I needed a fix, so headed over to Delta Cafe and wasn't disappointed. (Woodstock & 45th.) Sliced into rounds, breaded with cornmeal & fried. Yum. Word to the wise: The version at Three Squares is best forgotten. A person does not fry okra whole.
Okra and tomatoes are a centuries-old pairing. It’s a remarkable union of late-summer flavors that comes from using peak-season produce – tiny fresh-picked okra and plump ripe tomatoes still firm enough to hold their shape when simmered.
Slowly softening the onion and garlic is key to a silky, creamy blended sauce. If you have Madras curry powder, use it for slightly more heat and richer flavor; standard curry powder will also be great.
Justin Chapple, Food & Wine Deputy Test Kitchen Editor, is back this week with another killer Mad Genius Tip—an ice cream cake made of store-bought ice cream sandwiches, that requires just minutes of prep time.