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The reserved watermelon flesh from the Pickled Watermelon Rind is perfect for this recipe.
Inspiration for these spicy herbed nuts goes to the late author Lori Colwin, who shared her rosemary walnut recipe with Gourmet magazine many years ago. Every time I make these, they disappear faster than any other nibble.
The flavors of the vinaigrette are mirrored in the marinade, so there's a double dose of the refreshing combination of the lemon and mint.
The earthy flavor of fall vegetables is a delicious addition to the dinner table.
Taylor Boetticher, founder of the Napa charcuterie company Fatted Calf, roasts this bone-in pork loin the best way possible: by cutting the loin off the rib bones (which any butcher should be able to do), rubbing the meat with a bright mix of fresh herbs and garlic, then tying the bones back on. The ribs themselves help to keep the meat moist in the oven. They also become especially crisp and succulent; pass them alongside the roast for guests to eat with their hands.
Prep: 10 min., Cook: 5 min., Chill: 30 min., Freeze: 6 hr.
This simple gravy is all you’ll need to take your roasted turkey from good to great. Game plan: This recipe requires the roasting pan (with the drippings) of a just-roasted turkey. To make the gravy without the bird, follow the technique in our Smoked Turkey recipe, omitting the pan juices. This recipe was featured as part of our Thanksgiving for Beginners menu.
Many of us are in love with good old roast lamb with all the trimmings ? mint sauce, roast potatoes, you know the story! But life is too short to be eating the same thing all the time, so I wanted to show you a fantastic, classic Italian way of cooking lamb with eggplants. The lamb bit is dead simple; what I want you to concentrate on is the seasoning of the eggplants and you?ll be laughing.
Chervil’s delicate anise flavor pairs with butter and fleur de sel to add richness to spring’s first baby potatoes. What to buy: Chervil is available at gourmet grocery stores and farmers’ markets. If you can’t find it, substitute a mixture of Italian parsley and tarragon. Fleur de sel is a hand-harvested sea salt that is moister than other salts and has a nice crunch and a distinct mineral taste—all qualities that stand out in this dish. It can be found at gourmet grocery stores.
The Bordelaise-style sauce is made with red wine and beef broth, along with mushrooms and seasonings. Use a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer to keep a close eye on this roast's temperature.
While the yeasty pizza dough rises, prepare the savory topping.
Time: 25 minutes. With pasta added, this gives a nice twist to the typical Greek salad. Be sure to use good-quality feta cheese, as it really makes a difference in flavor and creaminess.
Randy Zweiban of Chicago’s Nacional 27 gave us this recipe. He serves it as a part of his Cuban Christmas menu, but it’s great anytime of year. What to buy: Calabaza is also called West Indian pumpkin and can be found in some specialty produce markets. Canned pumpkin is a fine substitute.
This pot au feu recipe is a classic French comfort dish. It takes the better part of an afternoon to prepare, but is low maintenance and makes the house smell absolutely wonderful. No doubt it’s the perfect recipe to use when entertaining guests. Cook’s note: The addition of cloves and cinnamon give this pot au feu a complex, yet very subtle, flavor.
Parsnip and pancetta together are slightly unusual but make a bloody good combo. Since discovering how well they work I've been using them in soups, risottos, roasts and casseroles.
You don't have to worry about eating uncooked eggs with this recipe for Key Lime Pie.
This recipe for tulumbe is a very sweet and popular dessert in the Balkans. The batter is similar to a French pate a choux dough, and the appearance is similar to an unfilled, unglazed eclair. Tulumbe are traditionally fried and then soaked in simple syrup overnight. I prefer to bake mine as I've done here. Here's a larger photo of tulumbe. Makes about 12 Balkan Tulumbe Pastries
Mario Batali loves to drizzle giant, juicy T-bone steaks with a peppery olive oil just before serving.
Because of the contrast between the tart cranberries and sugary coating, the flavor of this snack pops in your mouth. The berries are steeped in hot sugar syrup to tame their tangy bite. When entertaining, serve these in place of nuts. For gift-giving, package in parchment-lined tins. Present with a small bottle of the reserved cranberry cooking syrup for the recipient to use as a cocktail mixer. If you can't find superfine sugar, make your own by processing granulated sugar in a food processor for a minute.
Chestnuts, in season through February, are perennially associated with the holidays. Bottled chestnuts are a time-saver.
Nothing tastes better than homemade whipped cream. For unique flavor, try this maple cinnamon whipped cream recipe as a perfect topper for holiday pies, beignets, and pastries. For a special treat, use it on coffee or brioche for a sweet, flavorful breakfast.
Time: 20 minutes. What a crowd-pleaser: This combination of warm, tangy cheese, aromatic honey, and salty nuts is ridiculously delicious and addictive. Even better, the dish takes just a few minutes to make. Wine Pairing: Foxen Chenin Blanc 2007 (Santa Maria Valley).
Fluffy herb-flecked dumplings, tender vegetables, and rich dark-meat chicken combine in this soul-satisfying classic. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.
Dark, leafy greens like kale are incredibly good for you, so don't feel guilty about the bacon!
Making a good bolognese sauce is a labor of love. Sure we could just add some hamburger to a tomato sauce and call it good (and we often do!), but sometimes we really want that silky, deeply-flavored sauce that can only come from all-day cooking...
