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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Tomato Recipes

tomatoes Tomato season is in full bloom, and we’re getting our hands on as many of the red, green, yellow, or purple fruits while we can. We’ve compiled some of our favorite ways to prepare these bulbous beauties. A Perfect Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich Can the classic BLT really be improved? Jennifer McLagan, who smears her sandwich with a mouthwatering bacon fat mayonnaise, just might convince us. Beefsteak Tomato and Onion Salad A simple salad for those who think a tomato is best unadorned. Bucatini with Green Tomato

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The Bookshelf: How to Get a Good Tomato

 

Multiple JBF Award–winning writer Barry Estabrook recently won a 2011 JBF Journalism Award for his blog, politicsoftheplate.com, but it’s his new book, Tomatoland, about how industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit—and how it can be saved—that has been making headlines. Here, he tells us how to get the best tomatoes anytime of year.

 

Grow your own
Any spot that gets sunshine will do: balcony, patio, deck, or yard. Containers, potting mix, and seedlings are all you need to produce weeks of great-tasting tomatoes.

 

Buy Local
The closer a tomato is grown to your kitchen, the better it will be. The next best options can be found at your farmers’ market. Typically, a farmers’ market tomato has been picked fully ripe a day or two earlier. Supermarket tomatoes are frequently picked green, are gassed with ethylene to turn them red, and have a shelf life of... Read more >

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November's Best Recipes

November recipes from the James Beard Foundation Here are our recipe tester's favorite recipes from the past month: Apple–Fennel Butter This autumnal condiment from Jonathan Bennett has a way of winding up on anything we're making. Ham Hock–Tomato Stew Jose Garces is often seen showing off his bag of culinary tricks on Iron Chef, but this hearty dish, which he'll prepare at his upcoming Beard House dinner, gets its magic from the simple art of the braise. Savory Cranberry Bread Pudding While we originally suggested this side for

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Recipe: Jose Garces's Ham Hock and Tomato Stew

Jose Garces's Ham Hock and Tomato StewFor this hearty and flavorful stew, JBF Award winner and Iron Chef Jose Garces takes smoked ham hocks—the tough cuts of pork located between the leg and foot—and simmers them for hours in a spicy, tomato-rich base.

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Recipe: Chilled Tomato Soup

Chilled Heirloom Tomato SoupThis crisp and bright tomato soup from Benoit’s Pierre Schaedelin was a huge hit at Chefs & Champagne—and it will be a huge hit at home once you see how easy it is to make. We recommend using heirloom tomatoes: the soup’s heat-free preparation will preserve the knockout flavor of those bulbous beauties.

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