Market Haul: After Apple-Picking Edition

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For I have had too much 
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
 Of the great harvest I myself desired. –Robert Frost, “After Apple Picking”

Apple picking is an eagerly anticipated autumn ritual. Crisp fall air, cider donuts, hayrides, a bright wagon overflowing with apples that we are sure we will put to delicious use—sometimes it’s easy to get a little carried away. Once home with our invariably enormous haul, we begin to cook with the best of intentions. But after baking a pie or two and making a couple batches of applesauce without seeing a noticeable dent in the apple stores, panic can begin to set in. What’s an overly ambitious apple picker to do? Here are a few ideas.

The Haul: Apples. Many, many apples.

The Tools: A

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Recipe: Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears

Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears

When deciding on what to serve for dessert when entertaining a large group, it's often easiest to fall back on a shareable, one-pan pie or cake and call it a day. But if your kitchen's arsenal includes a muffin tin, you can easily prepare several individual desserts with the same amount of effort. Take these perfect-for-fall ginger cakes from chefs Tom Berry and Liz O’Connell. They're made with a standard cake batter that's sweetened with a simple date purée. After baking in a muffin tin, the charming cakes are slicked with a buttery rum glaze and topped with caramelized pears. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Bacon, Garlic Panko Crumbs, and White Anchovies

Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Bacon, Garlic Panko Crumbs, and White Anchovies

Crimped and crunchy kale leaves stand in for romaine in this spin on the classic Caesar salad from Boston chef Marc Orfaly. Oregano and chile flakes enliven the requisite bread crumbs, while hot sauce makes the dressing extra powerful. Get the recipe here.

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Eat this Word: Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

WHAT? The count’s revenge? The origins of this rich sandwich of ham, chicken or turkey, and Swiss cheese that is either dipped in egg and fried in butter or made with already dipped and fried French toast are not clear. A staple of diners across the country, where it is sometimes served with jelly or maple syrup for dipping, the sandwich is thought to be related to the club sandwich, or maybe the Reuben (Jewish delicatessens sometimes substitute corned beef and sauerkraut for the traditional fillings). Lieut.-Col. Newnham-Davis, author of The Gourmet Guide to Europe (1903), suggests a Spanish ancestor, a sandwich from Seville for which "a slice of ham is put between two slices of bread and dipped in sherry, [then] in egg and fried." In truth the sandwich was probably the fruit of a creative line-cook’s imagination, or maybe just an accident. One thing that mystifies is the name. There is nothing in Dumas’s masterpiece to suggest why a

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In Season: Cranberry Beans

cranberry beans

Also known as borlotti, pink-flecked cranberry beans are available fresh in the late summer and fall. Creamy and flavorful, they’re delicious in soups or stews or can be tossed with olive oil and herbs for a simple side dish (though they lose their gorgeous coloring once cooked). If fresh cranberry beans are no longer available in your area, buy dried ones and soak overnight before cooking. How to Store: Fresh, unshelled cranberry beans can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for three to four days. Dried cranberry beans stored in a cool, dry area will keep for up to a year. How to Cook: Fresh cranberry beans are very easy to shuck. One pound of beans in the pod yields about 1 1/3 cups shucked beans, or enough for about two to three people. To cook, shell the beans and put them in a medium saucepan. Cover with cold water, bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. To cook dried cranberry beans, soak

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Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

As we think ahead to the long, bleak stretch of cold weather that's about befall us, we're on the hunt for simple and delicious variations on a seasonal staple: butternut squash soup. This elegant version from Canadian chef Andrew Hodge is threaded with winter spices and topped with curry-scented pears and crunchy pecans. Get the recipe here.

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September's Best Recipes

Carrot Soup
 

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month:

Chilled Carrot Soup with Golden Raisins, Cashews, and Yogurt Seek out pure, Indian-style chile powder to use in this pleasantly spiced and lush soup.

Stewed Octopus with Tomatoes Made with baby octopus and a handful of other ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen, this one-pot stew is a delicious and satisfying weeknight meal.

Poached Black Cod with Sausage-Spiced... Read more >

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Rosh Hashanah Menu

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Make your mother proud by celebrating the new year with a traditional menu of tried-and-true holiday favorites.

Wine-Braised Brisket
A mixture of port, dry red wine, and a head of garlic makes an aromatic braising liquid for this special-occasion brisket.

Lokshen Kugel
The secret to this just-sweet-enough noodle side dish is to use a chunky, homemade applesauce.

Beet and Pomegranate Salad
Israeli chef Erez Komarovski makes this salad with raw beets, but you could easily substitute roasted beets for a more intense flavor with less crunch.

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Market Haul: August 15

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Today’s market haul includes sweet-as-candy Sungold tomatoes, beautiful Nicola potatoes, Swiss chard, and green peppers, that scourge of CSA boxes everywhere. (Beg to differ? Tell us why. Michael Ruhlman is with me on this one.)

The Haul: Nicola potatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, long green peppers, green bell peppers, Swiss chard, parsley, Asian eggplant, lettuce, nectarines, yellow peaches, donut peaches, and white peaches

The Menu Ideas:
Babbo’s Pasta with Sungold Tomatoes [NYM]
A summertime staple in our house, this oh-so-simple pasta is even more delicious with cubes of fresh mozzarella thrown in.

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