WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: For financiers with complex almond flavor and contrasting textures, we started by spraying a mini-muffin tin with baking spray with flour. The flour in the spray helped the sides of the cakes rise along with the center, preventing doming. We then stirred together almond flour, sugar, all-purpose flour, and egg whites. We opted for granulated sugar, which doesn’t totally dissolve in the egg whites, to ensure a pleasantly coarse texture. Once these ingredients were whisked together, it was just a matter of stirring in nutty browned butter and baking the cakes.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: When developing our cream of tomato soup recipe, we found that good-quality, straight-from-the-can diced tomatoes were good, but not quite good enough. We got a more robust tomato flavor for our tomato soup recipe by using a technique known for intensifying flavor: caramelization. We roasted whole canned tomatoes, first sprinkling them with brown sugar to induce caramelization. The ultimate difference in flavor was extraordinary, and because the rest of the soup could be prepared while the tomatoes roasted, we were able to keep stovetop time down to 20 minutes. 2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes (not packed in puree), drained, 3 cups juice reserved, tomatoes seeded
1½ tablespoons dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large shallots, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste Pinch ground allspice
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1¾ cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry cayenne pepper
Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees; line jelly-roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with foil.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: To make risotto that features truly vibrant corn flavor, we started by blending 3 cups of fresh corn kernels with a little water and the pulpy “milk” we scraped from the cobs to yield a supersweet, bright-tasting puree that infused the rice with corn flavor. Adding the puree near the end of cooking preserved its freshness. The puree also contributed extra liquid as well as naturally occurring cornstarch: The liquid loosened up the risotto to an appropriately fluid consistency (called “all’onda” in Italian), and the cornstarch gelled and acted like a sauce, making the dish especially creamy. Instead of adding the traditional white wine, which overwhelmed the corn’s flavor, we stirred in crème fraîche. The cultured dairy added much subtler acidity, and its flavor and richness underscored the risotto’s creamy, luxurious profile.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: We developed our free-form tart recipe as a quick alternative to pie. For the flakiest pastry, we turned to a French technique in pastry making called fraisage, in which the dough is smeared with the heel of your hand, spreading the butter pieces into long, thin streaks between skeletal layers of flour and water. The dough is then lifted up and back over the fruit (the center of the tart remains exposed) and loosely pleated to allow for shrinkage. The bright summer fruit needed only the simple addition of sugar, 3 to 5 tablespoons depending on the type of fruit. DOUGH
¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (3 3/4 ounces), plus additional for work surface
¼ teaspoon table salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 – 3 tablespoons water (ice cold)
2 medium peaches, nectarines, apricots, or plums
½ cup berries (about 1/4 dry pint)
2 – 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ tablespoon granulated sugar for sprinkling
NOTE: The amount of water that the dough will require depends on the ambient humidity; in a dry environment, it may need more water, in a humid environment, less.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: We started with a simple stir-together dough of bread flour, salt, yeast, and warm water; the warm water jump-started yeast activity so that the crumb was open and light. Instead of kneading the dough, we let it rest overnight in the refrigerator. During this rest, the dough’s gluten strengthened enough for the crust to support the toppings but still have a tender crumb. Baking the pie in a generously oiled cast-iron skillet “fried” the outside of the crust. We also moved the skillet to the stove for the last few minutes of cooking to crisp up the underside of the crust.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Butter basting, a technique that involves repeatedly spooning sizzling butter over food as it cooks, is great for mild, lean, flaky fish such as cod, haddock, or snapper. The butter helps cook the top of the fillet as the skillet heats the bottom, allowing you to flip the fish only once and early in the cooking process—before the flesh has become too fragile—so it stays intact. Throughout the process, the nutty, aromatic butter, which we enhanced with thyme sprigs and crushed garlic cloves, bathed the mild fish in savory flavor. We alternated basting with direct- heat cooking on the burner, taking the temperature of the fish so we knew exactly when the fillets were done.
2 (6 ounces) skinless cod fillets, about 1 inch thick
½ teaspoon kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: To make a smooth guacamole without relying on the coarse surface of a molcajete, a three-legged Mexican mortar made of volcanic rock, we minced the onion and chile by hand with kosher salt; the coarse crystals broke down the aromatics, releasing their juices and flavors and transforming them into a paste that was easy to combine with the avocado and other ingredients. (The salt will also help the aromatics break down in a regular mortar and pestle.) A bit of lime zest added further brightness without acidity. We used a whisk to mix and mash the avocado into the paste, creating a creamy but still chunky dip. Chopped tomato and cilantro added fruity flavor and freshness.
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
¼ teaspoon grated lime zest plus 1 1/2–2 tablespoons juice
3 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 plum tomato, cored, seeded, and cut into 1/8-inch dice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Place onion, serrano, 1 teaspoon salt, and lime zest on cutting board and chop until very finely minced.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Vietnam’s bò lúc la ̆ c, or shaking beef, combines savory stir-fried beef and a peppery, crisp watercress salad. We used sirloin steak tips (aka flap meat) for their beefy flavor and pleasant chewy texture. We first marinated the meat in a mixture of soy sauce, fish sauce, and molasses and then reserved the marinade to make the glaze. We coated the meat with oil (to prevent splattering) and then cooked it in two batches to give it ample room in the skillet. True to the dish’s name, we shook and
stirred the beef to develop good browning and to deglaze the skillet, which prevented the fond from burning.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Pineapple-Red Onion Salsa
SERVES 4 TO 6
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: To produce pork tenderloin with a rich crust and a tender, juicy interior, we used a half-grill fire and seared the roast on the hotter side of the grill. This allowed the exterior to develop flavorful browning before the interior was cooked through. Then we moved the meat to the cooler side of the grill to finish cooking gently. Seasoning the meat with a mixture of salt, cumin, and chipotle chile powder added smoky, savory flavor, and a touch of sugar encouraged browning. To add bright flavor and make the most of the fire, we grilled pineapple and red onion and, while the cooked pork rested, combined them with cilantro, a serrano chile, lime juice, and a bit of reserved spice mixture to make a quick salsa.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: For a tender cake with a fine, plush texture, we started by using bleached cake flour. Its altered starch is more absorbent than the starch in unbleached flour, so it can accommodate more liquid, sugar, and fat (we use butter for flavor and vegetable oil for moistness) without collapsing under the extra weight. We combined the ingredients using the reverse-creaming method: First we mixed the dry ingredients—flour, sugar, leavener, and salt—with the fat, and then we beat in the eggs and liquid ingredients. Only a small amount of air was incorporated during mixing, resulting in a superfine texture. For a frosting that would hold its shape even in warm weather, we whipped up a modified American buttercream.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Smashed burgers share the same thin, verging- on-well-done profile and all-American array of condiments as typical fast-food burgers, but their big selling point is an ultrabrown, crispy crust. We used commercial ground beef instead of grinding our own because the former is ground finer and thus exposes more myosin, a sticky meat protein that helps the patties hold together when they are smashed. Using a small saucepan to press straight down on the meat ensured that it spread and stuck uniformly to the skillet (instead of shrinking as it cooked), which helped guarantee deep browning. We made two smaller patties at a time instead of one larger one because they fit nicely inside a burger bun. Sandwiching an ultramelty slice of Kraft American cheese between the two patties helped the cheese melt thoroughly and seep into the meat almost like a rich, salty cheese sauce would.
This week on Simply Ming, Chef Tsai cooks up two versions of Okonomiyaki/Japanese Pizza. First a delicious Smoked Salmon, Crispy Fennel, Okonomiyake, and then a Vegan Okonomiyake made with rice flour, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage and seasoned with garlic and fresh ginger. To cool things down, he mixes a refreshing Cucumber-Mint Saketini for himself, and a Cucumber-Mint Spritzer for Henry.
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Seafood Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizza)
Gluten-Free Vegan Okonomiyaki
By Ming Tsai
2 ounces Sake
1 ounce vodka
3 mint leaves and 1 for garnish
2 slices and some julienne English cucumbers
Pre-chill a martini glass.
In a shaker filled with ice, add the sake, vodka and cucumber slices. Shake. Strain in chilled martini glass. Garnish with cucumber julienne.
The James Beard and Emmy-nominated public television series Simply Ming is now in its eighteenth season. Simply Ming season 18 takes cooking at home to a whole new level. Award-winning host Chef Ming Tsai opens the door to his home kitchen as he and his son, Henry Tsai, prepare delicious and easy to follow recipes. This week on Simply Ming, Chef Tsai prepares bok choy, two ways, with his son Henry as his sous chef. First is a flavorful casserole–Red Roast chicken with baby bok choy and sweet potatoes spiced up with red wine, Thai bird chilis, and star anise.
