Everyday Dorie: Subtly Spicy, Softly Hot, Slightly Sweet Chicken Stew

January 27, 2023 at 10:56 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, soups | 2 Comments
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subtly spicy, softly hot, slightly sweet chicken stew

You may be thinking that Subtly Spicy, Softly Hot, Slightly Sweet Chicken Stew is a strange name for a number of reasons, including the part about chicken in a recipe that actually calls for beef. I don’t eat red meat, so I swapped boneless, skinless chicken thighs in for the beef stew meat in this traditionally-made, but unusually-flavored, stew.

Dorie admits to doing a bit of a pantry raid to come up with the flavorings in this recipe. Meat is marinated in a bath of gochujang, soy, red wine and aromatics like ginger and cilantro stems. Because I used chicken thighs, I only marinated them for a few hours, instead of the overnight soak Dorie calls for with beef. Again, this is a recipe where I didn’t measure a thing, just eyeballed amounts and taste-adjusted as the stew cooked. I decided to leave the cranberries out of the stew because I didn’t want to have to buy a big frozen bag of them just for a handful, and they sounded odd to me anyway in here. Instead, I tossed in a parsnip along with the carrots (and I didn’t strain them out at the end, since my stew only took about and hour to cook with the chicken thighs, as opposed to three hours with beef). Towards the end of the stew’s cooking time, I thought it seemed to be missing something in the flavor department, and then I looked at the ingredient list and realized it was! I entirely forgot to add the cinnamon stick and star anise. D’oh! I stirred in a spoonful of five-spice powder instead. Because I think just about everything can use a bit of acid, I added in a splash of Chinkiang vinegar off the heat.

The scallion, cilantro and orange gremolata sounded like a bizarre garnish to me, but I’m glad I didn’t skip it because I really liked that fresh herb punch and raw garlic zing as a finisher. I thought this stew was quite (surprisingly!) delicious made with chicken, and I’ll keep it in mind because I usually do have the needed pantry ingredients on hand.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Tuesdays with Dorie BWD: Iced Honey-Apple Scones with Spelt

January 24, 2023 at 10:37 pm | Posted in biscuits/scones, breakfast things, BWD, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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iced honey-apple scones with spelt

If I don’t need to blog about scones, then I really don’t make scones (or muffins, for that matter) because I’m never able to get a baked good cranked out by breakfast time. And no way I’m waking up early on a weekend to try, so these Iced Honey-Apple Scones were consumed as dessert. Actually, I froze two of them to be a future microwave-defrosted breakfast treat. These scones contain pretty much what their name says, plus some tangerine zest. I don’t have any spelt flour right now, but do have a box of farro flour, so I made that swap in the the dry ingredients. I cut my apples into quite a small dice, and I had nice little bits running throughout the dough. The dough was sticky, but I liked portioning the scones with a quarter-cup scoop and think the mounded look is quire appealing.

Just a bit of honey sweetened these scones, so the icing was definitely welcome. I have a bottle of boiled cider, and used that as the liquid to make the powdered sugar icing. Instead of bee pollen (come on Dorie, who has that?) as garnish, I just grated on some more flecks tangerine zest since I wanted a bit more of that flavor anyway. For breakfast or dessert, these are good, and not too much in terms of size, sweetness or richness.

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan, get it and join us as we bake through it every second and fourth Tuesdays. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and all the other participation deets over on Tuesdays with Dorie!

Everyday Dorie: Eggplant and Ginger Tartines

January 13, 2023 at 11:28 pm | Posted in condiments, cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 3 Comments
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eggplant and ginger tartines

Eggplant and Ginger Tartines are another “things on toast” recipe that makes for a good lunch, if you have some extra time or if you do some prep in advance. These open faced sandwiches feature a charred and seasoned chunky eggplant spread on top of crusty bread. I’ll just be straight here and tell you that it would never even occur to me to actually measure the flavorings and seasonings in something like this eggplant spread. I looked at the ingredients list and added enough stuff (tahini, pom molasses, lemon, sumac, ginger, scallion, cilantro and salt) to the smush until I liked the way it tasted. Also, I grated my ginger, as opposed to coarsely chopping it, because I was, in fact, not paying attention to anything other than the names of the ingredients themselves. I only realized the ginger was supposed to be chopped when I read Kim’s post– haha- sounds like maybe it was a good mistake.

