Sara Kate Gillingham's Recent Articles
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A Million Ways to Roast a Chicken
Last week I spoke on a panel with my friend Melissa Clark at the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference in New York. The topic was recipe voice. As I was considering what I might say, I asked myself what it is that I hear when I read a recipe and what I want my readers to hear when I write one.
Apr 12, 2012
Recipe: Cheddar & Chive Guinness Bread
How many Irish ingredients can you mix into a recipe in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s day without seeming totally absurd? I may have crossed the line with this recipe for Cheddar and Chive Guinness Bread, but the good news is, it’s not green and you don’t need anything particularly Irish to make it work. Beer bread is one of the simplest quick breads to make. If you wanted to be really rogue you could dump every single ingredient into the loaf pan itself, mix, bake and eat.
Mar 15, 2012
Recipe: Green Beans with Almond Pesto Under an Egg
I was all set to write an amazing breakfast post for you this week — it’s breakfast week at The Kitchn you know — and then I got the call from the producers of the Martha Stewart show asking me to come make a three-course meal from my book, Good Food to Share. It would be in front of a studio audience with Martha by my side. Gulp.
Mar 8, 2012
Recipe: Thai-Style Brussels Sprouts
I had the best Brussels sprouts of my life last week at a lovely little restaurant in Brooklyn called Vinegar Hill House. It was just before Thanksgiving and it got me thinking about the dwindling stock of green food coming from the earth this time of year. Winter eating can be depressing for a girl like me, but given the limits and challenges of cold-weather cooking, some pretty amazing stuff can pop through this kind of tabletop sorrow.
Dec 1, 2011
Recipe: Spatchcocked Ricotta Chicken
While blessed with many attributes, a roasted chicken has its drawbacks. One biggie is that it usually limits your guest list to about four people tops. But chickens are adaptable creatures and open to being flexible. One way to stretch a chicken, quite literally, is to spatchcock it (a fun way of saying butterfly), stuff its gills and other tender parts, literally expanding the bird to feed more people.
Sep 29, 2011
Recipe: Pumpkin Oil Ice Cream & Pepita Brittle
It was barely six weeks ago that I last wrote about ice cream — Salted Almond Ice Cream — but as summer gets under way, it seems fitting to give you another dose of the cold hard sweet stuff in the style I find tastiest: with a kiss of savory. This was the flavor I came up with for my birthday party a few weeks ago.
Jun 23, 2011
How to Get the Most Out of Your CSA
This week I’m ensconced at a conference in scorching Austin, Texas. It also happens to be when many CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in my area are kicking off their season. So in lieu of writing something of my own, I asked Kate McDonough, author of The City Cook, a recent book on cooking at home in the city, to share some of her tips on cooking from a CSA box.What’s a CSA?
Jun 2, 2011
Birthday Boeuf Bourguignon from Amanda Hesser
A good friend of mine had a baby, her second, on Mother’s Day. I don’t know about you, but I like to cook for people when they have babies. Is this a dying tradition? When I had my daughter, I assumed people would be bringing lots of food, but it wasn’t exactly a parade of casseroles. We ended up eating a lot of take-out. It shouldn’t be that way.
May 19, 2011
Recipe: Asian Cabbage Rolls with Spicy Pork
As the snow started dumping down on us yesterday morning, I scanned the kitchen for ingredients, knowing I wanted to finally settle in and cook something from the just-released Not Your Mother’s Casseroles, written by my friend and colleague Faith Durand. By way of some miracle, I had the goods for several recipes (no need for crazy ingredients — or condensed soup! — to cook out of this volume) so I chose a spicy, Asian-influenced stuffed cabbage concoction.
Jan 27, 2011
Recipe: Kenny Lao’s Rickshaw Dumplings
We recently ran a tour of Kenny Lao’s kitchen in the East Village. Kenny, who owns Rickshaw Dumpling Bar in New York, cooks a mean dumpling and I felt like I was in great hands for my tutorial.We worked together to write up a recipe — as Kenny says, dumplings are not an exact science — with the hope that you might give it a whirl. Wouldn’t tonight would be a good night for dumplings?
Sep 23, 2010
How To Make Pasta Like a Pro
It’s Italian Week here at The Kitchn, so we’re pumping you full of Italian recipes and other inspiration to make you feel like a real Italian cook. Of course, that means pasta. Maybe you’ve been rolling your own for some time, but have you experimented with shapes? I got turned on to the hand-crank pasta machine years ago, but it was only recently that I figured out how to make some of the fancy-pants shapes like rigatoni and bucatini from scratch.
