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Weeknight Ragu

December 1, 2009 • 37 Comments


- Merrill

About this time every year, I return to one of my favorite cooking rituals: making the weekly ragu. On Saturday I go to my local farmers market and peruse the meat offerings; there's ground pork, lamb and beef, excellent turkey and turkey sausage, as well as more unusual items like pheasant and goat. Each week I aim to pick out a different meat (or combination of meats) for my next ragu.


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Caramelized Citrus Vinaigrette

November 27, 2009 • 15 Comments



- Amanda

As you may have noticed, we’ve been getting a lot of our recent cooking inspiration from you. In the same autumn salad contest that prompted Merrill’s post on Persimmon Chiffon Pie, there were a couple of dressing recipes that incorporated caramelized fruit. I like citrus-based vinaigrettes but sometimes the flavor is too thin, too faint and ephemeral. So I decided to try caramelizing some citrus before squeezing the juice for the dressing.

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Persimmon Chiffon Pie

November 24, 2009 • 11 Comments



- Merrill

Last week, several of the Autumn Salad submissions contained persimmons, which got us thinking about this distinctive fall fruit, known by the ancient Greeks as the "fruit of the Gods." There are two main types of persimmons available in the United States: one is firm when ripe, and the other is soft. Fuyu persimmons, which are round and squat like a tomato, are the most common variety of firm-ripe, or "non-astringent" persimmon found in this country; these are typically sliced and eaten raw. Hachiya persimmons, a popular soft-ripe (or "astringent") variety, are longer and more pointed, and they're ready to eat when the flesh of the fruit softens to the consistency of jelly. It is this second type that you should look for when a recipe calls for "persimmon pulp," which is just a fancy term for the soft flesh of an astringent persimmon after it has been scooped from its skin.


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Thanksgiving 911

November 24, 2009 • 121 Comments



In order to help you get ready for what is arguably the most important meal of the year, we're dedicating this entire week to all things Thanksgiving. We'll post featured recipes that we think would be great on any Thanksgiving table, and we'll ask you to share some tricks of the trade as well. Today, to kick things off, we're opening up the lines to any and all questions you may have for us about cooking for Thanksgiving. Need to know the right proportions for brining a turkey? Always wondered what the difference is between sweet potatoes and yams? Just post your questions in the comments section below, and we'll answer each and every one. And if we don't know the answer ourselves, we'll find someone who does and report back!

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Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

November 24, 2009 • 6 Comments



Last week a few of you asked what sort of liquid libation we'd recommend to go with the Thanksgiving turkey. As luck would have it, Chambers Street, our wine partner, has put together a list just for us. Below you'll find a selection of wines (featuring an assortment of colors and price points) singled out by Chambers Street as ideal pairings for Thanksgiving fare. The best part? If you click through and use the promotional code "food52" you can order all of these wines -- and more -- from Chambers Street for a 10% discount!

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Thanksgiving Vegetables

November 20, 2009 • 4 Comments


Setting aside the question of the turkey (and what a question it is: see Thanksgiving 911 for help!), this week we're going to approach the other parts of the meal -- vegetables, starches, and desserts. We'll feature a selection of recipes that have won or been finalists in food52 contests, and would be great additions to any Thanksgiving table. Today, we start with vegetables.

Pink Greens by Marissa Grace -- tangy and hot, a nice counterpoint to the heavier dishes on the table.

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Harissa by Cordeliah -- a zesty, make ahead dish.

Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Apples in Browned Butter and Cream by ChezSuzanne -- full of fall flavors.

Autumn Celeriac (Celery Root) Puree by Sonali -- perhaps a migration from mashed potatoes?

Grilled Brussels Sprouts by kitchenwitchcookie -- no grill required! Possible to do in a grill pan.

Roasted Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Puree by testkitchenette -- a less traditional, but delicious, option.

Red Leaf Salad with Roasted Beets, Oranges and Walnuts by Teresa Parker -- one of our earliest winners (so early the contest doesn't actually appear!) was this great fall salad

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Thanksgiving Starches

November 20, 2009 • 0 Comments


Today, onto carbohydrates, perhaps the most beloved and bemoaned food group of them all. Thanksgiving tends to be a time when people set aside their neuroses and celebrate the starches of the world. Oh yeah, and family and friends... Below are some more recipes from winners and finalists that deserve to be devoured by all. 

Individual Sweet Potato Gratins with Creme Fraiche, Onions, and Bacon by apartmentcooker

Potato Leek au Gratin by AlexisC 

What We Call Stuffing: Challah, Mushroom and Stuffing by MrsWheelbarrow

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potatoes, and Onions by melissav

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Thanksgiving Sweets

November 20, 2009 • 2 Comments


Finally, we turn to the end of the meal. Pie usually dominates, but there are some people for whom (horror of horrors!) pie is not the dessert of choice. Here, we feature recipes from our winners and finalists for sweets that just may put those pumpkin pie cravings to rest.

Fig and Anise Clafoutis by Oui, Chef -- great made with dried figs, if you can't find fresh

Rum Apple Cake by colombedujour -- a gluten free option

Pudding Chomeur by camille -- a celebration of maple syrup

An Old Fashioned Apple Spice Cake by betteirene -- a dramatic, holiday-worthy presentation


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Tuscan Onion Confit

November 12, 2009 • 12 Comments



- Merrill

For years now, on the day before Thanksgiving my mother has made what in my family goes by the slightly unappetizing name of "Tuscan Onion Goo." Inspired by a visit to a family-owned gem in Florence called Ristorante del Fagioli, this sour-sweet onion confit was originally served to her as an antipasto. She enjoyed it so much that she asked, in halting but enthusiastic Italian, if the waiter would tell her how it was made. He promptly ushered her into the tiny kitchen, where the sweaty, grinning chef himself showed her how to put together the dish. She took mental notes and then came home and recreated it, with a few small adaptations.

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The Metropolitan Cook Book

November 9, 2009 • 7 Comments


Metropolitan Cookbook

- Amanda

At the food52 launch party, Tamio gave Merrill and me a great little book, The Metropolitan Cook Book, published by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1924.

The book begins with a quote by Ruskin that mirrors so much about our approach to cooking at food52: "Cookery means carefulness and inventiveness and willingness and readiness of appliances. It means the economy of your grandmothers and the science of the modern chemist; it means much testing and no wasting; it means English thoroughness and French Art and Arabian hospitality." We may need to work on the French Art and Arabian hospitality, but we're getting there.


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