Pan Seared Salmon Steaks with Tarragon Chimichurri
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: In this recipe, we prepared salmon steaks in a way that encouraged a well-browned, crisp crust; promoted even cooking; and delivered a beautiful presentation. Deboning and then tying each steak into a round produced a structurally sound parcel that cooked evenly and resulted in two large surfaces on which to develop a well-browned crust. A light coating of cornstarch enhanced the crispness of the crust. Salmon
Salt and pepper
4 (8- to 10-ounce) salmon steaks 3/4 to 1 inch thick
¼ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil Lemon wedges
½ cup minced fresh parsley
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
FOR SALMON STEAKS: Dissolve 1/4 cup salt in 2 quarts cold water in large container. Submerge salmon in brine and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Our version of pan bagnat, a classic Provençal sandwich that shares many of the same ingredients as salade niçoise, features a crusty baguette packed with high-quality jarred tuna, olives, capers, tomatoes, hard-cooked eggs, fresh herbs, and a mustardy vinaigrette. We used a large baguette, which offered enough surface area to accommodate the filling, and removed the inner crumb from the bottom half of the loaf to create a trough that provided more space. Processing the olives, capers, anchovies, and herbs into a coarse “salad” helped those components hold together, and applying the salad in two layers in the sandwich distributed its assertive flavors. To control the bread’s moisture absorption, we brushed the cut surfaces with olive oil, which helped waterproof it. Stirring the vinaigrette into the olive salad thickened the dressing so that it didn’t oversaturate the crumb, and we also thoroughly drained the tuna and tomato slices to remove much of their liquid.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Butter chicken (murgh makhani) should taste rich and creamy but also vibrant and complex, so we started by softening lots of onion, garlic, ginger, and chile in butter followed by aromatic spices such as garam masala, coriander, cumin, and black pepper. Instead of chopped or crushed tomatoes, we opted for a hefty portion of tomato paste and water, which lent the sauce bright acidity, punch, and deep color without making it too liquid-y. A full cup of cream gave the sauce lush, velvety body, and we finished it by whisking in a couple more tablespoons of solid butter for extra richness. To imitate the deep charring produced by a tandoor oven, we broiled chicken thighs coated in yogurt (its milk proteins and lactose brown quickly and deeply) before cutting them into chunks and stirring them into the sauce. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and chilled, divided
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Chicken schnitzel is defined by thin, tender, juicy cutlets coated in a fine, wrinkly crust that puffs away from the meat during frying. Halving and pounding chicken breasts ¼ inch thick ensured that they were tender and delicate. Fine store-bought bread crumbs held in place by an egg wash formed a compact crust, and adding oil to the eggs made the coating slightly elastic. A large Dutch oven filled with just 2 cups of oil meant there was plenty of headspace when agitating the pot, so the oil washed over the cutlets without spilling. Bathing the cutlets in oil quickly set the crust so that the breading trapped steam, which then caused the coating to puff away from the meat.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: In the best renditions of this Greek meat and macaroni casserole, the components—tubular pasta, ground meat and tomato sauce, and a plush blanket of bechamel—are impressively stratified. We started by treating ground beef with baking soda before cooking, which altered its chemistry and made it better able to hold on to moisture. We skipped the usual browning steps to avoid toughening the meat’s exterior, which also saved time. Cinnamon, oregano, dried mint, and paprika made the flavor profile distinctly Greek. A minimal amount of red wine plus lots of tomato paste added brightness and savoriness.
Greek White Bean Soup (Fasolada)
Start to finish: 1 hour 30 minutes | Servings: 6
Dried cannellini beans that are soaked before cooking yield a full-flavored soup and creamy, silky-textured beans. To soak the beans, in a large bowl stir together 2 quarts water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Add the beans, let soak at room temperature for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours, then drain well. Canned beans work in a pinch; see instructions below. We do as we were taught in Greece and use extra-virgin olive oil to give the soup a little body and fruity, peppery richness throughout; vigorously whisking in a few tablespoons before serving, rather than just drizzling it on, does the trick. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days; reheat in a saucepan over low, adding water as needed to thin the consistency.
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Filipino Chicken Adobo with Coconut Broth
Start to finish: 1 hour 45 minutes | Servings: 4
A hefty dose of rice vinegar blended with soy sauce and aromatics gave this Filipino dish its characteristic bright flavor and made for a potent marinade. The coconut milk tended to burn under the broiler, so we added it toward the end. If you can’t find bird’s eye chilies (sometimes called Thai chilies), any small chili will do. Stir the coconut milk thoroughly before measuring it. Look for chicken thighs that are uniform in size; if some are smaller than others, begin to check them early and remove them as they come up to temperature.
The name of this Vietnamese dish refers to the way cooks shake the pan while the beef cooks. We, however, prefer to minimize the meat’s movement so the pieces achieve a nice dark, flavor-building sear. Sirloin tips (also called flap meat) or tri-tip are excellent cuts for this recipe—both are meaty, tender and reasonably priced (many recipes for shaking beef call for pricier beef tenderloin). If you can find baby watercress, use a 4-ounce container in place of the regular watercress; baby cress has a particularly peppery bite that pairs well with the beef. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: For a bright, flavorful fish tagine, we started by salting chunks of cod to season the flesh and help it retain moisture. We coated the fish in chermoula, a flavorful herb-spice paste of cilantro, garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne, lemon juice, and olive oil, just before cooking to season its exterior. Softening bell pepper, onion, and carrot before adding the tomatoes and fish ensured that the vegetables would be soft and tender by the time the fish was cooked through. Preserved lemon and olives added acidity, complexity, and salty punch to the broth. To produce moist, flaky cod, we turned off the heat once the broth was bubbling at the bottom of the pot and allowed the fish to cook in the residual heat.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Our version of acquacotta, one of Italy’s traditional vegetable soups, features creamy cannellini beans, tender fennel, and faintly bitter escarole. Though acquacotta translates to “cooked water,” we used chicken broth and amped up the flavor with a soffritto, a mixture of sautéed onion, celery, and garlic. A food processor made quick work of finely chopping these ingredients as well as the canned tomatoes that flavor the broth. Aromatic parsley, oregano, and fennel fronds gave our soup its distinctive taste. Finally, we thickened the broth with a mixture of the bean canning liquid and egg yolks and ladled our finished soup over toasted bread, turning a humble vegetable soup into a hearty one-bowl meal.
Savory Kale and Two-Cheese Scones
Start to finish: 1¼ hours (40 minutes active), plus cooling
Makes 12 large scones
When standard breakfast pastries are too sugary, bake a batch of these flavorful savory scones. This recipe is our adaptation of the hearty kale and cheese scones created by of Briana Holt, of Tandem Coffee + Bakery in Portland, Maine. Dried currants and a small amount of sugar in the dough complement the minerally, vegetal notes of the kale and counterbalance the saltiness of the cheddar and pecorino, while a good dose of black pepper adds an undercurrent of spiciness. Either lacinato kale (also called dinosaur or Tuscan kale) or curly kale will work; you will need an average-sized bunch to obtain the amount of chopped stemmed leaves for the recipe. Don’t allow the buttermilk and butter to lose their chill before use.
Buttermilk Vanilla Panna Cotta with Berries and Honey
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Our silky-smooth, delicately textured buttermilk panna cotta is an elegant dessert that requires some waiting but hardly any work. We made it even simpler by skipping the traditional step of sprinkling gelatin over cold water to bloom it before dissolving it in hot cream. Instead, we whisked together the gelatin, sugar, and salt and then whisked in cold heavy cream. Dispersed by the sugar and salt, the gelatin granules had plenty of space to absorb water from the cream, which readied the gelatin for heating. Bringing the mixture to 150 degrees ensured that the gelatin fully dissolved and the floral notes of the vanilla bean were thoroughly infused into the cream.
