December 2008

Reported by href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97383196" target="_blank">NPR and href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/dining/10appe.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=luxury%20on%20sale%20lobster&st=cse" target="_blank">The New York Times, lobster prices are at an all-time low

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Lobster Stew

December 23, 2008

Adapted from Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. Not quite a bisque because it’s made with a lot less cream. Serves 8 3 c. lobster meat, removed and cut into bite-size bits (keep lobster shells for stock) 6 Tbls. good olive oil 6 Tbls. unsalted butter, at room temperature […]

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Sweet Potato Latkes

December 19, 2008

There are other kinds of latkes besides plain potato. We like this spicy version. The recipe makes about 12 pancakes. 2 large sweet potato, peeled and coarsely grated 1/2 c. white flour 1 tsp. baking powder dash cayenne pepper 2 tsp. curry powder 1 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. kosher salt freshly ground black pepper […]

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A super-simple custard dessert from Mark Bittman’s The Minimalist Entertains. Serves 8 1 1/2 c. milk 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 c. heavy cream 1 1/2 c. pureed pumpkin, squash or sweet potato 3/4 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon Put 1/2 c. of milk in a medium-large saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over it. […]

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Heirloom Bean Chili

December 17, 2008

Cumin, chile powder and smoky chipotles give this chili a kick. 2 c. black beans (or try Rancho Gordo’s Pebbles) 2 Tbls. olive oil 2 c. onions, diced 1 Tbls. garlic, minced 1 tomato, diced 2 bay leaves 2 tsp. crushed cumin seeds 1 tsp. ground red chile 6 c. water 1 or 2 dried […]

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Adapted from The Minimalist Entertains by Mark Bittman. Serves 8 3 lbs. boneless lamb, from the shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-in. chunks 1/2 shallots, peeled (cut in half- or even in quarters – if they are large) 1 3/4 lbs. very small new potatoes, washed (if they are larger, cut in half) Salt and freshly […]

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This melted sauce is a wonderful shortcut for entertaining. This was taught to us by Kenny, a professional chef; he didn’t want us to know this trick was up his sleeve. Melt a few scoops of real vanilla ice cream on the stovetop or in your microwave. Drizzle it over lavish lava cakes or as […]

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This recipe was recently published in The New York Times. It makes a delicious vegetarian main dish or side to a fuller meal. It is also excellent reheated the next day. Serves 6 3 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and […]

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Winter Nourishment

December 10, 2008

There are times of the year when certain foods assume prominence. If we make the connection between season and food, this makes perfect sense. Meat is a winter food that helps the body store nutrients. During the winter, our bodies actively store fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Our families love meatballs; here is a healthier […]

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This dish has many variations. Serve with stewed tomatoes and garlicky kale for a simple weekday meal, serve plain, topped with yogurt as a delicious party appetizer, or eat cold the next day while standing at the fridge. Meatballs 1 lb. ground turkey 1/4 lb. ground pork 1 onion, very finely diced 1 egg 1/4 […]

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