Metropolitan Cafe’s Thai Vegetable Soup
This soup takes some time, and possibly a visit to the specialty food shop, but it's worth it. Plus, you can freeze it for later. We also have it on rotation at Metropolitan Cafe if you'd rather let the Metro chefs do the work.
Our focaccia brings together savory herbs and garlic with the sweetness of late summer cherry tomatoes. The chives cook down to impart a wonderful onion flavor.
Pink Peppercorn Shortbread
A spicy spin on classic shortbread, this exquisite little cookie is perfect for birthdays, showers, tea parties, Mother’s Day and more. To preserve the pink hue, crush the pink peppercorns with the bottom of a pan.
Cured Salmon with Homemade Cream Cheese
The flavor of cured salmon can be enhanced by the choice of curing ingredients. While sugar and salt are crucial to the curing process, adding different herbs and spices will heighten and change the flavor. Homemade cream cheese is the perfect accompaniment.
Short Rib Sandwich with Fermented Pickles
This sandwich brings together slow-roasted meat with tangy cheese, caramelized onions and homemade pickles. It's not quick, but it's worth the work. If you don't have time to make your own pickles, store bought koshers work just fine. (Reprinted from our most recent cookbook, "20 for 20.")
You don't have to be a master baker like Metropolitan's James Barrett to make delicious French-inspired delights at home. Here are several favorites—some savory, some sweet—adapted by James for the home chef.