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    I'm going to say right up front that this is a project, and while it can absolutely be assembled in a single session, it wouldn't hurt to consider dividing the labor over two days, or between morning and late-afternoon/early evening (i.e., around dinnertime). Not because it's particularly complicated--don't be intimidated by length of the ingredient list; it's mostly the contents of your spice rack--but because after the initial busywork, it's mostly waiting around for the meat to slow-cook at low heat over an extended period. And don't stews always taste better the next day? Anyway, the back story: I was home sick (read: hungover) from work one day about five years ago, trying in vain to find a Law & Order marathon on the tube, when I came across Good Eats on Food Network. The episode was "Beef Stew," and Alton Brown was preparing a goulash in a way I had never seen before. He took several pounds of English-cut short ribs and seared them on a griddle pan. Then he blended tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, paprika, and herbs, and coated the browned meat in it. Then he sealed it in foil and cooked it in the oven for 4 hours at 250. The meat was then separated from its juices, which were refrigerated until a fat cap formed and could be easily removed (and saved). He then cooked onions and potatoes in a little of the reserved fat before returning the meat and de-fatted sauce to the mixture and stewing them together briefly to complete the dish. I became fascinated with this technique and decided to try adapting it to the classic Hungarian Szekely Gulyas, which is a pork and sauerkraut stew, usually seasoned with paprika and caraway, sometimes cooked with tomatoes and banana peppers, and always finished with sour cream. I've tried this method several times now, with varied cuts of pork including cheek, butt, shoulder, neck, belly, and sparerib. A combination of belly, butt, and neck has yielded the best results so far, so that is what I call for here. Some notes about esoteric ingredients: Lecso is like a Hungarian version of ratatouille. It's a stew of tomatoes, peppers, and onion, usually seasoned with garlic and paprika, and if you're into canning, it's a great way to preserve the late-summer bounty. (In the colder months, many Hungarian cooks substitute lecso for the out-of-season fresh tomatoes and peppers in their recipes.) It's admittedly not the easiest ingredient to source, but there are two varieties I have seen: the one by Bende is like a chunky sauce and has a sweeter, more tomato-y flavor than the Gossari brand, which is slightly more bitter and emphasizes the pepper flavor, while also having a higher oil content, which gives it good body when pureed. If you can't find either of these, stewed tomatoes make an acceptable substitute. But if you want to be really DIY about it (and have the basis for another meal altogether--lecso is really good cooked with smoked sausage and/or eggs), it's super-easy to make. These are good recipes: OR OR The basic rule of thumb is a 2:1:1 (by weight) ratio of peppers:tomatoes:onions. Cook the onions (and garlic, if using) in a little lard or bacon fat until soft, then add some paprika to taste (do this off heat so as not to burn the paprika), then throw in the peppers and cook a few minutes before adding the tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and simmering until a saucy consistency has been achieved. As for which peppers to use, traditionally you'd use Hungarian wax, a mixture of sweet and hot to taste, but you can use banana, bell, cubanelle, green Italian frying peppers, whatever is available, basically. If you do make your own, you can omit the stewed tomatoes and banana peppers when finishing the goulash and substitute an equivalent amount of lecso. Dill seed is, yes, the seed of the dill plant, and it has a flavor reminiscent of caraway, but lighter. Information here: As mentioned above, this is an adaptation of Alton Brown's "Good Eats Beef Stew" recipe, which can be found here:
    Deep Fried Rosettes :)
    These are a holiday tradition at our house. I take the recipe and make it x 6. I take boxes, line with foil for family and friends. What I also do is have the powdered sugar ready and heat the oil in a fry pan next to the foil, that way when some are done it's easier to get them done and in boxes and we can eat some.. Also I use a whisk to mix the ingredients so they don't get clumpy Enjoy!! also I put aprox servings without the doubling or like me making it 6 times. cook time is of course with the recipe that I made it which was 6 times the original recipe.