Risotto with Fresh Herbs
Start to finish: 25 minutes | Servings: 4
Medium-grain Italian rice has the ideal starch content for achieving the rich, creamy consistency that is the hallmark of risotto. Arborio rice is the most common choice for risotto in the U.S., but cooks in Milan—and at Milk Street—preferred carnaroli. We found that the grains better retained their structure and resisted overcooking. With careful cooking, however, Arborio will yield delicious results. A quick six-ingredient homemade vegetable broth is the best cooking liquid for this risotto; its fresh, clean flavor won’t compete with the other ingredients.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Making an apple crumble that tastes primarily of apples starts with plenty of fruit. We tossed 4 pounds of apples with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to enhance their bright flavor. Adding just 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the filling kept the apples from tasting too sweet. We baked the apples in a covered pan before applying the topping, which allowed them to collapse into a thick layer of filling. Adding nuts to the streusel loosened its consistency so that it didn’t bake up dense, and a couple of teaspoons of water hydrated the flour so that the mixture clumped nicely.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: To make a meaty, vibrant chile verde, we started by salting chunks of fat-and-collagen-rich pork butt roast for an hour, which ensured that the meat cooked up well-seasoned and juicy. Gently braising the pork in the oven allowed the meat’s fat and collagen to thoroughly break down, making it supple. Browning the pork trimmings (chopped coarse to maximize their surface area) instead of the chunks built a savory fond without drying out the surface of the meat. Broiling the tomatillos, poblanos, jalapeño, and garlic concentrated their flavors and imbued them with a touch of smokiness. Seasoning the chili with warm spices and sugar softened its acidity and heat.
Flatbread (Pizza) Dough
Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours (30 minutes active) | Makes two 12-inch flatbreads
This versatile dough is a breeze to make in a food processor and can used for pizzas with various toppings or Middle Eastern–style flatbreads. The Greek yogurt makes a supple dough that’s easy to work with and that bakes up with a chewy-soft crumb and subtle richness. For convenience, the dough can be made a day in advance. After dividing the dough in half and forming each piece into a round, place each portion in a quart-size zip-close bag that’s been misted with cooking spray, seal well and refrigerate overnight. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before shaping.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: In Brittany, France, crepes are made with buckwheat flour. Because buckwheat flour is gluten-free, the pancakes can easily turn out brittle and inflexible. Using a combination of buckwheat flour and gluten-forming all-purpose flour produced crepes that were pliable yet resilient. Increasing the salt and butter rounded out the bitter edge of the buckwheat, so the crepes were nutty, rich, and well seasoned. For a classic Breton dish, we paired the buckwheat crepes with salty ham, nutty Gruyère cheese, and a runny egg.
Start to finish: 4 hours (45 minutes active) | Servings: 4 to 6
Authentic Mexican carnitas involve slowcooking pork in lard until fall-apart tender, then increasing the heat so the meat fries and crisps. The fried pork then is broken into smaller pieces for eating. In the U.S., however, carnitas usually is made by simmering pork in liquid, then shredding the meat. The result is moist and tender, but lacks intense porkiness as well the crisping traditional to carnitas. Our method melds the two techniques.
Oven-Perfect Strip Steak with Chimichurri
Start to finish: 1 1/4 hours (15 minutes active), plus refrigeration
Servings: 4 to 6
This recipe uses the gentle, controlled heat of the oven to replicate the “reverse sear” technique Argentinians use when grilling beef. Rather than start the steak over high heat to brown, then finish over low heat, the steaks start in a cool oven, then finish with a quick sear in either a blistering-hot cast-iron skillet or on a grill. The result is steak with a deep, flavorful crust that’s evenly cooked throughout, not overdone at the surface and just-right at only the core. We call for strip steaks (also called strip loin or New York strip), but bone-in or boneless ribeyes work well, too, as long they’re 1½ to 2 inches thick. We learned to season cuts of beef with nutmeg at La Carbrera in Buenos Aires; the spice doesn’t leave a distinct flavor of its own but rather enhances the steaks’ meatiness and smoky notes.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Our version of this Japanese favorite started with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which eliminated the need to debone the meat at home. Cutting the chicken into narrow strips instead of small chunks created fewer pieces to handle. Briefly marinating the meat in a mixture of soy sauce, sake, ginger, and garlic (seasoned with a little salt and sugar) imbued the chicken with deeply savory, aromatic flavor. Dredging the chicken in cornstarch—instead of traditional potato starch—made for a less sticky coating. Shaking off the excess starch and letting the dredged pieces rest while the oil heated gave the starch time to hydrate.
Risotto for breakfast (or brunch)? Why not? I also like to make a simple risotto like this during the week as these are all ingredients I have on hand in my pantry and refrigerator. Any leftovers would be a good base for Risotto Cakes.
Serves 4 to 6
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces slab bacon, cut into lardons
1 small onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 ½ cups arborio or other Italian short grain rice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup dry white wine
6 to 7 cups hot chicken stock or water
2 large eggs
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Grana Padano
You will need:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake
Start to finish: 1¼ hours, plus cooling | Servings: 12
Briana Holt, owner of Tandem Coffee + Bakery in Portland, Maine, makes a rich, sturdy buttermilk cake with cornmeal for texture and flavor, as well as ricotta cheese to keep the crumb tender and moist. We adapted her winning formula and paired the cake with fresh fruit to update the classic all- American pineapple upside-down cake. To avoid a soggy layer where cake and fruit meet—a common problem with upside- down cakes—we first cook the pineapple to remove excess moisture, and we make sure the fruit is hot when the batter is poured on top so it begins to bake upon contact. To get the timing right, begin mixing the batter after placing the pan with the pineapple in the oven. This gives you 5 to 10 minutes to finish the batter; if it’s ready sooner, it can wait a few minutes.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: For a creamy, rich green gratin with a crisp, flavorful bread-crumb topping, we started with a mixture of kale and Swiss chard. Sturdy kale kept the gratin fluffy and tall; Swiss chard collapsed when cooked, but its plentiful tender stems added bulk. Steaming the greens in a Dutch oven cooked them quickly and eliminated the need for blanching or sautéing in multiple batches. To keep the gratin from being liquid-y or sogging out the crumb topping, we kept the amount of cream to 1 cup, just enough to give the dish a silky richness. For a craggy, crisp, and flavorful topping, we used rustic bread, pulsed to a coarse texture in a food processor, along with Parmesan and garlic.
Passatelli in Brodo
Start to finish: 1¼ hours (30 minutes active) | Servings: 4 to 6
In Bologna, Italy, we tasted delicious home- cooked passatelli in brodo. Made with stale bread, cheese, eggs, broth and little else, the dish exemplifies cucina povera, or peasant cooking. Passatelli are cylindrical dumplings— like fat, short spaghetti—made by extruding dough through smallish holes; the dumplings are simply poached and served in chicken broth. We found that in lieu of a traditional passatelli maker, a potato ricer with 3/16-inch perforations works well for extruding the dough. Another alternative is to use a cooling rack with a ⅜-inch wire grid (instructions are included in the recipe).
SERVES SEVEN 7-INCH ROUND OR FOUR 9-INCH SQUARE WAFFLES
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: A tiny bit of planning makes our raised waffle recipe easy to have ready in the morning. Mixing the ingredients and letting the batter stand overnight was convenient; refrigerating the batter helped control the growth of the yeast in our waffle recipe and produced waffles with superior flavor.
1¾ cups whole milk, or low-fat milk, or skim milk
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (10 ounces)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
1½ teaspoons instant yeast
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat milk and butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat until butter is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Cool milk/butter mixture until warm to touch. Meanwhile, whisk flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in large bowl to combine.
Start to finish: 1 hour 25 minutes (45 minutes active), plus marinating
Servings: 4 to 6
In our take on the butter chicken we had in Mumbai, boneless chicken thighs are briefly marinated in yogurt and spices, then broiled until lightly charred. We make a separate sauce into which the chicken then is stirred. In many recipes for butter chicken, copious amounts of butter and heavy cream supply richness, but we do as we were taught in India and use cashews pureed with a small amount of water until smooth. The nut puree adds creaminess without making the dish heavy. Serve this with steamed basmati rice for soaking up the sauce.
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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Pan-searing a strip or rib-eye steaks usually leads to a smoky, grease-splattered kitchen—but it doesn’t have to. To devise a fast, mess-free method for achieving deeply seared, rosy meat, we started the steak in a “cold” (not preheated) nonstick skillet over high heat and flipped it every 2 minutes; that way, the meat’s temperature increased gradually, allowing a crust to build up on the outside without overcooking the interior. Because we were cooking in a nonstick skillet, it wasn’t necessary to lubricate the skillet with oil; plus, the well-marbled meat exuded enough fat to achieve a good sear, and adding more simply
encouraged splatter. We started cooking over high heat to burn off moisture and prevent the steak from steaming but quickly lowered the heat to medium; at this temperature, the meat kept sizzling, but there was no risk of the fat smoking. Before serving, we sliced the steak and sprinkled it with coarse sea salt so that every bite was well seasoned.
