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Photo of Kelsey Youngman

Kelsey Jane Youngman

Kelsey Jane Youngman is a New York–based cook, baker, writer, and editor for Food & Wine with over 7 years of experience in food media. Kelsey has developed recipes, worked in culinary production, starred in cooking videos, and baked cookies for Cookie Monster.

Expertise: Recipe Development, Cooking, Baking, Food Styling

Experience: Kelsey Jane Youngman has spent her life in kitchens, and began her professional training at the San Francisco Cooking School before moving to New York City to attend the Natural Gourmet Institute. She completed an externship in the Good Housekeeping test kitchen and cooked on the line at several city restaurants before joining Food & Wine's test kitchen editorial team. There, Kelsey has managed the kitchens, tested and developed recipes, written feature stories, worked as a culinary producer on multiple video series, and starred in her own series, "The Best Way", as well as several episodes of "F&W Cooks".
F&W 2021 Best New Chef Fermín Núñez shares his method for homemade corn tortillas. Use his tortilla recipe and follow along.
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Seaweed and Greens Salad
Rating: Unrated
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In this hearty side salad that blends sea greens and land greens, fresh salad greens, carrots, radishes, and cucumber get a boost of salinity and texture from three different types of nutritious and delicious seaweeds: kelp, dulse, and Irish moss. The trio of mineral-forward sea vegetables is nicely balanced by rice vinegar dressing. Dulse, a red seaweed that commonly grows in the Northeastern Atlantic and around the UK, and Irish moss, which has a frilly, bushy shape, can be purchased at seaveg.com. Sustainably farmed kelp from Maine can be purchased at atlanticseafarms.com.
When it comes to holiday cookies, think globally and you'll eat so very merrily.
From a centerpiece stuffed pumpkin to cozy simmered butternut.
Seven vegetables and grains fill our ultimate veggie burger with texture, color, and flavor.
Ultimate Veggie Burgers
Rating: Unrated
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These veggie burgers hit every satisfying, savory note with a hearty mix of pearl barley, chickpeas, mushrooms, and crispy panko. For the sturdiest patties, evenly distribute the panko by stirring the patty mixture until very well-combined.
Grace Young shares her tips for smarter stir-fries.
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Inspired by Margaret Eby's love of Zabar's in New York City, the combination of creamy, silky Taleggio and nutty aged Gruyère cheeses in these small but decadent sandwiches results in the perfect melt, with plenty of flavor. Pops of fresh salinty from lightly smashed capers stirred into sweet, jammy strawberries balance the richness. Use Tiptree Little Scarlet Strawberry Preserves for the ultimate version of this sandwich—it is made from tiny, sweet strawberries. You can find it at Zabar's or online at brandsofbritain.com.
Chef Erick Williams’ brown-sugar salmon showcases his personal take on Southern American cuisine.
Grace Young shares her tips for smarter stir-fries.
Inspired by Margaret Eby's love of Zabar's in New York City, the combination of creamy, silky Taleggio and nutty aged Gruyère cheeses in these small but decadent sandwiches results in the perfect melt, with plenty of flavor. Pops of fresh salinty from lightly smashed capers stirred into sweet, jammy strawberries balance the richness. Use Tiptree Little Scarlet Strawberry Preserves for the ultimate version of this sandwich—it is made from tiny, sweet strawberries. You can find it at Zabar's or online at brandsofbritain.com.
Chef Erick Williams’ brown-sugar salmon showcases his personal take on Southern American cuisine.
In this modern update to coulibiac, a parcel of phyllo encloses an elegant holiday feast.
Once the centerpiece on the tables of czars, coulibiac has a storied past. The pastry-wrapped parcel of fish and various layered fillings started its life as kulebyaka, a Russian delicacy, before being commandeered by the French and rechristened coulibiac. This modern update on the classic swaps labor-intensive brioche with store-bought phyllo, which bakes into an ethereally crisp parcel that encases lemony rice, mustard-brushed salmon, pickled beets, and garlicky kale. Each slice reveals clean, vibrant layers, packed with bold flavors. It’s a striking and delicious dish worthy of the center of any holiday table. Curly kale holds its green color beautifully even after cooking, but any hearty green, like lacinato kale or collards, will work here. Use whole-grain mustard, which adds a bit of acid and heat to the salmon, as well as a nice textural contrast from the crunchy mustard seeds. King salmon is best for this recipe; its high fat content delivers superior texture and flavor.
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This “Chef’s Gold” is worth its weight—here’s how.
The Thermomix, complete with built-in WiFi and recipes, is a staple in many European kitchens and even some high-end American restaurants. Do you need one? Or even want one?
Taking a cue from chef Nina Compton at Bywater American Bistro, we’re adding a Crystal hot sauce–spiked dressing to this mash-up of a wedge salad and a po’boy sandwich. Toasting the breadcrumbs in Old Bay–infused oil doubles down on the rich shrimp-boil flavor.
With whole pink peppercorns and fennel seeds, this simple braise is gently perfumed and aromatic with fresh spring flavors inspired by the braised fennel at Red Hook Tavern in Brooklyn, New York, from chef Allison Plumer. Use a fresh, spicy sausage here to complement the creamy bean puree and sweet fennel.
Petals of red onion, nutty acorn squash, and pickled peperoncini tossed in a creamy Italian dressing make a hearty but not heavy side. Inspired by chef Scott Tacinelli’s crispy sweet potatoes at Don Angie in New York, we’re adding sumac to the dressing, giving it an herbal, lemony kick.
Sweet Beets Smoothie
Rating: Unrated
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Fresh, raw beets, a dash of cinnamon, and a date give this smoothie a lightly sweet, mildly earthly flavor. Use a high-speed blender for the best, smoothest results here, its strong motor can handle the fibrous raw beets, kale, and seedy berries. Feel free to substitute other frozen fruit and any flavor yogurt to customize the flavor.
When chef Mariela Alvarez developed this salad for Public Records in Brooklyn, she flavored her creamy vegan Caesar dressing with mellow chickpea miso, sweet-tart lemon juice, and maple syrup. Here, we’re tossing jewel-toned chicories in the umami-laden dressing, and toasting walnuts in it, too, for a salty-sweet crunch. Use a white or chickpea miso here; they’re fermented for less time than funkier red misos and won’t overpower the dish.
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At a recent dinner showcasing kitchen sustainability, chef Jonathan Waxman taught us a new trick for using up leftover brine from a jar of olives—make it into a marinade. Here, we’ve combined it with sage and lemon to punch up your weeknight pork tenderloin.
Whole orange segments and freshly squeezed orange juice and zest give this hearty winter braise a burst of fresh citrus flavor. Creamy sweet potatoes and celery root along with tender beef chuck fill out this satisfyingly hearty meal.
Pre-seasoning these chicken legs with salt at least an hour before cooking ensures flavorful, juicy meat. Drizzle leftover hot honey on a cheese plate or pizza.
For a simple and ultra-creamy baked pasta, take a cue from chef Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner: Trade the béchamel for this much easier sauce of heavy cream simmered with plenty of nutmeg and two kinds of cheese.
Pasta Grannies share their secrets for perfect handmade noodles.
From classic to topped with squid and kimchi, and everything in between.
Inspired by the Middle Eastern flavors that chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis wield so deftly at Bavel in LA, we created this quick-preserved citrus gremolata using thin-skinned clementines and tangerines. It adds a fragrant, briny flavor this snapper, and is the perfect way to wake up your winter palate.