Eye Candy: Porcini–Goat Cheese Cavatelli with Spring Peas and Preserved Lemon


At Sonoma County’s intimate Backyard eatery, husband-and-wife chefs Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire—who met while working at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc and Bouchon—cook only with ingredients grown, raised, or line-caught locally. At their Beard House dinner last month, they brought their mindful cooking to the Big Apple, showcasing early summer's varied and colorful bounty. A highlight of the evening was this bright Porcini–Goat Cheese Cavatelli with Spring Peas and Leaves and Preserved Lemon. One bite of this light-as-air cavatelli was enough to transport us across the country to a picnic table in their very own California Wine Country oasis.


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What We're Reading: November 4

This season’s hottest new dish: the acorn? [NPR]


Living proof of the benefits of brown rice. [Zester]


Salsa lovers rejoice: these traditional Mexico City salsas can be found in NYC. [FWF]


Get your cranberry on all month long with Momofuku Milk Bar’s Thanksgiving croissant. [Eater]


The trials and tribulations of naming cuts of meat. [NYT]


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Recipe Roundup: May 15, 2013

Pan-Seared Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée


After a long winter here on the East coast, it finally feels safe to put away the soup pot and the braising pan and start eyeing the spring produce that's begun to appear at our local farmers' markets. Here are some of the recipes we'll be making to celebrate the better-late-than-never arrival of spring:




Pan-Seared Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée [JBF]

Impressive enough for a dinner party, but so easy it works as a weeknight standby, this simple scallop dish comes together in less than 20 minutes.



Ramp Pizza [Smitten Kitchen]

Deb Perelman's adaptation of Motorino's signature spring pizza is all about... Read more >

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Recipe: Spring Pea Bissara


Our favorite pea recipes are the ones that keep the vegetable's freshness in tact, so we're happy to have gotten our hands on Ana Sortun's vibrant bissara, a North African dip, just as pea season is taking off. Sortun pulses straight-from-the-pod peas with assorted herbs, onions, walnut oil, and smoky Aleppo pepper, resulting in a delicious spread that's at home on pita or on crackers. Get the recipe here

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Recipe Roundup: Spring Peas

Pea recipes from the James Beard Foundation

Let this springtime staple shine in every course of a meal (even dessert!) with this menu of fresh and vibrant pea recipes.


Sweet Pea Toasts with Spicy Coppa
Begin the meal with these simple crostini, which are topped with a rustic pea purée and diced coppa, an Italian, dry-cured salume. 


Chilled English Pea Soup with Fava Bean–Almond Salsa
Peas partner with another green star of spring, the fava bean, in this soup from Peels restaurant in New York City.


Pan-Seared Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée
Chef Piero Premoli underpins marjoram-scented scallops with a blend of sweet peas, Italian Grana... Read more >

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Recipe: Braised Short Ribs with Onions, Chilies, and Spicy Pea Purée


Even though the calendar is now squarely in spring, the occasional, stray cool night requires a dish with some of winter's heft. Enter Cedric Vongerichten's of-the-moment recipe for short ribs: the hardy beef is underpinned by a vibrant pea purée that's laced with two types of chilies. Get the recipe here.

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June's Best Recipes

Wild Mushroom Stew with Egg YolkOrange–Marcona Almond Salad with Pineapple Granita Beat the summer heat with this simple, elegant, and refreshing salad from Jehangir Mehta. Chilled Sorrel Soup with Jonah Crab Salad and Jerusalem Artichokes Michael Lomonaco may be known for steaks, but this tangy soup proves that he also has a way with lighter fare. Wild Mushroom Stew with Egg Yolk Use any combination of wild mushrooms in this rich stew from Clyde Common's Chris DiMinno.

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Pea Recipes

Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano PuréeSweet Pea Gazpacho Made with sweet sugar snaps and just three other ingredients, this simple but vibrant soup shines with pure pea flavor. Chilled English Pea Soup with Fava Bean–Almond Salsa An inventive, Fresno chile–laced salsa gives this creamy soup a jolt of heat. English Pea Risotto This satisfying risotto works well as a side dish or a main course.

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Recipe: Pea Cake with Strawberry Marmalade

pea cake with strawberry marmalade
At this time of year, it's common to see peas and strawberries side by side at the farmers' market, but they tend to keep their distance in the kitchen, relegated to their respective realms of savory and sweet. But at New York's Má Pêche, Tien Ho brings these two stars of spring together in a spongy, easy-to-make cake. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée

Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée We’re looking forward to using the first crop of peas in this lovely dish from Piero Premoli of Atlanta’s Pricci. He blends the springtime spheres with nutty Grana Padano cheese to make a tasty complement to marjoram-seasoned scallops. Get the recipe here.

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