Recipe: Spring Pea Bissara

 

Our favorite pea recipes are the ones that keep the vegetable's freshness in tact, so we're happy to have gotten our hands on Ana Sortun's vibrant bissara, a North African dip, just as pea season is taking off. Sortun pulses straight-from-the-pod peas with assorted herbs, onions, walnut oil, and smoky Aleppo pepper, resulting in a delicious spread that's at home on pita or on crackers. Get the recipe here

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January's Best Recipes

January's best recipesAna Sortun's fattoush; the Meatball Shop's meatballs and polenta

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from last month: Ana Sortun's Fattoush with Escarole, Parsley, and Sumac This delicious and refreshing Arabic salad helped us trim down after the gluttony of the holidays. The Meatball Shop’s Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce and Soft Polenta At New York City's Meatball Shop, customers can choose their own adventure on the mix-and-match menu of meatballs, sauces, and sides. This trio is the most popular combination.

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On the Menu: Middle Eastern Magic

Ana Sortun JBF Award winner Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick of Boston’s Oleana and Sofra are bringing their inventive take on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine to the Beard House on Thursday with a mezze-inspired menu. Former Oleana sommelier Theresa Paopao will select the wine pairings, and Siena Farms will provide the locally grown produce. Here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Cheese Puffs with Persian Carrot Jam Kumquats with Goat Cheese and Halvah Brussels Sprout Dolmades with Sesame Seeds, Walnuts, and Pomegranate Kingfish Nayeh with Pickled Red Onions and Herb Salad Monkfish with Black Garlic–Tahini Sauce and Fried Pita Bread Pairing: Prosecco Cocktails with Winter Citrus and Persian Spices Dinner Assorted Mezze > Braised Gigante Beans with Whipped Feta and Wild Greek Herbs; Winter Green Vegetable Tzatziki on Za’atar Bread; and Fattoush with Escarole, Apple,

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On the Menu: January 16 through January 22

Guests mingle in the Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Wednesday, January 19, 12:00 noon Beard on Books: Dana Cowin and Kate Heddings In Food & Wine Reinventing the Classics, the stylish and popular magazine's editors present reimagined classic dishes like cheddar B.L.T. burgers with Russian dressing, Thai green curry chicken wings, and butterscotch sticky buns. It's the perfect cookbook for cooks who want to breathe new life into their repertoire. Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 P.M. Colorado Ranch and Farm Boulder chef Eric Skokan of the Black Cat returns to the Beard House with his French-inflected yet utterly American cuisine. For this dinner, he has designed a

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Recipe: Ana Sortun's Fattoush with Escarole, Parsley, and Sumac

Fattoush with Escarole, Parsley, and Sumac Eating healthy after the gluttony of the holidays doesn't have to be a drag. Ana Sortun's delicious recipe for fattoush—an Arabic salad made with vegetables, pita, and sumac—is helping us stick to our resolutions...at least for another day or two.

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On the Menu: Ana Sortun Spices Things Up

Ana Sortun Ana Sortun, who received our Best Chef: Northeast award in 2005, takes over the Beard House kitchen tomorrow night, and her menu has us intrigued. She's preparing an ambitious seven-course, Mediterranean-inflected dinner, building her dishes around exotic spice blends provided by spice expert Lior Lev Sercarz. Here's a preview of the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Artichoke Spanakopita with Za’atar Apricot Dolmades with Loukanika Sausage, Cumin, and Orange Yogurt Lentil Sliders with Cumin, Coriander, and Pickled Eggplants Berkshire Pork Belly au 9 Poivres with Muscovado Caramel Butternut Squash Falafel with Black Garlic and Sesame Dinner Amuse Bouche Duo > Roasted Chicken Croquette

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