Recipe: Stewed Octopus with Tomatoes

Stewed Octopus with San Marzano TomatoesThis simple and satisfying stew from New Jersey chef Michael Weisshaupt calls for canned tomatoes, but you could also try making your own chunky sauce with end-of-season tomatoes from the market. If you don't have the time, pick up a can of San Marzano plum tomatoes from Italy, which Weisshaupt favors. Get the recipe here.

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Market Haul: September 21, 2011

Market Haul
As the weather gets cooler, it becomes even harder to decide what to cook. Should we turn those Yukon gold potatoes into a creamy gratin or roast them alongside carrots and red onions? Add the fennel to aromatic wine-braised chicken thighs or serve it as a salad, sliced razor-thin and doused with lemon juice? Here are a few of the recipes we’re eyeing as we make these tough decisions.

The Haul: carrots, scallions, fennel, garlic chives, red onions, Yukon gold potatoes, green beans, and Golden Delicious and Gala apples

The Menu Ideas:

Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives, Lemon, and Fennel [LAT] Braised + crispy = the best of both worlds. Adapted from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc.

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Recipe Roundup: September 16, 2011

eggplantThe 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’ll be making over the course of the next week. Red Wine–Chocolate Cake [Smitten Kitchen] This irresistibly fudgy and boozy cake comes together very quickly. Assidat al-Boubar (Pumpkin Halvah) [Saveur] This luscious sweet-and-savory spread is making us eager for this fall's pumpkin harvest. Spicy Melon Salad [Lottie + Doof] Melon reveals its savory side in this Asian-inspired

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Recipe: Poached Black Cod with Sausage-Spiced Butter Sauce

Poached Black Cod with Sausage-Spiced Butter SauceThis elegant but easy seafood dish from chef John Newman of Newmans at 988 recently joined our regular rotation of weeknight meals. Black cod, which is also sold as sablefish, gently cooks in cream and wine, then gets doused in a rich butter sauce enlivened with bits of Italian sausage. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: September 9, 2011

peaches The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our new 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’ll be making over the course of the next week. Spicy Tomato Jam with Peaches [Delicious Days] Bottle up the best of summer with this chile-flecked jam. Pan-Seared Salmon with Cauliflower and Pine Nuts [Marcus Samuelsson] Zipped with curls of orange peel and a smattering of fresh herbs, the

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Recipe: Chilled Carrot Soup with Golden Raisins, Cashews, and Yogurt

Carrot Soup The abrupt change of weather has sent everyone scrambling for their Dutch ovens and stew recipes, but we're not ready to retire refreshing summer fare just yet. We're clinging to the last few weeks of the season with this elegant carrot soup from chef Clay Conley, redolent with Indian spices and finished with creamy yogurt and crisp cilantro. Get the recipe here.

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August's Best Recipes

Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice CreamNicholas Farina's fried peaches with cinnamon ice cream

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month:

Warm Sheep's Milk Feta with Apricot Tapenade If you can find it, use sheep's milk feta cheese in this unique starter from Israeli chef Erez Komarovsky. Its sweetness provides a strong foil to the puckery tartness of the roasted and dried apricots. Summer Ratatouille Bruschetta with Pecorino Yankee Stadium chef Kevin Harry rounds up the fleeting flavors of summer in this delicious recipe for classic bruschetta.

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Melting Pot-Inspired Labor Day Menu

Crispy Lamb Ribs with Sherry–Honey Glaze and Minted Yogurt Sauce Cap off the summer with a Labor Day menu that incorporates some of the country's most delicious culinary influences. Spicy Tomatillo Gazpacho with Naan Bite and Pickled Jicama Only in America would tomatillos, mint, naan, and green olives be combined in one extraordinary dish. Crispy Lamb Ribs with Sherry-Honey Glaze and Minted Yogurt Sauce These succulent ribs get a piquant and smoky finish from a dusting of

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Recipe: Grilled Achiote-Rubbed Red Snapper

Achiote-Rubbed Red Snapper If you’re looking to spice up your grilling repertoire, this vividly hued red snapper dish from Nicholas Farina won’t disappoint. Farina rubs the snapper’s firm flesh with achiote paste, a lively blend of annatto seed, vinegar, garlic, and spices that once belonged to the ancient Mayans. It then turns smoky-sweet on the grill, playing the perfect foil to its spicy marinade. Flounced by a colorful sauté of the season’s best vegetables, it’s best served family style, with lots of forks for digging in.

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Recipe Roundup: August 26, 2011

zucchiniThe blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our new 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’ll be making over the course of the next week. Zucchini Gratin with Salsa Verde [I Made That!] A step-by-step guide to cheesy, squash-filled goodness. Hazelnut–Plum Crumb Tart [Smitten Kitchen] This gorgeous, pink-stained tart boasts two layers of brown sugar crumble: one for the topping, the other for the crust, Flash-Cooked Curried Salmon [Mark Bittman] A Middle East-inspired dish

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