Recipe Roundup: Cooking for a Crowd

Joanne Bondy's farmer's macaroni and cheese

 

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy touched down in New York and New Jersey, but many of the hardest hit communities are still reeling. For those of us who live nearby and want to help, providing food to those without power or running water is a great way to get involved. Most FEMA and community-organized relief sites will accept donations of homemade food, and hot meals are particularly appreciated. Here are a few of the recipes we turn to when cooking for a crowd:

 

Baked Orzo with Eggplant and Mozzarella [Smitten Kitchen]

Adapted from a recipe by vegetable maestro Yotam Ottolenghi, this hearty yet not-too-heavy baked pasta is perked up with a pinch of lemon zest and pillowy bites of fried eggplant. Canned tomatoes can be substituted for fresh when out of season.

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Recipe Roundup: October 9, 2012

 

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! Here’s what we’ve been eyeing this week.

 

Cherry Tomatoes, Greyling Gin, and Sea Salt Bar Snack [The Kitchn]

This barely counts as a recipe: simply buy a bottle of handmade gin, dip the last of the season's cherry tomatoes in it, and roll the tomatoes in salt. But sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones.

 

Swordfish with Sweet and Hot Peppers [NYT]

Melissa Clark tames the heat of fresh chili peppers with a sauté of... Read more >

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Lunch: It's Not Just for Kids

grown-up lunch recipes, curated by the James Beard Foundation

 

It’s back-to-school time, but you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate a good brown-bag lunch. Here are some decidedly grown-up meals we’d trade for any day:

 

Stilton Ploughman's Lunch with Port-Poached Pear Relish [JBF]

Like a Lunchables package...except with Stilton and a spicy relish of Comice pears poached in Port. To brown-bag it, choose a country loaf or a hunk of ciabatta in place of the baguette and pack the relish in a separate container.

 

Miso-Marinated Pork Bento [Just Bento]

Who wouldn't love sitting down to a lovely bento box filled with miso-marinated pork, Japanese omelet, sautéed greens, and brown rice? Carrot and zucchini flower cut-outs are strictly optional, but we think they... Read more >

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Recipe: Braised Pork Cheeks with Three-Onion Ragoût

Chef Sondra Bernstein's recipe for braised pork cheeks with three-onion ragoût, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

This allium-abundant recipe from Sondra Bernstein, who cooks "country food with a French passion" at the girl + the fig in Sonoma, features a decadent ragoût made with a trio of onions. Bernstein roasts sweet and cipollini onions to deepen and focus their flavor, creating a rich accessory for the centerpiece of luscious braised pork cheeks. Red pearl onions are quickly blanched to preserve their zesty freshness, which brings a welcome bit of bite to the dish. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Citrus

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Brighten your winter table with one of these vibrant, citrus-inflected dishes.

Orange-Marcona Almond Salad with Pineapple Granita Think outside the navel: chef Jehangir Mehta suggests experimenting with different types of oranges when making this vivid, refreshing salad.

Macadamia-Crusted Scallops with Citrus Beurre Blanc Butter sauce made with a squeeze of orange and lime juice enlivens these crunchy, golden brown scallops.

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Recipe Roundup: December 9

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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!

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Stuffed Squash [Leite's Culinaria]
Yes, please. Be sure to choose a properly fatty cut of pork for this crowd-wowing dish from cookbook author Diana Henry.

Monastery of Angels Pumpkin Bread [The Wednesday Chef]
This moist, holiday-spiced quick bread sold by

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Recipe: Pork Dumplings with Soy, Chile, and Cilantro Sauce

Chile–Pork Dumplings Jehangir Mehta's turmeric and cinnamon–peppered pork dumplings arrive at the table with a fiery sauce that will tempt even the most self-restrained eater to double dip. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Pork Rillettes

Pop quiz: what's the difference between rillettes and pâté? It's a blurry line: pâté is a mixture of ground meat and fat blended into a silky, spreadable paste, while the texture of rillettes is often decidedly more rustic. Some sources claim that rillettes are a "poor man's pâté" since it's crafted from cheaper cuts. Semantics aside, there's nothing unfortunate about this recipe for unctuous pork rillettes from James John Café in Portland.

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