over berries.
This is a rich sauce, that can be served hot or cold. Good with fresh fruit or poured over sponge cake.
Served warm or cold, this custard sauce is a great embellishment for many desserts. Good with hot pudding and fresh pies.
When you are short on time, use pre-made pie crusts. Including some Granny Smith apples will make a tangier pie. Good with a scoop of van...
These light, batter-coated rings enclose tender apple, with the aromatic flavors of anise and cinnamon. Good with vanilla ice cream, or p...
Sabayon is really the French version of zabaglione'a warm dessert sauce that is as versatile as it is delicious.
Crisp and juicy, these must be served immediately.
It doesn't matter if served warm or cold, apple strudel is always appreciated by lovers of fine desserts. Good with whipped cream.
You cannot beat the fresh fragrant flavor of ripe baked peaches oozing sweet juices. Good with crème fraîche.
This late-summer dessert is suitable for both family suppers and dinner parties for friends. Good with ice cream or warm custard.
Wine gives a great depth of flavor to cooked fruit. Good with low-fat yogurt for a low-fat dessert, or with whipped cream or ice cream if...
Use two different apple varieties one to cook into a puree, and the other to create a sliced apple topping that holds its shape. Good wi...
A sophisticated, simple, and foolproof dessert.
Alcohol can boost and blend flavors, as shown in this simple dessert of bananas, citrus, and apple brandy. Good with vanilla or coconut i...
During their late summer to early autumn season, cook with plums often to make simple desserts like this one.
This French classic is an upside-down apple tart.
A good winter dessert when fresh fruit supplies are limited.
This delightfully simple dessert can be served hot or cold. Good with a drizzle of fresh cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This great winter warmer is easy to prepare. Good with large spoonfuls of crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream, or with créme anglaise.
Serve this easy Italian dessert comfortingly warm from the oven or bracingly chilled. Good with ladyfingers or Amaretti cookies.
An old-fashioned summer dessert. Good with whipped cream or ice cream.
This is a great way to turn autumn fruits into a delicious dessert. Good with crème fraîche or ice cream; poured over individual baked me...
This British hot fruit dessert was created for Queen Charlotte.
Served hot, warm, or cold, this is the simplest of desserts. Good with ice cream, cream, or evaporated milk instead of the whipped cream.
A simple baked vegetarian pasta dish full of Italian flavors.
A colorful Chinese favorite, packed with contrasting flavors and textures.
This light pasta dish has the classic sauce of white wine and garlic with toasted bread crumbs.
This one-pot rice dish is full of flavor and is easy to make.
Preserved lemons are available at Mediterranean grocers. Good with grilled lamb chops, or with firm oily fish, such as swordfish or macke...
This Spanish rice dish has many regional variations. This version contains a delicious mix of seafood.
This is a traditional dish from the South.
This richly spiced dish makes a colorful Moroccan feast.
For the best results, choose a dark, richly flavored mushroom, such as cremini or portobello, to make this risotto.
Whole grain quinoa makes a tasty and healthy summer salad. Be sure to rinse it well in a fine sieve before cooking.
Kasha, also called buckwheat groats, is a healthy and delicious whole grain cereal that can be prepared in a manner similar to risotto to...
French Puy lentils hold their shape during cooking, and lend an attractive look to rustic lentil recipes. Good with grilled spicy sausage...
This Anglo-Indian brunch dish is traditionally made with smoked haddock, but you can use all fresh salmon if you wish. Good with triangle...
This one-pot meal captures the spicy flavors of Louisiana.
This recipe is traditionally served with soups and stews.
Subtly spiced, this versatile rice dish can be served hot or cold.
A refreshing change from rice, this makes a tasty side dish.
This popular Chinese-style rice dish is an excellent way to use up leftover rice. Good with all stir-fried dishes, such as beef with pepp...
Serve these fragrant noodles with simply roasted chicken or pork.
This is a wonderful side dish from south India.
Using dried mushrooms guarantees a rich, earthy flavor, which is ideal for serving alongside the subtle-tasting polenta. Good with a mixe...
