Q: In the late 1980s or early ’90s you published a complicated recipe for dulce de leche from a restaurant and I replied with my brother-in-law's recipe for making it in the microwave. He lost the recipe and I can't find it either. Any way to search your old columns for it?
Sonia R. Martinez
A: This is a wonderful quick dessert that is fun to resurrect for a new generation (the recipe ran in 1992). Readers may remember Martinez, who once had a Miami Lakes cooking school but now lives in Hawaii. You can follow her food and gardening adventures at soniatasteshawaii.com.
Q: I’m addicted to the garbanzo bean salad at Aroma Espresso Bar in Miami Gardens. Can you get the recipe?
A: It turns out you are in good company. The salad has lots of fans, including celebrities Natasha Lyonne, Moran Atias, Chelsea Clinton, Mandy Patinkin and Matthew Perry, we’re told. I’ve adjusted the recipe from the coffee-shop chain for home use.
I knew I was going to enjoy Come Home to Supper (Workman, $16.95) as soon as I saw the cover with author Christy Jordan standing in her farmhouse-style kitchen with a fantastic collection of vintage Fire King and Pyrex bowls on the shelves. Then I started reading and was both charmed by her sunny Southern philosophy (“If you really want to make the world a better place, end the day by coming home to supper!”) and by her recipes for unpretentious family food that doesn’t break the budget or require hours in the kitchen.
I wanted to make the old-fashioned sticky chicken, the big Greek taters and so much more. Then I saw this fun little recipe for a roll made with melted ice cream and knew I had to share it with readers. You throw these together in an instant and the result is a very tender biscuit-textured roll with a light sweetness that is perfect with hearty soup or a healthy salad. Jordan, who is based in Huntsville, Ala., blogs at southernplate.com.
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