Valentine's Day Desserts

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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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Recipe: Parsnip Cake

Rosiana Tong's parsnip cake, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Parsnip cake doesn't enjoy as high of a profile as its carrot-based cousin does, but it's equally tasty and just as much of a breeze to prepare. This version from Berwyn, Pennsylvania's Nectar uses a fat pinch of baking spices to coax out the earthy sweetness of the grated root vegetables. If you have a food processor and a fine shredder disc, we recommend using them to prep your parsnips. The disc will produce a more delicate cut than a box grater will, and your finished cake will have a more pleasing texture.

 

Get the recipe here. The Nectar team will be cooking at the Beard House on February 8.

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Recipe Roundup: Southern Seafood Spectacular

Recipe for Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Make yourself a pitcher of sweet tea to sip alongside this Southern-inspired menu of fried oysters, sweet olive-oil poached shrimp, a spicy crayfish ragout, and a towering coconut cake. Porch swing not included.

 

Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade

You'll want to dip everything in your fridge into the spicy, lime-spiked mayo that accompanies these crisp fried oysters.

 

Poached Shrimp with Creamed Corn, Marinated Tomatoes, Butter Beans, and Basil

Butter beans are a Southern staple, but lima beans make a fine substitute.... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Winter Squash

Paolo Parmeggiani's pumpkin soufflé with Parma chips

 

Although these recipes all call for butternut squash or pumpkin, feel free to substitute any flavorful, orange-fleshed winter squash. We particularly like the Kabocha and Buttercup varieties for their sweetness.

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

Everyone has a favorite butternut squash soup. This one will be yours.

 

Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

This creamy, prosciutto-topped soufflé contains only eight ingredients (including salt and olive oil) and is super easy to make.

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Recipe Roundup: Zucchini

 

To be honest, zucchini hasn't always been our favorite vegetable. It used to sit in our vegetable crisper, slowly getting spongy, while we worked our way through the other contents of our CSA box. But one day, this bright, flavorful salad totally turned us around on the summer squash. And now we can't get enough of it--we pickle zucchini and throw it into grain salads, soak strips of zucchini in garlicky olive oil and grill them until crisp and slightly charred, and freeze bags of grated zucchini to use in Jessica Seinfeld-approved quick breads all year long. If you're still wary, here are some recipes that just might make you a believer too:

 

Zucchini and Ricotta with Tomato and Olive Oil on Grilled Bread [JBF]

Grilled bread spread with creamy ricotta is the perfect foil for a... Read more >

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Market Haul: June 20

 

The growing season has begun, which means that CSA members throughout the country are getting shares packed with early crops, like lettuce, radishes, and baby spinach. If you're like many of us, you might feel somewhat ambivalent about the bounty of Boston, romaine, and red-leaf heads making their way into your box this month. On the one hand, it's such a treat to have fresh-from-the-farm salad greens on hand to toss with olive oil and lemon juice at a moment's notice. On the other hand...lettuce is so annoying to wash. The only way to make sure none of it goes to waste? Surrender to the lettuce: make peace with the fact that you'll need to dedicate half an hour each week to your salad spinner. With leaves washed, dried, and bagged in the fridge, salads become the effortless summer meals they were meant to be.

 

The Haul: Baby spinach, Toscano kale, garlic scapes, red leaf lettuce, cilantro, red beets, Japanese salad turnips, strawberries.

 

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