• Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a pasta machine; a rolling pin and some muscle will do the trick for these little treats. A ravioli mold will save you time, but if you don’t have one, take the time to firmly seal the edges...

  • The Cajun Trinity replaces the French mirepoix in this twist on a classic. The addition of blackened seasoning adds the right amount of kick to this delicious soup. YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 25 minutes 2 tablespoons olive...

  • The olives are the star of this take on the famous New Orleans sandwich. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 1–2 hours COOK TIME none For the vinaigrette: ½ cup olive oil 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3...

  • The classic lasagna we all know and love gets a complete Cajun makeover. YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 30–40 minutes 12 lasagna noodles 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 cup cottage cheese 1 (16-ounce) jar étoufée sauce...

  • Traditional mole sauce has a rich flavor from the many ingredients used. Our red mole is more streamlined and calls on bacon to help impart a smokier flavor. The chicken is rubbed in the mole paste, and is perfect with a side of Spanish rice...

  • A classic comfort-food favorite with a smoky, spicy spin. We’re using one pepper two ways—a fresh poblano and the dried form, the ancho—for an extra depth of flavor. YIELD 8 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 45 minutes COOK TIME 40 minutes 5 cups beef...

  • Who doesn’t love a good old hearty pot pie? I brought the heat to this one, trust me. Be prepared for a meltdown of flavor. by Vic Clinco YIELD 4 Servings ZEST FACTOR Hot PREP TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 40 minutes 2 tablespoons oil...

  • Served on wholegrain toast, this low-calorie breakfast is a great way to use leftover egg whites from hollandaise sauce recipes. YIELD about 2 servings ZEST FACTOR hot PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 10 minutes ½ tablespoon olive oil 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2...

  • Cut the sugar out of oatmeal by going savory, and why not add some Indian spices for some warmth and depth while you’re at it? Served with a soft-boiled egg, this dish will brighten up any morning. YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR medium PREP TIME...