Neapolitan Meatballs with Ragù
Start to finish: 50 minutes | Servings: 6 to 8
In Naples, meatballs are generously sized, and their texture is ultra-tender from a high ratio of bread to meat. For our version, we opted to use Japanese panko breadcrumbs. Panko, which has a neutral flavor and a light and fluffy but coarse texture, greatly streamlines the meatball-making process, eliminating the need to remove the crusts from fresh bread, cut and measure, soak in water, then squeeze out excess moisture. Panko only needs to be moistened with water and it’s ready to use. Neapolitans serve their meatballs with a basic tomato sauce they refer to as “ragù.” We use pecorino liberally in this recipe: a chunk simmered in the sauce, as well as grated both in and over the meatballs.
Start to finish: 45 minutes | Servings: 4
Traditional risotto is made with starchy medium-grain Italian rice. This “risotto,” modeled on a dish we had in Tel Aviv, uses pearl couscous (which actually is a pasta) and a cooking technique similar to the classic risotto method to produce “grains” with a rich, creamy consistency. The wheaty flavor of pearl couscous (sometimes called Israeli couscous) is nicely complemented by the salty, nutty notes of Parmesan cheese and the grassiness of fresh parsley. Don’t allow the onion to brown. The assertive bittersweet flavor of caramelized onion will easily overwhelm the other flavors in the dish.
Slow-Roasted Fresh Ham
Serves 12 to 14
Unlike salty, pink cured ham, fresh ham is nothing more than a bone-in, skin-on pork roast from the pig’s hind leg. We chose a shank-end ham over a sirloin-end ham since the latter is tricky to carve. Salting the roast for 12 hours is key for moist, well-seasoned meat, and cutting a pocket in the meaty end helps the rub (bolstered with brown sugar and herbs for flavor) penetrate. Removing the skin allows the fat to render, and roasting the ham in an oven bag creates a moist cooking environment for evenly cooked meat.
8 – 10 pound ham shank-end, bone-in
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
⅓ cup kosher salt
3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
1 large oven bag
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper
Start to finish: 7¼ hours (40 minutes active), plus cooling | Servings: 12
This recipe recreates the light, open-crumbed focaccia we ate in Bari, Italy. To achieve that texture, the dough must be wet—so wet, in fact, it verges on a thick, yet pourable batter. Resist the temptation to add more flour than is called for. Shaping such a sticky, high-hydration dough by hand is impossible. Instead, the dough is gently poured and scraped into the oiled baking pan; gravity settles it into an even layer.
Triple-Chocolate Sticky Buns
To take sticky buns over the top, we added three types of chocolate: bittersweet and milk chocolate in the filling and cocoa powder in the sticky caramel topping. To ensure that the buns were ultratender, we used a Japanese bread-making technique called tangzhong that called for microwaving a portion of the dough’s flour and milk, turning it into agel-like paste, before adding it to the rest of the dough ingredients. The gel locked in more moisture than simply adding more liquid would, so the dough was soft without becoming overly sticky and difficult to work with, and it produced moist buns. For an easy filling with complex flavor, we microwaved butter and bittersweet chocolate to form a ganache that, once it had cooled, we spread over the rolled-out dough. We then sprinkled on milk chocolate chips: Rolled up in the dough, they delivered just the right amount of sweetness plus delightfully creamy pockets of chocolate(we ditched the cinnamon, a traditional ingredient in sticky buns, because it confused the chocolate flavor).
Ikarian Braised Pork with Honey, Orange and Rosemary
Start to finish: 3¼ hours (1 hour 10 minutes active) | Servings: 6 to 8
This savory-sweet pork braise is our version of the tigania, or skillet-cooked meat meze, that Diane Kochilas demonstrated for us on the Greek island of Ikaria. Instead of serving the dish in the Greek meze tradition—that is, as a small plate along with a host of others—we opted to make a larger batch to offer as a main course. We preferred the braise sweetened with a strong, dark honey, such as buckwheat, which holds its own in the mix of wine, herbs, citrus and fennel seed. But a lighter, milder variety worked, too; orange blossom honey is a good option. An orzo pilaf or rice is perfect for serving alongside.
Almond Boneless Chicken
Serves 4 to 6
Almond Boneless Chicken, which is a Chinese American restaurant staple in the Detroit area, consists of crispy battered chicken served on a bed of crunchy iceberg lettuce, topped with a mild brown sauce, and sprinkled with almonds and scallions. A combination of baking powder, baking soda, and beer keeps the batter light and crisp. Folding chopped toasted almonds into the batter provides more almond flavor as well as crunch. A combination of hoisin, soy sauce, and dry sherry adds complexity to the chicken broth–based sauce. INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons dry sherry
2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
⅛ teaspoon salt
4 (6- to 8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
Salt and pepper
½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ cups lager or pilsner beer
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 quarts peanut or vegetable oil
½ head iceberg lettuce (4 ½ ounces), cored and sliced thin crosswise
3 scallions, sliced thin on bias
Roman Braised Beef with Tomato and Cloves
Start to finish: 4 hours (30 minutes active) | Servings: 6
In Rome, cloves are used to flavor the pot roast-like dish known as garofolato di manzo alla Romana. Cloves, known as chiodi di garofano, give the dish its name. The earthy, subtly smoky and slightly bitter flavor of cloves complements the natural sweetness of the onion, fennel and tomatoes used to flavor this dish. The beef typically is cooked as a large roast, similar to a pot roast. We prefer cutting a chuck roast into chunks and simmering the meat as a stew.
The type of care they give is intimate—bathing, hand-holding, talking for hours, praying, painting nails, back rubs. The relationship can become close, but then, a few weeks or months later, the resident dies.
Vietnamese Caramel Chicken
Start to finish: 40 minutes | Servings: 4 to 6
The classic Vietnamese technique of simmering meat or fish in dark, bittersweet caramel mixed with fish sauce and a few aromatics yields rich, wonderfully complex savory-sweet flavors. And the technique could hardly be simpler. Instead of a traditional clay pot, we use a 12-inch skillet to make our version of gà kho, or caramel- simmered chicken, and we cook the chicken until the sauce forms a glaze, as we were taught in Vietnam. Bruising the lemon grass releases its flavor and fragrance but since the stalk is still whole, it is easy to remove and discard before serving; the simplest way to bruise it is with the blunt side of the blade of a chef’s knife or the butt end of the handle. Serve the chicken with steamed jasmine rice.
Pearl Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas
Start to finish: 1 hour | Servings: 4 to 6
This is our version of the fragrantly spiced, stew-like maftoul with chicken and chickpeas that we tasted in Galilee. Maftoul, sometimes referred to as Palestinian couscous, resembles pearl couscous in shape and size but is made with bulgur. It is difficult to source in the U.S., but pearl couscous is a good substitute. For this dish, we first simmer bone-in chicken parts in water with aromatics, then remove and chop the meat, reserving it to add at the end. The flavorful broth that results from poaching the chicken is used to cook the couscous, so that rich, full flavor permeates the dish.
Persian Jeweled Rice (Javaher Polow)
Start to finish: 55 minutes (20 minutes active) | Servings: 4
This rice pilaf is named for the colorful dried fruits and nuts that embellish the saffron- tinted basmati rice. The bright color of raw pistachios is best here. Traditionally, jeweled rice is a labor-intensive dish; we’ve created a simplified version that’s visually stunning as well as richly, deeply flavorful. We almost always toast nuts to enhance their flavor and texture, but here raw pistachios are best, as they are more vivid in color and subtler in flavor than toasted or roasted. Don’t forget to rinse and drain the rice.
While Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, we remain very thankful to be able to share a recipe to help with your festivities, however, you and your family are celebrating! Brown Ale Turkey & Gravy from Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television
How to roast the Thanksgiving turkey has turned into an annual ordeal. The debate over brining alone is enough to make one consider going vegetarian. And of course, there’s the finicky business of how to get the thigh and breast meat to cook to perfect—yet different—temperatures simultaneously. We knew we had been overthinking this for far too long.
Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie
Serves 8 to 10
The hallmark of Dutch apple pie is its creamy apple filling, but we didn’t rely on the traditional cream to achieve it. Instead we added melted vanilla ice cream to the apple filling for extra creaminess and a rich vanilla flavor that nicely complements apple pie. We sliced Golden Delicious apples and let them sit in the melted ice cream along with cinnamon, sugar, and lemon juice until they were soft and pliable; this way, they packed easily into the pie plate and created a cohesive interior that baked evenly. Before baking, we sprinkled a mixture of melted butter, flour, brown sugar, and a good dose of salt over the top of the pie for a supremely buttery crumble topping. Letting the pie cool completely before slicing into it allowed it to firm up so that we could produce beautifully clean wedges.
Chicken Tinga (Tinga Poblana de Pollo)
Start to finish (40 minutes active)
Tinga poblana de pollo is a stewy dish of shredded chicken in a light, fresh tomato sauce that’s spicy and smoky with chipotle chilies. It’s an excellent filling for tacos or topping for tostadas. For our version of chicken tinga, based on the recipe we learned in Mexico, we poach chicken breasts, shred the meat into bite-size pieces, then add the chicken to the tomato-chipotle sauce that has been simmered separately. Mexican oregano, which has notes of citrus and earth, is more closely related to verbena than to Mediterranean oregano, which is in the mint family. Many supermarkets sell Mexican oregano; if it’s not shelved with the jarred herbs and spice, check the international aisle or where dried Mexican chilies are sold.
One-Batch Fried Chicken
Inspired by the pressure-frying machine in which Colonel Sanders created his famous fried chicken, we set out to find a faster way to fry that would get all the chicken on the table at the same time. To season the meat and keep it moist, we soaked bone-in chicken pieces in a mixture of buttermilk and salt. To season the flour dredge, we used Italian seasoning blend (a mix of dried oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage) instead of buying a long list of dried herbs. Granulated garlic, ground ginger, and celery salt added savory notes; both black and white peppers added pleasant, mild heat; and a bit of baking powder ensured a crunchy, not tough, exterior. Several tablespoons of buttermilk rubbed into the seasoned flour created a shaggy coating that, after a rest in the refrigerator, adhered nicely to the skin and fried up into a satisfying crunchy crust. For fast frying, we cooked the chicken all in one batch and covered the pot for the first half of cooking.
Start to finish: 1 hour 40 minutes, plus cooling and chilling | Servings: 12
Bête noire is a flourless chocolate cake that gets its silky, ultra smooth, almost custard-like texture from the sugar syrup in the base, as well as from gentle baking. We bring a uniquely complex flavor to our version by caramelizing sugar with black peppercorns before dissolving the caramel with orange juice and bourbon. A combination of bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate yields a rounder, richer finish than just one type of chocolate, while Angostura bitters lend a spiciness and depth that balance the sweetness of the dessert. We forgo the classic ganache coating and opt to use quickly candied orange zest for a garnish that adds contrasting color and texture. Though the cake requires at least 4 hours of chilling to fully set, it’s best served at room temperature, so be sure to remove the cake from the refrigerator at least two hours before serving.
Cheesy Stuffed Shells
Serves 6 to 8
For a quicker version of stuffed shells, we got right down to stuffing them—no parboiling first. We found that the quickest and easiest way to fill the raw pasta shells was to choose jumbo shells with wide openings and pipe in the filling using a pastry bag. For a supercheesy filling, we mixed creamy ricotta, shredded fontina, and grated Pecorino Romano cheeses with savory minced garlic, fragrant chopped fresh basil, and dried oregano. We stirred cornstarch into the filling to keep the ricotta from becoming grainy once it was baked. We also stirred in two eggs to make the filling pipable and to keep it from oozing out of the shells during baking.
Tagliatelle alla Bolognese
Start to finish: 20 minutes | Servings: 4
Tagliatelle resembles fettuccine, but typically is made with eggs, so the noodles have a yellow hue, a richer flavor and a more delicate texture than eggless pasta. It’s not uncommon to find tagliatelle wound into small nests for packaging; other times, the noodles are in straight strands, like fettuccine. Don’t boil the pasta until al dente. Drain it when it’s just shy of al dente. It will finish cooking in the ragù.
Throughout Fall 2020, high school students in Rachel Murat’s AP Government and Politics class at Maine-Endwell High School used the ‘Let’s Talk About Election 2020‘, a national youth media challenge, as a framework to develop their own commentaries.
We found inspiration for this super flavorful Greek chicken at Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood, Alabama, where the menu reflects the chef’s Greek heritage and Alabama upbringing. The chicken there is tender and juicy, marinated and roasted to perfection and flavored with tons of herbs and lemon. To re-create this simple yet complex-tasting dish for the home cook, we first tested our way to the perfect marinade: a blend of olive oil, fresh and dried herbs and spices, and lemon. To make sure the marinade penetrated past the surface of the chicken, we cut ½-inch-deep slashes in each piece. To achieve the lovely browning we remembered from the chicken at Johnny’s, we roasted our chicken at a relatively hot 425 degrees and gave it a blast of heat from the broiler at the end of cooking.
Throughout Fall 2020, high school students in Scott Symons’ Social Studies class at Windsor High School participated in ‘Let’s Talk About Election 2020’, a national youth media challenge. This challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. WSKG Education connected with Mr. Symons during the summer and supported him to integrate the project within the class. Mr. Symons shared:
“The kids really enjoyed this assignment because they got to pick something that they were passionate about (student choice)! Through their research, they got to become experts on their subject and share their views/research with the world.
Baked Salted Salmon with Dill
Start to finish: 1¾ hours (15 minutes active) | Servings: 4 to 6
To recreate the salmon we had in Norway, we use a 2-pound skin-on center-cut side of salmon and salt it for about an hour before baking in a moderate oven. When shopping, look for a salmon side about 1 inch thick at its thickest part; pieces that are thicker or thinner will require timing adjustments when baking. The salmon will be slightly underdone when removed from the oven; a tented 5- to 10- minute rest will finish the cooking and bring the internal temperature up to 120°F at the thickest part. At this temperature, the fish should be just opaque, not translucent. Don’t delay tenting the salmon with foil after removing it from the oven.
We were looking for a truly impressive version of this French bistro favorite—one with crisp, buttered bread; salty-sweet ham; a creamy white sauce; and plenty of nutty Gruyère cheese. We chose to amp up the béchamel sauce called for in traditional recipes by adding some Gruyère and Parmesan cheeses. To ensure that the sandwiches were ready to eat at the same time, we assembled all four of them on a baking sheet, layering in the cheese sauce and Black Forest ham before topping them all with more sauce and cheese. A trip under the oven’s broiler was all that was needed to meld the sandwich ingredients together, creating a bubbly-browned top in the process. For the best results, be sure to use a good-quality Gruyère here.
Deep-Dish Quiche with Mushrooms, Bacon and Gruyère
Start to finish: 1½ active), plus cooling
Servings: 8 to 10
At Le Pichet, a French brasserie in Seattle, Washington, we rekindled our love for quiche. This recipe is based on the restaurant’s formula for creating a quiche that’s tall and creamy, yet light and richly flavored. The key is crème fraîche in addition to the heavy cream, along with just the right number of eggs. Baking the quiche on a hot baking steel (or baking stone) obviates the need to prebake the crust (a hassle of most quiche recipes), as the heat from the steel helps brown the bottom crust, thereby staving off sogginess. We’re fond of buttery homemade pastry, but if you wish to take a shortcut, stack two refrigerated pie crusts on top of each other, then fold into quarters.
SERVES 4 to 6
We were inspired by a brilliant taco-shop recipe for shrimp tacos that combined the best characteristics of a taco and a quesadilla, boasting crisped corn tortillas, gooey melted cheese, and a fiesta of saucy shrimp, shredded lettuce, diced avocado, and chopped fresh cilantro. To achieve results this good without any risky, time-consuming stovetop batch cooking, we turned to the oven. We placed six tortillas on each of two oiled rimmed baking sheets and topped them with cheese and a quick-cooked shrimp filling before baking them until the tortillas crisped and the cheese melted. Topping our “tacodillas” with shredded lettuce, fresh cilantro, and diced avocado just before serving allowed us to combine the vibrancy of a taco with the warmth and comfort of a quesadilla. We developed this recipe using Mission White Corn Tortillas, Restaurant Style, but any 100 percent corn tortillas will work here.
German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)
Start to finish: 2 hours 30 minutes | Makes one 9-inch tart
Apfelkuchen, or apple cake, is a classic German sweet of which there are numerous versions. We were particularly fond of Luisa Weiss’s recipe in “Classic German Baking,” which is her adaptation of a recipe she found on a package of almond paste. Almond paste gives the cake’s crumb a custardy richness, a moist, tender texture and a pleasant—but not overpowering—almond fragrance and flavor. Tangy-sweet sliced apples are fanned on top of the batter and baked into the surface to elegant effect. You will need an apple corer to punch out the cores from the apples before halving them.
Grilled Jerk Chicken
Our bold, spicy-but-nuanced grilled jerk chicken starts with the jerk paste. We blended fiery habaneros (more readily available and less intense than the traditionally used Scotch bonnet peppers), scallions, and garlic with 10 whole thyme sprigs for a big herby punch that didn’t require time-consuming leaf-picking. Soy sauce added depth, cider vinegar contributed brightness, and warm spices (allspice, cinnamon, and ginger) provided the characteristic jerk flavor while brown sugar rounded out the spicy edge. After marinating bone-in chicken pieces in the paste, we first cooked the chicken on the cooler side of the grill, covered, which helped the marinade to stick to the chicken and not slide off over direct heat and burn. Once the chicken was cooked through, we brushed it with a little reserved marinade for a fresh burst of jerk flavor and seared it on the hotter side of the grill.
