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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Market Haul: March 29

turnips

It's the last CSA box of the winter season and we plan to make the most of it. This week's haul included lots of root vegetables plus just enough greenhouse greens and crunchy radishes and cabbage to make a few crave-worthy winter salads.

The Haul: watermelon radish, red kale, scallions, kohlrabi, Russet potatoes, Napa cabbage, celery root, rutabaga, carrots

The Menu Ideas:

Farro Salad with Roasted Rutabaga, Ricotta Salata, and Hazelnuts [NYT]
We make a variation of this salad at least once a month during the winter months. It's endlessly adaptable--try it with roasted squash, feta, and walnuts, or toss in a handful of dried cranberries for an extra bite of sweetness.

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Recipe: White Bean and Sausage Stew

White Bean and Sausage Stew

Recently prepared at the Beard House by Georgia-based chef Michael Bologna

, this stick-to-your ribs stew will keep you toasty during this spell of gripping cold weather. And since it's packed with loads of nutrient-dense kale, it's also New-Year's-resolution loyal. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Thanksgiving Leftovers

turkey sandwich We had so much fun last year coming up with ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers that we thought we’d revisit the topic with a list of some of the best leftover-loving recipes out there. David Chang’s Soy-Braised Turkey, Mashed Potato Spring Rolls, Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Mint [F&W] Indian-Spiced Turkey Lentil Soup, Cranberry-

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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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JBF News: Win DBGB Sausages and Beer

Daniel BouludOne of the most enthusiastically received restaurants to open this year, Daniel Boulud’s DBGB anchors hearty brasserie cuisine within the edgy spirit of New York’s Lower East Side. With a menu that encourages sharing, an energetic ambiance, and the seemingly infinite beer selection, it’s the perfect venue for a large and lively get-together. And now, as part of our online auction, you can win the ultimate DBGB fête! The winning bidder will enjoy an unforgettable evening with 13 friends at the restaurant’s private Kitchen Table, complete with a three-course dinner featuring delicious housemade sausages and sommelier-selected craft beers. Click here to view all the package details.

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