Q. Ever since the Embers closed we’ve been missing their house dressing. My daughter told us to try asking you for it, so here goes!
Gail and Eddie
I can bat .500 on today’s Embers questions (see Sleuth’s Corner for the other one). For those unfamiliar with the restaurant, it was a Miami Beach institution from 1948 until it was destroyed by fire in 1984.
We first published the Embers’ French-style house dressing recipe in 1993, courtesy of Dr. Allan S. Land, who said he’d gotten it in payment for a surgical procedure many years before.
Q. Quite some time ago I had a recipe in which you made rice with cranberry juice to serve as a side with chicken. I believe it came from one of my neighbors, who has since moved on, and I’d really like to make it again. Do you have anything like it?
The recipe here is one I clipped in the 1990s from a Mahatma rice package, and have since tinkered with (the original, for example, calls for cinnamon and I’ve opted for curry powder; it used raisins and now I use dried cranberries). I also switched up some of the measurements.
Sometimes I turn this into a main dish, adding diced leftover chicken or turkey. You might also want to consider using brown or wild rice, adjusting the cooking time accordingly.
I’ve never read a Martha Stewart cookbook I didn’t want to cook from, and the just-released Martha Stewart’s Cakes: Our First-Ever Book of Bundts, Loaves, Layers, Coffee Cakes and More (Clarkson Potter, $24.99) is no exception.
In true “it’s a good thing” style, it’s full of beautiful photographs, clever techniques and so many recipes I can’t wait to try. It is truly tipped to novice bakers, but still has lots to entice experienced ones.
The spider web cheesecake recipe here is easy and delicious, and the simple method of decorating is foolproof.
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