Sep 9, 2010
Summer’s End Nectarine Sorbet
This week, Maxwell and I are doing our annual (well, second annual) end-of-summer community project: we’re hosting nine actors who are creating a play of Shakespeare’s songs and sonnets for the community. It’s a beautiful, free event under the end-of-summer night sky.My role? Cast chef.At the last minute, I learned one actor doesn’t eat meat, one doesn’t do gluten, and one avoids dairy.
Sep 2, 2010
Cherry Lambic Ice Cream Float
There’s nothing terribly original about pouring beer over ice cream; if nothing else, root beer keeps us reminded of that tradition. I’ve been lazy with my beer and ice cream pairings — who isn’t? — and so it wasn’t until recently when a guest brought over a bottle of super-sweet Framboise Lambic, a raspberry beer of sorts, that I gave some serious thought to pouring boozy brews over ice cream.
Jul 22, 2010
Best Picnic Knives
At some point before I became a real adult, someone older and wiser told me I should always have a good knife in the car. Not for safety, but for picnics. So with summer knocking at our doors, it’s time to make sure we’re all prepared for eating out in the wild.Last weekend, I gathered eight hungry picnickers together to test eight knives.
May 27, 2010
The Naughty Way to Roast a Chicken
Last week I went to a press lunch showcasing a collection of snazzy Staub cookware that Williams-Sonoma will start carrying this summer. The chefs prepared the meal almost exclusively in giant Staub slow-cookers (or cocottes, as they call them) and grill pans. That was cool, but what really caught my eye was this phallic vertical roaster awkwardly perched in the corner of the kitchen, and naturally I started thinking about chickens.
May 6, 2010
Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market by Deborah Madison Book Review
I think of dessert as a curtsy to the meal; a nod of thanks; the “peace be with you” of the church that is dinner.We’re honoring that final course of the meal with a site-wide, week-long celebration of dessert at I spoke of David Lebovitz’s Ready for Dessert. Another new dessert book that stands out is Seasonal Fruit Desserts (Broadway Books) by Deborah Madison, who I consider to be one of a few grand dames of the farm-driven cooking movement.
Apr 30, 2010
How to Find More Space in the Kitchen
[Today organizing expert Stacey Platt shares a few tips on finding more space in the kitchen. Stacey is the most organized person I know, but understands with great compassion how unorganized many people can be. Here are some ideas from her new book, What’s a Disorganized Person to Do?. Welcome, Stacey!]Now, thanks to The Kitchen Cure’s Week #2 assignment, your kitchen de-cluttered and you’ve probably freed up a lot of space.
Mar 11, 2010
Fridge-Clearing Cooking Without a Recipe
If you’re one of the over 2,400 people participating in our Spring Kitchen Cure, you spent the better part of this past week cleaning your refrigerator and pantry. (Not signed up? There’s still time!) I hope it’s been fun and that you’ve had great music playing.When we delve deep into the crisper and cabinets we often find forgotten ingredients.
Mar 5, 2010
Kitchen Cure Week #1: Clean Out the Fridge and Pantry
coffeechaser’s cabinets need a dusting badly!• This Week’s Assignment: Clean Out the Fridge and Pantry• Cure Clock: Liftoff! 4 weeks remaining• Cure Takers: 1,971 and counting… Welcome, everyone! There are almost 2,000 of you signed up. It’s like we’re sitting in a giant lecture hall together. But don’t worry, it’s going to be cozy with lots of one-on-one attention.
Feb 26, 2010
Recipe: Balsamic Drizzled Ice Cream (Easiest Fanciest Dessert)
This week, to be quite honest, has been more about making a Flower Princess costume for our three year old than about cooking. We have ordered takeout both nights, my fingers have multiple stab wounds from the sewing needles, and there are wisps of pink and yellow tulle netting all over the place. Even in the face of such adversity, one night we managed to make dessert.
Oct 30, 2009
Recipe: Coconut Milk Chicken
Since falling in love with Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk recipe, I’ve wanted to try another take on the concept and simmer a whole chicken in coconut milk. How decadent! Yesterday afternoon I had my chance when the weather in New York turned chilly and a friend with a two-week-old baby called hungry.It was fantastic. Imagine a succulent chicken bathed in a thick, sweet sauce with herbal citrus notes, alongside gorgeous little pink potatoes.