This Spanish lentil dish gets its deep flavor from chorizo, bacon, and paprika. Good with rustic bread.
Smooth and unctuous, soft polenta is the perfect foil for northern Italian dishes with meaty sauces.
Known in Asia as Rice Congee or Jook, it is eaten for breakfast in China when the weather is cold.
Traditional flavorings of coconut and kaffir lime leaves enliven plain rice to create this popular Asian accompaniment.
This dish is a staple throughout the Caribbean. Pigeon peas can be found in the Latino section of the market. Good with grilled or roaste...
Crispy on the outside, and soft and creamy on the inside, these tasty rice balls make an unusual side dish, or can be served as a party n...
These light but sustaining dumplings are great for soaking up the delicious gravy from hearty casseroles and spicy goulashes. Good with s...
A tasty alternative to rice; serve hot as a side dish or cold as a salad. Good with grilled meats, chicken, or fish.
These light-as-air potato dumplings, served with a simple sage and butter sauce, make a good supper dish.
Lightly spiced rice can be pressed into ramekins to make an eye-catching side dish.
These little dumplings are added to many a Bavarian soup, and you may want to follow suit.
Orzo is a tiny soup pasta which looks similar to rice. It makes an ideal side dish for Mediterranean-style dishes.
These vegetarian cabbage rolls are lighter than the traditional version. Good with crusty bread, sautéed potatoes, or brown rice.
An elegant way of serving an often neglected root vegetable.
This quick and easy dish takes advantage of tofu's ability to take on other flavors.
Deep magenta with accents of white and green, serve this salad as a side dish or a first course. Good with grilled lamb or steak, or on i...
Heart-shaped green poblano chiles are traditionally used for this recipe, but substitute ordinary green peppers if you cannot find them.
Large and meaty beefsteak tomatoes are perfect for filling.
Cook these under the broiler or on a barbecue. Good with a leafy salad for a light vegetarian lunch, or alongside grilled meat or fish.
This nutty pastry works brilliantly with the creamy cheese and potato filling and makes a delicate starter or main course. Good with mixe...
In Indian cooking, cardamom, cloves, coriander, and cumin seeds are all considered "warming spices" that heat the body from within, makin...
Use rice and herbs as the stuffing in place of meat.
Combine oyster mushrooms with the creminis, if you wish. Good with a green salad.
This recipe gives the traditional stroganoff a tasty vegetarian twist by substituting tofu chunks for the meat.
As the pastry shell is not prebaked, this savory tart is easier to prepare than most.
Turkish legend says these eggplants once made a holy man faint, so they are called imanbayildi ("the holy man swooned"). Good with an her...
A satisfying dish that both vegetarians and meat-eaters will enjoy.
Lentils replace the lamb, and yogurt is a light alternative to béchamel sauce, in this vegetarian version of a Greek favorite. Good with ...
Making the batter with all-purpose flour and iced water helps to guarantee a delicate, light finish.
This is one of Italy's most popular dishes and a great choice for vegetarians. Good with a simple salad as a main meal.
Also known in France as flamiche, this savory puff pastry tart can be served for brunch, lunch, or supper. Good with mixed greens or a to...
This works well with either creamy Gorgonzola dolce, or the firmer, sharper piccante variety.
This rich, creamy puree can be made lighter with reduced calories by using vegetable stock instead of milk or cream. Good with all roast ...
Most cabbage varieties are best cooked quickly, but red cabbage is an exception, benefiting from long, slow cooking. Good with roast meat...
Crisp and delicious, you could make a double batch of these fritters for a party platter.Good with a little dish of your favorite dipping...
Perfect for summer, these vegetables are easy to prepare and go well with any main dish.Good with barbecued or grilled steaks or chops.
An herb and garlic butter makes a flavorful coating for this popular vegetable.
This popular Mediterranean dish is delicious hot or cold. Good with a bowl of grated cheese for sprinkling, over hot ratatouille, or a b...
This winter squash has a sweet, slightly dry flavor. Good with roast meat, especially roast loin of pork or baked ham.
