September's Best Recipes

Mike Isabella's recipe for stone fruit crostata, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Here are our recipe tester's favorite recipes from September:

 

Braised Rabbit with Tarragon, Grapes, and Porcini Polenta

Made with lean but flavorful rabbit, this set-it-and-forget-it braise is well-suited for early fall evenings.

 

Peach Crostata with Spiced Mascarpone

If the curtain has fallen on peach season in your area, you can still make Mike Isabella's rustic, free-form tart with plums.

 

Popcorn Ice Cream

Chef Andy O.C. Husbands makes fresh stovetop popcorn to flavor this snacktime-worthy ice cream.

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Recipe: Braised Rabbit with Tarragon, Grapes, and Porcini Polenta

Thomas Giudice's recipe for braised rabbit with grapes, tarragon, and porcini polenta, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

American diners have historically held a tepid attitude about eating rabbit, put off by the protein's high price or horrified by the thought of tucking into Thumper. But the Italians have been relishing rabbit for centuries, frying it crisp or stewing it slow with herbs. We think they have the right idea, especially right now: with its mild gaminess and slender build, rabbit is ideal for early fall cooking.

 

Thomas Giudice, chef of La Zingara in Bethel, Connecticut, has shared his recipe for a rabbit-anchored braise that feels utterly of the climatic moment. After cooking a whole rabbit in stock, wine, and mirepoix, Giudice briefly simmers the meat with punchy... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Braising

Braised Lamb Belly with Jalapeño Vinegar


You've chipped away at your leftovers, dreamed up countless ways to use up days-old turkey, and gotten your kitchen back in order. Now that the marathon of Thanksgiving and its aftermath are over, we're ready for some food from the set-it-and-forget-it school of cooking. Here are some of our favorite braising recipes.
 

Slow-Cooked Pork with Spanish Paprika and Sweet Spices Cardamom and pimentón give braised pork shoulder a whisper of smokiness. Braised Lamb Belly with Jalapeño Vinegar Prepared by Alexander Ong at this year's JBF Awards, this dish gets a jolt from a spicy vinegar that cuts through

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February's Best Recipes

Recipe for butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed mousseButternut squash soup with pumpkin seed mousse

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month: Rodolfo Contreras's Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed Mousse This soup is a luxurious but simple way to enjoy a seasonal staple. Gerald Hirigoyen's Braised Veal Cheeks Scented with star anise and orange, this elegant braise is a wonderful dish for sharing. Michael Schwartz's Meyer Lemon Pudding

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Recipe: Gerald Hirigoyen's Braised Veal Cheeks

Gerald Hirigoyen's braised veal cheeks Shown here with a light side of poached leeks and radishes, these braised veal cheeks make for an unfussy Valentine's Day meal. Get the recipe here.

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Short Ribs, Three Ways

Gerald Hirigoyen's Beef Short Ribs in MoscatelGerald Hirigoyen's short ribs in Moscatel

Every winter we love to return to the ease and comfort of braised dishes. Here, three of our favorite recipes for fall-off-the-bone short ribs: Jeremy Martindale's Short Ribs with Sweet Potatoes and Cabbage This classic take on a stick-to-your-ribs dish gets even stickier with bacon-studded cabbage and seared sweet potatoes on the side. Gerald Hirigoyen's Short Ribs in Moscatel Dessert wine may sound like an odd choice for a braising liquid, but deeply sweet and syrupy Spanish Moscatels have the heft to stand up

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Recipe: Cuban Braised Pork Shoulder

braised pork shoulderHugh Acheson's Cuban-inspired braised pork shoulder is the perfect dish for the last leg of winter. Spicy, comforting, and brightened with a trio of lemon, lime, and orange zests, it will help keep your spirits aloft through the thaw.

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