Alex tackles the great American pastime - making a serious sandwich. Ingredients are key for this turkey sandwich. It calls for roasted turkey breast, bacon, creamy dressing, and crisp iceberg lettuce. French fries get all the fame, but Alex thinks onion rings are really the overlooked side-kick to a sandwich. These beer battered onion rings come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. She finishes off the meal with another sandwich - an almond cookie ice cream sandwich!
This time around Alex makes a meal that is truly an American classic. Light meat, dark meat, and wings are slathered in way too much barbecue sauce. Once the chicken is baked in the oven, Alex adds even more sauce and broils it for a little caramelized crunch. Then Alex shows us how to make the perfect baked potato salad. Yukon Golds are baked, not boiled, then mixed with tangy red wine vinegar, mustard, capers, and chunky gherkins. For that classic American dessert a fresh blueberry pie; Alex adds a last-minute orange syrup that fills all the nooks and crannies and gives the pie a magical gloss.
Little Italy is where is all began for Alex's love of Italian cooking. For Alex, it's all about the ingredients and some of the best are found in her favorite New York neighborhood. The Italian seduction process begins with dessert - a flakey sfogliatella - filled with whole milk ricotta and candied citron and orange. Then, a simple roasted fish with just three ingredients: salt, oil, and lemon. Finally, a salad that pairs distinct Italian flavors like caramelized fennel, fresh orange, and walnut pesto.
Alex is making a special birthday dinner for a really good friend. She wants to food to be simple, but filled with flavor. So, she's taking something she eats all the time at home and dresses it up in an evening gown so that it can come to the party too. For her, that's a chicken. A tangy marinated chicken marsala, coasted in breadcrumbs and butter, then baked crispy in the oven. To go with the chicken, a beet pasta tossed with a bright vinaigrette and colorful scallions. So tasty and beautiful. For dessert, Alex bakes a bright lemon cake and coats it in gloppy chocolate frosting.
Alex makes some of her greatest hits of Indian Dishes. Taken from her childhood memories of her Mother cooking with Indian spices, Alex adds her own authentic style to each dish. Braised chicken thighs are slathered in a tomato sauce and infused with a blast of spices. For a side, Alex turns an innocent head cabbage into an unforgettable side of Indian mischief. The appetizer is cauliflower dusted with smoked paprika, coated in beer batter, and fried into little fritter nuggets. Plus, she bakes some tangy Indian bread, naan, which acts like an extra utensil for all of these dishes.
Alex is making a budget friendly meal but that doesn't mean she's taking the fun, delicious, tasty, and fabulous out of the equation. Alex starts by giving a skirt steak a smear of garlic and steak sauce, searing it, then slathering it with a tangy pickled feta topping. If the perfect companion to this steak is a potato, why not have two potato dishes? The first is a skillet potato cake with layers of bubbling potato made right on the stove. The second is an oven-dried sweet potato mashed with layers of cream and molasses. For dessert, some apples paired with a potpourri of spices, baked in the oven, and topped with rum raising ice cream.
Alex has one dish that serves as her go-to recipe for any occasion - a simple roasted chicken. Stuffed with lemon and olives, this roasted chicken gets a little something extra once it pops out of the oven. On one side, Alex smothers it with butter and crunchy sea salt. Then, on that golden skin side, she smears a little dark olive tapenade spread. She pairs it with a chilled asparagus salad that is coasted with tangy mustard and honey vinaigrette. Then, Alex pops clams on the grill and sprinkles them with earthly charred zucchini, the perfect addition to the sweet clams.
Alex digs back into her roots and brings to life some of her favorite comfort dishes from her childhood. Alex starts with lasagna filled with creamy mozzarella and salty parmesan, then topped with a meaty Bolognese sauce. Alex serves it with the perfect partner -- wilted escarole with a pinch of chili flakes. For dessert, a dark rum pudding sprinkled with roasted almonds.
Professional Chef Alex takes vegetarian dishes and makes them so fantastic that you won't miss the meat or fish. Alex starts with an eggplant parmesan that has layers of crispy baked eggplant, homemade tomato sauce, and bubbly cheese. Alex serves it up with a squash caponata - a magical combination of squash, capers, golden raisins, and red wine vinegar. You won't believe the taste. Finally, a grilled Portobello mushrooms drenched in tangy balsamic vinaigrette.
Alex takes the everyday meal and makes it special. Alex shows us how easy it is to blacken salmon. And she serves it with the most perfectly seasoned basmati rice and baked squash topped with browned butter. To finish up, a delicious citrus pomegranate dessert topped with a spectacular baked meringe.
For her best friend's birthday, Alex is planning a simple soy braised duck with a green peppercorn glaze that is drizzled over the duck at the last minute. Alex serves the duck with the perfect partner - lentils paired with cippolini onions cooked in duck fat. And, what's a birthday without a cake? She takes a moist yellow birthday cake and drops a layer of goopy marshmallow frosting right on top
Alex believes food tastes so much better when it's enjoyed with friends AND when it's easy to put together. Alex starts with a delicious beef filling for her burritos by marinating skirt steak in way too many peppercorns. And for something to chill down your mouth, Alex pops wedges of iceberg lettuce into the freezer and pulls them out at that perfectly cool temperature. Each wedge is slathered in a champagne vinegar dressing. For dessert a simple Crème caramel, that is cool and caramel-y without being too sweet or heavy. It's a light and naughty dessert.
Alex brings to life some of her favorite childhood recipes. A simple strip steak is transformed into a crispy, juicy, delicious masterpiece and topped with a green peppercorn brandy sauce. For sides, Alex slathers carrots in molasses and butter, then bakes and fries fingerling potatoes. And for dessert, a ricotta cake is topped with chocolate and lemon zest.
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