Recipe Roundup: Hibernation Food

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel

 

As the Longest Winter That Ever Was continues its icy reign throughout much of the country, we're spending a lot of time indoors. We mean: A LOT. And what better way to while away these seemingly endless dark and dreary days than by cooking up a (proverbial, please) storm? These five hibernation-friendly dishes are giving us the will to hang on until spring:

 

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

Serve this hearty, satisfying stew with spaetzle or egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

 

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel [Smitten Kitchen]

Not only will this cross between French toast casserole and tarte tatin give you a reason to get up in the morning, but it's also super easy to... Read more >

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A Pot of Beans

Recipe for White Bean and Sausage Stew

 

The ultimate cold-weather food? A big pot of beans bubbling on the stove. Add a loaf of crusty bread and a bowl of mixed greens and you've got a meal comforting enough to brighten even the dreariest of winter days. 

 

White Bean and Sausage Stew 

This simple and satisfying stew couldn't be easier to make. For an extra hit of flavor, throw a diced Parmesan rind in with the kale. 

 

Salumi-Braised Beans 

A crowd-pleasing, hearty dish made with four types of cured meat. 

 

Black Bean and Squash Soup ... Read more >

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10 Ways to Cook Kale Without Making Kale Salad

kale soup

 

Though it's hard to remember, there was a time when few of us had heard of kale salad. Back in those gastronomically prehistoric days, kale was, in fact, occasionally consumed in cooked form. And it was still delicious. If you've maxed out on raw greens, here are some alternative ways to prepare this celebrated superfood:

 

1. Serve it Greek-style: blanched, squeezed, chopped, and doused with olive oil and lemon juice. Top with a handful of crumbled feta: you won't regret it.

 

2. Throw it into a tangy, garlicky pasta sauce.

 

3. Add kale and other greens to a hearty, phenomenal, bean purée–thickened minestrone soup.

 

4. Blend it into a ... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: March 7, 2013

blood oranges

 

What are your weekend cooking plans? Here are the recipes we're eyeing to cure a case of the winter-that-just-won't-quit blues.

 

Blood Orange Margaritas [Smitten Kitchen]

This brilliantly hued, sweet-tart cocktail is an enticing alternative to hiding under the covers until spring.

 

Bulgur Maple Porridge [NYT]

There's only so much oatmeal a person can eat. A warm, nutty porridge of lightly sweetened bulgur topped with nuts and dried fruit is a welcome substitute.

 

Irish Lamb Stew [Simply Recipes]

For a slightly simpler preparation and meltingly tender results, ask your butcher to de-bone a leg of lamb and chop it into... Read more >

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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: Spring Soirée

Chris DiMinno's recipe for wild mushroom stew with egg yolk, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

There's nothing like the arrival of the first spring vegetables to inspire us to get back into the kitchen. Take your cue from the market and plan a menu featuring the best of the season's offerings.

 

Crispy Baby Artichokes with Lemon Aïoli
Deep-fried to a light golden crisp and served with a tangy mayonnaise, these artichokes are addictive.

 

Wild Mushroom Stew with Egg Yolk
Chris DiMinno's hearty stew is made with the first mushrooms that peek out of the earth in spring.

 

Tom Colicchio's Spring Pasta
This rustic ravioli is filled with chervil-... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Chinese New Year Celebration

Jasmine Tea Sorbet


Ring in the Year of the Dragon next week with this festive Chinese feast. Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls Chef Lon Symensma, formerly of NYC's Buddakan, serves these spring rolls with zesty Chinese mustard. Home-Style Oxtail Stew Chinese comfort food from chef Lawrence Chu. Pair the tender, braised meat with plenty of rice or noodles. Chinese Grocery Roast Pork Serve this succulent roast pork over stir-fried cabbage. Jasmine Tea Sorbet Though not a traditional Chinese dessert, this fragrant jasmine sorbet is the

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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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September's Best Recipes

Carrot Soup
 

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

Chilled Carrot Soup with Golden Raisins, Cashews, and Yogurt Seek out pure, Indian-style chile powder to use in this pleasantly spiced and lush soup.

Stewed Octopus with Tomatoes Made with baby octopus and a handful of other ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen, this one-pot stew is a delicious and satisfying weeknight meal.

Poached Black Cod with Sausage-Spiced... Read more >

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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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