Baked Zucchini with Parmesan is a cheesy and flavorful side dish recipe that anyone will enjoy making. This is one of the easiest vegetable side dish recipes you will ever make because it can be made in only 20 minutes with five ingredients. Halved zucchini are seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper before getting topped with a scrumptious combination of Parmesan cheese and minced garlic. The zucchini are then baked until golden brown and tender. Serve this Baked Zucchini with Parmesan alongside chicken, beef, or fish for an amazing meal.
Fresh orange zest, along with orange and lime juices add a burst of sunshine to this winter vegetable. Good with roasted turkey, ham, or ...
A great comfort food side dish that works equally well as a vegetarian main course. Good with any roast meat or grilled sausages.
Slow cooking reduces endive's natural bitterness. Good with grilled lamb chops.
This Chickpeas with Spinach recipe is a great dish for vegetarian meals. Chickpeas are a great source of protein and this lightly spiced vegetarian recipe is sure to become a fast favorite at family gatherings. The bread crumbles help to make it filling enough to enjoy as a main dish, but it would also work well as a side dish or appetizer. While some Spanish recipes contain heavy flavors that might be too intense for a picky eater, this chickpea recipe is light and savory - it would make for a meal that pleases kids and adults alike.
Baby bok choy look more attractive but regular bok choy can be used if cut crosswise into thick slices first. Good with a variety of Chi...
Brown sugar adds a lovely caramel flavor to the meringues. Good with whipped cream, as a filling sandwiched between the meringues, and dr...
This sweet, creamy and very rich dessert is a popular party dish in Brazil.
This traditional filling is given a new twist in this impressive dessert.
Easy to make, this simple dessert has a soft texture and can be served with your favorite seasonal fruits.
In this delicious French dessert, Iles Flottantes, meringues poached in milk float on top of vanilla-flavored custard.
These rich chocolate puddings get their light texture from whipped cream. Good with whipped cream or crème anglaise flavored with grated ...
There is no better way of cooling down a fiery curry than with a tall glass of chilled lassi.
A classic dessert; its name is French for "burnt cream."
This Easter dish from Russia is traditionally made in a tall wooden container, but a new flowerpot is used here.
These individual cakes should be assembled at the last minute.
This very rich chocolate mousse has a velvety texture and is delicious served with tart summer berries. Good with a big bowl of mixed ber...
Be sure to make this a few hours before serving to chill the custards and make them easier to remove from the ramekins.
One of Italy's favorite desserts, this luscious dessert gets its name, which means "pick-me-up," from the espresso.
This rich yet light cheesecake is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.Good with sliced strawberries or other seasonal berries, sprinkled wi...
Seasonal fruits complement this creamy Italian dessert. Good with fresh fruit salad instead of the berry puée, or purée mango pulp in pla...
Light and fluffy, this Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake with Berry Puree is unlike any cheesecake recipes you've tried before. The bright lemon flavor is perfect for warmer weather, and since this cheesecake isn't as dense as the ones you're probably used to, you can enjoy it at any time. Use seasonal berries for the puree to really take advantage of the season and provide a pleasing pop of color! This easy cheesecake recipe is bound to be a hit with your family and friends.
Based on the Portuguese rice pudding known as arroz doce, this version gets extra flair from chocolate.
This custardy dessert from Piedmonte in Italy translates as "cooked cream" although the cream is barely heated.
This no-bake cheesecake takes very little time to make.
For the best flavor, use your favorite chocolate to make your milk shake.
Make this delicious and versatile dessert with your favorite summer berries. Good with a garnish of fresh berries and perhaps a dollop of...
This is Italian ice cream with a twist; texture and sweetness are added with crushed meringues.
Refreshing and not too sweet, this is a delicious dessert after a rich main course, or a cooling treat on a hot day. Good with a small sw...
The texture of granitas should be finely granular, like snow.
Nothing beats creamy homemade vanilla ice cream; you'll keep coming back for more. Good with fresh berries, or biscotti crumbled into the...