Food

CRAVE: Peruvian stir-fry is fusion cooking at its best

Peru’s lomo saltado is fusion cooking at its easiest and most approachable, a quick stir-fry of soy-marinated beef, tomatoes and hot peppers that reflects the country’s cultural — and culinary —influences, from Incan farmers to Chinese immigrants. Ancient settlers in the Andes ...

CRAVE: Elegance is easy in this jazzed up dessert

Mother’s Day may be over, but there’s still time to treat Mom with this easy-to-make but fancy-looking dessert. This treat, from our book “COOKish,” which limits recipes to just six ingredients without sacrificing flavor, takes just 20 minutes and can be tucked into the back of the ...

CRAVE: In South Africa, a lighter, brighter chicken curry

In the riot of colors and smells that is Cape Town, South Africa, we found a vibrant one-pot chicken and vegetable dish that turned our idea of what a curry is on its head. From a distance, this Cape Malay curry reads Indian, or maybe Indonesian, but get closer and it distinguishes itself as ...

CRAVE: Sub in pearl couscous for a quick ‘risotto’

Classic risotto is made with starchy medium-grain Italian rice, such as Arborio or carnaroli. It is toasted then cooked, sometimes slowly, over low heat as broth is ladled into the pan in stages. While the liquid absorbs, the cook stirs, stirs and keeps stirring. This “risotto,” from our ...

CRAVE: Fried capers, brine elevate French sauce and asparagus

Think of the classic French sauce gribiche as a dolled-up egg salad. But instead of adding mayonnaise to hard-cooked eggs, the eggs are mashed with bold ingredients like capers, mustard and herbs to a creamy consistency. Rather than a sandwich filling, it typically is used as a lovely topping ...

CRAVE: Apples, nuts, wine make a classic Passover charoset

It’s one of the six symbolic foods on the Passover seder plate — and it’s pretty delicious too. Charoset (also spelled haroset) is usually made from sweet fruits, nuts and some red wine, all nods to verses in the Bible. You can keep eating it, of course, once its role on the seder table ...