What We're Reading: July 16, 2014

Aloe Vera

 

Aloe vera: sunburn remedy and thirst quencher? [ABC

 

Before you complain about slow service, check your cell phone use. [Eater

 

Would you like a wife with that? Couples in Hong Kong are getting married at McDonald's. [NY Daily News

 

New study shows that cinnamon might help in the fight against Parkinson's. [UK Daily Mail

 

Freedom of Information Act allows consumers to complain about ketchup packets and diet soda. [... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: March 7, 2013

blood oranges

 

What are your weekend cooking plans? Here are the recipes we're eyeing to cure a case of the winter-that-just-won't-quit blues.

 

Blood Orange Margaritas [Smitten Kitchen]

This brilliantly hued, sweet-tart cocktail is an enticing alternative to hiding under the covers until spring.

 

Bulgur Maple Porridge [NYT]

There's only so much oatmeal a person can eat. A warm, nutty porridge of lightly sweetened bulgur topped with nuts and dried fruit is a welcome substitute.

 

Irish Lamb Stew [Simply Recipes]

For a slightly simpler preparation and meltingly tender results, ask your butcher to de-bone a leg of lamb and chop it into... 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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In Season: Pumpkins

pumpkin

Pumpkins have a bit of a typecasting problem. Though they loom large in America’s cultural consciousness each fall, their starring turns are limited to appearances as jack o’ lanterns on Halloween and in pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving. But pumpkins have so much more to offer: sliced and roasted, they’re a sweet foil for rich, savory dishes such as the Afghani dish kaddo bourani, which pairs caramelized pumpkin with spicy ground beef. When baked and mashed, pumpkin purée can be thrown into quick breads, pancakes, and desserts that in no way resemble pie, like the chocolate cake featured below. How to Choose and Store: Small pie or sugar pumpkins are best for cooking. One five-pound pumpkin will yield about 4 ½ cups of purée. Uncut, uncured pumpkins will keep for a couple of months in a cool, dry place. Cooked pumpkin will last about five days in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer. How to Cook:

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Recipe: Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream It’s hard to improve upon a perfectly ripe peach—an earthly boon that Alice Waters champions as “the most delicious food”—but Nicholas Farina’s recipe for fried peaches might just manage it. The chef of Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar batters up juicy yellow peach halves and fries them until golden and gently crispy, then crowns them with scoops of custardy cinnamon ice cream. It's a tasty dessert that’s sure to test all minimalist resolves.

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Recipe: Chocolate–Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Ganache

Chocolate–Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Ganache When we shared a lovely photo of a savory pumpkin soufflé yesterday, you guys went gaga over it, so we're delivering even more of what you crave with this warm, soulful cake recipe from Kaushik Chowdury of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. We're certain that you'll find it irresistible. Just make sure you use pumpkin purée instead of sweetened pumpkin pie filling—otherwise you'll have a cloying cake on your hands.

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