Recipe Roundup: Simple Summer Seafood

 

Summertime is all about the water—whether you're swimming in it or eating from it. We crave seafood this time of year, but we like to keep it simple with ceviches, seafood salads, and sandwiches that come together quickly so we can spend less time in the kitchen and more time on the beach.

 

Lobster Rolls

Is there anything better than sweet chunks of fresh, chilled lobster tossed with mayonnaise (Hellman's, of course) and served in a warm, buttered bun? With cooked lobster meat made ahead of time (or better yet, left over from a lobster boil the night before) this New England classic couldn't be easier to make.

 

Summer Crab and Tomato Salad

JBF Award winner Donald Link serves this light, flavorful salad with simply dressed watercress... Read more >

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Recipe: Cheerwine-Boiled Peanuts

 

We know that Southern-food enthusiasts tend to raise an eyebrow at inauthentic renditions of the region's specialties, but we think they might make an exception for Marc Jacksina's updated take on the classic Southern snack of boiled peanuts. The Charlotte-based chef gently boils raw, unshelled peanuts in water that's flavored with star anise and briny kombu. Then he strips off their shells and cooks them in a sweet concoction of mirin, white soy sauce, Tabasco, and Cheerwine, a beloved cherry-flavored soda from North Carolina. The result is an addictive snack that's equal parts sweet, salty, and savory—and completely irresistible to even the most steadfast purists.

 

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Recipe: Fava Bean and Langoustine Crostini

 

An elegant opener for your next dinner party, these crostini from Jim Burke of New York's Caffè Storico are topped with sweet sheep's milk ricotta, creamy fava beans, and lightly breaded and lemon-spritzed langoustines. If langoustines aren't available, use jumbo shrimp.

 

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Recipe: Oysters with Spicy Tomato Granité

 

We have Long Island–based chef Lia Fallon to thank for this inspired garnish for raw oysters. She slow-roasts plum tomatoes until they're lightly caramelized, then blends them with vodka, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and Tabasco. (If the combination sounds familiar, that's because it's the classic recipe for an invigorating Bloody Mary.) The purée is then frozen and flaked with a fork, resulting in a bracing ice that adds a spicy punch to briny bivalves. 

 

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Recipe: Strawberry–Red Wine Semifreddo

 

If you're entertaining a big crowd this Independence Day, we submit to you this recipe for meringue-lightened strawberry semifreddo from Jason Bond of Cambridge's Bondir. Flavored with a cup of red wine and frozen in a loaf pan, the finished dessert can be sliced and distributed in minutes.  

 

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Tom Colicchio's Vegetable Chips

 

This addictive but virtuous snack comes from 2010 Outstanding Chef award winner Tom Colicchio. Maintaining the proper temperature of the frying oil is the key to making crisp, grease-free chips. Get the recipe here.

 

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This spring JBF released The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs. This must-have book features delicious, signature recipes from every winner of the Foundation’s Outstanding Chef award. When we went to press, space required that we omit some surplus essays and recipes, so we're sharing some of this bonus content with our readers. Think of it as an appetizer.

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Recipe: Cherry–Pinot Noir Sorbet with Ginger

 

This refreshing, crimson sorbet from Jason Stoller Smith of Oregon's Timberline Lodge combines the soulful sweetness of summer cherries with the luscious and earthy flavors of Pinot Noir. A teaspoon of grated ginger adds a bracing undercurrent of spice. Get the recipe here

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Recipe: Wings with Habanero–Honey Sauce

 

Forget patriotism: we believe that a delicious Fourth of July spread is the best way to unite fellow countrymen. These sweet and spicy glazed wings from Texan chef David Cordúa will definitely show up on ours. Tossed in a sauce of brown butter, honey, and tongue-pricking habanero vinegar, these American beauties will be gone long before the first fireworks burst. Get the recipe here.

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Market Haul: June 20

 

The growing season has begun, which means that CSA members throughout the country are getting shares packed with early crops, like lettuce, radishes, and baby spinach. If you're like many of us, you might feel somewhat ambivalent about the bounty of Boston, romaine, and red-leaf heads making their way into your box this month. On the one hand, it's such a treat to have fresh-from-the-farm salad greens on hand to toss with olive oil and lemon juice at a moment's notice. On the other hand...lettuce is so annoying to wash. The only way to make sure none of it goes to waste? Surrender to the lettuce: make peace with the fact that you'll need to dedicate half an hour each week to your salad spinner. With leaves washed, dried, and bagged in the fridge, salads become the effortless summer meals they were meant to be.

 

The Haul: Baby spinach, Toscano kale, garlic scapes, red leaf lettuce, cilantro, red beets, Japanese salad turnips, strawberries.

 

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Roasted Beet and Pickled Rhubarb Salad with Gorgonzola

 

Chef Tim Ryan of New York's Morso serves this salad with gorgonzola fritters, but we think that adding some crumbled cheese is easier and just as good. You can pickle the rhubarb several days before you prepare the rest of the dish, while the accompanying spiced walnuts can be roasted a day ahead.

 

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