I assembled my tartines on some toasted homemade polenta sourdough. The eggplant spread is, shall we say,  drab in color, but the tartines are garnished with some pretty bits to jazz them up. Sliced pear (or apple, in my case) and radish give the tartines some crunch. Arugula provides more pepperiness and pomegranate seeds give some pop.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see what we all thought.

Tuesdays with Dorie BWD: Potato-Parm Tart

January 10, 2023 at 6:22 pm | Posted in BWD, groups, other savory, pies & tarts, savory things, tuesdays with dorie | 5 Comments
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potato-parm tart

I made and froze a disk of Savory Galette Dough the other day for this Potato-Parm Tart and then promptly forgot about it. New year, same me. Luckily, if you either have the dough RTG or have a sheet of shop-bough puff pastry kicking around, you can finish the tart off pretty quickly for an on-the-fly lunch. A par-baked round of your chosen crust (this isn’t made in a tart pan, but instead is baked off as a flat disk) gets a schmear of cream cheese, Parmesan and a scattering of something in the allium family. I used leftover sautéed leeks. Then overlapping circles of potatoes sliced on the mandolin, or thin as you can cut them, are spiraled on top and seasoned. Pop it into the oven and then pull it back out 25 minutes later with frilly, bronzed potatoes and a salty, crispy crust. I really wanted to have my slice with a glass of white wine, but stuck to just an arugula salad, since I had to go to the dentist later in the afternoon and felt weird about drinking before a doctor’s appointment. Maybe with a re-toasted leftover sliver to celebrate no new cavities…

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan, get it and join us as we bake through it twice a month. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie BWD: Chocolate Babka

December 27, 2022 at 10:38 pm | Posted in breakfast things, BWD, groups, muffins/quick breads, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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chocolate babka

I don’t really have a baking bucket list, but if I did, I’d now be able tick babka off it. Any good New Yorker knows that Chocolate Babka is the superior babka, so I was pretty excited (but a little intimidated) to make this. Turns out, it’s not too hard; it just requires some time spread out over a couple of days. Dorie’s buttery brioche dough is the base for this sweet yeasted loaf, and we’ve made that dough a number of times now. Like making cinnamon buns, you roll out your well-chilled dough, smear it with a sweet cocoa paste and then spiral it into a log. Unlike cinnamon buns, you cut the log in half lengthwise to expose long ribbons of the chocolate filling, and then twist the two halves into a ropey thing and squeeze it into a loaf pan to proof. Before going into the oven, Dorie tops her babka with a crust of crisp, rubbly streusel, which not all babkas have and is kind of gilding the lily, but I’m here for it.

My loaf rose and baked tall, and I was so excited to cut into it and see what kind of pattern the chocolate took on. Some slices had stripes and others had swirls. All tasted equally delicious…buttery soft bread with chocolate pockets and crunchy topping. Elaine is right that it is dinner party-worthy.

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan yet, get it and join us as we bake through it every second and fourth Tuesdays! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and all the other participation deets over on Tuesdays with Dorie!

Everyday Dorie: Holiday Fish Soup

December 23, 2022 at 11:24 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, soups | 5 Comments
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holiday fish soup

I’m going out tomorrow for a big Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, but this Holiday Fish Soup has five fishes in just one pot. To get ready for my soupy celebration, I hit up the seafood guys at the framers’ market and splurged on clams, cod, squid and scallops, and found a few large, shell-on shrimp in my freezer.

Dorie’s soup starts by infusing a broth with some Asian aromatics like lemongrass, shallot, ginger, garlic, lime zest, chiles and scallions. After a quick sauté to release their good stuff, I added water as my broth base and I poached the shrimp (still in their shells for added flavor) and the clams in it to make my own seafood stock of sorts. I strained out the solids, setting aside the cooked clams and shrimp, and added in a sprinkle of granulated dashi to boost the seafood umami. There are a few veggies bobbing around in this soup, too. I used a king oyster mushroom, sweet potato and baby bok choy, and cooked them in the broth along with the rest of the seafood.

Dorie said we’d have more fish than broth with this soup, and I think I needed a bigger bowl to hold it all! I garnished my soup with cilantro, more scallion and chile, a big squeeze of lime juice, as well as a sprinkle of yuzu shichimi togarshi (I skipped the yuzu kosho in the broth). This was spicy and flavorful, and a real treat. Happy holidays!