Palestinian Upside-Down Chicken and Rice (Maqlubeh)
Start to finish: 2 hours (30 minutes active), plus resting
Maqlubeh translates from the Arabic as “upside down,” which describes how this traditional multilayered rice dish is served. Though our streamlined recipe still requires a small investment in ingredients and prep, the work mostly is front-loaded and produces a one-pot dish impressive enough for a special occasion. For proper cooking, it’s important to use a pot 9½ to 11 inches in diameter and 4 to 6 inches deep. After searing and removing the chicken, we line the bottom of the pot with a parchment round to guarantee that the rice, which forms a crisp, browned bottom layer, does not stick when the pot is inverted for serving. If you prefer, you can serve directly from the pot, but we still recommend lining the bottom of the pot with parchment.
Adjaruli khachapuri is a boat-shaped bread stuffed with melted cheese hailing from the country of Georgia in the Caucasus region of central Asia. When the bread is still hot from the oven, the molten cheese is topped with an egg and butter and stirred together tableside. Diners then tear off chunks of the crust to dunk into the gooey cheese. For our version, we used a simple pizza dough since it was easy to shape, provided structure to contain the oozy cheese, and had a satisfyingly chewy texture and mild flavor. We found that a mixture of mozzarella and feta approximated the briny, salty tang and stringy texture found in traditional Georgian cheeses such as sulguni and imeruli.
Weeknight Paella (Chicken and Bean Paella)
Start to finish: 1½ hours | Servings: 4
Outside of Spain, paella is considered a luxurious dish, loaded with seafood, scented with pricy saffron and served as an event in and of itself. Its beginnings, however, are more humble. The one-pan dish was prepared by Valencian farm workers as a midday meal. This type of paella, called paella Valenciana, still is made today. For our version—adapted for a nonstick 12-inch skillet with a lid—we opted for chicken thighs, canned white beans, fresh green beans and grape or cherry tomatoes; saffron is a nice addition, but entirely optional.
Grilled Flank Steak with Basil Dressing
For a grilled flank steak with a char-kissed exterior and a perfectly cooked interior, we had to revisit the idea of the marinade. A wet marinade is the enemy of good browning. On top of that, the test kitchen has proven that marinades barely penetrate the surface of meat. But since salt and sugar (when applied far enough in advance) do dissolve and penetrate deep into the meat, we skipped the marinade and simply seasoned our steak with salt, sugar, and pepper. To cook this wedge-shaped cut to the same internal temperature from end to end, we set up our grill with a cooler side and a hotter side.
Mexican Stewed Beans with Salsa Fresca
Start to finish: 1 3/4 hours, plus overnight soak and resting | Servings: 6 to 8
In Mexico City, we learned to prepare traditional stewed beans, as well as a version enriched with pork. Sofrito—a sauté of aromatics cooked separately from the dish’s central ingredient(s)—is a key flavoring for the beans. Our sofrito consists of onion, garlic, tomatoes and jalapeños cooked down to concentrate their essences and is added only after the beans are fully cooked to preserve its fresh flavors. Instead of the pinto beans so common in Mexican cooking, we opted to use cranberry beans (also called Roman or borlotti beans). We found that the pinto beans available in the U.S. do not cook up with the same plumpness and velvety texture as the ones we tasted in Mexico; cranberry beans were a closer approximation.
Monterey Bay Cioppino
Serves 6 to 8
To create a home recipe inspired by the cioppino served up at Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery in Moss Landing, California, we started by making a tomatoey marinara base that relied on pantry staples and came together quickly. Instead of breaking out the food processor to make a traditional pesto to flavor our stew as Phil does, we simply added the pesto’s key ingredients (olive oil, basil, and garlic) to the mix. Phil’s version is brimming with a wide range of seafood, but we wanted to tighten the roster for our version, so we bypassed clams and calamari, opting instead for easy-to-find shrimp, scallops, sea bass, and mussels. Adding our seafood to the pot in stages and finishing the cooking off the heat ensured that each component was perfectly cooked. We recommend buying “dry” scallops, which don’t have chemical additives and taste better than “wet” scallops.
Pasta with Zucchini, Pancetta and Saffron
Start to finish: 40 minutes | Servings: 4
This is our version of a fantastic pasta offering from Trattoria Bertozzi in Bologna, Italy. In lieu of guanciale (cured pork jowl), we opted for easier-to-find but equally meaty pancetta, and we lightened up the dish’s richness by swapping half-and-half for the cream. The restaurant uses gramigna pasta, a tubular, curled shape from the Emilio-Romagna region. We found that more widely available cavatappi or gemelli works just as well combining with the zucchini and catching the lightly creamy sauce in its crevices. Don’t boil the pasta until al dente.
The KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let’s Talk about Election 2020 gives middle and high school students an opportunity to put their persuasive skills to work and have a real audience for the issues that matter to them most.
“It’s no coincidence the moment the Trump administration is caught weakening the CDC’s COVID-19 testing guidelines to artificially lower the number of positive cases, they launched this nakedly partisan deflection.”
New York state is suing President Donald Trump and the head of the U.S. Postal Service over recent policy changes that Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday would unconstitutionally limit access to this year’s elections for those who plan to vote by mail.
Pork butt roast is often labeled Boston butt in the supermarket. We developed this recipe with hickory chips, though other varieties of hardwood can be used. (We do not recommend mesquite chips.) Before beginning, check your propane tank to make sure that you have at least a half-tank of fuel. If you happen to run out of fuel, you can move the pork to a preheated 300-degree oven to finish cooking. Serve the pulled pork on white bread or hamburger buns with pickles and coleslaw.
For the best results, use the ripest in-season tomatoes you can find. Supermarket vine-ripened tomatoes will work, but the gratin won’t be as flavorful as one made with locally grown tomatoes. Do not use plum tomatoes, which contain less juice than regular round tomatoes and will result in a dry gratin. For the bread, we prefer a crusty baguette with a firm, chewy crumb. You can serve the gratin hot, warm, or at room temperature.
We prefer flavorful thigh meat for these kebabs, but you can use white meat. Whichever you choose, don’t mix white and dark meat on the same skewer since they cook at different rates. If you have thin pieces of chicken, cut them larger than 1 inch and roll or fold them into approximately 1-inch cubes. Use the large holes on a box grater to grate the onion. INGREDIENTS
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup light or mild molasses
2 tablespoons grated onion (see note)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch cubes (see note)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 12-inch metal skewers
Japanese Fried Chicken (Karaage)
Start to finish: 1 hour 45 minutes (15 minutes active), plus resting
WE USUALLY PREFER A wand-style grater for fresh ginger, but here the larger holes of a box grater were best; it was easier to squeeze juice from the thicker pulp. The chicken’s distinctive tang came from shichimi to garnish—a Japanese rice seasoning with chili pepper, roasted orange peel, sesame seeds, seaweed and ginger. It’s widely available in Asian markets. Tamari is a gluten-free Japanese soy sauce with a darker color and bold- er flavor than other soy sauces, but any soy sauce will work. A large pot or Dutch oven (at least 6 quarts) was essential for frying.
1. FOR THE SAUCE: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat anchos in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer anchos to bowl, add broth, and microwave, covered, until steaming, about 2 minutes.
FOR BRIGHT AND FRESH, flavor we pureed ¾ pound of spinach for this pesto. A quick simmer in a skillet took the raw edge off the onion and spinach, giving a depth and complexity lacking in traditional raw pestos. Parmesan and a splash of cream enriched the dish and a healthy squeeze of lime juice tied everything together. INGREDIENTS
12 ounces linguine or fettuccine
1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 small)
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup water
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
12 ounces baby spinach (about 12 cups)
¼ cup heavy cream
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
4 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (about 1 cup)
Lime wedges, to serve
Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just tender but not fully cooked, about 2 minutes less than package directions.
The test kitchen prefers a crisp made with Bartlett pears, but Bosc pears can also be used. The pears should be ripe but firm, which means the flesh at the base of the stem should give slightly when gently pressed with a finger. Bartlett pears will turn from green to greenish-yellow when ripe. Although almost any unsalted nut may be used in the topping, we prefer almonds or pecans. Serve the crisp with lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Prune, Peppercorn and Fresh Herb-Rubbed Roast Beef
Start to finish: 2 hours 45 minutes, plus 48 hours to marinate
NO MATTER WHAT IT COSTS, a holiday roast should taste rich. So we challenged ourselves to transform a thrifty, low-cost cut into an impressive meal. The answer was eye round, a roast often deemed too lean to be tender. The cut is taken from the hind leg of a steer, so there’s little marbling, the usual key to keeping meat moist. To roast this tough cut and get succulent, perfectly cooked results, we marinated the meat in ingredients that would do the work for us.
