2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm

Chile-Braised Pork Shoulder with Taco Fixings

KEEP IT COOL.  Offset this spicy pork with a heap of fresh fixings – from Avocado Crema and cilantro to Summer Tomato Salsa with a spritz of lime.  Serves 6 to 8. PORK 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon ground paprika 2 teaspoons sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper […]

Fresh Mozzarella Tomato Salad with Torn Pesto Croutons

I can’t get enough fresh basil in summer, so I often bake pesto croutons, which provide extra herbs and crunch.  I love this salad on its own or spread across a bed of arugula.  And I’ll put the croutons on any fresh mix of greens.  Serves 4 to 6   1/2 cup Basil Pesto (see […]

Banana Pudding

Here is my favorite recipe for classic banana pudding – spiked with rum, layered with bananas and vanilla wafers, and crowned with meringue. Serves 6 to 8 2 and 1/4 cups milk 1  vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved 4 large eggs, separated 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch, sifted 1/2 teaspoon kosher […]

Beer Can Chicken

THIS BEER IS FOR THE BIRDS. A whole chicken roosts atop a half-full tallboy to absorb extra moisture and flavor. Perched above a hot bed of coals, it also take on a golden, smoke-tinged hue. There’s not much to do except stand back and turn the bird a few times while sipping on the extra […]

Chano’s Tres Leches Cake

FOR 22 OF OUR 25 YEARS, we’ve been blessed to work with Chano Valencia, an incredible baker. Of all his cakes, I think this one is my very favorite. Topped with strawberries, sandwiched with jam and soaked in cream, it makes for a super moist take on a traditional strawberry shortcake. Just plan to make […]

Chicken Piccata

POUNDED THIN AND LIGHTLY BREADED, this chicken is a cinch to cook – seared for a mere three minuets on each side, then simmered just three more in a bright sauce of lemon, wine and butter.  Serves 4-6 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 […]

Ginger Chicken Stew

AS IT SIMMERS, THIS STEW FILLS THE KITCHEN WITH GINGER’S WARM AROMA. Complement it with something fresh. I prefer a bowl of steamed bok choy or Napa cabbage and a simple salad – sliced or julienned cucumbers and radishes tossed with rice wine vinegar and a sprinkle of sugar. Serves 6 to 8. 8 boneless, […]

Potato Pancakes

These pan-fried potato cakes pair well with almost anything – applesauce, sour cream, creme fraiche, caviar and goat cheese are among my favorites.  Makes 14 to 16 small cakes. 1 russet potato 1 Yukon Gold potato 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons grated onion 2 tablespoons chopped […]

Creamy Polenta

MORE THAN ITS ACTUAL RELATIVE, GRITS, I think of rice as polenta’s closest kin. I use the two almost interchangeably as a bed for herbs and vegetables, and a dependable dinner companion. I offer some suggestions below. Serves 4 to 6 4 cups water 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 cup polenta (not quick-cooking) 1 cup […]

Lamb Shank Shepherd’s Pie

THIS RECIPE IS TRUE TO ITS TITLE with a shepherd’s requisite lamb. But in place of more common versions that rely on ground meat, this calls for tender stewed shanks. For best results, make the stew a day in advance and the topping the day you plan to serve the pie. Makes one (9 x […]

2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm