This has to be one of the easiest tomato sauces to make. It’s the ultimate beginner’s tomato sauce because there’s no chopping. All you basically have to do is throw the tomatoes into a pan, cover them, and wait until they all burst. One thing to note is the seed factor. You’ll find many Italian chefs who say they would never remove seeds from a tomato sauce. If you agree, this is a sauce for you. Seeding isn’t an option here, but you don’t really need to — the seeds, while numerous, are hardly bitter.
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For those of you who have ever eaten from a "halal cart," the title of this rice recipe probably seems like a bold statement. If the reference means nothing to you, don't worry — before moving to New York, I wouldn't have had a clue either.
A halal cart is a street vendor that, at a minimum, sells two things, and two things very well: chicken over rice and lamb (or gyro) over rice. Most offer the option to wrap up the same fixings — meat, lettuce, generally out-of-season tomatoes, white sauce, and a bit of smoky paprika-based hot sauce — in a pita as well, minus the rice. It sounds simple, but done right, it's absolutely delicious, addictive, and satisfying. The best part? You walk away full after spending just $5.
Some also sell knishes (another mysterious New York thing), kebabs, and falafel. Others even offer pretzels, hot dogs, chestnuts, and Philly cheesesteaks. In other words, if you can walk away with it, they probably have it. (I have yet, however, to see one that sells pizza.)
The rice, in theory, is basmati. Some vendors offer just white rice, others will offer "yellow rice," while some offer a mix of the two. It sometimes has a few peas in it and perhaps some cooked tomato. Some of them cheap out on the rice, though, and offer something that tastes suspiciously like Uncle Ben's. The mystifying thing is: What exactly makes the yellow rice yellow? Is it turmeric? Is it saffron? (Probably not.) A friend recently pointed out that it might be food coloring.
We decided to take the guesswork out of the equation and make a new and improved version of halal-cart rice that you won't get on the street. This version is flavored with saffron, freshly shucked peas, and ripe tomato — the perfect base for grilled chicken, fish, or lamb. Whoever says rice is bland is about to have their world rocked.
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Executive chef Michael Uhnak's goat stew at Besaw's in Portland, Ore., takes stew to new heights. This is a warm, comforting dish perfect for fall or winter, and a simple recipe perfect for a last-minute dinner.
Often it seems like tomato soups don’t taste anything like an actual tomato — the tomatoes are roasted or stewed into a soup that is so far from the starting main ingredient. I like using Early Girl tomatoes for this recipe because they cook really quickly and have a fresh, bright flavor, but you can use any mix or assortment of tomatoes you have on hand. This soup has a great creamy texture without adding any cream.
We loved it with a perfectly creamy poached egg in the middle, and a good drizzle of golden extra virgin olive oil. But of course you can keep it vegan if you like and add some crispy pan seared tofu instead of the poached egg.For more great recipes like this one, visit Ciao Florentina.
In the spring of 2002, Jay Knepp and I planted our first vineyard. We planted sangiovese and tempranillo in soil that according to analysis was better that 99 percent of the soil in California for growing grapes. Neither of us had any experience in growing grapes. By some miracle, when October rolled around, 99 percent of them were alive and flourishing. So we invited 150 of our best friends and neighbors to celebrate. Now we are about to have our 10th annual celebration. We served this recipe at the first vineyard dinner.
If I ever took this off the menu at my Manhattan restaurant, Little Beet, there would be a lot of long faces. It all started with a meal I had at Public, a great restaurant in the East Village. Before then, I had never given much thought to cold or room-temperature lentils, but the wonderful chef Brad Farmerie made an insanely flavorful lentil dish. I realized that, as with so many healthful ingredients, if you add bright flavors, it really wakes them up. Here you get a big citrus burst from the orange and lushness from the avocado. If you are not yet convinced that lentils can be more than meh, once you try this, you will agree I am not overselling. This is a keeper. — Franklin Becker, Good Fat Cooking
This recipe came about when a friend suggested we make a pasta sauce out of the leftover short ribs we had in the fridge. I also think it's worth mentioning that we did while trapped inside during a hurricane, and so this delicious dish was the result of luck and what we had on hand.
Ready to leave the everyday cranberry sauce behind? Give this recipe a try, with juicy blood orange and fragrant rosemary that will make you feel like the holidays really have arrived.
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