Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Here are some seasonal ideas culled from Brooklyn Farmhouse for your Thanksgiving meal – from starters to sides to dessert. I don’t include a turkey recipe because I always make Tom Colicchio’s Herb Butter Turkey – it’s the best. Happy Thanksgiving! Starters and Nibbles Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter – Serve with cheddar or brie (or [...]

Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter

My family’s farm, Fernwood Springs, in Westampton, New Jersey, has a lovely little apple orchard. The trees go mostly untended now because it’s just my grandma and my uncle working the farm (and my grandma is 87!), but the Red Delicious apples are still…well…delicious, even without much tending. I picked a boatload the other day [...]

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce with Rigatoni

“Bolognese” sauce is a funny thing. The sauce is not just found in Bologna – most towns in the Italian region (Emilia-Romagna) have their own version, some quite different from one another. Even in Bologna there is little agreement on ingredients or a standardization of the recipe – the old joke is that if you [...]

Easy Chicken Liver Mousse

Chicken Liver Mousse on a crunchy little piece of toast

There was a time not too long ago when I was intimidated at the prospect of cooking organ meats.  I have since recovered from my fear – but if you have a bit of an organ-meat-cooking phobia, an easy entree into the world of offal cookery can be had with the making of chicken liver [...]

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Wow, that was quite a long blogging break I took. I felt guilty every day for not blogging. (I was on vacation in North Carolina with my family. It was fun. I was too busy boogie-boarding to blog.)   I know a frittata isn’t the most super exciting foodstuff I could trot out after a bit [...]

Antique Recipe: Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels come to you in honor of NYC’s Pollinator Week (this week!), which is coordinated by Just Food. Beekeeping is currently illegal in New York City (sign a petition to make it legal here), although there are quite a few rogue beekeepers in Brooklyn and in the rest of New York City. Read more [...]

Bourbon Milkshakes

Bourbon Milkshake

Brooklyn Farmhouse has had a sweet tooth lately, but I couldn’t resist sharing yet another dessert recipe with you – albeit a rather more grownup dessert. I totally stole this idea from a restaurant in Portland, Maine called Fore Street; after having my first bourbon milkshake there, I wondered why this idea had never crossed [...]

Buttermilk Shortcakes with Strawberry Sorbet and Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche Sauce

Buttermilk Shortcakes with Stawberry Sorbet and Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche Sauce

Whoa – two strawberry posts in a row! I should’ve planned this whole blogging thing out a little bit better. Because strawberries are so delightful and so in-season right now, I guess I don’t really care that I have two strawberry posts in a row. Really, I don’t. This is Thomas Keller’s recipe from the [...]

Pink Peppercorn-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

Pink Peppercorn-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

Pink peppercorns are fruity and floral – not at all spicy like black (or even white) peppercorns. That’s because they are actually a kind of rosehip (i.e., fruit from a type of rose bush). I’ve made this pink peppercorn ice cream a few times (it’s amazing with chocolate cake), but I thought that the delicate [...]

Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Spicy Onion Marmalade

Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Spicy Onion Marmalade

Lamb and cheddar and kale and mint and onion and spiciness! I feel like I don’t even have to write an introduction to this recipe. Except to say that I may like lamb burgers better than beef burgers. And that the lamb burgers would be good with a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of the [...]

Antique Recipe: Bacon Muffins

Bacon Muffins

The Bacon Muffin is brought to you as part of a series on Brooklyn Farmhouse that showcases ye olde recipes from antique cookbooks. Sometimes recipes in old cookbooks can be a bit tricky, with unclear measurements (“a teacup”) or instructions. I have solved that problem for you by culling through my soon-to-be-vast collection of antique [...]

Roasted Asparagus with Ramp Aioli

Roasted Asparagus with Ramp Aioli

Asparagus and egg-y sauces (think hollandaise) are a natural. In this recipe, I’ve paired roasted asparagus with a lemony ramp aioli. Ramps are wild leeks, and have gotten insanely popular in the last few years among chefs and eaters alike, probably due to their sheer deliciousness. They are a traditional food in the Appalachian mountains [...]

Rhubarb Mojito

Rhubarb Mojito

It’s Spring! Rhubarb is here! Yay Rhubarb! OK, sorry. Did I mention I love rhubarb? And have you ever noticed what a weird word “rhubarb” is? After a day of rhubarb experimentation in my kitchen that resulted in rhubarb pudding (my husband: “tastes like baby food”), I decided to drown my culinary sorrows with these [...]

Fava and Pecorino Crostini with Mint and Pea Shoots

Fava and Pecorino Crostini with Mint and Pea Shoots

Fava beans, Pecorino-Romano cheese, and mint – a classic combination that’s just sooo delicious on toasty, garlicy bread. Top it with a handful of pea shoots, and you’ve just produced a crostini that screams “Spring”. Even the color is Spring-y – the fava beans and Pecorino become a beautiful spring green in the food processor. [...]

Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

Vegetable-dyed Easter Eggs

Put the last of the season’s root vegetables to good use for this Easter kitchen project! Vegetable dyes won’t give you vibrantly colored Easter eggs – the hues are much more subtle and natural looking, almost as if you raided the nests of different chicken breeds. Making your own vegetable dye is a little more [...]

