Have you checked out Appetite for Instruction lately? Today's featured chef is Michelle Carpenter of Zen Sushi who generously shared her delicious and stylish recipe for Ceviche Martinis (pictured above).
I have to admit, this weekly bug-a-chef column is a lot of fun to write. Not only does it give me an awesome excuse to call up any restaurant in the city and ask for one of their most delicious recipes, but it also offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the chefs themselves make the dish. For instance, following along with Chef Michael Tyler, I learned that making Italian Buttercream Frosting isn't nearly as difficult I'd always assumed it would be. They key, he showed us, is patience. (And a reliable candy thermometer.) And speaking of patience, I don't know that I'd have the self-control to wait 12 hours while Jeffrey Kowitz's brisket braised in the oven, but now I've got the recipe if I'm ever feeling up to the challenge.
Click here to check out the A.F.I. archives. We're working up quite a collection! And feel free to chime in with any suggestions for future chefs you'd like me to bug. ...I mean interview.