Chef's Blog

10 Recipes Every Cook Should Know: Risotto

Risotto is a dish many of us love, but few of us attempt to cook at home. It may seem intimidating at first because the method for cooking risotto requires you to constantly be watching it, stirring it and hydrating it for 20 minutes or more to prevent sticking or […]

Side Dishes

Boston Baked Beans

Makes 8 servings Chef’s Note: Cook these beans, uncovered, in a smoker to give them a slightly smoky flavor. You can also place the beans under ribs or a pork butt during smoking to allow the beans to gain some barbecue flavor from the drippings.

Side Dishes

Braised Bok Choy

Makes 5 servings Ingredients 1 lb baby bok choy 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced Kosher salt, as needed Directions Cut the bok choy in half lengthwise. Score the cores to promote even cooking. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat, add the garlic, and […]

Salads

Brussels Sprout Slaw

Makes 6 servings This slaw is simple to assemble, but big on flavor. The richness of the mayo and acidity from the juice helps to balance the strong, salty flavors of the fish sauce for a dish that perfectly complements grilled meat, fish, and veggies. Ingredients 2 lb Brussels sprouts […]

Side Dishes

Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Glaze

Makes 4 servings Brussels sprouts, a member of the cabbage family, are usually available fresh from late summer to late winter. Select small, bright-green sprouts with closed leaves. The smaller Brussels sprouts are more tender than the larger ones. If the Brussels sprouts are to be served with a meat […]

Side Dishes

Bulgur & Lentil Pilaf With Caramelized Onions

Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients 1 cup lentils, washed 6 1/2 cups chicken stock or water, divided 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil 3 tablespoons olive oil 5 onions, peeled, halved, thinly sliced 2 cups bulgur, coarse grain Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste […]

Side Dishes

Caramelized Sweet Potatoes with Pine Nuts and Currants

Makes 4 to 6 servings This is a hearty side dish for simple roasted chicken or a pork loin, or serve it on its own alongside a green salad or some crusty bread. Substitute yellow or red onion for the shallots and raisins, dried cranberries, or dried cherries for the […]