Posts for October 6th 2009
From Bon Appétit
Beginner Butternut Squash Salad
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons (packed) dark brown sugar
2 2-pound butternut squash, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded
Coarse kosher salt
4 heads of Belgian endive, root ends trimmed, leaves separated into individual leaves
2 unpeeled Fuji apples, halved, cored, cut into matchstick-size strips
8 ounces blue cheese (such as Maytag), coarsely crumbled
1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Whisk vinegar and lemon juice in small bowl; gradually whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush 2 large rimmed baking sheets with oil; spray with nonstick spray. Whisk vinegar and sugar in small bowl; set aside.
- Cut squash halves crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange squash in single layer on prepared sheets; brush with oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper. Roast 5 minutes; brush with sugar-vinegar mixture. Turn squash over and brush with sugar-vinegar mixture; roast 5 minutes. Roast until squash is tender when pierced with small knife, about 15 minutes longer. Cool on sheets. Let stand at room temperature.
- Arrange 5 to 6 endive leaves on each of 10 plates. Place butternut squash slices in center of each plate. Scatter apples, cheese, and cranberries over squash. Drizzle dressing over and serve.
From Fine Cooking
Expert Butternut Squash Salad
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup port
1 butternut squash (about 2 lb.)
1 small red onion
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. maple syrup
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 medium heads Belgian endive
1 small head frisée
1/2 small head radicchio
3 cups loosely packed spinach leaves, stemmed
Sherry Maple Vinaigrette:
6-oz. log fresh goat cheese
1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts
4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
- Cover the raisins with the port and let sit overnight.
- Heat the oven to 400°F. Cut off the bulb end of the squash; reserve for another use. Peel the cylinder end and cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch dice. Thinly slice the red onion. In a bowl, combine the squash, red onion, olive oil, and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine thoroughly. Spread the squash and onions on an oiled sheet pan and roast, stirring occasionally, until the squash is just cooked through and the squash and onions are browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Cut the endive into 1/2-inch slices. Cut off the stem end of the frisée, separate the leaves, and cut them into smaller pieces. Core and roughly chop the radicchio. Combine the endive, frisée, radicchio, and spinach in a nonreactive mixing bowl; toss with 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette. Arrange the greens on six plates.
- Heat the broiler. Slice the goat cheese into 6 rounds and arrange on a baking sheet. Broil until just soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Top each plate of greens with the still-warm squash and onions. Drain the raisins and sprinkle them, the toasted walnuts, and the bacon, if using, around the plate. Garnish with a round of warmed goat cheese. Drizzle a few teaspoons of the remaining vinaigrette around each plate and serve. Reserve extra vinaigrette for another use.
Serves 6 as a starter.
1 bottle champagne, preferably pink (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 cup sugar
Zest of 1/4 lemon
1 teaspoon rose water (optional)
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (optional)
2 large pears (such as Bosc) or 4 small pears (such as Seckel), peeled (firm, slightly underripe pears work best)
- Combine all the ingredients except the pears in a pot and bring to a simmer.
- Carefully lower the pears into the liquid (adding up to 1 cup water to make sure the fruit is fully submerged).
- Simmer until the pears are tender, 15 to 17 minutes for small pears, 25 to 30 minutes for large ones.
- Cool the pears in the cooking liquid for 30 minutes before serving, or store them in the refrigerator (still in the liquid) for up to a week.
I've said it once, and I'll say it again: Tex-Mex is one of my favorite cuisines of all time, my top dish pick being chili con queso with Ro-Tel. Naturally, when I came across a Tex-Mex mac and cheese with green chilies, I knew I had to make it.
The recipe comes from Robert Del Grande, one of the Lone Star State's best-known chefs and restaurateurs, and the roasted poblanos give the melted cheese dish an addictive kick. Want the recipe? Keep reading.
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- New York, NY: Rum Fest — Oct. 8
- New York, NY: NYC Wine & Food Festival — Oct. 8-11
- Gulf Shores, AL: National Shrimp Festival — Oct. 8-11
- Panama City, FL: Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival — Oct. 9-11
- Puyallup, WA: Oktoberfest NW — Oct. 9-11
- Timonium, MD: Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest — Oct. 10
- Atlanta, GA: Taste of Atlanta — Oct. 10-11
- Port Angeles, WA: Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival — Oct. 10-11
- Alexandria, VA: Old Town Food & Wine Festival — Oct. 10-11
- Boston, MA: Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit Dinner — Oct. 13
- San Francisco, CA: Wine and Spirits Magazine Top 100 Tasting — Oct. 14
Beet Salad With Goat Cheese and Walnuts
2 small cooked beets or one 8-1/4-ounce can tiny whole beets, chilled
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons bottled reduced-fat or fat-free balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
4 cups mixed baby salad greens
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
1 ounce semisoft goat cheese (chevre), crumbled
- Slice beets into bite-sized wedges.
- In a medium bowl, combine cut-up beets, basil, and pepper. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the salad dressing; toss to coat.
- Arrange greens on 2 salad plates; sprinkle with remaining dressing.
- Top with beet mixture, walnuts, and goat cheese.