    Navy Bean Soup With Ham and Vegetables
    This soup has been a favorite of my family for years. I like to consider the recipe a general guideline which is forgiving and lends itself to modification depending on the cook. If you make this recipe as it stands, it is wonderful. Don't get too hung up on what ham you put in, but I think the post-Easter ham bone which still bears meat is the best for me. Pork hocks are good if you like a smokey flavor. Honey glazed ham works great when you want the hint of sweetness for your sweetie pie! Sometimes I buy a simple cooked ham-in-a-foil-bag at Costco or Sam's and add a bit of brown sugar and honey to the soup! (The ham that doesn't get used gets portioned and frozen for the next batches I make!)
    Singapore Cucumber Salad
    A quick cool & refreshing use for the cucumbers coming out of the garden when gets hot. Just quarter & seed, then proceed with recipe if you don't have seedless cucumber or use 6 or 8 pickling cucumbers. Same with the peppers - use what you have - minis, cherries, any sweet pepper will work. Whatever you have, use it! Exotic but not too exotic - good foil for grilled fish or poultry, even BBQ'd pork. Found in The Seattle Times. Cook time is setting time. I plan to chill several hours before serving to wilt the cucumbers a little.
    Apple Tarte Tartin
    Before I began my career as a publicist, I spent the age of 15-21 as a waitress in restaurants which ranged from greasy spoon coffee shops to high end French couture restaurants. All these years later, I still have very fond memories of hanging out in the kitchen watching the chefs and line cooks puff up perfect soufflés, julienne a bucket of some exotic vegetable or sauce up a chicken fried steak. I really enjoyed watching the assembly line of prep and putting together of ingredients to be plated and toted out to the dining room. I learned about wines as my customers ordered bottles and gave me sips to experience along with them. The walk-in was a particularly interesting place, not only to catch my breath for a moment of solitude, but to steal a nibble of something that may have been forbidden for the wait staff to eat. I remember a giant English trifle of which attracted my spoon, dish and I into the refrigerator a few more times than I probably should. Aside from helping my Mom in her kitchen as a kid, these were the places where I was really was bitten by the food bug. Just curious really, I suppose. I learned that my preconceived notions were not foregone conclusions – “you mean there is no chicken in a chicken fried steak?” An aspect of myself which lives on today in my publicity work, I loved to make anything eccentric mainstream; once I learned what a coulibiac actually was, we couldn’t keep it in the kitchen. Many recipes came from those years which I hastily penned down on cocktail napkins and to this day, keep in a notebook, Scotch-taped to a three hole-punched piece of wrinkled paper. My apple tarte tartin is one, for which I am known to make every year for Christmas. And, so, upon you telling me `about your new blog, Amanda, and seeing you have a recipe submission button -- I’m contributing my high-fat, high-heaven apple dish to your community. Congrats on Food52; it’s beautiful. Along with William Safire’s great word soliloquies, I’m sad that you’re no longer at the NYT. I have relished your slightly quirky and always elegant take on the edible for the paper and magazine, but this seems like a wonderful endeavor. And, well, you are irreplaceable, so too bad for them! Alyson’s Apple Tarte Tartin 6 large green apples (in my opinion, the tartness of green is so much better than reds) 14 tablespoons salted butter (don’t listen to cooks who say you must bake with sweet butter – I like the salt) 2/3 cup white sugar 7 tablespoons brown sugar Crust: 2 cups flour (sift it!) 1 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons lard 7-10 tablespoons ice cold water Or Use Pepperidge Farm’s Filo Dough (mucho easier, faster and perfectly delicious) Glaze: ½ cup white sugar ¼ cup water Condiment: Heavy cream Powdered sugar Cut apples in half. Cut out the cores in a “V” shape. Cut off both ends so they are square. Peel them. Combine butter, brown and white sugar into a thick paste. Divide in half. Using a high-sided iron Dutch oven, smush the butter mixture thickly on the bottom and sides of the iron. Note: you can use other kinds of pans, but the heavier the better and the sides should be a minimum of twice the height of the apples. Believe me, it took me years to figure out the perfection, specifically, of using a Dutch oven for this. If it overflows, the caramelizing procedure will create an incredible mess in your oven and you’ll create such a thick smoke in the house, you’ll smell it for weeks. You might even attract the fire department, which, if you’re single, may not be a bad thing…. Arrange apples with one of the cut, squared sides down, front to back until they are packed together in a petal like fashion around the edges of the Dutch oven. Think of how bodies might be squished together for a photo with people’s back’s pressed against other’s chests. There should be no space between them and tightly packed in. Do the same in a circle inside this row toward the center of the pan, until all apples are packed in on their sides. Take the rest of the butter/sugar paste and crumble over the apples. There should be plenty of paste; be generous with it. For your own dough, sift together flour and salt. Cut in lard and toss with a fork until combined. Add tablespoons (one at a time) of iced cold water and toss to form a loose dough. Gather dough into ball and roll out into ¼” thickness. Cut dough to cover apples (easiest to use the Dutch oven or baking dish cover to measure!). Cover applies with dough, tucking edges between the apples and the side of the pan. Slit dough in center to air to escape. Now, take the batteries out of your smoke alarms and make sure you oven is lined with foil. Preheat oven to 450. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove dish from oven and increase heat to 550. Cover dish and return to oven and bake for one hour. To check is tartin is done, tilt dish and liquid should have caramelized and look like dark brown honey. Remove from oven and cool. DO NOT REFRIGERATE, otherwise, you’ll never get it out of the pan. Keep it at room temperate for a couple of hours until pan is cool enough to touch with bare hands. Put a large serving plate over the Dutch oven. Over the sink – flip it. Let it sit until all the apples fall onto the plate. Carefully remove the Dutch oven and pray the apples are still in a nice petal-like pattern. If some are still stuck, carefully scrape out and try to fit into the pattern. If not, no worries, it’ll taste the same. I am famous for my crooked cakes, but also for how amazing they taste! Now you must refrigerate the tartin, which should now be seated on top of the dough. You must get the apples cool enough to grab the glaze and let it harden into a candy like texture. An hour should be enough, just make sure the apples are cool to the touch before adding the glaze. Combine ½ cup white sugar and a bit of water in a heavy small saucepan. Cook on high heat on stove until if caramelized. It should take 5-8 minutes or so, it will slightly smoke and turn color to a dark brown. As it starts to turn from a golden honey to a dark honey color and smoke a bit, turn down the heat and let it transform into a dark brown honey like color. It may appear that it’s burning -- it is actually, but there is a fine line between caramelized and burnt. Pour immediately over the tartin. The coolness of the apples will grab the glaze to harden into a candy like texture and hold the apples together. Place heavy cream into metal or glass bowl (not plastic as it will not firm up). Place hand whipper in at high speed until the cream begins to turn from liquid to a firm whipped cream texture. Add a bit of sugar to taste to the sweetness you like. Go easy on, as the sugar in the apples is intense and so a more plain cream is preferable as a condiment. Serve and repeat the story above. Tell them it was you. They’ll believe it, especially since by dessert time, your guests should have had enough wine to smile at anything you tell them.