Seared Scallops with Grilled Sweet Onion, Red Pepper Coulis, and Arugula Flowers

Seared Scallops with Sweet Onion, Red Pepper Coulis, and Arugula Flowers

It’s kind of a long title, but really, this is an elegant recipe that isn’t terribly difficult to make. It makes a really lovely first course for a fish dinner. I stumbled upon arugula flowers the other day at the farmer’s market and now I’m hooked – not only are they beautiful (but in a [...]

Panettone Ice Cream

Panettone Ice Cream

Panettone is a yeasted sweet bread that is usually made for Christmas and New Year’s in Italy. The bread is originally Milanese in origin, but it has spread to the far corners of the world – it’s just that delicious. I try to make at least one every Christmas season, but this year I failed [...]

Homemade Candied Ginger, Ginger Syrup, and Ginger Ale

Homemade Ginger Ale

A trifecta of ginger deliciousness! Actually, the candied ginger is a byproduct of the ginger syrup (or is ginger syrup the byproduct of candied ginger??): you can’t create one without the other.  I had a bit of a hankering for homemade ginger ale, because it’s so much spicier than store bought and I felt like [...]

Oyster Mushroom Risotto

Oyster Mushroom Risotto

I have a confession to make. The very first time I made risotto (which was 10 years ago now) it took about 2 hours.  What’s funny is that a basic risotto should be a quick and easy 20 minutes from start to finish. What happened? Looking back now I see that my problem was fear [...]

Whole Wheat Blueberry-Oat Scones

A pile of whole wheat blueberry-oat scones

This is a recipe that comes out of an effort to eat less white flour, combined with a craving for scones. Although they contain quite a bit of butter, the scones are still fairly healthy with the addition of whole wheat flour, oats, blueberries, and yogurt. A bit of powdered ginger doesn’t overwhelm the flavor [...]

Fairly Easy Chicken Soup with Homemade Pasta

Chicken Soup with Homemade Pasta

This is a dish borne out of necessity. I am feeling a little sickly with a sore throat, so I thought a bit of homemade chicken soup couldn’t hurt. But I wanted noodles in my soup, dammit! Because it’s approximately 2 degrees outside, I really, really didn’t want to go to the store to get [...]

Ginger, Lemongrass, and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Ginger, Lemongrass, and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

It’s getting to the point in the winter where I’m longing – longing – for summer. Cabbage and kale, although I dearly love you, I would gladly give you up right now for a juicy peach, a purple plum, a red, ripe tomato straight from the fields…or a fresh, sweet ear of corn. How does [...]

Two Bean Chili with Grass-Fed Beef and Masa Harina

Easy Two Bean Chili with Masa Harina

This is my go-to chili recipe. It’s simple, easy to make, and lends itself to other vegetable additions (like zucchini), and to variations in the type of beans in it. I always use local grass-fed ground beef – its flavor is so much…beefier, and it’s a lot leaner, too. I ripped off the idea of [...]

Jasmine Madeleines

Jasmine Madelines

I love cooking Thai food at home, so one of my favorite stores in New York City is Bangkok Mart, a small Thai food store in Chinatown. It has just about every Thai product you could ever need, and the staff is super friendly and always willing to answer questions.  My most recent discovery there: [...]

Steak au Poivre

Strip steak au poivre

Steak au poivre is a classic French bistro dish that is perfect for a special occasion: the cream and brandy make the dish extremely rich, but also extremely delicious. Steak au poivre was part of my husband’s and my Valentine’s dinner, along with sauteed potatoes, an arugula salad, a great California wine (called “The Prisoner”) [...]

Homemade Ketchup

Uh, so it's not exactly 57 herbs and spices, just 6

I have tried as hard as I’ve been able to in the last few years to avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). I just don’t like the stuff. Recently, I felt pretty vindicated about my near-obsessional dislike for HFCS when a report surfaced about mercury being found (by FDA scientists, no less!) in some HFCS [...]

Spicy Braised Grass-Fed Brisket

Slices of Spicy Braised Brisket

I was lucky enough to stumble upon a beautiful piece of grass-fed brisket at the food co-op where I do a lot of my grocery shopping and I conveniently had a ton of the tomato-chipotle sauce from this post left over. I thought it would make a great braising liquid for my brisket, and boy, [...]

Antique Recipe: Sally Lunn

Sally Lunn

This recipe is part of a new series here on Brooklyn Farmhouse that showcases ye olde recipes from antique cookbooks. When I graduated culinary school, my husband bought me a boatload of antique cookbooks to add to my budding collection. The books range widely in age – from the turn of the (last) century to [...]

Lentil Soup with Prosciutto

French Green Lentils

It’s cold out and it’s a new year – time for lentil soup! Lentils are traditionally served in Italy on New Year’s Day as good luck for the coming year. OK, it’s not quite New Year’s Day…but close enough. This lentil soup is one of my most favorite soups in the world. It’s a good [...]

