Emeril Lagasse’s …
LUNCH FOR FOUR UNDER $10
Bam! Make a gourmet panini in less than 20 minutes
PROSCIUTTO AND MOZZARELLA PANINI
• ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
• 2 tsp. minced fresh oregano or 1 tsp. dried
• 1 tsp. minced garlic
• ½ tsp. salt
• ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
• 8 slices (½-inch thick) ciabatta or other rustic Italian white bread
• 4 oz. thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
• 4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto
• 6 oz. jarred roasted red peppers, drained
1. Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper together in a small bowl to blend.
2. Arrange the slices of bread on a flat work surface, and, using a brush, spread the vinaigrette evenly over one side of each slice. Divide the mozzarella equally over one side of each slice. Top 4 of the bread slices with the prosciutto and red peppers, and then place the remaining 4 slices of bread on the top, vinaigrette side down.
3. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Add the 4 sandwiches and cook, pressing them occasionally with a large spatula or the bottom of a small, heavy saucepan, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately.
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Ward off winter’s chill with a warm English tradition inspired by the hit film Sherlock Holmes
• 2 cups flour
• 2 tsp. baking powder
• 1½ tsp. sugar
• ½ tsp. salt
• 2 tbsp. shortening
• 1 egg
• ¼ to ½ cup milk
1. Mix together the dry ingredients and shortening.
2. Rub in the flour with your fingertips until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
3. Beat the egg until it froths, and set 1 tbsp. of it aside in a small dish. Beat the milk into the remainder of the egg and pour it over the flour mixture. Use just enough milk to make a soft dough.
4. Mix together until the dough can be gathered into a compact ball.
5. Dust the dough lightly with flour and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of ¾ inch. Cut it into triangles or 2-inch rounds. Reroll the scraps and cut them until all the dough is used.
6. Place the scones 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet and brush the tops with the reserved beaten egg.
7. Bake them on the middle rack of a 400º oven for 15 minutes or until they are light brown. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Dining with Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Cookbook, available on amazon.com
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Fodor’s editorial director Laura Kidder highlights great getaways where yoga, meals and more are part of the package
DREAMS LA ROMANA
BEST FOR FAMILIES
Where it is: Bayahibe, Dominican Republic, on the southeast coast
Why go: An “exceptional” beach, kids’ clubs and a “great spa” make this resort a winner for “the entire family,” says Kidder. Winter rates—which cover access to everything from the ocean trampoline to dance lessons—start at $223 per person per night.
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BREEZES RUNAWAY BAY
Where it is: Jamaica, between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
Why go: This resort offers everything from windsurfing and golf to—we’re not kidding!—a circus workshop. But the kids can’t be part of this adventure: All guests must be at least 14 years old. Rates start at $175 per person per night and include all meals and drinks (spa services cost extra).
EXCELLENCE RIVIERA CANCUN
BEST FOR ROMANCE
Where it is: Mexico’s Caribbean coast
Why go: Talk about indulgence: The “exquisite” white-sand beach, six pools and adults-only policy contribute to this spot’s “tranquil atmosphere,” Kidder says. “Those looking for rest and romance will find it here.” A room for two costs $353 a night; the price includes all drinks, meals and a scuba lesson.
MELIA PUERTO VALLARTA
Where it is: Mexico’s west coast
Why go: With six restaurants, a full slate of nightly entertainment and amenities ranging from rock climbing to batting cages, “this colorful property bustles,” says Kidder. And with prices starting at only $136 per person per night (which includes everything except bungee jumping), it’s “perfect for spring break with the kids!”
GET A FREE NIGHT’S STAY IN JAMAICA!
Book four or more nights at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, near Montego Bay, and get one free night plus a $100 resort credit. This offer is good for travel between March 1 and Dec. 23, 2010, and must be booked by Jan. 31, 2010. To reserve, call 1-888-923-2722 and mention the promo “Grand People.” Info: Iberostar.com