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Spring Herb Cocktails

Herbal Cocktails: Cilantro Martini

Cilantro Martini © Lauren Feighery

Across the country, bartenders are moving away from heavy, earthy cocktails and replacing them with bright and bracing drinks made with fresh herbs. At Austin’s Drink.Well, co-owner Jessica Sanders and her bar staff created three tinctures (rosemary, cilantro and basil) to star in off-the-menu herbal gin martinis. Each tincture—made with quality vodka infused in a jar packed with herbs—complements a specific gin and vermouth. MORE >

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Ray Isle's Tasting Room

Superb Easter Wines under $15

Cookbooks

Cookbook We Can’t Wait to See: Jamie Kennedy’s Book

Canadian chef Jamie Kennedy

Chef Jamie Kennedy; courtesy of Joanna Dickins

I’m obsessed with Toronto, which is why I’m thrilled to hear about the upcoming cookbook that Ivy Knight, the editor of the terrific site Swallow, is working on with one of Canada’s very best chefs, Jamie Kennedy. READ MORE>

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Grace in the Kitchen

A Lesson in Comfort Food

Grace in the Kitchen: Comfort Food

Photo © John Kernick

Grace Parisi's recipes bring happiness to the homesick.

For the past 10 years, I’ve hosted au pairs from all over the world: Brazil, Croatia, the Ukraine and every state in Germany. In turn, the au pairs have introduced my family to their amazing cultural traditions. In Germany, for instance, Advent means eating a sweet every day of December until the 24th, and Saint Nicholas Day, December 6, involves leaving shoes outside the bedroom door to be filled with candy. (Boy, did those au pairs love their chocolate.) I’ve had to combat a lot of homesickness, too, and food has always been my method. For Jenno (Sicilian-German), there was hazelnut-chocolate spread, eaten by the spoonful; for Alona (Ukrainian), buttery, crunchy chicken Kiev; for Glauce (our mournful Brazilian), hearts of palm salad; and for Katja (our intrepid German), chicken with spring greens. Those au pairs may not remember me, but I think of them whenever I make one of these recipes.

RECIPES:

Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad This tropical salad is fresh and tangy with a terrific creamy dressing.

Quick Chicken Kiev Putting herb butter into the chicken breasts makes them insanely moist and succulent.

Tarragon Chicken with Spring Greens This aromatic chicken cooked with arugula, watercress and romaine lettuce makes a great one-skillet meal.

Hazelnut-Chocolate Spread This quick and easy homemade version of Nutella is super-rich and nutty.

Related: Ultimate Comfort Food Recipes
Comfort Food Starters
Fast and Easy Ethnic Dishes

F&W Parties

Great GoogaMooga Returns to Brooklyn

Food tents at Great GoogaMooga Festival

The food scene at Great GoogaMooga; courtesy of C. Taylor Crothers

Great GoogaMooga, the epic food and music festival that took over Brooklyn's Prospect Park for a weekend last spring is back for 2013 and kicking off on Friday, May 17. READ MORE >

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