A couple years ago I was driving from Atlanta to San Francisco and kept walking into gas stations with big jars of pickled eggs. While my timid nature prevented me from trying them, I decided to cook up a batch of my own to see what all the fuss was about... And wouldn't you know it, they were delicious.
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Hearts of palm were once a high-end delicacy popular in the early 1900s at some of Florida's more luxurious hotel restaurants. During the Great Depression, however, widespread consumption threatened to wipe out the state's palmetto trees from which hearts of palm are harvested.
Today, palmettos are grown as a cash crop and the hearts harvested when the trees reach a height of five feet. Only in Florida can you find fresh hearts of palm; elsewhere, they are sold canned and packed in water.
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The beauty of a traditional Cubano is the balance of meat, cheese, and dill pickles. This recipe from Havana Central is a careful ratio of all of three, and adds a spicy garlic mojo into the mix for an extra kick of flavor.
The Daily Meal’s executive editor, Arthur Bovino, says it best when it comes to Shake Shack’s popular sauce:"Besides the great seasoning and taste of the burger patty, the obvious thing that makes Shake Shack’s ShackBurgers so great is the tangy Shack sauce. It doesn’t have the noticeable bits of relish that you see in In-N-Out sauce, and it’s much lighter in color, but it doesn’t skimp on flavor. Tangy, sweet, with a little zest — when it all comes together with the other flavors, there’s almost a creamy element that rounds out the salt of the burger and the sweet of the bun. It’s a thing of beauty. The day I learned that you could ask for Shack sauce on the side for extra slather on the burger, or for dipping fries was a dangerous one."As he mentions, Shake Shack’s sauce is very pale in color, which is why we think there’s probably no ketchup in it, and it gets its pale pink shade from seasonings and red-wine vinegar. Yellow mustard adds a bit of tang, and we’ve also included a bit of sugar to balance out the vinegar.
Headed to the home of the Iron Chef, we transform the Chi-town Style Hotdog into a spicy but sweet Bloody Mary. Sweet Pickle Relish replaces the acidity of lemon juice, while the heat comes from using grilled or charred tomatoes.
Mayonnaise may be the condiment of choice for many people in New Orleans when it comes to their favorite sandwich, the po'boy, but I like to dress things up a little bit with a homemade remoulade, which packs some heat thanks to a good amount of hot sauce.
Freshly shucked oysters are best of course (use whatever is most local to your area to maximize freshness), but you can also purchase pre-shucked oysters in the seafood section of the grocery store if you don't want to go to the trouble of shucking your own oysters.
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My long search for the perfect vegan "egg" salad is over! This tofu eggless salad tastes just like the original, only it's fat-free and a whole lot healthier. Black salt is the secret ingredient here. This has quickly became a favorite in our household.
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This burger is all about the classic ingredients — just a fresh ground beef patty, good old yellow American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion, and for the "Cadillac" touch, a little bit of hickory-smoked bacon. Eating in style doesn't always have to involve exotic ingredients.See all hamburger recipes.Click here to see Chefs' Favorite Burger Recipes.