Party Melt


Party Melt


What makes this sandwich from Houston’s Better Luck Tomorrow a must-order is the frico-like crust on the griddled bread slices (though the blend of Wagyu and brisket in the patty certainly doesn’t hurt either) Ingredients 1/4 cup canola oil, plus more for greasing 2 large yellow onions, halved and very thinly sliced Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 10 ounces trimmed […]

Roasted Watermelon Pork Ribs

Roasted Watermelon Pork Ribs

One of my favorite chefs, Floyd Cardoz, makes a dish that uses watermelon as a sauce for fish. When I first ate it, the whole concept delighted me: the little bit of sweet balanced out and complemented the savory. I have always loved watermelon with barbecue, so the fish dish inspired me to take the concept and flip it around […]

Tri-Tip Steak a la Parrilla with Chimichurri and Roasted Onions

Tri-Tip Steak a la Parrilla with Chimichurri and Roasted Onions

Chef Norberto Piattoni of Mettā in Brooklyn cooks his tri-tip on the grill, then roasts whole onions in the embers underneath until charred and mellowed. The chimichurri steps away from the traditional Argentine version with fresh marjoram for oomph and fish sauce for a salty, savory edge. Ingredients 4 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) […]

BLT Smash-Burgers

BLT Smash-Burgers

We’re beefing up the summertime BLT with these smash-burgers—thin beef patties that are pressed onto a ripping hot plancha, or flat-top griddle, so they cook quickly and develop a smoky crust. Ingredients 1 pound 80% lean ground chuck Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 thick-cut bacon slices 1/4 cup best-quality mayonnaise 8 Pullman or brioche bread slices, lightly toasted 1 […]

Mom’s Fried Catfish with Hot Sauce

Mom’s Fried Catfish with Hot Sauce

  My mother made catfish on Fridays as part of her weekly rotation of dishes. I was always amazed by the crispiness of her fish. She let it sit in cornmeal for about 5 minutes—a technique I use today. Ingredients 2 cups whole buttermilk 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Hot Sauce (recipe follows, or use store-bought), plus more for serving 1⁄4 […]

Pepperoni Pasta Salad

It was a pretty warmish day here yesterday, so I thought a summer salad meal was in order for dinner. I used to make this a lot when I was in college, but it’s slipped from my repertoire in the past many years and figured it was a good time to dredge it back up.  I had intentions of making […]

SPICY SHRIMP TOMATO PASTA

I’m not a person that goes crazy over anything that has shrimp in it, but this Spicy Shrimp Tomato Pasta might be a game changer. It’s basically a scaled back Shrimp Fra Diavolo. It’s so simple and delicious. Did you hear me? SIMPLE. *dramatic pause* What we have here is a really basic sauce made with olive oil, butter (for richness), garlic, […]

CAPRESE PESTO PASTA SALAD

I’m in the middle of a laundry fiasco. For some reason this year our dryer, dishwasher, AC, and now washing machine have kicked the bucket. We spent our last date night looking for a new washing machine. We decided on a washing machine that had a large capacity which means less loads for me and with five kids that means everything. […]