You can garnish plain hummus with a drizzle of olive oil. Get fancier by adding some paprika and flat parsley leaves. Get even fancier with sprinkle of whole chickpeas—the base ingredient of hummus. Roast them or buy roasted chickpea snacks for a step further. But the James Beard Award-winning Shaya Restaurant in New Orleans knows […]

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[1] Start with plain guacamole, chunky or smooth; then mix in your favorites from a long list of choices (photo © McCormick). [2] DIY guacamole provides a variety of mix-ins; here at Cocina 214 in Winter Park, Florida (photo © Cocina 214). [3] You can go fusion-style, too. Here, Argentinian-style guacamole, with grilled beef (photos […]

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For us, there’s nothing better than a bowl of chilled gazpacho on a hot summer day. Gazpacho is a cold raw vegetable soup, that originated in Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain. There are many variations based on local ingredients and preferences. Over the centuries, fruits were added to the vegetables. (Chilled fruit soup without […]

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[1] Surf & Turf Bloody Mary with bacon and shrimp from The Wayfarer in New York City. They call it “Fully Loaded,” with a celery stalk and a cocktail pick with cheese, olive and cocktail onion (photo © The Wayfarer). [2] The Hanako San Bloody Mary features an octopus tentacle and a skewer of raw […]

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[1] A Bloody Mary with three Mexican restaurant garnishes (photo © J-Remy | Blue Moon Café). [2] Japanese accents: ingredients in the mix, an octopus tentacle and a skewer of raw tuna and beet cubes. Here’s the recipe (photo © Bamboo Sushi | Portland, Oregon). [3] The Wayfarer in New York City calls this its […]

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[1] Tomato-Peach Gazpacho. Here’s the recipe from Botanica Restaurant | LA. [2] Chilled Zucchini-Basil Soup from Botanica Restaurant. [3] Peach-Jalapeño Gazpacho garnished with cucumber, jalapeño, watercress and white peaches (all photos © Botanica Restaurant)   A bowl of soup can be more than a bowl of soup. Botanica restaurant in Los Angeles shows us how. […]

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