Five Dishes Worth the Time and Effort

In My Kitchen, the latest book from multiple JBF Award winner and last month's Chefs & Champagne® New York honoree, Ted Allen, is perfect for those of us who love to get lost in cooking. We asked the Chopped host to tell us his favorite recipes that are worth the hours they require.

 

I am very much a slow-food guy. I like nurtured, developed, deep flavors, smokers that give off sweet wisps of porky yummy over the course of an entire day, soups and stocks and sauces that simmer happily for an afternoon. Here are some recipes that take a little time. So what? You have something better to do than cook? There’s almost nothing better to do than cook.

 

North Carolina Pulled Pork

Yummmmmmm. I cook this stuff for six to eight hours. That is what I am talkin’ about.

 

Homemade Stock

Especially chicken,... Read more >

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Recipe: Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata

 

As summer hits its crescendo this week, we'll be cooking with as many of the season's exuberant flavors as time allows. Thanks to this easy but satisfying recipe from Andrew Matthews of BLT Prime, we've aready got bell peppers, Roma tomatoes, and basil covered. The colorful trio is quickly sautéed into a classic Italian peperonata, which is then crowned with simply seasoned and swiftly seared hanger steak.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Market Haul: August 27, 2012

 

The bag of crisp, pale-yellow Ginger Gold apples in our CSA box this week gave us our first glimpse of the fall harvest to come, but we're not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet. Here are some of the warm-weather dishes we intend to enjoy while we still can.

 

The Haul: Green beans, arugula, long green peppers, Sungold tomatoes (not pictured), red tomatoes, orange watermelon, Ginger Gold apples, peaches

 

​The Menu Ideas: 

 

A Perfect Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich [JBF]

Don't let tomato season go by without having at least one of these. A day.

 

​Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca [The Kitchn]​

This refreshing summer... Read more >

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Recipe: Banana Pudding Panna Cotta

 

When Daniel Doyle and Katelyn Selin of Charleston's Poogan's Porch set out to produce a refined take on banana pudding, they started by tinkering with a standard panna cotta recipe. They boosted the richness of the base by adding cream cheese, then blended it with sliced bananas that were cooked in earthy brown sugar, butter, and bourbon. After several hours of chilling, the team completed their modern interpretation with garnishes of white chocolate foam and banana bread dust. At home, you can simply serve the pudding with vanilla wafer cookies or shortbread for your own version of this reimagined Southern favorite. 

 

Get the recipe here. 

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Recipe Roundup: August 20, 2012

 

The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook!

 

Floating Island with Apricot Creme Anglaise [NYT]

Melissa Clark's ode to Julia Child, who would have turned 100 last week.

 

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce [Smitten Kitchen]

How to make a perfect grilled steak even better? Drizzle it with this smoky, tangy sauce.

 

​Corn Bisque with Crema [JBF]

This time of year, there's no such thing as too much corn. But if you got a little over-excited at the farmers'... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Mediterranean Mezze

 

On hot, sticky summer days, it's hard to feel motivated to put together a proper dinner when all we want to do is graze. So why not harness that snacking urge with a meal of Mediterranean mezze? Anchor the menu with a few of the following dishes, add a plate of olives and pickles and some warm pita for dipping, and dinner is served.

 

Cold Stuffed Grape Leaves

Claudia Roden's recipe for stuffed grape leaves from her 1972 classic, A Book of Middle Eastern Food, inspired this adaptation from James Beard.

 

Warm Sheep's Milk Feta with Apricot Tapenade

Make this sweet-and-salty appetizer now, while apricots are still in season.

 

Fattoush... Read more >

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Culinary Challenge: Don't Let Those Green Peppers Go to Waste!

green pepper recipes curated by the James Beard Foundation

 

For several weeks each summer, we find ourselves with a crisper drawer packed with green peppers. Bell peppers, Cubanelles, long greens: we get an assortment each week from our CSA, which we promptly toss into the fridge to languish while we wait for inspiration to strike.

 

Though they have their fervent fans, green peppers are more often dismissed (as bitter and under-ripe) or even maligned (food writer Michael Ruhlman once referred to them on his blog as "the earth's most lamentable vegetable"). For those of us whose feelings on the matter are slightly less impassioned, green peppers can still be a culinary challenge—there are only so many stuffed peppers one family can eat. Determined to conquer this aversion, we went on a hunt for recipes that could make us believers. Here are a few that just might do the trick:... Read more >

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Recipe: Clams with Country Ham Vinaigrette and Candied Orange

 

When Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth's Marc Jacksina and fellow Charlotte-based chef Blake Hartwick started designing their Beard House menu, they immediately wanted to work with clams, specifically those from Rappahannock River Oysters, one of their most valued purveyors. The first idea to spring up was clams casino, the bacon and bread crumb–laden classic that enjoys heavy rotation in Rhode Island. Equipped with their Southern larders, Jacksina and Blake got to work on this regionally inspired spin. Benton's country ham was an obvious reliever for the bacon, so Jacksina blended it with horseradish and Tabasco to make an energized vinaigrette. Chef Blake... Read more >

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Market Haul: August 7, 2012

 

Packed with tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, watermelon, and peaches, this week's CSA box is about as summery as it gets. Not sure what to do with all those green peppers? Neither are we, but we'll be coming up with some ideas in a green pepper problem-solving post later this week, so stay tuned.

 

The Haul: cucumbers, fennel, tomatoes, baby watermelon, green bell pepper, green long peppers, zucchini, eggplant, yellow onions, donut peaches, blackberries.

 

The Menu Ideas:

Grilled Achiote-Rubbed Red Snapper [JBF]

Achiote is a combination of crushed annatto seeds, vinegar, salt, garlic, and spices, and can be found at Latin markets and some grocery stores. A simple sauté of fennel, summer squash, and onion completes... Read more >

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July's Best Recipes

 

Oysters with Spicy Tomato Granité

Lia Fallon tops oysters with a Bloody Mary–inspired garnish, giving the bivalves an invigorating kick.

 

Lobster Buns with Shiso Pesto

The Chinese bao bun takes the place of the standard-issue hot-dog bun in this recipe from Simpson Wong. 

 

Tarte Tropézienne with Strawberries and Pistachios

Craft pastry chef Meredith Tomason's version of this traditional French pastry consists of a creamy, orange blossom–scented filling sandwiched inside a golden wheel of brioche. 

 

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