Preserving Fresh Herbs
Buy too much cilantro? Grow too much basil? When you're faced with a bounty of fresh herbs, you can save them for the future. Here, how to dry or freeze fresh herbs to prevent waste and save money.
This elegant icebox pie is in the rotation of popular desserts at Dad's Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California. If you don't have loose tea, use the contents of 15 tea bags. Chef Scott Clark keeps the tea leaves in the custard, which gives the filling a bit of texture—you can strain it if you prefer. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream.
This sandwich is a specialty at Dad's Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California, where chef-owner Scott Clark makes it with local maitake mushrooms. Using ghee to cook the sandwich components imparts a nutty flavor you wouldn't get by using butter.
Perhaps the vegetable that defines California's Central Coast most is the artichoke. Indeed, the town of Castroville is nicknamed the Artichoke Center of the World. Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero has been serving patrons since 1894. One of its specialties? This soup that's all about the thistle.
One of the specialties at Hidden Kitchen in Cayucos, California, is the blue corn waffles. They're served up in nine savory and sweet ways. The owners wouldn't part with the recipe, but this homage to the rancheros-like "Cayucos Cowboy" is pretty tasty.
Overlooking the surf in Cayucos, Ruddell's Smokehouse has been a landmark on California's Central Coast for two decades. When it's time to order, guests choose smoked meat, seafood or black bean patties in taco or sandwich form. We adapted their recipe using an easy technique for smoking on the grill.
At the Bayside Cafe in Morro Bay, California, this classic West Coast salad is made with Dungeness crab caught in the coastal waters. Lump crabmeat is a good substitute.
Last Thanksgiving, we traveled to six homes across the country to learn how families gathered. Their stories—along with their recipes like gyoza, braised greens and an oysters-and-Champagne brunch—prove that there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate this holiday.
Learn more about Mable Owen Clarke's fish fries, and get her recipes for fried flounder, mac 'n' cheese, tomato casserole and more.