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Love airline food? // Try these recipes

Published Jul. 6, 2006

Just in case the food on the plane was so delicious you want it at home, American Airlines has written up recipes to help business travelers re-create the "subtle flavors and tantalizing aromas" in their own kitchens.

The 18-page recipe book, A Taste of Something Special, includes what the airline calls in-flight favorites such as the root-based Cream of Yucca Soup. The mixture of yucca chunks, heavy cream, oil, onions, jalapenos and chicken broth is chopped, sauteed, simmered, then ground up in a food processor.

"Because some of our customers frequently request recipes so they can prepare their in-flight favorites at home, we asked our executive chefs to adapt a few of these new recipes" for smaller-sized portions, the book's preface says.

American Airlines was not able to say how many customers have requested recipes for its food. The airline handed out the recipe books at a promotion Wednesday for its new, fancier business-class service. Only a limited number of books is available.

Although a few courses verge on the complicated _ "Peanut Crusted Chicken with Roasted Banana Honey Sauce" _ others such as "Ice Cream Sundae" are much more simple.

"Scoop ice cream into a clear, footed glass bowl or sundae glass; layer toppings and finish with whipped cream and nuts to create your very own premium class dessert," it says.