Burdock and Pokeweed Fritters with Chipotle Marinara

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these fritters are composed of pokeweed (fresh and green and mildly tingly on the tongue) and earthy puréed burdock root. Paired with the sweet, silky, and slightly spicy chipotle marinara, these crispy fritters are a treat during the warmer months.

Karuveppilai Fried Chicken (Curry Leaf Fried Chicken)

This South Indian twist on good old southern fried chicken is a game-changer. It’s got all the crunch and succulent tenderness you’d expect from your favorite fried chicken recipe, plus the spicy-smoky aroma and flavor that makes Indian cookery so addictive.

Crispy Dirty Fried Rice with Shrimp, Two Ways

This crispy dirty fried rice is an irresistible fusion of spicy Cajun and umami rich, salty Asian flavors. In one version, the liver is the star, while the shrimp add some extra textural interest, while in the second version the shrimp take center stage while the liver blends with the other ingredients for subtle richness.

Cajun Spicy Low-Carb Hush Puppies

These hush puppies are light, fluffy, and flavorful. Low-carb and baked, they’re a healthier take on the original, but still feel indulgent.

Melting Pot I: The Diverse Dish that Is Gumbo, and a Recipe for Seafood Gumbo

There are three key elements to the best gumbo–an excellent seafood stock, a solid brick roux, and quality ingredients to go into it–fresh seafood when possible, okra in season, and so on. While you may sometimes have to make due with frozen or out-of-season ingredients, the stock, roux, and giving the gumbo the time it needs to develop flavor will still always give you incredible results.

A Medley of Foraged Greens Sautéed with Bacon

Although dandelion greens are known for their bitterness, this dish is only slightly bitter–a nice counterpoint to an entrée with sweet notes. It’s taste is wholesome and complex, green with a kick of that peppery bitterness and bathed in the richness of the bacon fat.