Pear Perfection

Brown Butter-Polenta Cake with Wine-Poached Pears

 

Enjoy a simple, seasonal meal inspired by one of our favorite fall fruits.


Maple Pears and Prosciutto

This easy-to-make appetizer plays sweet icewine and maple off of salty prosciutto.

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

A topping of spiced, sautéed pears and crunchy pecans add depth and texture to this gorgeous squash soup.

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10 Ways to Cook Kale Without Making Kale Salad

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Though it's hard to remember, there was a time when few of us had heard of kale salad. Back in those gastronomically prehistoric days, kale was, in fact, occasionally consumed in cooked form. And it was still delicious. If you've maxed out on raw greens, here are some alternative ways to prepare this celebrated superfood:

 

1. Serve it Greek-style: blanched, squeezed, chopped, and doused with olive oil and lemon juice. Top with a handful of crumbled feta: you won't regret it.

 

2. Throw it into a tangy, garlicky pasta sauce.

 

3. Add kale and other greens to a hearty, phenomenal, bean purée–thickened minestrone soup.

 

4. Blend it into a ... Read more >

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A Cozy Fall Supper

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing

 

Now that it's finally cool enough to turn on the oven, we can't wait to get back in the kitchen. Celebrate autumn with a hearty meal inspired by the season's best offerings.

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed Mousse
No ordinary squash soup, this luxurious version is enriched with crème fraîche and truffle honey and topped with a dollop of pumpkin seed-flecked whipped cream.

 

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing
Drizzle a garlicky dressing over autumnal greens and sweet, caramelized root vegetables for a hearty side dish.

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Chicken: It's What's For Dinner

 

Meals take flight with these easy but elegant chicken entrées.

 

Lemon Chicken

For this crowd-pleasing dish, JBF Award winner Michel Richard flavors chicken with roasted lemon pulp and a drizzle of honey and Tabasco.

 

Chicken and Bacon Hash

Who says hash has to be eaten in the morning? Top this spicy, bacon-flecked version from JBF Award winner Donald Link with a fried egg and serve it for supper.

 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Fingers

Soak chicken tenders in buttermilk and hot sauce before frying for a crisp, addictive dish that's definitely not just for the kids' menu.

 

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Culinary Challenge: Bok Choy

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For many people, it's green peppers. For others, it might be the endless bags of spring lettuce or winter's never-ending supply of rutabaga. For us, it's bok choy.

 

If you belong to a CSA, you know what we're getting at. Even if you're a kitchen whiz, that weekly box is sure to contain at least one vegetable that'll prove to be your culinary Achilles' heel. When bok choy is in ours, we're stumped.

 

What's wrong with bok choy? Nothing really: it's green, it's crisp when not overcooked, it's not difficult to wash. But for some reason we're just never inspired by it. There are only so many times we can sauté those stalky leaves with garlic and ginger and drizzle them with sesame oil before getting bored—and we tend to get a whole lot of bok choy in our CSA boxes here on the East Coast.

 

So this week we decided to think outside the stir-fry and find an arsenal of... Read more >

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Recipe: Bay Scallop Ceviche with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and Asian Pear

Recipe for scallop ceviche with pumpkin seeds and Asian pear, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Though scorching summer days have mercifully relented for the year, that doesn't mean you can't keep enjoying ceviche: the makes-itself convenience of this Latin American dish will serve you well any time.

 

Lately we've been digging this thoroughly Asian-focused ceviche from Jeremy Ford and Dean James Max of Fort Lauderdale's 3030 Ocean. They let bay scallops wallow in a bath of citron vinegar and lime and yuzu juices, then toss the "cooked" seafood with a complex confetti of diced Asian pears, toasted pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cilantro, and togarashi, a Japanese seven-spice blend.

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Recipe: Peach Crostata with Spiced Marscarpone

 

When Labor Day passes and hot days are on the wane, we always find that our trips to the farmers' market start to resemble a contact sport: everyone is urgently lunging for dwindling tomatoes and fruit, desperate to savor anything that hints at summer. And if we do manage to emerge from the chaos with some coveted produce, we want to use our haul in low-effort, big-flavor dishes that will hold us over until next July.

 

If you manage to snatch up some end-of-season peaches (or any other stone fruit, for that matter), this no-frills crostata from Mike Isabella is a more than worthy application. Isabella tosses peach slices in a spice mixture of toasted allspice, juniper berries, and black peppercorns, then nestles them in a pleated sheet of standard-issue pie dough. (Use your food processor to make it in minutes.) He then folds the remaining seasonings into whipped and sweetened mascarpone,... Read more >

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Recipe: Grilled Sardines with Roasted Red Peppers and Lemon Vinaigrette

 

When we detect the first whiff of autumn in the air, we want to make food that insists that summer isn't quite gone yet, like this elemental recipe from Peter Woolsey of Philadelphia's Bistrot La Minette. It features three seasonal mainstays that are about to retire for the year: simply prepared fresh seafood, vibrant vegetables, and a stamp of smoke from the grill.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Chile Peppers

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Get 'em while they're hot: it's chile pepper season and that means we're throwing thin slices of spicy, flavorful jalapeños, serranos, and habaneros into everything we cook. Here are a few ways other hotheads can get their fix:

 

Nantucket Bay Scallops with Jalapeño and Citrus

Use the highest quality ingredients you can find when making this simple but sublime scallop dish from Mario Batali.

 

Foie Gras Cuban Sandwiches

Unlike most Cuban sandwiches, this bite-sized version is stuffed with foie gras, spiced bananas, and a touch of jalapeño pesto.

 

Insalata di Zucchine e Menta

Think you don't like raw zucchini? This serrano-spiked salad will change your mind.

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Recipe Roundup: August 26, 2013

Recipe for Corn Madeleines with Crème Fraîche and Ratatouille, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

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 bites from our favorite blogs. Here are the dishes we're eyeing this week:

 

Gin-Marinated Olives [101 Cookbooks]

An irresistible hors d'oeuvre: warm, buttery Castelvetrano olives dressed with olive oil, lemon peel, Serrano peppers, and a splash of really good gin.

 

Corn Madeleines with Crème Fraîche and Ratatouille [JBF]

Cornmeal and fresh corn give these savory madeleine cakes a rich, summery flavor. Topped with a... Read more >

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