Crispy Roasted Broccoli Rabe With Whole Garlic And Szechuan Peppercorns

Crispy Roasted Broccoli Rabe With Whole Garlic And Szechuan Peppercorns

Crispy Roasted Broccoli Rabe With Whole Garlic And Szechuan Peppercorns

This is the side dish you’ve been waiting for. Undeniably healthful, yet packed with unctuous flavor and a bit of heat, this broccoli rabe will be the darling of any plate. Enjoy on its own, or with grilled salmon, schrimp scampi, or a gorgeous steak.

1 large bunch broccoli D’Arrigo broccoli rabe, tough stems removed

4-5 cloves garlic, smashed, but left whole

1 tbs olive oil

1 tbs butter

Kosher salt and fresh pepper

1 generous pinch chili flakes

1 generous pinch ground Szechuan peppercorns

Heat oven to 400°. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When water boils, add broccoli rabe and blanch one minute. Remove from water and drain well in a colander.

Heat a skillet with the garlic, oil, butter, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Toast spices until they become aromatic. Toss the drained broccoli rabe with the oil mix, lay the stems out onto a baking sheet, and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the leafy greens become slightly crisp.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Grapes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Grapes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Grapes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

 

I’m all for using unique, unfamiliar ingredients on my menus, but the thing that really gets me excited is re-thinking and finding new uses for typical, expected ingredients. Grapes are a perfect example of a totally familiar food that is a perfect canvass for elevated culinary interpretation (and good news, they are growing really well right now). Need a little spike of freshness on your bruschetta or pizza? Try pickling grapes with champagne vinegar and scattering them at will. The pop of juice is familiar, but the zing of pickling liquid cuts through heavy cheeses and sauces. I also love baking grapes (especially Concord grapes) directly into fresh breads and cakes. Try dotting fresh cornmeal cake with jet black grapes, or upping your bread service with rosemary, sea salt, and Concord grape focaccia. Could there be a better way to start a meal? Well, maybe if it’s served with some fresh grape and caramalized shallot conserve. Of course, grapes are also gorgeous mixed in with chicken or tuna salad, frozen into ice cubes for visually-beautiful cocktails, and popped directly into your mouth!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Caramelized Shallot, Grape, and Whiskey Conserve

Caramelized Shallot, Grape, and Whiskey Conserve

Caramelized Shallot, Grape, and Whiskey Conserve

This jammy, sweet, and savory mix is your ticket to cocktail hour success. Spread it lavishly on top of crackers, or ricotta-schmeared crostini, and forget about dinner entirely. Plus, you can make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for up to a week!

1 tablespoon olive oil 

3 shallots, finely minced or sliced

¼ cup whiskey

¼ cup rice vinegar

¼ cup dry red wine

3 cups red or purple grapes, cut in half

1 cinnamon stick

1 bay leaf

Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes until very soft and fragrant.

Add the grapes and turn the heat up to get everything hot. Pour in the bourbon, vinegar, and wine - it should sizzle a little bit to get the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the grapes have started breaking down.

Smash the grapes into a jam-like consistency using the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat, cool, and serve on cracker with cheese (Manchego cheese and goat cheese are my favorite with this).


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail

Fruity without being overly sweet, slightly bubbly, and refreshing, this cocktail is a summer time stunner!

1 small peach, cut in half and pit removed

2 sprigs thyme

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons water

3 ounces bourbon 

2 ounces simple syrup

ginger ale for serving

fresh peach slices for serving

fresh thyme sprigs for serving

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place peach halves cut side up in a glass baking dish.  Drizzle peaches with honey and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Pour 2 Tablespoons of water in the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Allow peaches to cool. Remove and discard skin, but reserve peaches and any juice at the bottom of the dish.

