If you're looking for a way to repurpose your turkey beyond round two at the buffet, might I suggest a (slightly over the top) Kentucky "Hot Brown"? Normally I make this open-faced sandwich as part of my Derby day spread, but the Southern specialty also makes a perfect reprieve from Thanksgiving casserole overkill.
Monday night, I invited some lovely people to dinner who are visiting South Carolina from Pennsylvania. I wanted to highlight our local culture and food and, after a busy Monday, I needed something easy! Shrimp and grits seemed like the best choice. Though you can find them almost anywhere in the United States by now, they always taste best at home.
As you've probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
Today kosher chef and cooking instructor Kim Kushner, author ofThe Modern Menu, shares her fresh and vibrant holiday menu, including a no-stress recipe for turkey braised with pumpkin, figs and honey. (It will make your kitchen smell amazing!)
Ah, nut loaf. Not the sexiest-sounding main dish, but that hardly matters once you've taken a bite. Rich, chewy, umami-loaded and very satisfying, nut loaf has won the hearts and palates of many people — even non-vegetarians. Here is my favorite recipe for this classic dish, along with alternative serving suggestions and, of course, ideas for leftovers.
Poppy Seed Chicken is an old Southern standby, just pure comfort in casserole form. I can't think of a more satisfying childhood memory than enjoying a big helping it on a chilly winter night. I must admit that it's been years since I last tasted my mom's version but something about this latest cold front spurred me to bring it out for a spin.
When we think of meatless sources of protein, foods like beans, tofu, and cheese generally top the list. But one of my favorites is quinoa (shark-jumping be darned!) — not only is it a delicious and complete protein, but it's also rich in iron and fiber, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and unprocessed. For ethical farming reasons, I always make sure to buy Fair Trade quinoa.
This season I'm baking quinoa into a savory pie with roasted winter squash and aromatic herbs and spices. As a main dish for dinner or lunch to eat during the workweek, it's packed with fall flavor and nutrition.
Laziness is occasionally the mother of very tasty invention. In this case, it was a desire for something other than my usual weeknight pork chops combined with a distinct lack of desire to actually...well...cook. Ahem. The solution — stuffing the pork chops with a mix of toasted pine nuts, dried porcini mushrooms, and a handful of snowy pecorino — is both the ultimate in convenience and the ultimate in deliciousness. It's a win-win supper situation.
We are well into the time of year when holiday cooking and baking is on everyone's radar. Last year around this time I became so caught up in planning our holiday menus that I started to lose inspiration for simple, everyday fall cooking, and I've vowed not to let that happen this season. The good thing about this warmly-spiced, nutritious grain salad is that it fills both roles: everyday side (or main) dish as well as truly beautiful contender for the holiday table.
When we were young(er) and broke(r), I didn't know what to do about meat. I'm a meat eater and, nursing a newborn, I was always hungry. Fine. That's just an excuse. I'm just a big eater, lactating or not. I didn't want to subsist on rice and beans, and tofu wasn't all that cheap. The meat I craved was grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free, and preferably from a nearby farm. The good stuff does not come cheap! Our $10 weekly vegetable co-op bag formed the base of our menu, and I learned to use meat sparingly.