What We're Reading: September 25, 2014

 

When it comes to holiday challahs shapes, round is just the beginning. [NPR

 

The funky history behind Gorgonzola. [MUNCHIES

 

NYT Staffers weigh in on their favorite kitchen tools. [NYT

 

A Japanese gadget will magically turn your eggs into... Read more >

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit

Recipe for Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Not a fan of cramped tables and half-baked prix fixe menus on Valentine's Day? We don't blame you, especially if you're game to make this elegant Italian pudding from Bob Truitt, who oversees the dessert program at Marea and other restaurants in Michael White's Altamarea Group. The budino alone is wonderful, but accessorizing it with the Campari-scented grapefruit peel and toasted, sugar-slicked hazelnuts makes it worthy of a white tablecloth.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Butterscotch Pudding

 

Enriched with butterscotch chips and a scotch-spiked caramel, the flavor in this luxurious pudding, which comes from the menu at Cambridge's Catalyst, runs deep. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Dinner Menu

Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water

This Christmas, forget the goose and sticky pudding and serve this decadent, nontraditional menu instead. This meal would also be perfect for an intimate New Year's Eve dinner party. Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water Sweet and briny oysters on the half shell are paired with a spicy cucumber–ginger mignonette. Fennel and Arugula Salad This light, lemony salad can be taken to the next level with a pinch of fennel pollen and a little smoked sea salt. Lobster Stew An indulgent, yet homey, main course from Canal House's Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.

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Recipe: Double Chocolate Pudding with Sea Salt and Olive Oil

Double Chocolate Pudding with Sea Salt and Olive Oil

To make this sinfully rich chocolate pudding as good as it can be, use a high-quality brand of cocoa powder, like Valhrona, a 66-percent semisweet chocolate, and an intensely flavored extra virgin olive oil. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Dessert Roundup

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cakeMichael Schwartz's Meyer lemon pudding cake

Happy Valentine's Day, folks! In case you missed them, here are all of the totally sweet desserts we featured last week: Shuna Lydon’s Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread We'd be thrilled to receive a box of these floral and crumbly cookies in place of the run-of-the-mill bouquet. Michael Schwartz’s Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake This lofty, soufflé-like treat is a cinch to prepare, which means you can spend more time with your special someone.

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Recipe: Michael Schwartz's Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cake
No offense to heart-shaped boxes and molten chocolate cake, but this Valentine’s Day we’re looking to branch out on the dessert front. Thankfully, this pillowy Meyer lemon pudding cake from Miami’s Michael Schwartz has come to rescue us from cocoa overload. Sweeter and more fragrant than conventional supermarket types, Meyer lemons give this dessert an appealingly subtle tang. If you can’t find them, use regular lemons—the result will be just as wonderful.

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On the Menu: Our Labor Day Weekend Menu

labor day menuMarc Murphy's mini lobster rolls; Karen DeMasco's sweet corn budino with blueberries and cornmeal shortbread

As summer’s twilight looms, we’re testing the strength of our shopping bags by loading them up with ingredients for these tasty late-season recipes. This menu may not call for a piping hot grill, but it will still help you cope with the fact that another summer has come and gone. Chilled Carrot Soup With Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint This elegant dish is souped up (sorry, we can’t resist) with curry, sweet pistachios, and an unexpected dollop of clotted cream, making it one of the more cosmopolitan carrot purées we’ve seen.

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