Place roasted peaches and any juices from the roasting dish in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle with a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Add bourbon, simple syrup and ice. Replace lid and shake until chilled. Place two large ice cubes in two high ball glasses. Strain cocktail through lid into a small mesh sieve to 'double strain' the cocktails into the highball glasses. Top off the glasses with ginger ale. Garnish cocktails with fresh peach slices and thyme sprigs. Serve and Enjoy!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Limes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Limes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Limes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Summer is a fun time of year to shake up classic recipes with citrus because many varieties are hitting their peak over the next few months. Limes are my some of my favorites because they suggest floral sweetness, even in savory dishes. (Also, you can’t have summer without lime-kisses margaritas.) One of my favorite garnishes of all time is actually a small salad that pairs chopped fresh lime segments, shaved red onion, microgreens, cotija cheese, and olive oil. It’s perfect on top of grilled fish or other proteins, and heightens any dish immediately to “elegant”. I also love limes in marinades because their acid gently breaks down protein and imparts subtle sweetness as well. Specifically, lime and ancho chilies are a natural combination and will give steak, chicken, or firm-fleshed fish a gorgeous varnish. The zest, juice, and flesh of limes can all be used, making them smart economical choices to any order guide. You can even eat the tender rind if treat them correctly! My favorite way is to scoop out the insides and use them for a sorbet or ice cream, and stuff it back into poached and candied lime shells. 


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Cilantro-Lime Compound Butter

Cilantro-Lime Compound Butter

Cilantro-Lime Compound Butter

This is the stuff of magic. Make a gigantic batch, roll it up like a giant Tootsie-Roll, shove it in your freezer, and slice of discs at will. This compound butter is the perfect topped for grilled steak, fish, chicken, even veggies. As it melts, you will be rewarded with a hit of intense buttery-lime flavor and aroma, and it will perfume every bite you eat.

1/2 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped finely

Zest & juice of 2 medium limes

Combine ingredients together and mix well. Roll up in waxed or parchment paper, then tighten the ends like a wrapped candy to form the shape better.

Chill until firm and serve sliced. This compound butter will keep in your freezer, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 months.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Chimichurri Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Pineapple Slaw

Chimichurri Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Pineapple Slaw

Chimichurri Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Pineapple Slaw

These tacos are packing some fresh and vibrant flavors. Pan grilled salmon gets marinated in a fresh chimichurri and paired with a simple cilantro pineapple slaw.

Chimichurri

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 teaspoon salt

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons jalapeno pepper, minced

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, lime juice, salt, and garlic in a medium mixing bowl. Add the jalapeno and herbs and stir well. Reserve about 1/3 cup of mixture for later and add the salmon to the bowl. Place in fridge to marinade for at least 1 hour and up to 48 hours.

Cilantro Pineapple Slaw + Tacos

2 cups Church Brothers Asian Slaw Mix

1 cup diced pineapple chunks

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1 teaspoon lime juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

6 - 8 medium flour tortillas

1 1/2 pound skinless salmon fillet

1 tablespoon olive oil

In a large mixing bowl toss together the slaw mix, pineapple, and onion. Whisk the other ingredients in a small bowl and pour them over the slaw. Gently stir to combine well then cover and store in fridge for at least 1 hour and up to 48 hours also.

After the salmon has marinated, heat the oil in a medium frying pan over medium high heat and lay the salmon in the pan and cover with lid. Cook on both sides for about 5 minutes until done, then remove from pan and cut into small pieces. Use a rubber spatula to scrape out any liquid in the pan, then lay the tortillas a few at a time in the pan to warm them. Fill the tortillas with the salmon and slaw and top with extra chimichurri, sour cream, and guacamole if desired.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Cone Cabbage: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Cone Cabbage: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Cone Cabbage: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

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People sometimes ask me questions like “What’s your favorite kitchen utensil?” (metal bench scraper) or “What spices could you never live without?” (cardamom, paprika, and flaky sea salt), but the best one is “What is in your refrigerator right now?”.  Inevitably, the answer is cabbage. Is there anything more versatile, quick-cooking, healthful, and inexpensive? This time of year, I particularly like Cone cabbage. It’s a little smaller and sweeter than typical heads of cabbage, the flavor is mild, the texture is tender, and the taste buttery sweet. Cone cabbage is lovely sliced open, drizzled with oil and salt, and thrown on the grill. Cut into quarters, drizzled with lime juice, and hit with chili flakes, and topped with buttery breadcrumbs, this visually stunning and light side dish will please any crowd. I also love Cone cabbage shaved super finely, mixed with fresh corn and mango, cilantro, and lemon juice, and used as a topping for tacos. The tender leaves almost melt in the acidic juice, and the mouthfeel is perfect!

LEARN ABOUT HOW TO PREPARE GRILLED CONE CABBAGE!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Apple & Jicama Slaw

Apple & Jicama Slaw

Apple & Jicama Slaw

This bright and fresh alternative to mayo-based coleslaws will give your summer grilled items a beautiful boost. The jicama really pops here, and pairs very well with the sweet apple and crunchy cabbage.

