Baked Raspberry Custard

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raspberries (about 9 ounces)
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In oven, melt butter in a 9-inch pie plate, about 6 minutes.
  2. 2. In a blender, combine milk, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla. Add melted butter and blend mixture until smooth, 30 seconds.
  3. 3. Distribute berries evenly in pie plate and pour batter over top. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar and bake until slightly puffed and just set in middle, 20 to 25 minutes. Heat broiler and broil until top is deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve warm.

Asparagus and Gruyere Quiche from Martha

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • onion sliced into strips or 1 leek sliced into thin rounds
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound asparagus, tough ends removed, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • Ground nutmeg
  • 9-10 inch pie crust
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium. Add onion and asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus is crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes; let cool. Watch: 
  2. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Place pie crust on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheese; top with asparagus mixture. Pour egg mixture on top.
  3. 3. Bake until center of quiche is just set, 50 to 60 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Green Curry Tofu

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons green curry paste 
  • 8 ounces green beans or Chinese long beans, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium), cut into 1/2-by-2-inch sticks
  • 3/4 cup veggie stock
  • 1/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon palm or granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 package (14 ounces) extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine or basmati rice, for serving
  • Fresh purple, Thai, or regular basil leaves; fresh bean sprouts; and lime wedges, for garnish
  1. 1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until just starting to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add curry paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the green beans and zucchini; cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir in stock, coconut milk, and lime leaves. Bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Stir in fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice. Simmer 1 minute.
  3. 3. Stir in the tofu, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover, and cook until vegetables are tender and tofu is heated through, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately over rice, garnished with basil, bean sprouts, and lime wedges.

General Tso’s Tofu

  • 1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise 
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced 
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated and peeled 
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 
  • 2 large egg whites 
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper 
  • 1 pkg exar firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower 
  1. In a bowl, whisk together egg whites, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add tofu, and toss to coat. 
  2. 3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Lift half the chicken from egg-white mixture (shaking off excess), and add to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining oil and tofu, and set aside (reserve skillet). 
  3. 4. Add snow-pea mixture to skillet. Cover; cook until snow peas are tender and sauce has thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet (with any juices); toss to coat. Serve with rice.

Yakitori Brussels Sprouts by José Andrés’


Tare sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup mirin
  • ¼ cup sake
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 (½-inch) piece ginger, thinly sliced

Brussels sprouts:

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1½ Tbsp canola oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Furikake (Japanese rice seasoning)
  • Chopped cilantro
  1. To prepare sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-high, combine first 8 ingredients. Bring a boil; cook 20-25 minutes or until reduced by half and thick enough to coat back of a spoon. Remove from heat; discard garlic and ginger.
  2. Soak 6-8 wooden skewers. Preheat grill or grill pan.
  3. Soak sprouts in a bowl of water 5 minutes. Drain; toss with oil and salt. Arrange on skewers with cut sides all facing same direction. Place cut side down on grill; cook 3-4 minutes (on grill), 7-8 minutes (in grill pan), or until charred, basting with sauce after first minute. Turn and grill 2 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a platter; slather with sauce. Sprinkle generously with furikake and cilantro; serve hot.

Smashed Chickpea Salad

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons pitted, halved and very thinly sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Zest and juice from half a lemon (if you’ve got one of those sad, juiceless lemons, use both sides for juice)
  • Couple good pinches of salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper, and/or pinches of red pepper flakes
  • A few glugs of olive oil

Mix everything but the olive oil in a small-to-midsize bowl. Very lightly smash the chickpea mixture with the back of a fork or a potato masher. You’re not looking for a hummus-like puree but something closer to a coarse chop with a few smaller bits to hold it together. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, a glug or two of olive oil, mix it lightly and enjoy.

This is also awesome as a sandwich on toasted bread. Technically, it needs nothing else on it. But, if you want to doll it up, here are some ideas: A slice of roasted red pepper (‘wichcraft’s way), a slice of pickled garlicky red pepper (our way), and a few leaves of sharp greens, such as watercress or arugula. Or, as shown right above this recipe, on an open-faced slice of toast first schmeared with a tahini dressing. Make tahini dressing with a big spoonful of tahini, one minced garlic clove, a squeeze of lemon juice, and thinned with water to a loose but spreadable consistency. Season well with salt and pepper.

Three more delicious ingredients to add, if you have them: Harissa, mixed in, or dolloped on top. A small spoonful of minced, preserved lemon. A larger spoonful or two of olive tapenade, in place of the chopped olives.

Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake


Yields two 8 inch cakes

Cakes
2 cups (230g) fresh cranberries or frozen (thawed)
6 tablespoons (98g) light brown sugar
2 cup (260g) all-purpose flour
2/3 cup (135g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups (243g) full fat sour cream
1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon almond extract
8 oz. almond paste
4 tablespoons sliced almonds

Icing
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-2 1/2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8 inch round cake pans with flour-based baking spray, or grease and flour.

Place the cranberries in a medium bowl and add brown sugar; toss to coat and set aside. Combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together until incorporated. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg, sour cream, melted butter, and almond extract. Beat until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix together on low speed until just combined. Use a large spatula to scrape down the bowl and fold batter together to make sure no pockets of flour or wet ingredients remain.

Divide half of the batter between the two prepared pans. The batter will be thick and sticky, so coat a rubber spatula with cooking spray and use it to press the batter evenly into the pans (re-spray as needed). Top each pan of batter with 1/4 of the brown sugar-coated cranberries. Cut almond paste in half and crumble one half of the paste into each pan over the cranberries. Divide the remaining batter between the two pans. Spread evenly with a greased rubber spatula. Divide the remaining brown sugar-coated cranberries between the two pans; sprinkle with the sliced almonds. 

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown on top and a toothpick tester inserted into the centers comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to the skewer. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the icing, stir together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and almond extract in a medium bowl. Add additional milk if needed to thin. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cakes. Serve.

Refrigerate leftovers. Bring cake to room temperature or warm in the microwave or oven before serving.

Bavarian Inn Crab Cakes


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 large egg
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Chesapeake Spices, Old Bay could be substituted
1 tablespoon of lemon Juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 pound lump crabmeat, check for any shells without breaking up the lump meat
1 slice dried white bread broken into small pieces
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and Chesapeake spices

Add lemon juice and zest. In a medium bowl light toss the crabmeat with the bread pieces. Gently, without damaging the lump crab meat, fold the mayonnaise mixture into the crabmeat. Cover and refrigerate for one hour or until mixture is firm.

Using a scoop or just your hands gently firm 4 1/2-cup crab cakes, approximately 11/2 inches thick. Heat oil in sauté pan, add crab cakes and cook over medium high heat, approximately 3 minutes per side.