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Fresh Bean and Tomato Chili with Rosé

Fresh Bean and Tomato Chili

These healthy recipes are all created to pair with wine (a 5-ounce glass has anywhere from 110 to 150 calories)—all for 600 calories or fewer.

People often get most excited about rosé wines during the hottest months, but they are super food friendly and especially good with fall ingredients. This fiber-rich vegetarian chili makes good use of produce that will be in Northeastern farmers’ markets well into October—tomatoes, chiles and cilantro—and it is incredibly warming. For a spicier chili, add the seeds of the jalapeño.

Fresh Bean and Tomato Chili
Total: 40 MIN
2 Servings

2 cups fresh cranberry beans (2 pounds in the shell)
2 medium garlic cloves, 1 halved and peeled, and 1 minced
1 thyme sprig
1 pound tomatoes, halved and cored
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced (½ cup)
1 jalapeño, quartered, seeded and thinly sliced crosswise
½ teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons crème fraîche
Cilantro leaves, for garnish

1. In a medium saucepan, cover the cranberry beans with 1 inch of water. Add the halved garlic clove and the thyme and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until the beans are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain, discarding the garlic and thyme and reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

2. Meanwhile, using a box grater, coarsely grate the cut sides of the tomatoes into a bowl so you have a tomato puree; discard the skins.

3. In a deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and jalapeño and cook over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the cumin and cook for 30 seconds longer. Add the fresh tomato puree and bring to a simmer. Cook until the puree is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the beans and half of the reserved cooking liquid and cook until the beans are heated through, about 2 minutes. For a looser chili, add more of the cooking liquid; for a thicker chili, simmer a few minutes longer.

4. Transfer the chili to bowls, garnish with the crème fraîche and cilantro leaves and serve. Wine A fruity rosé, such as 2012 Oupia Minervois Rosé. One serving 416 cal, 20 gm fat, 5 gm sat fat, 56 gm carb, 22 gm fiber, 19 gm protein.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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What’s French for DeLorean? This weekend’s Le Grand Fooding (hosted by Paris-based indie mag Le Fooding) explores the theme of time travel through food. The event, called Time Mach’Inn, is sold-out but we have an exclusive recipe from participating chefs Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo, of Brooklyn’s Frankies Spuntino, Prime Meats and the Res, where everything will go down on Friday and Saturday.

The menu for each night makes stops in three distinct cooking eras: fusion (1991-1999), bistronomy (1998-2007) and the farm-to-table movement (2008-present). The Franks will take on the last category with a sweet-savory dessert, dubbed Tomato and Honey. Here, the recipe, which features a tomato granite over decadent ricotta semifreddo. It’s further garnished with a simple tomato marmalade, which by itself would be great on cheese and crusty bread.

Tomato and Honey
Makes 8-10 servings

Tomato Granite
2 pounds tomatoes
1 ounce Champagne vinegar
4 ounces sugar
1 cup cold water
½ bunch of basil

Deseed and juice the tomatoes. Make a gastrique from the vinegar and sugar. Puree the rest of the ingredients, transfer to a cheesecloth-lined strainer or piece of hung cheesecloth and add the gastrique, drain for 12 hours. Put the liquid and half of the pulp into a pan and place in the freezer; stir every 20 minutes until frozen.

Tomato Marmalade
10 tomatoes, cut in half and seeded
2 quarts simple syrup

Place cut tomatoes skin side up in a shallow sauce pot then pour the syrup over; it should come up ¾ of the way up the tomatoes. Cook in a preheated 350° oven for one hour or until the tomatoes cook through. Remove the skins while still hot (they should remove easily). Strain the tomatoes and coarsely chop. Pour a little syrup into the tomatoes to loosen the mixture.

Ricotta Semifreddo
½ cup sugar

¼ cup milk

¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons orange zest

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract


⅛ teaspoon salt

3 ounces cream cheese

16 ounces ricotta

8 ounces heavy cream
3 tablespoons chilled Sicilian honey
, for garnish
Small basil leaves, for garnish

Line a shallow half-sized pan with plastic wrap. In a blender combine the sugar, milk, ¼ cup of honey, orange zest, vanilla, salt, cream cheese and ricotta. Pour into a bowl.

Whip cream to stiff peaks. Fold in ¼ cup of whipped cream into ricotta mix. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Pour into mold, and freeze up to eight hours before serving.

To serve, once the semifreddo is frozen, whip the mixture and place it in a piping bag. Pipe some of the mixture into the bottom of a 5-ounce paper soufflé cup. Scoop out some of the granite and place on top. Garnish with tomato marmalade and drizzle with some Sicilian honey. Finish with the small basil leaves.

Recipe courtesy of Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo.


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