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From Polish Country House Kitchen's Hunter's Stew (Bigos)

Bigos, or traditional Polish Hunter's Stew, is one of those homey recipes that changes from home to home. In fact, in From A Polish Country House Kitchen, Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden describe the stew as Poland's version of chili—long stewed meat with a suggestion of vegetable served with thick rustic bread. Their take blends pork, venison, beef, veal, and sausage with cabbage, sauerkraut, and mushrooms for a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners, hearty meal for the meatiest of meat lovers. In other words, it's an awesome addition to your late winter repertoire. More

From a Polish Country House Kitchen's Hunter's Stew (Bigos)

Bigos, or traditional Polish Hunter's Stew, is one of those homey recipes that changes from household to household. In fact, in From A Polish Country House Kitchen, Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden describe the stew as Poland's version of chili--long stewed meat with a suggestion of vegetable served with thick rustic bread. Their take blends pork, venison, beef, veal, and sausage with cabbage, sauerkraut, and mushrooms for a no-nonsense, take no prisoners, hearty meal for the meatiest of meat lovers. In other words, it is an awesome addition to your late winter repertoire. More

Belgian Pie

Most of the pies I've encountered have had a butter, shortening, lard or cookie crust, but the Belgian Pie consists of a yeast-raised crust and can be filled with any of a number of fillings. Fruit fillings like apple, prune and raisin are popular as is rice. Known in Dutch as Rijsttaart, the filling is akin to rice pudding. More

Mile End's Tsimis

For a traditional dish, Tsimis doesn't have the best reputation—most references to the dish include the words "mushy" or "cloying." Noah and Rae Bernamoff, however, employ some tricks in their recipe in The Mile End Cookbook to update the dish. They first roast the carrots to develop complexity and cook them almost all the way through in dry heat. Next, the carrots are tossed in a honey-thyme mixture with a mix of dried fruit and ginger. Finally, a huge handful of toasted sunflower seeds are tossed in for contrasting texture and slightly bitter, nutty bursts of flavor. More

Mile End's Tsimis

For a traditional dish, Tsimis doesn't have the best reputation—most references to the dish include the words "mushy" or "cloying." Noah and Rae Bernamoff, however, employ some tricks in their recipe in The Mile End Cookbook to update the dish. They first roast the carrots to develop complexity and cook them almost all the way through in dry heat. Next, the carrots are tossed in a honey-thyme mixture with a mix of dried fruit and ginger. Finally, a huge handful of toasted sunflower seeds are tossed in for contrasting texture and slightly bitter, nutty bursts of flavor. More

April Bloomfield's Devils on Horseback

This week we're sharing what we consider to be April Bloomfield's greatest hits, many taken straight from the menu at The Spotted Pig. At the 'Pig, Bloomfield does drinking snacks right, and these Devils on Horseback are the ideal way to soak up whatever you're sipping. Bacon-wrapped prunes would be wonderful on their own but in typical Bloomfield fashion, she takes it a step further by plumping the prunes in tea and Armagnac, and stuffing them with tiny bits of tender poached pear. Bacon wrapped prunes would be wonderful on their own but in typical Bloomfield fashion, she takes it a step further by plumping the prunes in tea and Armagnac, and stuffing them with tiny bits of tender poached pear. These are the kind of snacks that go fast, doubling the recipe might be a good plan. More

April Bloomfield's Devils on Horseback

This week we're going to be sharing what we consider to be April Bloomfield's greatest hits, many taken straight from the menu at The Spotted Pig. At The Spotted Pig, Bloomfield does drinking snacks right, and these Devils on Horseback are the ideal way to soak up whatever you're sipping. Bacon wrapped prunes would be wonderful on their own but in typical Bloomfield fashion, she takes it a step further by plumping the prunes in tea and Armagnac, and stuffing them with tiny bits of tender poached pear. These are the kind of snacks that go fast, doubling the recipe might be a good plan. More

In a Pickle: Pickled Prunes

Prunes get a bad rap. Most people think you need an AARP member card to buy them. Thing is, they start out life as plums and are really no different than a raisin is to a grape. Manufacturers like Sunsweet and Sun Maid have been playing this up, rebranding their prune packaging with words "dried plums." Whether you buy into this new branding or not, I firmly believe it's time to start rethinking the prune. One way to start re-imagining the prune is to pickle it. More

Let Them Eat: Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky. Toffee. Pudding. When I say these words aloud I see my listeners' pupils dilate, their fingers twitch, their teeth bite vampire-like into their bottom lips. I see I have an audience in my thrall and decide to tease and torture, describing how a warm bath of brown sugar, butter, molasses, and port sauce cascades onto a bed of dark cake that imbibes the glossy liquid. When prodded or scooped, the cake bleeds out helplessly and deliciously. More

Cook the Book: Bay-Scented Chicken with Figs

Although this Bay-Scented Chicken with Figs from Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian was made in my New York kitchen, the ingredients for the recipe had California written all over them. If I was living in Southern California I would have access to ripe figs and fresh bay leaves, but since it's not quite season yet on the East Coast, their dried counterparts had to make do. But even with dried figs and bay leaves, this recipe was a winner. More

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