1 medium jicama, peeled and fine julienned

1 Granny Smith apple, fine julienned

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

¼ green cabbage head, shredded (I use Cone cabbage here)

1 cup plain yogurt

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

2 limes, zest and juice

¼ cup sherry wine vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix prepped jicama, apples, cilantro, and cabbage together. Whisk all dressing ingredients together. Toss with jicama apple mixture. Serve immediately. This recipe is best eaten the day of.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Iceberg Lettuce: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Iceberg Lettuce: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Iceberg Lettuce: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Some folks think it’s really cool and “cheffy” to brag about avoiding iceberg lettuce because of its mild flavor, and associations with backyard barbecues and casual dining. But these are the very reasons why iceberg is awesome and on-trend right now. There is everything cool about iceberg wedge salads adorned with chopped egg, bacon, capers, and gilded with house-made ranch dressing. Don’t pretend it’s even better with designer greens, because it’s not. And iceberg is also gorgeous on the grill, dripping with olive oil, kosher salt, and chili flakes. The leaves become slightly charred and that slight sweetness concentrates, and nothing could be better chopped up as a summery side dish. Iceberg lettuce is also delicious shredded and tossed into classic Chinese stir-fries, and natural liquid it releases helps deglaze the wok and cooks down into a luscious sauce. Lastly, iceberg is the perfect foil for the fermenting craze because of its ability to absorb other flavors so well. Replace cabbage with iceberg lettuce for a beautiful take on kimchi that is perfect as a garnish for noodles, tacos, and barbecue. And speaking of barbecue, try subbing out that burger bun for a stack of crisp iceberg. It’s refreshing, and lovely for gluten-free diners and health-conscious folks alike!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Crunchy Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce

Crunchy Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce

Crunchy Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce

 This surprising take on a classic will light up your taste buds and leave you coming back for more. Sweet, spicy, and salty! Great as a side dish with fish or shrimp.

1tsp soy sauce

1tsp sesame oil

1tsp rice wine or dry sherry

¾ tsp teaspoon sugar

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 ½ tbs peanut oil or other neutral oil

4 scallions, cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces

1 Fresno chili, de-seeded and diced

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or smashed

½ medium head iceberg lettuce, cored, outermost leaves discarded, inner leaves torn into pieces

Kosher salt, to taste

¼ cup chopped, salted peanuts

¼ cup cilantro, chopped

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine or sherry, sugar, and pepper; set sauce aside. Heat a wok or 12-inch skillet over high heat. Add peanut oil, half of the scallions, the chilies, and garlic and cook until garlic is golden, about 5 seconds. Add lettuce and stir-fry until lettuce softens slightly, about 1 minute. Drizzle in sauce and cook until lettuce is just coated with the sauce, about 1 minute. Season with salt, and garnish with remaining scallions, peanuts, and cilantro.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Salt and Pepper Roasted Strawberries

Salt and Pepper Roasted Strawberries

Salt and Pepper Roasted Strawberries

This unusual method of strawberry cookery will become a staple on your menus with your first bite. Sweet, savory, and full of concentrated, juicy, strawberry flavor, these babies are perfect on a charcuterie board, on top of toast with ricotta, or just spooned over vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

1 lb (3 3/4 cups) strawberries, washed, de-stemmed, and halved

1 tbsp sugar

½ tbs kosher salt

½ tbs cracked black pepper

3 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 300 ºF. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a baking sheet.

In a medium sized bowl, toss the halved strawberries with sugar, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.

Pour the strawberries and their accompanying sauce onto the baking sheet. Spear them around so that they lay flat on the sheet. Try not to overlap them.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or so, turning the strawberries with a spatula half way. Once the strawberries have finished roasting, they should be soft and juicy, not too dry. Scoop the strawberries into a bowl, with their sauce, and let cool.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Chilean Gala Apples: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Chilean Gala Apples: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Chilean Gala Apples

 

The market has been a little unstable lately, and as a chef, that makes me want to return to the ingredients and flavors I know best. Apples, especially the Gala ones from Chile, are doing extremely well right now, and their subtle sweetness and adaptable texture can carry through into many cooking applications. Chilean Galas delicious in a long-cooked ragu with pork shoulder, onions, and marjoram, perhaps a splash of Calvados to de-glaze the pot. Of course, spring is the perfect time for grilling. One of my current favorite dishes is grilled lamb with fennel and apple chutney. Pistachios and fresh shallots thrown in right at the end create a zingy pop of color and texture. And dessert, of course, cannot be missed. I love making a Tarte Tatin-inspired filling of deeply caramelized Gala apples, brown butter, sugar, and a bit of brandy to use as a filling for crepes or poured over vanilla ice cream. Gala applies apples are also beautiful simply poached in cardamom and lime syrup.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Red Wine-Poached Packham Pears