Sautéed Mushrooms with Red Wine and Rosemary
Use one variety of mushroom or a combination. Stem and halve portobello mushrooms and cut each half crosswise into ½-inch pieces. Trim white or cremini mushrooms; quarter them if large or medium or halve them if small. Tear trimmed oyster mushrooms into 1- to 1½-inch pieces. Stem shiitake mushrooms; quarter large caps and halve small caps.
No-Sear Lamb or Beef and Chickpea Stew
Start to finish: 2 hours and 15 minutes (40 minutes active)
CHOPPING GARLIC produces harsh flavors. We prefer to use whole cloves, which lend a subtler flavor. We used the simmering stew to cook a whole head, turning it tender, silky and mellow. We tried dried and canned chickpeas but didn’t taste a big difference, so we opted for the ease of canned. We like the flavor and texture of lamb shoulder, but boneless beef chuck worked, too (but needs an extra cup of water and must cook longer — 90 minutes total — before adding the carrots).
We developed this recipe on a three-burner gas grill with burners that run from front to back. In this recipe, we refer to the two outside burners as the primary burners and the center burner as the secondary burner. If you’re using a two-burner grill, use the side with the wood chips as the primary burner and the other side as the secondary burner. Adjust the primary burner to maintain a grill temperature between 375 and 400 degrees. Place the chicken 6 inches from the primary burner and rotate it after 25 minutes of cooking in step 4 so that it cooks evenly.
Whipped Cream Biscuits
WE TRIED TO SPEED UP the chilling of the dough by popping it in the freezer, but that didn’t give the starch in the dough enough time to get sufficiently hydrated. An hour in the refrigerator was perfect. If we chilled it for more than a few hours it needed a few minutes on the counter to soften before rolling. INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup (5 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
10 tablespoons salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled
2 tablespoons sour cream
In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Microwave until set, 30 to 40 seconds, stirring halfway through.
If you can’t find King Arthur all-purpose flour, you can substitute bread flour. For the best results, weigh your ingredients. You’ll also need to plan ahead: The dough needs to rise in the refrigerator for at least 16 hours.
¼ cup (1 1/3 ounces) whole-wheat flour
3 cups (15 ounces) King Arthur all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
1½ cups (12 ounces) water
Cornmeal or semolina flour
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1. Sift whole-wheat flour through fine-mesh strainer into bowl of stand mixer; discard bran remaining in strainer.
JOSÉ ANDRÉS TAUGHT US this “end of month” recipe— the sort of meal to make quickly with whatever is on hand and money is tight. His approach: garlic cooked in copious amounts of olive oil with handfuls of thinly sliced stale bread and several tablespoons of smoked paprika. Add some water and simmer, then off heat stir in four or five whisked eggs. Supper is served. For our version, we realized the leftover bread, garlic and smoked paprika we had in our cupboards weren’t up to Adrés’ standards, so we needed to tweak.
Fred Rogers had deep compassion for the wellbeing of every child. Inspired by his legacy and drawing from his work, these resources were created and are offered to encourage and support children and caregivers on a variety of issues related to child wellness. These resources are developed and collected by staff of the Fred Rogers Center with support from faculty of Saint Vincent College, many community partners, and students in the Incubator 143 Lab. Extensive research is conducted in the Fred Rogers Archive to build a deep understanding of the many ways Fred worked to support children. This research guides each of the resources you will find below.
This recipe requires refrigerating the salted turkey breasts for 24 hours. If using self-basting or kosher turkey breasts, do not salt in step 7, but season with salt in step 8. We used Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt; if you use Morton Kosher Salt, reduce the salt in step 7 to 21/2 teaspoons per breast, rubbing 1 teaspoon onto each side and 1/2 teaspoon into the cavity. Covering the turkey with parchment and then foil will prevent the wine in the braising liquid from “pitting” the foil. INGREDIENTS
Turkey Legs and Gravy
3 onions, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
10 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra as needed
3 bay leaves
10 sprigs fresh thyme
10 sprigs fresh parsley
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup dry white wine
4 (1½- to 2-pound) turkey leg quarters, trimmed
3 tablespoons kosher salt
½ cup all-purpose flour
WSKG and Roberson Museum and Science Center partnered to offer a free, online preview screening of THE VOTE. This online event took place Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 7:00 pm. After the screening, Natalie Shoemaker presented a live look at Roberson’s ‘An Era of Change’ exhibit, and a panel discussion from local community leaders and experts was held. View the previously recorded Presentation & Conversation here:
THE VOTE airs Monday, July 6 at 9:00 PM on WSKG-TV. Our panelists for this evening included
Natalie Shoemaker is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at the Roberson Museum and Science Center.
Italian Flatbread (Piadina)
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Makes four 10-inch flatbreads
A COMBINATION OF LARD and yogurt gave this dough a supple texture. Though it was not as flavorful, vegetable shortening worked as a substitute for lard. If the dough doesn’t ball up in the processor, gather it together and briefly knead it by hand. Roll out the rounds as evenly as possible. Let the dough rest if it resists rolling or snaps back.
Sonoran Hot Dogs
Courtesy Daniel Contreras, El Güero Canelo Restaurant
Makes 4 hot dogs
4 slices bacon
4 turkey hot dogs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chopped white onion
4 güero chiles or banana peppers
4 hot dog buns
1 cup cooked pinto beans, warmed up
Chopped raw white onion
Jalapeño hot sauce, or salsa of your choice
On a cutting board, roll one slice of bacon around each hot dog. Place the tip of the hot dog over one end of the bacon slice, then roll the hot dog around and around on the diagonal so that the bacon wraps around it and covers it entirely. If you get to the end of the hot dog and there is still some bacon left, roll back in the other direction until the whole strip of bacon is rolled around the hot dog. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon-wrapped hot dogs and cook, turning every 2 to 3 minutes, until crisped and browned on all sides.
New York is a reliable Democratic state in presidential elections. There are no statewide races for governor or U.S. Senate this year. The state has 27 congressional districts. New York voters must be registered with a political party to participate in its primary elections.
3 fresh Anaheim chiles
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 white onion, diced
3 pounds ripe on the vine tomatoes, washed and quartered
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped or pressed
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste, divided, plus more to season shrimp
1 6- ounce can tomato paste
1 teaspoon crushed dried chiltepín chiles, chile de árbol, or red pepper flakes
1 pound short and small pasta, such as rigatoni or shells
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups Mexican crema
1 cup grated asadero or quesadilla cheese, can also substitute with Monterey Jack or Muenster
1 1/2 cup grated Oaxaca cheese
1/2 cup grated añejo cheese or parmesan
3 to 4 scallions, white and light green parts thinly sliced, for garnish
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place the Anaheim chiles on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Put under the broiler for about 10 minutes, flipping a couple times in between, until charred on all sides. Immediately transfer the charred chiles to a plastic bag and seal tightly to sweat them for at least 5 minutes. Take the chiles out of the bag, let cool slightly, then peel off the skin and remove the stems and seeds.
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Georgian Chicken Soup (Chikhirtma)
Start to finish: 1 hour 45 minutes (45 minutes active)
SIMMERING WHOLE SPICES and fresh herbs in the broth imparted more flavor than the usual method of seasoning and thicken- ing soups (sautéing ground spices in a roux). We liked the hint of heat from red pepper flakes, but they can be left out for a milder version. Browning the carrots and onions before making the roux developed a subtle sweetness and depth that paired well with the tangy soup. INGREDIENTS
For the broth and chicken:
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch fresh dill
1 garlic head
2½ to 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken legs
10 cups water
1 large yellow onion, peeled and quartered
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
½ teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
3-inch cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
For the soup:
1 pound carrots (about 5 medium), peeled, halved lengthwise and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped (about 1½ cups)
3 tablespoons salted butter
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup dry vermouth
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
6 large egg yolks
¼ cup lemon juice (1 to 2 lemons)
Ground black pepper
To make the broth, tie the stems of the cilantro and dill into bundles, then trim off the leaves, reserving ¼ cup of each for garnish. Cut off and discard the top third of the garlic head, leaving the head intact.