    5-Color Vegetarian Lasagna
    I took the title quite literally: Your Best Cheap Feast. First, nothing says feast like lasagna, and its slide immediately slotted into view. Next, cheap. That meant working with ingredients I tend to consistently have on hand: carrots because I have bunnies; the same goes for spinach (though I siphon off my share for salads); I couldn't live without mushrooms - plain brown ones, though white will do nicely, too; goat cheese aleays; I discovered a 28-ounce can of roasted yellow peppers in the pantry,pilfered from a booth I'd worked at a food show, as good a money in the bank; and once every couple of years, I order a full ounce of Spanish saffron (let me know if you want my source). I'd intended to make my own pasta, which for lasagna is extremely easy because it just has to be long, thin, and flat; however, when poking through the pantry I found two partial boxes of oven-ready (no pre-cooking required, in other words) lasagna noodles. I know, I know, some are cringing at the very thought, but remember: cheap, and to me that meant working with what I already had. Besides, this is supposed to be a feast, which infers fun, not forced labor. As well, there is always milk in the refrigerator, and vegetable stock in the freezer. And olive oil on the counter. All of which made the whole most certainly mine, and the best I could do under the circumstances. The one ingredient I needed from the store was mozzarella cheese. As I rode over on my bike (I'm campaigning for sainthood, you see), I scrolled through the layers as I saw them in my mind. When I thought about the mushroom layer, wondering what to sauté along with them, I yelped out loud at the thought of, oh yes!, leeks. But when I got there and saw that two of them would cost four dollars and realized that I'd need at least 4 if not more, I decided to pull from the pile of onions waiting back at the so to speak ranch, and splurged instead on some heavenly fresh mozzarella. You know how messy lasagna can be to serve, even when it has rested for a while after emerging from the oven? You know, also, how much better it tastes as leftovers, once all the flavors have blended? Well, think about thinking about this as a giant leftover. Bake it at least 24 hours before you plan to serve it. Cool it, cover it with plastic, refrigerate it. Remove it from the refrigerator a couple of hours before you begin reheating it. Set the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the plastic and replace it with a sheet of parchment, followed by foil. Fit about at least an hour of reheating time into your timetable. To be sure, stick a thermometer through the covering layers into the center. It should read 165 degrees. Continue baking until it does. And when it does, remove it from the oven, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then serve your feast with great joy. You might not use all of both of the sauces. No matter. Stir together the leftovers and refrigerate. In a couple of days, cook some of your favorite pasta, stir isome pesto alla genovese (the green stuff) into the sauce mixture and toss with your pasta and a couple of ladlesful of pasta water. Salute!
    Grilled Salmon in Olive Oil
    The best thing about grilled salmon? You barely need to do a thing. Even a little bit of effort can pay off in a big way, flavorwise. In this easy grilled salmon recipe, the secret is in the sauce — just butter, lemon juice, chives, and garlic — which cooks in a pan while the salmon is grilling away. The technique itself is fairly universal, so feel free to swap out salmon for halibut or trout, or try other seafood, like shrimp or scallops. But let’s be honest — it's hard to beat super fresh, in-season salmon. ## How To Choose Perfect Salmon Fillets If it’s summer, you’re in luck — that’s when Pacific salmon is in season. (Atlantic salmon, on the other hand, is almost always farmed. We can argue about the virtues of fresh versus farmed salmon another time). There are six types of Pacific salmon — the most common of which are Chinook (a.k.a king), coho, and sockeye. Take your pick, they’re all wonderful grilled. Look for the label "Alaskan wild-caught" for a healthy, sustainable choice. When picking salmon fillets, the key is to use your senses. Does it smell like… anything? It really shouldn’t. Does it look firm throughout? The color can vary, from almost ruby red to a light pink-orange sherbet, but it should be bold. Any browning should also be avoided. Is it firm to the touch? (Gushy is never good). If all those are in order, the taste should be on point. Just be sure to get fillets of equal size so the cook time will be consistent. ## Which First — Skin Side Up Or Skin Side Down? It’s a given that you should leave the skin on if you're going to grill salmon. (Really, even if you don’t like to eat the skin, the only time you'll want to remove the skin during cooking is when you poach.) But the ever-present question is, skin side up first or skin side down? In the skin side down camp, you have Mark Bittman — and plenty of others. The idea is that the skin keeps the salmon fillets from cooking too quickly or sticking to the grill grates. When you grill salmon skin side down, you get deliciously crispy skin, but also potential flare-ups. In the skin side up camp, you have Cooks Illustrated. Using this cooking method, you place salmon on the grill while it's still raw, so it won’t flake and the grill marks come out perfect. Well-cooked salmon (not well-done, mind you) will lift easily from the grill. ## Beyond Olive Oil All you really need to season salmon fillets is kosher salt, black pepper, and olive oil with a squeeze of lemon juice, for good measure. In this grilled salmon recipe, we’re using a simple olive oil-based dressing; but don't be afraid to get creative! Salmon is so versatile. Try adding [herbs and lemon]( ), [tomato and basil]( ), [mustard and tarragon]( ), [soy sauce and brown sugar]( ) cooked in a foil packet, or experiment with a flavorful marinade and [avocado salsa]( ). Be bold, and find your favorite way to cook salmon! ## What To Pair With Grilled Salmon Fillets Since salmon cooks so quickly — 10 minutes, tops, over medium heat on the gas grill — and prep time is almost nothing, you want easy sides that come together fast. Two salmon sides we recommend are [mashed potatoes]( ) and [tomato salad]( ). For a lighter side, try this simple [arugula, feta, and summer squash]( ) salad or grilled veggies alongside. For an Asian feel, try rice and [Asian-style kale]( ) with a simple soy sauce dressing.
