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Grace in the Kitchen

Roasted Tomatoes: Better than Canned

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Oven-Dried Tomatoes // © Petrina Tinslay

Hours of cooking help these tomatoes develop concentrated, sun-dried flavor while retaining the juiciness of ones that are fresh-off-the-vine. / © Petrina Tinslay

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

I remember the first time I tested a recipe for oven-dried tomatoes—it was eye-opening and (I thought) completely original, until I learned that my little Italian grandmother had been doing it for decades. There's really no mystery. You apply gentle heat to ripe tomatoes to remove some of the moisture and concentrate the flavors and then preserve them in oil for use in the winter. Canned tomatoes don't hold a candle to these silky, plump and intensely flavored filetti di pomodoro. SEE RECIPE »

Grace in the Kitchen

A Fruit Salad for Adults

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Melon-and-Strawberry Salad with Spicy Lemongrass Syrup // © Hallie Burton

Chilies add subtle heat to this exceptional fruit salad. / © Hallie Burton

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

I dare you to bring this sophisticated fruit salad to a picnic! Not sure if the kids will go crazy for it, but the grown-ups certainly will. Especially if you bring icy cold bottles of white rum and seltzer to mix with the fruity juices left in the bottom of the bowl. SEE RECIPE »

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Grace in the Kitchen

Double Fake-Em Cheeseburger — Hold the Cheese

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Spiced-Tofu Sandwiches

Even meat-loving Texans love Grace Parisi's Spiced-Tofu Sandwiches. // © Lucas Allen

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Our staff is pretty tough when it comes to recipe critiques—especially something as "fringe" as tofu. They hear "come to the kitchen to try a tofu blah blah blah…" and either come by reluctantly, or tune it out altogether. I had to tempt them back with a pork sandwich in the same message. In this dish, extra-firm tofu is marinated in a fragrant mix of coriander, fennel, black pepper, bay, paprika and garlic for 48 hours to soak up the spices' flavors. Then it's grilled and sandwiched with sweet pickles, lettuce, tomato and BBQ mayo in brioche buns. This "burger" ended up getting more kudos than the pork sitting on the adjacent platter. Texan and big meat guy Ray Isle was impressed—that's extraordinarily high praise! SEE RECIPE »

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Grace in the Kitchen

Common Denominator Brunch

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Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

I had six people coming for brunch on Sunday and thought maybe I'd give myself a break and put out bagels and lox. No such luck! One guest was a vegetarian, another was gluten-intolerant and a third didn't like lox. Who doesn't like lox?

Then I remembered an article I wrote in February for our Fast column called "Family Dinner Without the Drama." I refuse to cater to every individual taste bud in my house, so I must find common denominators. To satisfy all my brunch guests, I needed to find something gluten-free, vegetarian and lox-less. Then it hit me—baked huevos rancheros! Zesty tomato sauce, tortilla chips, and fried eggs come together in ramekins before being smothered in Jack cheese and baked in the oven to create a dish similar to Mexican shirred eggs. The result was a tasty, superfast meal enjoyed by all of my guests. SEE RECIPE »

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Grace in the Kitchen

Chia - Not Just for Pets Anymore

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Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

I wish I could wake up five times a day just so I could eat breakfast! It's truly my favorite meal of the day. This chia-seed (yes, chi-chi-chi-chia) pudding, aside from being packed with amazing nutrients, is cool, creamy and delicious. The seeds, when soaked in almond milk (or soy if you like), swell and get kind of gooey, like tapioca. Just make sure you check your teeth before you walk out the door! SEE RECIPE »

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Chefs

Christina Tosi Eats Her Vegetables for New Taste of Upper West Side

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Momofuku Milk Bar's Christina Tosi.

Gabriele Stabile

First of all, a round of applause for Christina Tosi, the Momofuku Milk Bar star and brand-new, James Beard Award–winning Rising Star.

Tosi is, of course, best known for getting New York City addicted to buttery Crack Pie (even my trainer can’t stay away from it). But next Wednesday, May 16, Tosi will be up to her pastry counter in vegetables. That night, the Vegetables at Dovetail dinner kicks off the fun-filled New Taste of the Upper West Side festival; the festival is co-hosted by F&W hero, Andrew Zimmern. The five-course vegetarian dinner will be prepared by some of the city’s great chefs: Dovetail’s John Fraser, Ed Brown, F&W Best New Chef Missy Robbins, Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle and, of course, Tosi.

