Vegan Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Kale Soup With Coconut
The version of West African groundnut soup I ate in my youth was a thick, peanut-packed broth made with chicken, spices, and tomatoes, but recipes for maafe (as it's called in Mali) vary hugely. I'm taking that as free license to stray as far from tradition as I'd like, so this recipe takes a quick trip to Thailand for added flavor. Want to come along with me?
Velveting meat - ever wonder how they get that chicken so tender at your local #7 Chinese restaurant? First read about this in lifehacker.com, then followed it around at chow.com (video there) and seriouseats.com
Shrimp and Gruyère Cheese Grits With Bacon and Mushrooms
Shrimp and grits is a dish with so many renditions, the only thing you can really count on is that it contains shrimp...and grits. Often there's pork, sometimes mushrooms, and the amount of gravy can range from none to tons. This recipe features plump shrimp, seared mushrooms, crispy bacon, and rich cheese grits infused with layers and layers of flavor.