Muhammara, red pepper dip with walnuts and spiced with pomegranate molasses and cumin, is one of those dishes that is far more impressive than the amount of effort that goes into it. It's a perfect go-to as a dip for parties or spread on a sandwich.
Sweet and tart cranberries are spiced with cinnamon and cloves, and make a fantastic accompaniment to a turkey sandwich, fall salad, beautiful sparkling cocktail, or any other application you can dream up!
Taking a flavor note from a popular gin and bringing it to the front, I experimented with pickling cucumber slices using a brine of gin, mint, lime, and juniper. Like a eating a classic cocktail in delicious pickle form.
This sultry slather is currently used to sauce costillas tacos, built from mole barbecue-braised short ribs with grilled celery root and crispy leeks at Chicago's Mercadito, Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval.
Tavernita's Ryan Poli poaches the fennel in olive oil and fragrant spices, brings the mixture to a simmer, then turns the heat off. A last-minute addition of red wine vinegar brings an acidic element to the licorice-flavored vegetable.