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.
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.
This new cafe item is easy to make at home using ingredients from your local farmer's market. Pair it with crusty bread and a glass of white wine for a satisfying summer supper.
Tuscan White Bean Spread
This healthy alternative to butter is most satisfying served warm on grilled or toasted bread and drizzled with a fruity, extra-virgin olive oil.
Roasted Corn & Tomato Salad
Roasting corn heightens its natural sweetness, while the ricotta salata (a firmer, more aged version of creamy ricotta) adds texture to this salad. With perfectly ripe tomatoes and a simple vinegar and olive oil dressing, it's a satisfying lunch on a hot summer day.
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.