What’s your favorite Halloween candy? You might have guessed that my favorites include chocolate and peanut butter! Yep – I love peanut butter cups and pieces so much that I made this layered peanut butter chocolate bark. It’s chocolate on peanut butter on chocolate on peanut butter with a bonus layer of Reese’s Puffs Cereal for extra flavor and crunch. It’s spooky, scary good!
Last week chef, television personality and cookbook author Ingrid Hoffmann came to visit the kitchens as part of our Taste Talks guest speaker series. We had a fantastic time talking with Ingrid and hearing about her unique culinary perspective.
We were especially inspired by Ingrid’s passion and expertise in regards to Latin cuisine and her quest to make Latin ingredients and recipes a part of mainstream American cooking. Ingrid was quick to point out it’s a common misconception that Latin cuisine is synonymous with being unhealthy. Her most recent cookbook, Latin D’Lite, is a collection of Latin recipes with a healthy twist.
When I lived in New York, my apartment was only a three-block walk away from my go-to Vietnamese restaurant. One of the things I loved about living near there was that I could satisfy my late night hunger with a bowl of beef pho (a.k.a. phở bò) whenever I wanted! I love being able to tailor pho to my liking with different garnishes and condiments. Sometimes I feel a little more lime-y, sometimes I want it extra spicy, and sometimes I feel extra noodle-y.
Now that I’m in Minnesota, I don’t always have the convenience to grab pho whenever I want since the nearest pho place is miles away. I’ve tried making pho myself from scratch several times but it’s tricky. The traditional method requires a lot of time since you often need to parboil bones for the broth beforehand; but a time saving short-cut is possible! Concentrating store-bought broth with whole spices creates an un-pho-gettable flavor. (Puns!) I’m calling this dish Midnight Phở Bò because it’s so quick and easy you can even make it in the middle of the night.