'Carrots' on Serious Eats

Glazed Carrots

I suppose that while paging through Alton Brown's Good Eats 2: The Middle Years, I was looking for a glazed carrot recipe that had a little more oomph than the standard combo of butter and brown sugar. This recipe subs in ginger ale as a sweetener, and depending on which brand you choose it can lend a significant kick. I chose a super strong ginger beer, which reduced to a lovely glaze and left the carrots plenty spicy and gingery enough to wake you up. The sprinkling of chili powder adds a bit more warmth and spice, taking these carrots out of the realm of sleepy side and into the side dish spotlight. More

Cheddar Beer Soup

The problem with most cheese soups is they seem more like a cheese dip than something you're supposed to eat with a spoon. I'm not sure if the issue is too much cheese or cream, but I wanted to make something that had the flavors of some spectacular real English cheddar, without feeling like I was snarfing down a pot of fondue. This recipe from Gourmet manages to balance the funky kick of a great cheese with a truly flavorful broth. More

Dinner Tonight: Carrot Vichyssoise

The point of vichyssoise is the simplicity: a puree of potato, cream, stock provide the soup's body to showcase whichever vegetable is at hand. The addition of carrot gives it a beautiful color and sweetness; the result is basically essence of carrot in soup form. More

Scooped: Carrot Halvah Ice Cream

Carrots may sound like an odd dessert ingredient, but they're certainly not just health food. They're starchy and sweet, and when cooked down slowly with milk, practically become candy on their own. Consider them an alternative sweetener, like honey, but with an even more complex sweetness. In a dessert, carrots can build a mild but flavorful base for more intense ingredients to play. Our result is something of a hybrid between Indian and Middle Eastern halvah. More

Dinner Tonight: Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup

I usually hate tomato soup. I don't hate many things, but a bowl of bland off-red soup is a rare exception. Blended soups in general tend to be boring and homogeneous, and tomato is, at least for me, the worst offender. So why am I telling you about a tomato soup, especially when I could be whipping up another sublime BLT? Leave it to Martha Stewart to sort things out. Instead of simply blending all the vegetables, only the roasted tomatoes, carrots, and garlic are pureed. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Farro Salad

This will not look like much of a meal to some of you, but for me a bowl of simply dressed grains and vegetables is about as good as it gets, at least when I can't devote much thought and energy to satisfying my stomach. This farro salad is wonderful to have around, since it can serve as a healthy snack or emergency provisions if a big dinner is taking longer to prepare than you had anticipated. More

Cook the Book: Indian Pickle

After doing a bit of research in the world of Indian pickling I'm going to have to say that this Indian Pickle from Put 'em Up! aren't likely to be found anywhere in Mumbai or Kashmir. These pickles made from cucumbers, cauliflower, onions, and carrots struck me as more of an Indian accented giardiniera or piccalilli, and a perfect sandwich pickle. More

Wheat Berry Salad with Harissa and Pistachios

I haven't exactly been clamoring to get wheat berries in my life, but it was still cool to finally make their acquaintance. This recipe from Chow features the grain in a summery little salad with currants, pistachios, and some spicy harissa. The wheat berries are simply cooked until tender in simmering water, which should take less than an hour. They come out kind of tasting like couscous, meaning they still have a little bite to them. More

Grilling: Glazed Carrots

[Photograph: Joshua Bousel ] I contend that a great many recipes out there can only be made better with grilling. Case-in-point: my mom made some very tasty glazed carrots for our Thanksgiving meal and as good and they were, I... More

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