If you want to confirm the high vegetable quotient of the dinner, here’s a sneak peak at the menu:

*Avocado salad with ramps, watercress and eggplant (Fraser)
*Quinoa-crusted white and shaved asparagus with morels and egg yolk emulsion (Brown)
*Barley risotto, nettles and formaggio fresco (Robbins)
*Raviolo with spring vegetable "pockets" and spring truffles (Dietrle)
*Coach Farm triple cream cheese with truffles and grapes (Fraser)
*Tristar sorbet, celery root ganache and lovage (Tosi)

Besides seeing all those terrific chefs in action, there’s this: Proceeds from the evening go to New York Sun Works, a program that improves students' understanding of environmental science in urban schools. Fraser is super involved with this great program, which brings greenhouse science labs to the schools and teaches students how to grow hydroponic vegetables.

Tickets are $195; they’re available at New Taste of the Upper West Side.

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Marc Murphy

Marc Murphy's Italian Mac 'n' Cheese

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Baked Four-Cheese Spaghetti

© Quentin Bacon

Landmarc chef-owner Marc Murphy grew up in Europe, so it's no surprise that one of his favorite comfort foods—four-cheese spaghetti—is a Genovese spin on macaroni and cheese. “This is a dish my mother used to make a lot,” Murphy says. “She loved this particular dish so much when she had it at a restaurant, that she would keep going back to try and copy it perfectly.”

More about the recipe after the jump. >>>

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Recipes

Bread Pudding for Dinner

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Spinach Bread Pudding

© Antonis Achilleos / Spinach Bread Pudding

Super Natural Every Day, the second cookbook from 101 Cookbooks blogger Heidi Swanson, hit shelves in the UK today just weeks after earning a 2012 James Beard Award nomination. Measurement conversions aside, the exported version will include the original's fantastic recipes, like this savory spinach-and-feta bread pudding. Read all about the recipe here. >>>

 

 

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Well-Fed Vegetarian

A Delicious Reason to Brave Nettles

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In Well-Fed Vegetarian, chefs spotlight recipes that are worth forgoing meat.

Pizza with Garlic Cream and Nettles

© Fredrika Stjärne

Great restaurants rarely have DJs, but Napa chefs Curtis Di Fede and Tyler Rodde hired one to play a four-hour set this past Saturday for the two-year anniversary of their popular Cal-Italian spot, Oenotri. Next up in July: The duo aims to introduce two house-brewed ales that will pair fantastically with their signature pizzas, like this one with garlic cream and nettles. The wild plant grows abundantly near the restaurant most of the year, and the chefs can’t get enough. “The majority of people look at nettles as a weed,” says Rodde, “but they’re actually really tasty and flavorful.”

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Well-Fed Vegetarian

Bill Telepan’s Hearty Fettuccine with Walnut-Parsley Pesto

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In Well-Fed Vegetarian, chefs spotlight recipes that are worth forgoing meat.

Chef Bill Telepan

Photo courtesy of Telepan.

One of the ways that chef Bill Telepan—a member of F&W’s Chefs Make Change coalition—helps to improve kids’ lunches through Wellness in the Schools is by teaching cafeteria staff how to cook differently. A new partnership with Save the Children will expand these classes outside of New York City, starting with areas in Appalachia. Revising school menus often begins with recipes that avoid the processed meats that schools have the option of ordering.

Although Telepan’s fantastic Fettuccine with Walnut-Parsley Pesto isn’t landing in public schools anytime soon, the 30-minute recipe makes a hearty weekday meal when skipping meat at home.

Telepan was inspired to combine the nutty and herby flavors by meals he ate in Italy. The walnuts add a richness to a classic pesto made with parsley, an ingredient that’s easy to find in any season. “If I go to my mom’s garden, I can somehow find parsley all year-round,” says Telepan.

To add a bit more substance, or even to dress up leftovers from the previous night, he suggests mixing in some cooked white beans and adding a dollop of creamy ricotta.

See Telepan's Fettuccine with Walnut-Parsley Pesto Recipe

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