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The Country Cooking of Italy's Favas with Pecorino

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

Sweet and nutty, briefly blanched and peeled favas are tossed with salty bits of crumbled young pecorino and drizzled with olive oil. Simple? Well sure, but this snack is really all about the simplicity and goodness of the ingredients. More

Marc Vetri's Fennel Gratin

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 3 comments

There is a lovely simplicity about this Fennel Gratin from Marc Vetri's Rustic Italian Food. Just a few ingredients and no fancy technique, the caramelized slices of fennel cook down sweet and soft in olive oil with the finely grated Parmesan and pepper flakes crisping up on top. More

Andrew Carmellini's Green Grits

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 5 comments

According to Andrew Carmellini's new cookbook American Flavor, his Northern upbringing doesn't exactly give him license to mess around with a Southern staple like grits. But lucky for us, he decided to go ahead and tackle them anyway. The green here comes from scallions, cilantro, and bright and spicy canned green chiles all buzzed together before being stirred into the creamy grits. More

Charred Eggplant and Tomatoes with Harissa and Mint

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Young, firm eggplants are the best for this dish. Cook them just till they char and become tender, any longer and they will turn mushy. After a few seconds, they will absorb all the oil in the pan; they will cook just fine without the need for more. More

Cook the Book: Lentils with Roasted Beets

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 1 comment

Beets and lentils are great friends. This week I decided to branch out from my usual beet salad and try this dish of Lentils with Roasted Beets from Canal House Cooking Volume No. 6 by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, mostly because I had all of the ingredients on hand. What I was expecting was a hearty side that incorporated the sweet earthiness of beets with meaty little lentils; what I got was so much more. More

Roast Asparagus with Long Pepper Gremolata

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz Post a comment

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] Now's the time of year when I eat asparagus once or twice a week. To change things up from the usual, I dressed it with a modified gremolata—typically a mixture of citrus zest, minced garlic, herbs, and... More

Curd Rice (Indian Rice with Yogurt)

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 1 comment

This stuff is pure comfort food, the Indian macaroni and cheese (well, if your spicy-happy grandmother made macaroni and cheese). Flash-fried curd chiles serve as a garnish here, to be broken into bits with a spoon and mixed with the... More

Roasted Squash with Rajas, Cumin, and Crema

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 2 comments

I love pumpkin and winter squash, but after having it roasted or mashed a few times I start looking for new flavors to branch out. Cumin seeds, both roasted with the squash and tossed in right before serving, bring out... More

Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Potatoes with Charnushka

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 2 comments

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] Charnushka is great in spice blends and complex simmered dishes, but it's simpler dishes like these that show off all it can do. Here it's used as a substitute for black pepper as a more interesting, less... More

Mediterranean Flavors: Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 5 comments

Spinach and artichoke dip may have Mediterranean-inspired ingredients, but most of the recipes out there are American through-and-through. Frozen spinach? Thank you, Clarence Birdseye! Mayonnaise, cream cheese, and sour cream? You betcha. It appeals to our love of the hot and gooey, and I'll be the first to say it's great stuff. But I wanted to go a little lighter this time around.This version brings an all-American dip to its imagined Mediterranean roots with fresh spinach and garlic, olive oil and Greek yogurt. More

Mediterranean Flavors: Tzatziki

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 31 comments

You only need to follow a recipe once or twice when making tzatziki before the process becomes almost automatic. Thick tangy yogurt; crisp, sweet cucumber; pungent garlic and dill; sunny lemon. The formula, a staging ground for countless dip platters and a condiment for the thousands of gyros dished up daily, is as familiar to us now as salsa and ketchup. And its preparation is about as intuitive—recipes matter less than solid ingredients and a willingness to dip a tasting finger along the way. More

Mediterranean Flavors: Roasted Red Pepper Spread

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 7 comments

Muhammara is a spread composed of roasted red peppers and walnuts. It's soaked and bound with a healthy amount of olive oil and nar ek┼čisi, pomegranate juice reduced to a thick syrup. It's tart, sweet, and rich—a salad dressing all on its own. Surprisingly affordable and versatile, it demands inclusion in your pantry. Kick out a vinegar if you have to. More

Mediterranean Flavors: White Bean Spread with Za'atar

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 11 comments

Just because I like my white bean spread simple doesn't mean I like it boring. My favorite seasoning is za'atar, a blend of dried herbs (usually thyme, sometimes with others), sesame seeds, and spices like sumac. More

Mediterranean Flavors: Baba Ghanoush

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 30 comments

Baba ghanoush is a late summer dream, a brilliant balance of flavor and texture. It's light but creamy, kissed by smoke, lemon, and garlic. Tahini gives it body and olive oil lends a fruity finish. And once you get the technique down—which is really just roasting an eggplant to death—you can vary it however you like. This is my version, but different tastes prefer different balances. Taste frequently and make this your own. I've suggested some add-ins to heighten specific dimensions of baba ghanoush's complex flavor profile. More

Cook the Book: Winter Farro Salad

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 4 comments

[Photograph: Caroline Russock] While planning dinner last night I realized that I was in something of a starch rut. I already had a main and a vegetable side planned, but I was at a loss for a substantial starchy side.... More

Cook the Book: Broccoli Rabe with Chiles and Garlic

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 12 comments

[Photograph: Caroline Russock] Many people go through life hating certain vegetables just because they haven't eaten them cooked properly. Take brussels sprouts. Up until recently they've been almost a joke vegetable, making otherwise adventurous palates cringe. But most folks have... More

Leek Bread Pudding

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 3 comments

The following recipe is from the February 11 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! Leave it to Thomas Keller to come up with a side dish that transforms simple leeks... More

Cook the Book: Vegetable Jalfrezi

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 12 comments

Since we are focusing on healthy and economical cooking this month it shouldn't have come as a surprise when my groceries for the week rang in around $75 less than usual. This might have something to do with my inability... More

Grilling: Glazed Carrots

Serious Eats Joshua Bousel 1 comment

[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

Skillet Green Beans with Orange

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 2 comments

The following recipe is from the November 18 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! Green beans always find their way to the holiday table. Unfortunately, sometimes they can be more... More

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