Stick a Pork in It: Matt McCallister’s Pork Roast with Collard Greens and Sweet-and-Sour Onions

 

Veg-centric chef Matt McCallister just wants an old-school, juicy pork roast.

 

“Our backyard was awesome," Matt McCallister says excitedly. Baseball cap on and chambray sleeves rolled up, the inked-up chef reminisces about the green oasis tucked behind his home growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona. "We had a fig tree, a strawberry patch, and an olive tree. We brined our own olives," he rattles off enthusiastically. "My brothers had no interest in any of that. So it would be me, and it's just always been my thing." That explains the care McCallister takes with the vegetables he masterfully cooks at FT33, his rowdy, vegetable-forward restaurant in Dallas. He layers rounds of turnips atop gulf crab like chrysanthemum petals and constructs... Read more >

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Market Haul: Weekend Getaway

 

We're heading to the beach this weekend and there's one thing we're definitely packing for the trip: our CSA box. During our two-day getaway, we'll be eating lunches out but cooking all of our breakfasts and dinners, so the goal is to use up as much of our haul as possible over the weekend.

 

The Haul: collard greens, Tuscan kale, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, spring onions, scallions, rhubarb

 

The Menu:

 

Day 1 Breakfast:

 

Eggs and Zucchini [Shoots and Roots]

Thin rounds of zucchini, a handful of herbs, and grated Grùyere add summery flavor to this simple omelet.

 

Baking Powder Biscuits [JBF]

James Beard's buttery biscuits are as good slathered... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: December 2, 2011

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The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! Green Grits [SE] In this recipe from Andrew Carmellini’s cookbook, American Flavor, a Southern classic gets spicy in the company of cilantro, chilies, and onions. Lamingtons [David Lebovitz] After a recent trip to Australia, David Lebovitz offers a recipe for Lamingtons,

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Market Haul: October 31

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This week’s haul is a cornucopia of greens: broccoli, broccoli rabe, escarole, collards. To avoid getting overwhelmed, it’s never a bad idea to wash and blanch your greens all at once so they’re ready to go throughout the week. For those of you haven’t tried Japanese salad turnips, they’re sweet and juicy and absolutely delicious eaten raw in salads or quickly braised, as in the recipe below. Eat their tops as you would any greens—we’re partial to a simple sauté with olive oil and garlic.

The Haul: Sweet potatoes, broccoli rabe, escarole, salad turnips, collard greens, broccoli, and Mutsu and Cameo apples

The Menu Ideas:

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli [Barefoot Contessa]
The recipe that will

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Tastebud: Potlikker

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A popular Southern treat, potlikker is the tasty green liquid that remains in the pot after boiling collard, mustard, or turnip greens. As the leaves simmer, vitamins and minerals seep into the cooking water, creating a fortified sipper that could fetch a fortune at a juice bar for the Yankee elite. (But the health food–phobic need not fret: Southern cooks commonly season their potlikker with bacon or pork fat.) Like many Southern staples, potlikker was once the slave owner’s refuse and the slave’s riches: after serving cooked greens to their masters, slave cooks would bottle the leftover, nutrient-rich liquid for their own families’ meals.

Today potlikker is a source of pride for all Southerners: when the New York Times mistakenly misspelled the food as “pot likker” in 1982, Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller mailed in an indignant response. Potlikker also inspired the name of the... Read more >

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