Chicken, Kale, and Shallot Quesadillas with Tomato-Chipotle Salsa

Chicken, Kale, and Shallot Quesadillas

I make quesadillas a lot during the week because they’re quick and easy. Make it a little fancier by using your newly created homemade corn tortillas instead of store-bought. When you poach the chicken, stick a couple of sprigs of cilantro in with the poaching liquid. A quick and easy tomato-chipotle sauce adds smoke and [...]

Homemade Corn Tortillas

A stack of homemade corn tortillas

I was always intimidated by the prospect of making my own corn tortillas. It seemed really complicated and difficult. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is actually quite easy: you just need the proper tools to do it. I highly recommend getting a tortilla press:  unless you’re a Mexican granny with awesome tortilla-rolling [...]

Spicy Tomato Soup

Spicy Tomato Soup

I loved, loved cream of tomato soup as a kid (the kind you get in a can) – but now that I’m all grown up, this homemade version really blows the canned stuff out of the water. I take the easy way out and usually use jarred tomato sauce to make the soup – if [...]

Roast Chicken with Fresh Herbs and Lemon

Chicken with its feet

Sometimes I’m a little lazy in the kitchen. Roasting a chicken is a good lazy-day compromise – perfect for when you want to make a nice dinner, but you’re too tired or unmotivated to make anything remotely elaborate. The food co-op where I shop recently started carrying two types of chickens from a farm in [...]

Homemade Pita

Pita still puffy from the oven

These pita are thick and toothy – not like those puny pitas you get in the grocery store. I bake them on a pizza stone, but if you don’t have one, bake them directly on the oven rack. Serve with hummus or bean dip, or top with a salad and a few dollops of goat [...]

Seared Tuna with Sesame Seeds

Sesame-Crusted Seared Tuna

I’ve been having an issue lately trying to figure out what seafood is good (i.e., sustainable) to eat, and what is not. There are the obvious baddies, like Chilean Sea Bass (a.k.a., the Patagonian Toothfish), which is: a) not even really bass, b) seriously over fished, and c) usually caught using bottom long lines, a [...]

Quince Jam

Organic quince ready to be made into jam

It’s the end of quince season here in Brooklyn – so here is a recipe for an easy quince jam. I didn’t bother with any canning stuff (i.e., sterilizing jars, etc.) because I figured the jam would get eaten pretty quickly. But if you want to give as a holiday gift, you should bother to [...]

Pasta e Fagioli (with Fregola)

Pasta e Fagioli

Don’t be worried about all of the Italian words being thrown around here -  the title of this recipe means “pasta and beans,” and nothing could be more simple than that. Pasta e fagioli (a.k.a. pasta fagioli) is easy to make, economical, and very filling. Oh, and did I mention delicious? It’s a little thicker [...]

Pork Tenderloin with Black Pepper

Sliced pork tenderloin

We don’t eat a lot of meat in our household – not because we don’t like it, but because good, sustainably raised meat is a touch expensive these days. We belong to a food co-op that gets most of its meat from local farms, and still we have trouble affording it with any regularity. But [...]

Cheddar-Sage Biscuits

Cheddar-Sage Biscuits

I am on a lifelong quest to make the world’s best biscuit. I don’t think I’d even gotten close until I made these – with butter I made myself and the real buttermilk from the butter-making process. I don’t understand the chemistry behind it, but for some reason these biscuits rose higher and were way [...]

Homemade Butter

Homemade Butter

Yes, I know you can buy perfectly delicious butter in the grocery store. But really, making your own isn’t all that complicated, and it’s really fun to do. Making butter is a great project for kids, too – it’s an exercise in showing them where even our most elemental cooking products (e.g., butter) come from. [...]

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

I had a can of pure pumpkin purée in the kitchen cabinet from last Thanksgiving, taunting me. (I don’t eat a lot of commercially canned fruits and vegetables, but I have to admit that I make an exception for pumpkin and for San Marzano tomatoes.)  And I wanted muffins!  So…my unused can of pumpkin and [...]

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was walking through Union Square this morning. It had just rained, and I smelled…buckwheat. I know it sounds a little weird, but that mineral-y smell of wet concrete somehow triggered a sense memory of the smell and taste of buckwheat flour. Prior to today, my buckwheat cookery had been limited to buckwheat pancakes and [...]

Salade Nicoise

Salade Nicoise

This classic French salad is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. The real secret to this dish is dressing each component separately – this way, the potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, and eggs are all seasoned perfectly. Try to find Italian or Spanish jarred or canned tuna in olive oil – it’s a little expensive, [...]

Concord Grape Gelato

Concord Grape Gelato

I think this might be one of the most delicious ice creams of all time. Am I overstating? It has no eggs or milk, and only a quarter cup of cream (seriously!) but it’s rich and creamy nonetheless. I probably don’t need to mention that the quality of the grapes and the cream is imperative [...]

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

Using local, grass-fed milk and cream makes a real difference in the taste of this homemade ricotta. Eat plain, topped with honey and pecans, or use it in homemade lasagna or top your heirloom tomato salad with dollops of it to really add a Farmhouse touch. This recipe is from Gourmet magazine. Special equipment: Unbleached [...]

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