Recipes: Thanksgivukkah

Celery Root Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Celery Leaves

 

We certainly weren't the first to coin the name for this year's convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, a magical overlap that hasn't happened in about a century. But could we resist the culinary and journalistic impulse to capitalize on a new holiday? No, no we could not. Because if there is an opportunity to eat stuffing and latkes on the same day, you better believe we're going to go for it. So without further ado, a sample menu to help you gastronomically merge these two joyous occasions: 

 

Celery Root Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Celery Leaves 

If we learned anything from watching Seinfeld, it's that Jews love soup. And so do Americans. Here's your first course. 

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Soup's On

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

 

Nothing brightens a cold November day like a big pot of soup bubbling away on the stove. Here are some of the recipes we return to every winter:

 

White Bean and Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil

Luxuriously creamy and oh-so-simple, this aromatic soup is perfect for winter.

 

Spicy Tomato and Chipotle Soup with Calamari and Chorizo Sausage

This deeply flavored soup comes together in less than half an hour. Be careful not to overcook the calamari so it stays tender.

 

Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon

A tart, Syrian-inspired version of lentil soup that's delicious served with crusty bread.... Read more >

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A Cozy Fall Supper

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing

 

Now that it's finally cool enough to turn on the oven, we can't wait to get back in the kitchen. Celebrate autumn with a hearty meal inspired by the season's best offerings.

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed Mousse
No ordinary squash soup, this luxurious version is enriched with crème fraîche and truffle honey and topped with a dollop of pumpkin seed-flecked whipped cream.

 

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing
Drizzle a garlicky dressing over autumnal greens and sweet, caramelized root vegetables for a hearty side dish.

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Recipe Roundup: Summer Soups

Matthew Jennings's recipe Chilled Young Carrot Soup with Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Chilled soup is a staple in our kitchen this time of year: it's easy to make, endlessly versatile, and an ideal showcase for our favorite seasonal ingredients. Paired with a loaf of crusty bread and a hunk of good cheese, any of these recipes would make a perfect summer supper.

 

Chilled Sorrel Soup with Jonah Crab Salad and Jerusalem Artichokes

Michael Lomonaco tames tart sorrel with sweet crab and Jerusalem artichokes in this cool, creamy soup.

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Recipe: Peanut Soup with Grilled Peaches

Recipe for Peanut Soup with Grilled Peaches, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Customers may flock to Chicago's Lillie's Q with its superlative barbecue in mind, but they soon discover that there's also plenty to like about chef Charlie McKenna's refined interpretations of classic Southern comfort foods. We love his lightened take on peanut soup, a recipe with roots in Colonial Virginia. Peanut soup is typically served hot, but McKenna's version is thoroughly chilled. He lifts the soup's flavor with a drizzle of reduced sugarcane vinegar, then garnishes the dish with grill-stamped peaches, scallions, and toasted peanuts.

 

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Recipe: Corn Bisque with Crema

 

Grilled ears of corn, caked in butter, lime juice, and chili powder, are one of summer's greatest, messiest backyard treats. But for gatherings that merit food with more finesse, Brian Roche of Boston's Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar has translated that winning Mexican formula into an elegant bisque. He keeps the ingredient list short, letting the corn's flavor sing loud and clear. The recipe does call for a good pinch of sugar, but if you're using corn that's especially sweet, you may not even need it.

 

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November's Best Recipes

Marc Forgione's

 

Here are our recipe tester's favorite recipes from November:

 

Red Cabbage Soup with Crispy Guanciale, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Grapes

Grape season is over, but nevermind: there's still plenty to like about this hearty, Italian-inspired soup. 

 

Wild Mushroom, Shoyu, and Goat Cheese Truffles

An umami-rich center of goat cheese and soy sauce lurks in these panko-crusted fritters.

 

Poached Pears with Bitters–Almond Ice Cream and Caramel

Marc Forgione borrows a bottle of Angostura bitters from behind the... Read more >

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Recipe: Red Cabbage Soup with Crispy Guanciale, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Grapes

Recipe for Red Cabbage Soup with Crispy Guanciale, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Grapes, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

"In this dish we have a surprising group of fall friends," says Kim Brookmire, whose fiancé and fellow chef, Lorenzo Polegri, found the inspiration for this comforting soup in a family recipe. "The purple and thick red cabbage, the pungent, chlorophyll-rich extra virgin olive oil, and the last grapes of the season, probably a little shrunken and sleepy. It’s a good soup to prepare on a lazy morning, one of those frosty autumn mornings." We'll wager that it's just as delicious for dinner.

 

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