This summery spin on the classic gin and tonic is a go-to for your dinner party. This cocktail was served at Dinner Lab’s dinner in partnership with Bombay Sapphire Gin, which took place in Brooklyn, New York, and featured specialty dishes by chef Omar Zurrei and cocktails prepared by mixologist Enzo Cangemi.
Try a Cardamom Chai from San Fransisco's South Asian restuarant Tava Kitchen. Chai is perfect this time of year, with its spicy yet sweet flavor thanks to cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and even the unexpected sprig of fennel.
I'm not a fan of overly sweet drinks, desserts, or TV hostesses. In fact, I usually drink my vodka straight, because at the end of the day I'm just a simple girl who likes to get kicked out of bars in three-inch heels. But since this is a PJ party and not a Motörhead concert, I figured, why not dress it up a little with a not-too-sweet blood orange mojito?
Serve these savory small bites with roasted turkey or spiral sliced ham instead of Brie, if you like. If clementines are unavailable, substitute with sweet tangerines or canned mandarin oranges, drained thoroughly.
Redolent with the richness of cashews and the perfume of cardamom, fudge-like kaju barfi is a favorite South Asian sweet. Cooked-down milk, sugar, and ground cashews are combined into a concentrated paste that is seasoned with spices, then pressed into a pan and cooled.
This recipe replaces the milk and sugar with canned sweetened condensed milk and soy paneer (tofu). The modern Indian approach reduces cooking time and adds extra nutrients without compromising flavor and texture. Finely grating the tofu allows it to seamlessly merge with the other ingredients. Edible silver foil typically covers kaju barfi, but it remains gorgeous with the simple pistachio garnish.
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Johnny Iuzzini takes éclairs to the next level by filling them with a scratch-made coffee cardamom pastry cream and topping them with a dark chocolate glaze.
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A couple of years ago, my nieces asked me to make a carrot cake — with no walnuts or cinnamon — for a birthday party. One of their friends was allergic to both ingredients, but they really wanted a carrot cake for this occasion.
So I got to work and decided to turn to one of my favorite spices, cardamom, to give this carrot cake some spunk. The exotic spice ended up pairing magnificently with the carrots! As for the walnuts, I replaced them with juicy, plump currants that contribute a bit of sweetness to the cake.
But that's not all! Instead of choosing a bland vegetable oil, I decided to use olive oil. The results were splendid! The olive oil not only makes the cake incredibly moist, but it adds a wonderful delicate flavor to it. As a last touch, the cake is decorated with a featherweight Chantilly spiked with fresh ginger juice and crème fraîche. Need I say more?!
This carrot cake met the approval of all the children at the birthday party that day… I even heard that not a crumb was left. Serve this at any birthday party, special occasion, or even Thanksgiving dinner and everyone will be impressed.