Doing a little more cooking than usual? You may be cooking more because it's a creative outlet. Or simply because that's the way things are right now.
The Dialogue Team shared their go-to recipes below to make use of pantry staples, reducing the need to go out and shop.
For when you do venture out to stock up, we've consolidated all of our Dialogue recipes from the past year in this pdf for you. Mostly original recipies created by our on-staff professional chef Jen Datka, it's everything from our most-downloaded Lavender and Lemon Chicken to our cocktails.
Here are Jen's recipe recommendations for using what's already in your pantry:
- The classic No-Knead Bread - if you've got flour, yeast, and salt, you've got delicious homemade bread. It really is easy to make - all you need is time, which you have lots of.
- The Chickpea, Tomato and Rosemary soup from chef Amanda Cohen is made with pantry staples, and she also offers suggestions for spicing it up with lemon zest, parsley, and pecorino romano. You can use a teaspoon of dried rosemary in place of the fresh sprig.
- Marcella Hazan's Tomato Butter sauce is all you need to dress up that box of pasta you found in the back of your cupboard. It requires just four ingredients and is far more delicious than any jarred pasta sauce.
- This Parmesan Corn Pudding calls for ingredients you probably picked up on your last grocery store run and comes together quickly. This dish would also be delicious with the addition of some chiles and cheddar or Monterey jack in place of the parmesan cheese.
- Orangette's Peanut-Citrus noodles are easy to adapt to whatever ingredients you have on hand - she includes suggestions with the recipe, but you can take it even further and substitute other ingredients including the type of noodle you use, the hot sauces, etc. It's a forgiving recipe, and a very tasty one.
- Black Bean and Tomato Soup can be made with a 14 oz can of tomatoes in place of the fresh plum tomatoes. We like to spice it up by adding 2 tsp ground cumin and 1 tsp chili powder (or more to taste).
- Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken - if you are sheltering in place right now, save some money by skipping the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and roast your own. The Zuni Cafe recipe is a classic for a reason. Feel free to omit the fresh herbs if you don't have them on hand, but don't skip the overnight dry brine in the fridge. Make chicken broth from the carcass.
Lisa Lilenthal shared her favorite one-pot recipes, starting with this beef stroganoff from a website called Damn Delicious--so you know you can't argue with that--as well as this "eggroll in a bowl" that will make keto fans happy.
She also loves this super-easy one-pot spaghetti recipe from Martha Stewart:
Nora was both thrilled and dismayed that the Doubletree chocolate chip cookies she needs to resist every single time at check-in can now be had by all since Hilton by Doubletree decided to share their chocolate chip cookie recipe. Oats and lemon, that's what differentiates Doubletree chocolate chip cookies with the Nestle Tollhouse classics. Who knew?