    Foiled Miso Salmon
    DH and I made this for dinner last night and thought it was excellent. Another winner from Keiko O Aoki's "Easy and Healthy Japanese Food for the American Kitchen." DH and I doubled the green onions and found the salmon had to cook for significantly longer (about 20 mins) than what was posted in the recipe (though we realize oven heating times vary). This was very easy and required very little prep. I should mention that I always use reduced sodium soy sauce (I prefer San-J Tamari).
    Baked Porgy
    Baked what? Pronounced like “Porgy” from “Porgy and Bess,” this mild, flaky white-fleshed fish (also known as scup) is long-underrated. Delicious, nutritious, easy to make, and affordable, Porgy is similar to tilapia (both are mild-tasting white fish) but sweeter. So say goodbye to lobster, salmon, shrimp, and tuna and all the other popular kids. Get adventurous and try something new. ## An Underappreciated Fish You hardly ever see porgy on an American restaurant’s menu — specials maybe, but not on the actual menu. It may not have the pedigree of an American red snapper or black grouper, but chefs say it’s got the same quality. It’s not the prettiest fish you’ve ever seen, but it’s fabulous when cooked, whether sautéed or baked whole. So why does Porgy get such a bad rap? Perhaps because it’s used as bait for bigger fish — labeled as nothing more than “by-catch” by some — and its name doesn't sound particularly classy. But if you’ve ever tried fresh grilled porgy, you know why seafood fans from England to Japan are crazy about this fish. ## The Goodness of Porgy Called sea bream in Europe, Porgy is among the most plentiful, sustainable fish on the New York and Northeastern Atlantic Coast. Porgy is sweet and medium-fatty, has edible skin that gets nice and crispy, and is more affordable than other white fish varieties that are similar in flavor, such as red snapper. Argentina is the world’s major red porgy producer and sells frozen fish to markets in Europe, where the fish is highly regarded. Uruguay and Brazil also have commercial red porgy fisheries. ## Versatility Porgy is a versatile fish and its mild flavor absorbs spices well, although a simple sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt will suffice. Porgy fillets and steaks can be stuffed and baked. Whole fish are good cooked on the grill or oven roasted; these methods soften the bones and allow the meat to slide off them more easily. Porgies can have tough, hard-to-scale-skin. It’s easiest to have the fish scaled before buying. ## Types of Porgy **Red porgy** have white, tender meat with a large flake and mild, sweet, but satisfying flavor, though its numerous small bones make it hard to fillet. ** Sheepshead porgy** have always been highly regarded in the American South, where they are usually pan-fried. The fat-bodied **Northern porgy** has firm, flaky flesh, though it is quite bony. The plump, golden-silver **Jolthead porgy**, in the Gulf of Mexico, is delicious and beautiful. ## Other Ways to Prepare Porgy **Greek-style:** Simply pan-fried with sea salt and pepper, extra virgin olive oil, red onions, garlic, white wine, lemon juice, oregano, rosemary, and butter. **Grilled:** Serve whole grilled porgy over a bed of corn salad tossed in garlicky buttermilk dressing: a perfect summer meal! **Samke Harra (Lebanese Spiced Fish):** Porgy with a classic Lebanese sauce of onions, walnuts, chopped cilantro, and chili. **Stuffed Porgy:** Fill porgy fillets with capers, olives, and fresh herbs. Wrap the fillets in parchment or aluminum foil, bake for half an hour, then serve with lemon slices.