The classic combination of rich peanut butter and milk chocolate in this no-bake dessert evokes a favorite childhood candy, but its grown-up size and delicate texture will make your guests feel like sophisticated trick-or-treaters. Crushed graham crackers pressed into a tart pan form the easy-to-make crust, followed by a layer of thick chocolate ganache. The sweet peanut butter filling, whisked to a fluffy consistency, is topped with dollops of whipped cream and garnished with chocolate shavings.
For more tender zucchini, leave slices in the pan an extra 1 minute on each side. When the flesh starts to look translucent, the zucchini is done.
Germans don’t cook very many turkeys, for festive occasions it’s goose or duck. We don’t see the Christmas goose very often anymore, which is a shame because it is so simple to make. Like other fowl, onions, thyme and fruit are great seasoning choices. This recipe makes 4 servings and gravy. Larger photo
Our fresh ricotta is so easy to prepare, you'll want to use it all the time. It's cooked in the microwave and takes less than 15 minutes.
Dense, bone-in chicken leg quarters benefit from long, slow cooking over indirect heat. The less intense heat also prevents the sweet glaze from burning. Customize the glaze according to what you have on hand; try pineapple preserves or apple jelly in place of mango jam, for example, or hot pepper sauce instead of Sriracha. Serve with a simple slaw of cabbage, carrots, lime juice, and sugar.
Jeremy Wolf never makes these burgers the same way twice, but he always seasons them with Dijon mustard and soy sauce. He serves them on toasted artisan-style bread with spinach leaves, sliced tomato, and more mustard.
, I found some duck legs. What a treasure! Most frozen meat, including duck legs from an unknown date, is best slated for a stew or sauce, so duck ragu called out to me. I made it Thursday night, let it sit in its own juices Friday, then served it to a hungry crowd on Saturday night. I snapped that photo on the first take — but not on the first glass of wine — only to discover later it didn't show enough sauce! Trust me, this is a saucy one.
This cake is best made using a food processor, as you can simply add everything and blitz it up together, but you can easily make it by hand if you buy ground almonds and grate the chocolate into the mix. Like most desserts, this isn?t exactly the healthiest thing in the world, but it?s absolutely gorgeous. Just make sure you enjoy it as it?s meant to be enjoyed ?a special treat every now and then
Most children adore chicken nuggets. This healthful version begins with a soak in buttermilk to tenderize the lean meat and make it juicy.
This easy casserole is best served hot and fluffy right from the oven. It will fall a little flatter as it cools, but is no less delicious.
Approaching tuna-melt perfection, Tommy Habetz's sandwiches have the ideal tuna-to-cheese ratio. His smart idea: using balsamic vinaigrette in place of mayonnaise.
Hot ears of fresh corn rolled in chilled chive butter are the perfect companion to any grilled burger.
This recipe can be applied to any size of flat fish. Out of all the soles, lemon sole is the most widely available and generally good value for money. This method of cooking is really quick and easy and I would recommend serving the whole tray at the table with a big bowl of new potatoes, a mixed salad and some crisp white wine.
You can keep the polenta warm over very low heat for up to 30 minutes; stir in a little water or milk if it gets too thick. Have a guest serve the polenta while you're carving the lamb.
The difference with this recipe for Apple Brown Betty is that it is made with fresh bread crumbs and not a oat/granola topping.
Smoked turkey stands in for corned beef in this lightened variation of a deli favorite. Serve with a pickle wedge and chips.
The Garbo Gargle is one of a variety of cocktails named for film luminaries. Movie stars have celebrated the merits of the cocktail as well as lamented its abuses. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire helped to immortalize the cocktail. The first words Greta Garbo uttered on screen were “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby.” Asked about how she was mixed up in a delicate situation, Mae West replied, “Like an olive in a dry martini.” These celebrities all have cocktails named after them. Thinking about those who played alcoholics in movies, however, there is no Ray Milland, Jack Lemmon, or Nicolas Cage, which shows that it pays to be respectful to your cocktail on screen. Game plan: To float liquid in a cocktail, place the tip of a spoon perpendicular to the inside edge of the glass, turn the curve of the spoon toward the ceiling, and slightly angle the spoon downward. Slowly pour the liquid to be floated down the spoon toward the inside of the glass and, so long as the liquid is less dense than the other liquids in the glass, it will float atop the other liquids.
This easy recipe for Czech black-and-white cookies or linecke testo dvoubarevne (lih-NETS-keh TAYS-toh dvaw-oo-bah-RREV-nay) can be made into zavitky (pinwheel), sachovnice (checkerboard), kolecka s obrouckou (wheel), rezy ze cytr pruhu (square), and salam (salami) shapes. These mildly sweet cookies are often served at Christmas when they become part of vanocni cukrovi (vah-NAWTCH-nee koo-KRAW-vee) or Christmas sweets. They look best if left light with just a little browining around the edges. Here's a larger black-and-white cookies photo. And here's how to make checkerboards.
Prep: 15 min., Chill: 4 hr., Grill: 25 min. Depending on where you live in the South, it may be 85° on January 1 or chilly. If it's the latter, our team says to "bundle up, and do it." The results are worth a brief shiver.
We bet that after one taste of this rich, creamy King Ranch casserole recipe, you'll be hooked too. It also travels well, making it a great choice to take to a covered-dish dinner.
, I was in the mood for a savory pie. I had some stew meat in the fridge, some red wine, some vegetables, and a bag of frozen artichoke hearts. An idea formulated!