Chef's Notes

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 Ingredients 1 lb dried great northern or navy beans 3 slices bacon, chopped 3/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup molasses 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar, plus more as needed 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder 1 bay leaf 1/3 cup ketchup, plus more as needed 1/4 cup […]

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 […]

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 […]

Salads

Chilled Asparagus With Mustard Herb Vinaigrette

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 lb asparagus 2 tablespoons white wine or cider vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon chopped flat leaf parsley 1/2 teaspoon chopped tarragon leaves Salt and pepper as needed Dash of onion powder Dash of garlic powder 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Directions Bring a […]