Peach, Almond and Cardamom Clafoutis

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About the Author: Josie Rubio is a senior editor at VIVmag.
Peach Almond and Cardamom Clafoutis recipe featured

Enjoy a peach bounty with this recipe from Clotilde Dusoulier’s new vegetarian cookbook. It might be too early to call French vegetarian fare a bona fide trend. But with the recent opening of New York City’s French vegetarian bistro Table Verte and the release of Clotilde Dusoulier’s The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes From My Parisian Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, 2013), fresh vegetables are increasingly front and center on the plate, no longer just a side dish. Dusoulier, writer … [Read more...]

Tequila Lime Chicken


It’s no secret that Americans have a taste for salt. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nine out of 10 adults in the U.S. consume more sodium than recommended. In fact, some consume up to 3,700 milligrams of salt per day, well above the recommended maximum of 2,300 mg, thus increasing risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Salt isn’t just dusted on chips and in obvious foods. The biggest source of sodium from a meal out often is the bread. And, as noted in VIV Says, the … [Read more...]

Drink to Romance with Rum-based Passion and Love Mix


In the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, we hear breathless news reports touting nearly every food as an aphrodisiac. Forget the oysters and chocolate: the Passion and Love shot, created out of rum, spices and citrus by Paolo Votano, owner and beverage manager of Oficina Latina NYC in Manhattan, is what ignites a fire within. The Nolita eatery serves fare you’d find along the stretch of the Pan-American highway from Buenos Aires to Monterrey, Mexico, with dishes such as Venezuelan arepas, … [Read more...]

Thalassa’s Pistachio-Crusted Sea Bass


As a boy in Greece, growing up in the seaport of Patra, Tasso Zapanti remembers hearing  “small pickup trucks of guys selling fish over a megaphone" at 9 a.m. "That was the fresh catch," he recalls. "Talk about farm to table — or sea to table!" These days, Zapanti is the special events manager at Thalassa, a Greek restaurant in New York City that specializes in seafood. The menu includes calamari, Greek fisherman’s soup and a variety of fish fillets, as well as grilled octopus. The secret … [Read more...]

Warm Butternut Squash Salad With Crispy Chickpeas


Quinoa was cultivated by the Incas and has seen a dramatic comeback in recent years, hailed as a nutrient-dense superfood, high in protein and fiber. But if you’re still puzzled by the ancient grain — which actually is a seed — 500 Best Quinoa Recipes (Robert Rose, 2012) by Camilla V. Saulsbury is a comprehensive resource for those who want to learn the basics. Even those already versed in the versatility of quinoa will find a wide array of interesting new recipes, from breakfast dishes to … [Read more...]

Hot Brussels Sprouts Slaw


As the title of The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations (Da Capo Lifelong, 2012) implies, its author, Kim O’Donnel, is not a vegetarian. Like many, she cut down on meat intake for health reasons, then found herself eating a mostly plant-based diet. Eventually, O’Donnel took on the challenge of “figuring out how to meet at the table (without meat on the table) not only at the end of the day but on all of the special days, when we want to yip it up,” she says in the book's introduction. The … [Read more...]

Walnut Spice Sticky Cake


Terry Hope Romero, author of vegan bestsellers such as Viva Vegan! 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food (Da Capo, 2010), gives global cuisine a plant-based makeover in her latest cookbook, Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet (Da Capo, 2012). You’ll find traditional favorites, such as Pad Kee Mao (Thai spicy drunken noodles) and samosas, as well as new spins on classic dishes — coconut kale summer rolls with peanut sauce and sesame wow greens, a spin … [Read more...]

Laurie Figone’s Italian Pinhead Torta

Laurie Figone's Italian Pinhead Torta

  Bob’s Red Mill recently took home its second championship title at the 19th Annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in Carrbridge, Scotland. Laurie Figone of Petaluma, CA, competed on behalf of the company and won the specialty trophy with her recipe for Italian Pinhead Torta. Figone was selected from among three finalists in Bob’s Red Mill second annual Spar for the Spurtle recipe contest, which gave contestants the chance to fly to Scotland and compete in the … [Read more...]

Chef Claude Godard’s Panna Cotta


Chef Claude Godard, owner of Jeanne & Gaston in New York City, is a third-generation chef who puts a modern touch on his family’s classic French recipes. In fact, when opening his second restaurant in late 2011, Godard, who also owns Madison Bistro, chose to name the cozy space after his grandparents, the first restaurateurs in his family. The atmosphere is welcoming in the eatery, which also has a large back garden, an oasis in Manhattan’s hustle and bustle. Select a drink from the wine … [Read more...]

Orecchiette Pasta With Pecorino, Peas and Crispy Prosciutto

Avoid water waste and add flavor to dishes by making pasta water do double-duty.

According to food writer and world traveler Victoria Abbott Riccardi, repurposing kitchen discards is a way of life in Italy. Stale bread becomes panzanella (vegetable-bread salad), cheese rinds get tossed into soup for a hint of flavor, and bumper crops of veggies and fruits get pickled, preserved or candied. In the same spirit of kitchen conservation, make your pasta water do double duty. First use it to blanch your vegetables, then use the starchy remains to add body to non-tomato-based … [Read more...]