Oct 16, 2009
A Home-Cooked Weeknight Dinner (But Not By Me)
It pays to leave cookbooks lying about when my mother comes to town. This week she surprised us with two great mid-week home-cooked meals. All I had to do was take the picture.Last night’s spread was from Nate Appleman and Shelley Lindgren’s A16: Food & Wine (Ten Speed Press), a book from the acclaimed A16 restaurant in San Francisco that, despite it having come out a year ago, I hadn’t yet explored.
Sep 25, 2009
Recipe: Cooking By Instinct Pizza Formula (with Morels & Ramps)
Tuesday night some old friends who live upstate came for dinner, and surprised us with an armful of Morel mushrooms and a sack full of ramps. I’d planned a simple roasted chicken and vegetable dinner, but when I saw the gift I’d been brought, I clicked into cook-by-instinct mode, the kind of cooking we are about to start espousing in the second half of our online Kitchen Cure (today is the last day to sign up and catch up.)I had to practice what I’m about to preach.
May 1, 2009
Tips for Organizing a Refrigerator and Freezer
Let’s help Kitchen Cure-taker woodnymph here with their refrigerator and freezer issue. This was their note to me along with the above photos:fridge (notice the gross spill in the bottom – who knows how long that’s been there?)door (thing often fall out when you open or close it)freezer (no idea what’s in back) We need to help this person get their Cure going!What are your favorite tips for organizing your refrigerator and freezer?
Apr 16, 2009
Four Great Chinese Cookbooks
When most American homecooks think of Chinese food, it’s the kind eaten out or ordered in, not cooked at home. This is partly a function of a pantry not fit for Chinese cooking and partly the intimidation factor. Heating a wok properly, making tasty condiments, folding dumplings; it can all seem like a lot of trouble when a bowl of pasta, just a boiled pot away from the plate, beckons at the end of a long day.If this sounds familiar, might I make a plug for some good Chinese cookbooks?
Jan 26, 2009
Tip: Use Spreadable Goat Cheese in Place of Cream Cheese
I recently got hip to a great cream-cheese alternative for bagels and such and was thinking it’d be a nice time to pass on the tip given what a brunch-y time of year this is between Christmas and New Year’s and all the other excuses for gathering and eating. Spreadable goat cheese is a lower-fat form of goat cheese with a looser texture as compared to the chèvre usually sold in log form and usually comes in a tub so it even looks like cream cheese.
Dec 19, 2008
Tip: Warm The Plates
With Thanksgiving nipping at our heels, it’s a good time to remember all the things that help make a meal a great meal. Here’s one I learned from both my mother and my husband: warm plates make a huge difference.I’ll admit that I don’t warm the plates every time I serve someone food, but when it feels special, I always try to give them a little kiss of warmth. Here are a few ways of doing it.
Nov 26, 2008
Book Review: A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
When first encountering David Tanis’s new cookbook, A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes, skeptics might roll their eyes: why do I need a full-color, hard-cover book from a chef who splits his life between the Chez Panisse kitchen in Berkeley and a dinner club in Paris to tell me how to put some figs on a platter? Stop.
Oct 2, 2008
In Season: Italian Prune Plums
What are those little baby-fist-sized plums that have been in the markets for the last month? They’re called Italian Prune Plums and I adore them. Sometimes also called Empress Plums, they are the European-style plum (Prunica domestica) – small, dense, egg-shaped fruit with blue or purple skin, freestone pits (they separate easily from the flesh) and yellow flesh. These are the plums that are made into prunes.
Sep 10, 2008
Hess Pottery: Unglazed Earthenware Pie Plates
I’m a pie girl. And when the stone fruits start dropping from the trees, my pie plate begins its annual workout. My mother in law turned me onto a great pie plate from Hess Pottery, a little company in Reeds Spring, Missouri, started in 1979 by Tom Hess. She’d gotten one as a gift, and I’ve since given it as a gift. The pie love goes ’round and ’round.The Hess Pie Plate is made from smooth, native red clay without any harmful glazes.
Sep 9, 2008
How To: Make Risotto in a Rice Cooker
Not since a roommate in college had a rice maker have I played around with one. If I remember correctly, that one singed the bottom layer of rice and then broke before Thanksgiving break.Not much of a gadget-cook myself, I usually avoid appliances like these. But I’ve been playing around with Zojirushi’s latest model, the Rizo, and recently took their suggestion in the instruction manual to make risotto using the machine’s intriguing risotto setting.
