Bacon Takes Center Stage

Recipe for Bacon Confit with Chiles and Pickles, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

It's been well-documented that bacon makes everything taste better. But instead of consigning it to a supporting role, why not make bacon the star of the dish? Here are a few recipes that put our favorite cured meat into the spotlight: 

 

Bacon Confit with Chiles and Pickles

Homemade bread-and-butter pickles and Fresno chiles top crispy cubes of slow-cooked slab bacon.

 

Bacon with Pineapple Jus and Bacon-Salted Peanuts

Strange and wonderful, this salty-sweet braised bacon dish makes for a conversation-starting hors d'oeuvre.

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It's Easy Eating Green

Colcannon

 

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and our fervent hope that one day it might actually be spring, we've put together a roundup of recipes featuring some of our favorite verdant ingredients. 

 

Wilted Arugula with Anchovy and Garlic Dressing 

A takeoff on traditional Piemontese bagna cauda, this flavorful warm vinaigrette is also good on bitter greens such as escarole, frisée, or dandelions. 

 

Puff Pastry Samosas with Green Peas 

To save time, this recipe uses puff pastry dough instead of traditional samosa dough. Serve with green chutney (of course). 

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Recipe Roundup: Hibernation Food

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel

 

As the Longest Winter That Ever Was continues its icy reign throughout much of the country, we're spending a lot of time indoors. We mean: A LOT. And what better way to while away these seemingly endless dark and dreary days than by cooking up a (proverbial, please) storm? These five hibernation-friendly dishes are giving us the will to hang on until spring:

 

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

Serve this hearty, satisfying stew with spaetzle or egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

 

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel [Smitten Kitchen]

Not only will this cross between French toast casserole and tarte tatin give you a reason to get up in the morning, but it's also super easy to... Read more >

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Recipe: Honey–Citrus Tart

Recipe for Honey–Citrus Tart, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Thank God for citrus, especially during this merciless winter. As long as there are a few varieties within our reach, we feel like we can cope with few more weeks of dreariness.

 

This ricotta and honey–based tart from Baltimore-based pastry chef Angie Lee is a lovely way to put whatever citrus you have on hand to use. (Lee favors Cara Cara or blood oranges.) The tart dough is made with all-purpose flour and ground amaranth, one of several "alternative" grains that's really not so alternative these days. It lends a nutty flavor to the baked crust, making this dessert all the more special.

 

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A Pot of Beans

Recipe for White Bean and Sausage Stew

 

The ultimate cold-weather food? A big pot of beans bubbling on the stove. Add a loaf of crusty bread and a bowl of mixed greens and you've got a meal comforting enough to brighten even the dreariest of winter days. 

 

White Bean and Sausage Stew 

This simple and satisfying stew couldn't be easier to make. For an extra hit of flavor, throw a diced Parmesan rind in with the kale. 

 

Salumi-Braised Beans 

A crowd-pleasing, hearty dish made with four types of cured meat. 

 

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Valentine's Day Desserts

Meringues

 

This Valentine's Day, why not skip the meal and just get to what we all really want: dessert. (As in, actual dessert.) Here's a round-up of sweet treats we'd love to be treated to: 

 

Drunken S'more Cake 

Isn't getting a little drunk and a little messy the recipe for a perfect Valentine's Day? This playful riff on the campfire classic will definitely get you into the spirit. 

 

Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit 

This elegant, rich pudding is extra-decadent topped with Campari-scented grapefruit peel and toasted, sugar-slicked hazelnuts. 

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit

Recipe for Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Not a fan of cramped tables and half-baked prix fixe menus on Valentine's Day? We don't blame you, especially if you're game to make this elegant Italian pudding from Bob Truitt, who oversees the dessert program at Marea and other restaurants in Michael White's Altamarea Group. The budino alone is wonderful, but accessorizing it with the Campari-scented grapefruit peel and toasted, sugar-slicked hazelnuts makes it worthy of a white tablecloth.

 

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Recipe: Grapefruit Posset

Kristin Butterworth's recipe for grapefruit posset, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

A British pudding of sweetened cream that's lightly curdled with acid, posset might be the most low-maintenance dessert we know. Posset is not a shopping-list generator: chances are you already have what you need to whip up a basic one. It's not a kitchen diva: making a batch doesn't require scrounging up multiple mixing bowls, lugging out your Kitchen Aid, or even turning on your oven.

 

At the Grill Room at Windsor Court in New Orleans, Kristin Butterworth's tasting menu concludes with a simple "citrus posset." She sent us a version that's flavored with grapefruit, but we think it would play nicely with any winter citrus, like tangerine, blood orange, or Meyer lemon. 

 

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Recipe: Pimento Cheese Fritters with Green Tomato Jam

Daniel Doyle's recipe for Pimento Cheese Fritters with Green Tomato Jam, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

We used to think that plastering pimento cheese over the nooks and crannies of a cracker was as good as it gets, but we were wrong. Daniel Doyle of Charleston's Poogan's Porch has given this beloved Southern condiment a greater purpose, packaging it inside addictive, gumball-sized fritters. “Pimento cheese is inherently Southern, so why not make it the focus of a dish?” he says. “And why not a fritter?” Who are we to argue?

 

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In Season: Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons

 

Lemons are a beloved tool in our kitchen arsenal, but Meyer lemons, those smooth, golden citrus celebrities, are another thing entirely. Subtly sweet and deeply perfumed, this magical winter fruit will transform desserts, seafood dishes, and even pasta.

 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley

Dress up a classic carbonara with Dungeness crabmeat and Meyer lemon zest, which gives the dish extra vibrancy.

 

Lobster Tabbouleh with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

This simple tabbouleh includes plenty of flavorful herbs and a generous amount of lobster. Serve it in endive leaves as an hors d'oeuvre or on its own as an elegant side dish.... Read more >

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