A cousin to ice cream, this pale dessert belies a vibrant richness that’s deserving of any dinner party.
Lavender blossoms are steeped in half-and-half until fully flavored. The mixture is stirred with eggs to make a custard and churned for a cool, mellow treat.
Seeing as blueberries are so darn good for you, one could argue that this rich, creamy ice cream ought to be a summer staple.
The flavor of sweet-tart blackberries are complemented by the zing of orange juice and the depth of Cointreau in this creamy, lick-the-dish-worthy mousse.
Versatile eggplant does appetizer duty as a mini pizza crust covered with sweet and smoky barbecue sauce, balsamic vinegar, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Shredded curried chicken is spooned into radicchio cups for a sweet-hot bite of chicken deliciousness. Serves these chicken cups as a party nibble.
Sweetly smoky and salty, this classic Spanish appetizer was inspired by a cocktail nibble at Los Angeles’s venerable a.o.c.
Forget plain old peanuts. This titillating take on spiced nuts adds paprika and chili powder without subtracting anything from their beer friendly quotient.
Lean guinea hens get the spa treat with the addition of bacon, salt pork, savoy cabbage, carrots, and, of course, butter.
A delicate concoction of chicken flavored with red chiles, Sichuan peppers, and clear rice vinegar, this dish is said to originate in the Dong’an county.
For this creamed succotash, use only fresh corn and on the cob and fresh lima beans. The succotash is best served the day it’s made for best flavor.
Cheese and broccoli soup gets revved up with the addition of Stilton cheese. Feel free to use frozen broccoli when it is out of season.
Monkfish fillets are wrapped in escarole leaves, which keeps the fillets moist. The monkfish packets are served up in bowls with a tomato-olive sauce on top. A simple weekday meal.
This fudge-like mousse cake pushes the opulence barometer right to the edge. A cinnamon nut crust holds a 1 1/2 pounds of bittersweet chocolate mousse.
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