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

 

 

Everyday Dorie: Candied Cocktail Nuts

December 23, 2022 at 5:44 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, snacks | 2 Comments
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candied cocktail nuts

I’m late to the party in posting these Candied Cocktail Nuts because I wanted to have them around for Christmas Day snacks. I knew that if I roasted them two weeks ago, they would not have made it that long!

These are simple: toss lightly toasted nuts in a sweet and salty melted butter mix and roast for about ten more minutes. I raided the nut drawer for this and used macadamias, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios. While Dorie flavors hers with thyme in the recipe, she does suggest playing around with spices. I took her suggestion to use garam masala, and since I was going down that route, I replaced the maple syrup and brown sugar in the butter mixture with jaggery for sweetness and the red pepper flakes with Kashmiri pepper for heat. I also added in some fresh curry leaves, which roasted up crispy. As anticipated, these nuts are totally addictive (and since they were a snap to put together, I could easily have made another round…)

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here), and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see what we all thought.

Tuesdays with Dorie BWD: Coffee-Anise Stars

December 13, 2022 at 11:15 pm | Posted in BWD, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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coffee-anise stars

Are we all in full holiday baking mode yet? I have so many new things I want to try: babka (of course!), a chocolate-rosemary roulade, two different sticky toffee puddings, a mint-chocolate cake, a gingerbread layer cake, a rum raisin bundt, some baked apple thing and approximately ten thousand cookies. I don’t know how many I’ll actually wind up getting to, but I can tick one of those cookies off the list with these Coffee-Anise Stars.

These crisp roll-out cookies are gingerbread-adjacent, flavored with molasses, cinnamon, espresso powder and ground star anise. The anise is the “star” of the show here, but if you aren’t a fan of that licorice thing, you can certainly swap it out for any other warm spice that’s nice, or go full-gingerbread with a blend. I bet you can even cut them out into trees or snowmen or little dudes, and they will still work. Haha. I wanted to give my stars a coffee glaze, so instead of Dorie’s egg white-based one, I mixed a tiny bit of soft butter, powdered sugar and coffee till I had a coat-able consistency. These are a nice spicy bite with coffee, natch.

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan, get it and join us as we bake through it every second and fourth Tuesdays. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Everyday Dorie: Granola-Topped Root Vegetable Gratin

November 25, 2022 at 5:44 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, veggies | 4 Comments
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granola-topped root vegetable gratin

If I’m just cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the two of us, like last night, I can put some spins on the “normal” stuff and not have anybody think I ruined their holiday by making something weird. So I made something weird– Granola-Topped Root Vegetable Gratin. I know savory granola is a thing and I’m not opposed to it. In fact, I like the Not-So-Sweet Granola, and for this recipe, apart from seasoning it with salt, I left out all the other suggested spicing. That way, I had a blank slate to season my veggies with herbs instead (and if I want to eat some of the granola with fruit and yogurt later in the week, I can just add an extra drop of maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon to my bowl). Dorie says we can use whatever root veggies or squash we’d like, and I went with Yukon Golds, a sweet potato and a couple parsnips, tossed with thyme and rosemary. I guess I prefer a gratin to be cheesy and creamy. There was a little cream in here, but I don’t even know where it went…the dish was certainly not saucy. And while I roast a mix of vegetables all the time, adding the granola to the top sort of made them less yummy than they normally are. I’ll happy finish off the granola, maybe even in another savory preparation, just not like this.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

 

 

Tuesdays with Dorie BWD: Cranberry Spice Squares

November 20, 2022 at 11:36 pm | Posted in breakfast things, BWD, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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cranberry spice squares

Here we are, a couple of days out from Thanksgiving, and I still don’t really know what I’ll be making for dessert (although I have a few ideas). If I hadn’t already baked, frosted and polished off these Cranberry Spice Squares, they’d be contender. Think spiced molasses gingerbread with pops of fresh cranberries and swoops of cream cheese frosting. Good, right? This is a great snacking cake for the holiday season, and if you have leftover crannies after the big dinner, think about putting them towards this. Toasted or candied nuts make a good sprinkle.

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan, get it and join us as we bake through it every second and fourth Tuesdays. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

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