My wife isn't the biggest fan of turkey... which is a polite way of saying that she hates it! "She's just never had a good turkey," you might say. Au contraire mon ami, she's had 'em done all the right ways from all the right people. Yet still, as far as she's concerned, turkeys can pack its bags and jettison on a private plane co-piloted by Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Off to Never Neverland!
For others who may be turkey disinclined, some options...
Autumn is all about the warming, stick-to-your-ribs dishes that sound so good as the weather cools down, but comfort food doesn't have to mean heavy and cheesy. For the fall pumpkin-carving party I hosted for our latest Gatherings From The Kitchn, I wanted to serve a meal that was fresh and healthy as well as warm and comforting, so I planned a buffet centered around an Indian-themed baked sweet potato bar.
The main topping was rich and flavorful lamb korma, a creamy curry made with lean lamb leg and a little coconut milk that was surprisingly light — yet tasted totally decadent. Even better? This is a recipe that tastes best after a day or two in the fridge, making it a great make-ahead dinner party option.
It's not very often that I whip up a plated lamb dinner for friends.
Good-quality lamb is a real splurge, but sometimes life's events call
for nothing less than the best. This simple, showstopping menu does just that.
Lamb can be a tough sell for many people. Between its reputedly strong flavor and not quite knowing how to cook it, we pass it over for more familiar cuts. But it's worth giving lamb a chance because when it's done right, a plate of tender flavorful lamb is a beautiful thing. When is the last time you had lamb for dinner?
When the temperature takes a permanent nosedive and fall is starting to look a lot more like winter, shepherd's pie is one of the first things that I crave. One enormous square of this casserole, with its blanket of mashed potatoes and that savory meat-and-vegetable filling, sends a sigh of contentment through my whole body. One casserole makes more than enough for my household of two, so I can look forward to comfort meals all week long.
My Chinese teacher once told me that all Beijing expats start out by learning the same three words: nihao, pijiu, and yangrou chuanr - hello, beer, and lamb chuanr. Those three words are the essentials, because that's all you need to know to get a great dinner anywhere in the city, just find the nearest chuanr stand.
As a restaurant employee, let me just say this. Please don't go out to dinner on Valentine's Day. In fact, please stay home the week before and after. I beg of you. I won't elaborate, but why fight for a reservation when you can cook up a delicious, romantic meal in the privacy of your own home.
When my boyfriend and I first started dating, he invited me over for a home cooked meal. However, living in New York City, my expectations for home cooking on a date were limited. Would he make macaroni or spaghetti? But when he told me the menu involved a dish he learned from his mom in Turkey, I prepared for some seriously delicious food.
The Environmental Working Group recently released a guide which ranks proteins based on their environmental impact. It's not shocking that lentils top the list of the most environmentally-friendly foods you can eat, but we were surprised by two of the three foods that have the biggest affect on climate change.