4 to 5 pounds goat meat, bone-in, cut into about 3-inch pieces (you may substitute lamb)
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
6 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, divided
3 quarts water, plus more to soak the meat
4 to 5 large dried avocado leaves
3 ounces (about 10) guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
Warm corn tortillas
2 cups finely chopped white onion
2 cups chopped cilantro leaves
2 to 3 limes, quartered
Place the meat in a large bowl and cover with cool water. Add the vinegar and 2 teaspoons salt and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse well with cold water. Place the rinsed meat in a large casserole, cover with at least 3 quarts water, add 4 teaspoons salt, and stir. Set over high heat and let it come to a rolling boil, reduce the heat to low, remove whatever foam may have come to the surface, cover, and cook for 2 hours.
Habanero Shrimp Burger with Habanero Tartar Sauce
Makes 6 burgers
1 habanero chile, seeded and finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro, leaves and upper part of stems
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 cup peeled and chopped carrot
1 large egg
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus more to sprinkle on burgers
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds medium-sized shrimp, rinsed, peeled and patted dry, divided
Vegetable oil, to brush on the burgers
6 brioche or burger buns, lightly toasted before serving
6 butter lettuce leaves
1 batch Habanero Tartar Sauce
12 slices of bacon, cooked until crisp
1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, thinly sliced
In the bowl of a food processor, add the habanero, lime juice, cilantro, mayonnaise, carrot, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and a quarter pound of the shrimp. Pulse until completely smooth. Add the remaining shrimp and pulse a couple times, until you have a coarse ground meat mixture. Cover a small sheet pan or tray with wax paper. Put some lukewarm water in a bowl and use it to wet your hands as you shape the mixture onto 6 burger patties.
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Pennsylvania is a presidential battleground state. There are no statewide races for governor or U.S. Senate this year. The commonwealth has 18 congressional districts. Pennsylvania voters must be registered with a political party to participate in its primary elections.
4 pounds boneless pork shoulder or butt, fat on, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, divided
5 cups water
4 ounces (about 14 to 15) guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 bay leaves
8 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon freshly ground back pepper
Pinch ground cumin
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1 cup finely chopped white onion
1/2 pound (about 3) fresh Anaheim chiles, seeded and chopped
4 ripe Roma tomatoes, cored and chopped
Preheat a large heavy casserole over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the pork pieces, sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring as it starts to brown. Reduce heat to medium, pour in 5 cups of water, cover and cook for another hour and a half. Meanwhile, place the guajillo chiles, bay leaves, and garlic in a medium pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes until the chiles are completely rehydrated and plumped up.
Top loin roast is also known as strip roast. Use potatoes that are about 1½ inches in diameter and at least 4 inches long. The browned surfaces of the potatoes are very delicate; take care when flipping the potatoes in step 7. To make flipping easier, flip two potatoes and remove them from the pan to create space before flipping the rest. INGREDIENTS
1 (5- to 6-pound) boneless top loin roast
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 teaspoons pepper, divided
5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
¼ cup vegetable oil
5 cups beef broth
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 small sprigs fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
4 garlic cloves, lightly crushed and peeled
Shrimp in Chipotle Sauce (Camarones Enchipotlados)
Start to finish: 25 minutes
THE FLAVOR AND TEXTURE of fresh tomatoes were better than canned for the sauce. The shrimp spend just seconds in the pan and won’t be fully cooked; they finish later off the heat. The shrimp made wonderful tacos. To warm tortillas, wrap a stack in foil and place it in a 200ºF oven. INGREDIENTS
4 vine-ripened tomatoes (1¼ pounds), quartered
4 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce and the sauce clinging to them
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
1½ pounds extra-large raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed and patted dry
¼ cup lime juice
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus extra to serve
Eight 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed
Avocado, sour cream and lime wedges, to serve
In a food processor, pulse the tomatoes, the chilies and any sauce coating them, and 3/4 teaspoon salt until mostly smooth, 1 minute.
The Kindness Curriculum is a free 24-lesson guide designed to help Pre-K and Kindergarten students attend to their emotions, self-regulate, and care for themselves and others. Developed and researched by the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Kindness Curriculum has shown to have a positive impact on academic performance, peer relationships, and teacher-perceived social competence.
PBS Wisconsin and the Center for Healthy Minds have teamed up to share more about the Kindness Curriculum through the video series Kindness in the Classroom. Watch the videos for an introduction to the foundational concepts of mindfulness in a classroom setting. Then, check out the additional resources to hear insights directly from teachers, and even practice mindfulness yourself! You can download the Kindness Curriculum, read about standards alignment, and learn about the research behind the curriculum.
Sinaloa Steak and Eggs over Potato Hash with Roasted Salsita
Makes 6 servings
5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 pound Mexican chorizo, casings removed, chopped
2 cups thinly sliced white onion
3/4 pound about 4 Anaheim chiles, roasted, sweated, peeled, and cut into small strips
2 pounds sirloin steak, fat trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
3/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Butter or oil for cooking eggs
Potato Hash Cake
Roasted Tomato and Jalapeño Salsita
In a large casserole or saute pan set over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Once hot, cook the chorizo for 6 to 7 minutes, breaking it into smaller pieces with the help of a couple wooden spoons or spatulas, until crisped and browned. Transfer the cooked chorizo to a bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. Put another tablespoon of oil in the same pan, add the onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until it wilts and starts to brown along the edges. Incorporate the roasted Anaheim chiles and cook for another minute.
We developed this recipe to work with presliced supermarket bread that measures 4 by 6 inches and is ¾ inch thick. Be sure to use vegetable oil spray here; it contains lecithin, which ensures that the oil stays well distributed, preventing the toast from sticking. Top with maple syrup or confectioners’ sugar, if desired. INGREDIENTS
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon table salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
8 slices hearty white sandwich bread
1. Adjust 1 oven rack to lowest position and second rack 5 to 6 inches from broiler element.
Turkish Meatballs with Lime- Yogurt Sauce
Meatballs: Start to finish – 20 minutes, plus cooling; Serves 6
Lime-Yogurt Sauce Start to finish – 10 minutes; Makes 1½ cups
THESE CRISP, PATTY-SHAPED meatballs developed a flavorful crust from pan-frying. This recipe also works with a blend of lamb and beef. We heated the spic- es, shallots and garlic in oil in the microwave to draw out their flavors. We loved the meatballs stuffed into pita pockets with sliced tomato, cucumber, red onion and flat-leaf parsley. Tangy yogurt sauce spiked with lime juice and cayenne made for a bright counterpart.
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Pinto Bean Soup with Masa and Queso Fresco Dumplings
Makes 6 servings
4 tablespoons canola or safflower oil, divided
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 garlic clove
1/2 pound (about 2) ripe Roma tomatoes, cored and chopped
3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, divided, or to taste
3 cups cooked pinto beans, with 1 cup of their cooking broth
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided
1 cup corn masa flour, preferably the masa harina mix for tamales, but masa harina for tortillas also works
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
Mexican crema, optional, for garnish
Sliced scallions, mint, cilantro and crushed dried chiltepín chiles or chiles de árbol, optional, for garnish
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, heavy soup pot or casserole over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until it has completely softened, the edges are golden brown, and there is a toasted and sweet aroma wafting from the pot. Add the garlic clove and and cook for another minute until the garlic is fragrant and has colored. Stir in the tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook for 5 minutes until the tomatoes have cooked down to a soft, thick paste. Add the beans along with 1 cup of their broth, as well as 4 cups of the chicken or vegetable broth.
Speaking Grief Premieres Monday, June 8 at 9:00pm on WSKG-TV. SPEAKING GRIEF explores why the pain of losing a loved one can be so difficult to understand and discuss. The film interviews grieving families from across the U.S., whose losses range from stillbirth to suicide, to address common misconceptions about grief. Through candid personal stories and conversations with experts in the grief field, the film also presents ideas for how family and friends can better support each other through loss.
Thai Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp and Noodles (Guay Tiew Tom Yum Goong)
Whole shrimp are traditional in this soup, but you can halve them crosswise before cooking to make them easier to eat. If galangal is unavailable, substitute fresh ginger. Makrut lime leaves add a lot to this soup. If you can’t find them, substitute three 3-inch strips each of lemon zest and lime zest. We prefer vermicelli made from 100 percent rice flour to varieties that include a secondary starch such as cornstarch.
WE LIKED THE AROMATIC sweet flavor of jasmine rice, but long-grain white or basmati works, too. A good Thai fish sauce was essential: at Milk Street we use Red Boat. Andy Ricker uses pork belly, but that can be hard to find in the U.S. Pancetta worked well as a substitute. It has the right amount of salt and fat. Plain bacon will do the job, too, but avoid smoked bacon.