#virtuallyBARTable | What's cooking in our home kitchens

Photo courtesy of NYT Cooking. 
As we've been sheltering in place, many of us have turned to cooking as a way to relieve some of the stress of being home. There's no better time than now to dust off those cookbooks, pull up your Pinterest account, and try your hand in the kitchen. From coming up with our own tried-and-true recipes to trying those from celebrity chefs, the BARTable team is sharing some of our quarantine go-tos. 

Bon Appétit | Sour Cream & Onion Biscuits

Photo courtesy of Dave Martindale.
These super easy and delicious sour cream & onion biscuits from Bon Appétit are a staple in our home kitchens. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this go-to biscuit uses sour cream instead of heavy cream or buttermilk, which gives it a rich flavor.
BARTable Tip: These flaky biscuits are great with over-medium or sunny side up eggs for breakfast. 

365 Easy One-Dish Meals by Natalie Haughton | Linguine Gorgonzola

This quick-fix linguine gorgonzola recipe has been a household favorite for years in one of our kitchens. Simply add a salad and some garlic bread and you've got a dyno meal for your family (and once this shelter-in-place is over, your friends too). This easy one-dish recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make and is easy to make for large families. 
BARTable Tip: Double the recipe for large families or just to have leftovers for the next day. 

Ayesha Curry | Mama Alexander's Brown Sugar Chicken

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Alvarez.
From Ayesha Curry's first cookbook, The Seasoned Life, comes this fall off the bone brown sugar chicken recipe. Drawing inspiration from her favorite childhood meal that her mom made, Curry name this recipe Mama Alexander's Brown Sugar Chicken. A mix of soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, ginger and shallots makes this chicken recipe sweet and sticky. It's one recipe that will that will have your whole family wanting more.
BARTable Tip: If you don't have whole chicken legs with the drumsticks and thighs attached, use any pieces of skin-on chicken you have on hand. 

Angela's Chicken Wild Rice Chili

A tried and true favorite, and created by one of our own, Angela's Chicken Wild Rice Chili is a twist on a traditional chili. With wild rice, chicken, and great northern or cannellini beans, this hearty chili is easy to make and a family favorite (and bound to win a chili cook-off this summer). 
BARTable Tip: Top with grated cheese and sour cream for an extra dash of flavor. 

The Wimpy Vegetarian | Healthy Caramelized Banana Bread with Einkorn Flour

Photo courtesy of The Wimpy Vegetarian. 
With banana bread recipes soaring to the top of searches on Google and Pinterest since the shelter-in-place orders came down, one of our favorite recipes is a healthy version of the household favorite. Using einkorn flour, a great substitution for those who are gluten free, this banana bread recipe from The Wimpy Vegetarian intensifies the banana flavor by caramelizing the banana and pureeing it before baking. 
BARTable Tip: The recipe calls for "very ripe" bananas, it's important to follow this step to get the best tasting bread. 

NYT Cooking | Garlic Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at braising short ribs, this is the perfect (and easy) recipe to try. The great thing about this recipe, if you didn't want to cook them in the oven, you can easily adapt it to a slow cooker if that's your thing. These garlic braised short ribs will be falling off the bone by the time you take them out of your oven and go great over egg noodles or mashed potatoes. 
BARTable Tip: To pack more flavor into the simmer sauce, use marinara instead of tomato paste. 

Simple Vegan Blog | Vegan Brownies

Photo courtesy of Simple Vegan Blog. 
If you're not a vegan, do not fear, these brownies are just as good as conventional brownies - just without any animal products. Another plus about this recipe is if you're gluten free, you can easily swap ingredients to make gluten-free, vegan brownies. These gooey and chocolately brownies are great for desserts and even a special snack. 
BARTable Tip: For something a little extra, add a scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream to the warm brownie for a burst of flavor. 
What's cooking in your kitchen?
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