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Category: Winter Dishes

Mahogany Beef Stew with Red Wine and Hoisin Sauce

Mahogany Beef Stew with Red Wine and Hoisin Sauce

This great stew has a surprise ingredient we weren’t entirely sure about. Our friend Roger is a great home cook.  And after our Top Ten Stews post, (https://chewingthefat.us.com/2022/01/our-top-ten-stews-perfect-for-cold-winter-nights.html) Roger sent us this recipe, so we knew it had to be good. Lots and lots of…

Ina Garten’s Baked Raclette

Ina Garten’s Baked Raclette

Ina’s Recipe for this decadent potato, sausage and melted cheese dish is a must-make. Over the holidays, I was intrigued to see Raclette, the superb melting cheese from Switzerland, at Trader Joe’s. I thought about making Fondue but lost custody of my Fondue pot in…

Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup

This bowl of cold-weather comfort revealed quite a secret. This hearty Tuscan bean soup is a perfect combination of smooth, silky soup topped with crispy, crunchy croutons.  It also fulfills our promise to put more plant-based meals together this year. And we’re not alone.  Americans…

Drunken Greek Pork Stew from Fine Cooking

Drunken Greek Pork Stew from Fine Cooking

What’s in a name?  Plenty! I have to admit, it was its picture in Fine Cooking–and not its name– that made me want to cook this extraordinarily easy-to-make stew.  Tony Rosenfeld, who wrote “Savory Pork Stews”, says it’s “a quick take on bekri meze, the…

Broccoli Pepper Jack Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

Broccoli Pepper Jack Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

A remarkably creamy-rich soup with a secret. There’s not a drop of cream in it. Bon Appetit Editor Sarah Jampel developed this recipe for the magazine’s “Basically” series. “Basically” focuses on beginner home cooks. Do not be put off by the length of the recipe.…

Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone

Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone

Soup-making brings memories of home. I love to make soup.  It brings to mind one of my favorite memories of my mother.  Not that she ever made soup.  Her sister, however, was an inveterate soup maker.  She started from scratch and made her own stocks.…

Floyd Cardoz’ Indian-Spiced Tomato and Egg Casserole

Floyd Cardoz’ Indian-Spiced Tomato and Egg Casserole

Chef Floyd Cardoz and one of his dishes . Homage to Chef Floyd Cardoz whose passing stunned the Culinary World As many of you know,  the Culinary Arts lost one of its own this week. The Coronavirus took the life of Floyd Cardoz. New York…

Ropa Vieja, Cuba’s National Dish

Ropa Vieja, Cuba’s National Dish

A great stew is served up with a wonderful story about its origins. This is one of my favorite kinds of recipes.  There’s a story attached to it that’s as interesting as the stew itself.  Cuba’s national dish translates to “Old Clothes”– about as unappetizing…

Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Onions, Carrots and Fennel and how it ended up on our table.

Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Onions, Carrots and Fennel and how it ended up on our table.

When you live in a food town like New York, you discover places all over the city that are worth a detour anytime you’re close to them.  A recent doctor’s visit put me within two long blocks of the Sullivan Street Bakery.  I am so…

Sam Sifton’s Great South Bay Duck Ragù inspired by Chef Dave Pasternack

Sam Sifton’s Great South Bay Duck Ragù inspired by Chef Dave Pasternack

Sam Sifton is the Food Editor at The New York Times.  If you aren’t a subscriber, you’d be astonished at his weekly output.  Sometimes it feels as if his emails come hourly. Daily he extolls the virtue of various recipes that have appeared in the…

Yankee Pot Roast

As we head into winter, what could be better than a Yankee Pot Roast for dinner one of these weekends.  Slow-cooked over a period of hours, the relatively inexpensive cut of meat used in the dish becomes meltingly tender. The sauce created lends itself to…