Recipe Roundup: August 26, 2013

Recipe for Corn Madeleines with Crème Fraîche and Ratatouille, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

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 bites from our favorite blogs. Here are the dishes we're eyeing this week:

 

Gin-Marinated Olives [101 Cookbooks]

An irresistible hors d'oeuvre: warm, buttery Castelvetrano olives dressed with olive oil, lemon peel, Serrano peppers, and a splash of really good gin.

 

Corn Madeleines with Crème Fraîche and Ratatouille [JBF]

Cornmeal and fresh corn give these savory madeleine cakes a rich, summery flavor. Topped with a... Read more >

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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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Recipe Roundup: Spring Soirée

Chris DiMinno's recipe for wild mushroom stew with egg yolk, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

There's nothing like the arrival of the first spring vegetables to inspire us to get back into the kitchen. Take your cue from the market and plan a menu featuring the best of the season's offerings.

 

Crispy Baby Artichokes with Lemon Aïoli
Deep-fried to a light golden crisp and served with a tangy mayonnaise, these artichokes are addictive.

 

Wild Mushroom Stew with Egg Yolk
Chris DiMinno's hearty stew is made with the first mushrooms that peek out of the earth in spring.

 

Tom Colicchio's Spring Pasta
This rustic ravioli is filled with chervil-... Read more >

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Michel Richard's Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

We've long treasured the flavorful spark that citrus brings to cooking, and we've been adding flurries of zest and showers of juice to our food for as long we can remember. But this brilliant recipe from JBF Award winner Michel Richard, who won our Outstanding Chef Award in 2007, has introduced us to a commonly untapped form of citrus: pulp. Richard roasts whole lemons for two hours, which focuses their sweet and tart flavor. Then he finely chops the pulp and combines it with honey and a couple drops of Tabasco to make a rub for the chicken. The flavor is unforgettable, and we're already thinking of other ways to use this new form of seasoning. Get the recipe here.

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Eye Candy: Cooking for Haiti

pavlova Eric Hara of the Oak Room served this lemon pavlova, lemon sorbet, and rose water syrup dessert at last week's Beard House benefit for Haiti. The dinner raised over $4,000 for the International Rescue Committee and its support of the country's earthquake victims. See more photos from the evening here. (Photo by Bobbi Lin)

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Recipe: Lemon Cheese

lemon cheese Tangy and tart, this spreadable lemon-scented cheese is a great topping for crackers and toast. It also pairs nicely with beets or, as chef Kirsten Dixon prefers, a tomato–basil bisque.

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