Aug 13, 2008
Recipe: Blackberry Buttermilk Ice Cream
Last weekend I found a bush on the side of the road teeming with wild blackberries. Our two-year old thought it great fun to pick them, and drop a few of them into her red bucket, while eating the rest. That left us with about seven berries. Later, when she wasn’t looking, I dashed back out and filled the bucket again for Blackberry Buttermilk Ice Cream. The lighter berries you see in the photo are some pale pink raspberries from my garden.
Aug 12, 2008
Recipe: Basic Tomato Sauce (with Optional Zing!)
For the sauce-hungry crowd, here is a basic tomato sauce, with some lemony and spicy elements for adding an optional zing. It’s easy, quick, and isn’t a boring old sauce. Basic sauces were one of the requested items from Cure-takers. This week’s assignment was to add a new skill to your cooking arsenal.
May 6, 2008
Recipe: Nathalie Dupree’s Hush Puppies
We just posted a great video about Hush Puppies, along with a similar story by Nathalie Dupree, known as the originator of the New Southern Cooking movement. Here, she shares her recipe for these little tasty tidbits of friend cornmeal.Get your oil vat hot!
Apr 30, 2008
How To Make a Beignet
While in New Orleans, if you haven’t had a beignet (pronounced ben-YAY), you aren’t having the full experience of the city.A few days ago I was there for the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. I had a few minutes free, so I popped over to famed Café De Monde on Decatur Street, shared a plate of three with my companion, and washed it all down with a tall coffee and chicory café au lait.
Apr 21, 2008
Another Reason Not to Eat Tuna?
It keeps happening: discoveries like the one reported on the front page of today’s New York Times (High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi) keep telling us that eating tuna just isn’t a great idea.After being pregnant last year, I all but completely removed it from my diet. But lately, there are some interesting “lower” and “lowest” mercury options out there, which Burrows’s article neglects to discuss.
Jan 23, 2008
Recipe: Joan’s No Fail Bundt Cake
It’s the Jewish New Year so it’s time to celebrate and reflect. This weekend, since I didn’t have time to make my traditional, from scratch honey cake, I opted for a no-fail bundt cake recipe. I recently learned that the bundt pan was created by Nordic Ware here in the United States after a couple of ladies from the Minneapolis chapter of the Hadassah society asked Nordicware founders, Dave and Dotty, to make a pan similar to the ones their grandmothers used in back in Germany.
Sep 25, 2006
Tip: Tenderizing with Kiwi
If you don’t have twelve hours to marinate meat, using a little bit of kiwi can make tender whatever you’re choosing to cook in minutes. I’m not sure how it started, but my mom and every other Korean mom I know rub kiwi pulp on thin strips of flanken-style short ribs before dunking the ribs in a sweet soy sauce and garlic mixture, and grilling them to charred perfection.
Aug 14, 2006
Recipe: Sugar Cones
With all the talk about ice cream lately, we wouldn’t want you going out and buying cones, which often have shortening, artificial flavourings and preservatives. Here’s a very simple way of making your own. This is a great accompaniment to your original ice cream recipe that you’re submitting to the contest, don’t you think?
Jul 28, 2006
Reader Recipe: Abby’s Blueberry Pie
“I think it looks a little sad because I used my glass pie plate which is a deeper than I remembered so it doesn’t have that nice plumped up effect. It’s based on a family recipe that both my mother and my grandmother made, which we all tend to play fast and loose with. This pie combines half cooked fruit with half fresh fruit, so you can sugar and spice up the cooked part but still get the freshness of the raw fruit. ” (Thanks, Abby!
Jul 5, 2006
Recipe: Aïoli
This garlicly mayonnaise goes well with raw vegetables, and all grilled foods, so we like to serve it during the summer, but it is also a nice accompaniment to meats and fish cooked in other ways.Experiment by adding other flavors such as saffron, chipotle chile powder, or fresh herbs.
Jun 27, 2006
Recipe: Bermudian Rum Cake
We celebrated the birthday of a Bermudian friend a few nights ago. On the menu were Dark & Stormies and Rum Cake, of course. Being with child, I did not gulp a D&S, but I did enjoy the cake. The recipe, in its original form, comes from the birthday boy’s mother in Bermuda, who gets it from Bacardi.
Apr 26, 2006
Recipe: Pasta With Greens and Feta
Here’s a recipe from a reader, SarahW, for a simple pasta dish using Swiss Chard (it’s been a hot topic of discussion on the Open Threads for a while) and Feta cheese. With greens such as spinach about to come into season on the East Coast, this would make a great spring dish. Pasta With Greens and Feta 6 Tbsp. olive oil (or less) 4 cups chopped onion 8 cups packed chopped bitter greens (e.g.
Apr 7, 2006