Recipe: Crespelle with Red Wine Strawberries and Ricotta

Cullen Campell's recipe for Crespelle with Red Wine Strawberries and Ricotta, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Crespelle may sound exotic, but if you've ever tucked into a crêpe, you already know a good deal about this delicate Italian pancake. Just like their French analogs, crespelle are made by pouring a paper-thin layer of batter into a nicely oiled pan, cooking it until golden on both sides, and wrapping the cake around sweet or savory fillings.

 

In this recipe, chef Cullen Campbell loads fresh ricotta and wine-soaked strawberries into crespelle made with 00 flour, a powder-fine Italian flour that yields a more tender pancake. We like to macerate our berries in a fruit-forward Nebbiolo from Piedmont.

 

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Recipe: Greek Yogurt Mousse with Poached and Candied Rhubarb

Aleishe Baska's recipe for Greek Yogurt Mousse with Poached and Candied Rhubarb, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

There's one reason why we love this winsome parfait from pastry chef Aleishe Baska of Bill's Food & Drink in New York City: it gives us two hits of rhubarb. Baska poaches small pieces of the stalks in a lightly boozy mix of sugar and wine, while slender slices are coated in syrup and baked until sweet and crunchy. You can up the rhubarb dosage by making some refreshing granité from the leftover poaching liquid.

 

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Recipe: Vanilla–Pisco Flan with Roasted Strawberries

Ricardo Zarate's recipe for Recipe: Vanilla–Pisco Flan with Roasted Strawberries, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Anticuchos. Tiradito. Costillitas. For the uninitiated, dinner at Picca, Ricardo Zarate's Peruvian cantina in Beverly Hills, can be a revelatory foray. Even flan, the Latin world's totemic dessert, is rebooted with the addition of mosto verde pisco, the crème de la crème of South American brandy. The spirit is distilled from partially fermented must, which lends greater complexity and freshness to the finished product. Zarate crowns his flan with strawberries that have been cooked in brown sugar, lemon, honey, and more brandy.

 

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In Season: Rhubarb

Rhubarb recipes from the James Beard Foundation

 

This rosy-hued stalk is one of our favorite spring ingredients. Tart and tangy, it brightens the flavors of seasonal fruit when paired in desserts (there's a reason strawberry and rhubarb is a classic combination) and has a welcome sour note that plays well off of pork and poultry in savory dishes. Rhubarb is also delicious on its own: to make a super-simple compote, place rhubarb in a saucepan with sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice and cook gently until the stalks soften and begin to break down. Cool and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

How to Store: Store rhubarb in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. No time to cook it before it goes bad? Rhubarb freezes very well. Clean and dry each stalk and trim the bottom end. Use your knife to peel off any tough outer skin (it will come off easily in strips) and slice the rhubarb into 1/2-inch chunks. Seal in an airtight bag and freeze for up to a year.... Read more >

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Recipe: Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

Ryan Bartlow's recipe for Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Its moniker may be the "pie plant", but rhubarb shouldn't always be destined for crust. When Ryan Bartlow of Frankies Spuntino 570 cooked at the Beard House last month, he served this relaxed and rustic dessert of poached rhubarb topped with buttery walnut crumble and the restaurant's signature ricotta. Bartlow mellows the rhubarb's tartness by cooking it in a blend of port, sugar, vanilla pods, and a pinch of whole black peppercorns. Naturally, the recipe is inspired by his mother's strawberry–rhubarb pie. 

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Recipe: Tarte Tropézienne with Strawberries and Pistachios

 

If you want to serve a dessert that will turn heads, take the time to prepare Meredith Tomason's stunning version of tarte Tropézienne, a classic pastry of the French Riviera. Tomason slathers a burnished wheel of brioche with creamy, orange blossom–scented custard, then bejewels the filling with juicy strawberries and fragrant pistachios.

 

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Recipe: Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

 

Nothing against rhubarb pie, but we appreciate ways to enjoy these tart, crimson stalks that don't require a sugar bombardment. To wit: this barbecue sauce from Idaho-based chef Adam Hegsted harnesses rhubarb's puckery flavor without maxing out on sweetness. You have to hot-smoke the rhubarb on your stovetop in order to produce the smoky undertones in the condiment, but all you need for the technique is a large pot, a wire rack that fits inside, and some wood chips.

 

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Recipe Roundup: May 15, 2013

Pan-Seared Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée

 

After a long winter here on the East coast, it finally feels safe to put away the soup pot and the braising pan and start eyeing the spring produce that's begun to appear at our local farmers' markets. Here are some of the recipes we'll be making to celebrate the better-late-than-never arrival of spring:

 

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Pan-Seared Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée [JBF]

Impressive enough for a dinner party, but so easy it works as a weeknight standby, this simple scallop dish comes together in less than 20 minutes.

 

 

Ramp Pizza [Smitten Kitchen]

Deb Perelman's adaptation of Motorino's signature spring pizza is all about... Read more >

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Recipe: Ricotta, Sugar Snap Pea, and Pine Nut Granola Crostini

Recipe for Ricotta, Sugar Snap Pea, and Pine Nut Granola Crostini from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria's Justin Smillie

 

In this recipe from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria's Justin Smillie, granola trades in its Birkenstocks for a pair of Ferragamos. After toasting his maple and orange juice–sweetened granola in the oven, Smillie sprinkes it on top of baguette slices topped with creamy ricotta, verdant sugar snaps, and fresh mint. Be sure to use a high-quality cheese. 

 

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Recipe Roundup: Multicourse Cheese Menu

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There's no rule that says cheese can only be served at the beginning or end of a meal: this cheese lovers' menu showcases a different type in every dish. 

 

Truffle-Ricotta Panna Cotta with Lamb's Lettuce 

Use the highest quality ricotta you can find to make this stunning, savory panna cotta. 

 

Soufflé Crêpes Filled with Wild Mushrooms and Bellwether Farms Crescenza Cheese 

If Crescenza isn't available, substitute a mild, creamy cow's milk cheese like... Read more >

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