The Parks and Recreation star is a big fan of this treat from Manhattan eatery August. 'It's a great way to use the last of the season's strawberries,' says pastry chef Siobhan DeCarlo
4 egg yolks
1½ cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 egg whites
¾ cup cake flour
¼ tsp. salt
2 bunches fresh tarragon leaves, plus ¼ cup chopped
2 cups heavy cream
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
2 pints strawberries, quartered
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 300. Beat yolks, 2/3 cup sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Beat whites and 1/3 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold whites into yolks; then fold in flour and salt.
2. Butter 6 (5½-oz.) ramekins. Dust with sugar. Add batter to ramekins until 2/3 full. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes (until cake tester comes out clean). Cool for 5 minutes. Remove cakes. Cool completely on a rack.
3. Steep tarragon in cream for 30 minutes. Strain and chill. When ready to serve, whip cream with powdered sugar.
4. 2 hours before serving, mix strawberries with ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup chopped tarragon and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate.
5. Gently cut cakes in half. Add strawberries and cream to 1 half. Top with other half. Garnish with strawberries and cream.
Parks and Recreation premieres at 8:30 p.m. ET Sept. 22 on NBC.
Francis Ford Coppola's
The legendary film director-and Sonoma winery owner-offers up three great ways to jazz up a glass of vino
"Fruit flavors go well with wine," says Coppola. "They add something extra." His wine-including a signature claret-is available at franciscoppola winery.com.
Scoop ½ cup lemon sorbet into a wine glass. Top with ¾ cup claret wine.
Pour 3 tbsp. orange vodka, 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and a dash of bitters into an ice-filled glass. Top with a generous splash of moscato wine. Garnish with a lemon wedge (optional).
Combine ¼ cup each cognac and lemonade and 1 tbsp. simple syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass and top with a generous splash of sparkling wine. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
PLANE FOOD TAKES OFF!
With fancy drinks, A-list chefs and a prime-time spotlight in the new drama Pan Am, airline fare gets an upgrade
The ABC drama's executive producer Nancy Hult Ganis-who was a stewardess in the '60s-helps add a touch of realism to the show. "We used to serve flaming cherries jubilee," recalls Ganis. "The ice cream and hot cherries was the most delicious dessert I'd ever tasted."
Get the cherries jubilee and short rib recipes at people.com/planefood.
British mogul Richard Branson's airline offers exotic drinks like this rum cocktail (see recipe at right) in its upper-class cabins.
EL PRESIDENTE COCKTAIL
Combine 4 tbsp. gold rum, 2 tbsp. sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with an orange twist.
Delta brought James Beard Award-winner (and frequent Top Chef judge) Michelle Bernstein on board to glam up its menu with entrees like this beef short ribs.
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