Red Wine-Poached Packham Pears

Red Wine-Poached Packham Pears

 

I adore poached pears for spring and summer desserts. You don’t have to turn the oven on, and they are so cool and crisp that they mimic the fresh, clean air around us this time of year. Plus, they can be made in advance and then simply adorned with vanilla ice cream. Just the kind of no-fuss offering we all need when we’d rather be playing outside than slaving in the kitchen. Packham pears are a great choice for this dessert because they are floral and firm enough to hold their shape during poaching.

4 cups red wine (I use an inexpensive, medium-dry wine)

1 ½ cups sugar

2 cups water

1 cup orange juice

Peels from 1 orange

2 cinnamon sticks

A small handful of thyme

6 firm but ripe Argentinian Packham Pears, peeled, cored, stems left intact

Combine everything, save for the pears in a large, heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer. Add pears, and bring everything back up to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer slowly until pears are tender when pierced with knife, about 25 minutes. Transfer pears to a plate or platter. Boil liquid in saucepan until reduced to 3 cups, about 20 minutes for a luxurious sauce. Sometimes I also add a splash of balsamic vinegar to mine for an extra zing! Serve with vanilla ice cream.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Blood Orange: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Blood Orange: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Blood Orange: This week's Market Report Good Buy!

 

Blood orange is just one of those ingredients that makes things special. Whether eaten on its own, squeezed for juice, or segmented into salads, your dining experience will elevate. Blood oranges taste, well, like oranges! But they are more floral and offer a more complex sweetness than naval oranges. They are juicy, sweet, full of unique flavor, and visually stunning to look at. The trick is not doing too much to mask their natural beauty. Blood orange juice works as a beautiful poaching liquid for Sole with a blood orange beaurre blanc, or reduced down into a glaze with habaneros to varnish poultry or fish. They are beautiful as a garnish paired with micro greens, shaved red onion, fennel, olives, and beets. I particularly love blood oranges juiced and frozen into granite for a light dessert or palate cleanser. I flavor mine with garam masala and a touch of tequila!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Zippy Lime Zest Sugar Cookies

Zippy Lime Zest Sugar Cookies

Zippy Lime Zest Sugar Cookies

I love an elaborate dessert, but honestly, a really good cookie is what I want at the end of a great meal. These lime-scented cookies are lovely after a meal because they are refreshing, in a way. Plus, the dough can be made ahead!

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Tbsp milk

Juice of 1 lime

Zest from 1 lime

1/4 cup granulated sugar mixed with zest of 1 lime (for rolling)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.

Cream together the butter and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla, and then lime juice, 1 tbsp milk, and zest. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed between additions. If the dough seems too dry, add the second tbsp of milk, or a little more vanilla.

Scoop out 1-2 tbsp size portions of dough and roll into balls. Roll in the sugar/lime zest mixture and place on baking sheet, about 1-2″ apart. Bake 8-10 minutes, until they are pale and slightly golden.

 


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Corn: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Corn: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Corn: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

There is nothing more perfect than fresh, seasonal, perfectly sweet corn. Sure, the frozen stuff works in a pinch, but nothing compares to the real deal. Whether stripped of their kernals or served right on the cob, corn is a blank canvass ready to accommodate all of your spicy whims and buttery dreams. I love making a compound butter with miso, chili paste, and lime zest, and slathering fresh corn cobs after they come off the grill. Speaking of grilling, I prefer to do mine out of the husk to get nice char marks on the kernels, but you can also just throw the whole thing, husk in-tact, right onto the grill. The result is more of a steamed effect. Just make sure to soak those husks for a few minutes to make sure they don’t become a fire hazard! Corn is also totally lovely eaten raw. Just strip those beautiful, crunchy, sweet kernels right off the cob and throw them directly into chopped salads, slaws, and garnishes. Lastly, super sweet corn is unpredictably delicious in dessert! Corn custard, corn ice cream, even corn cakes are super on-trend this year and will set your menu a part. Try pairing corn desserts with fresh, seasonal fruit like strawberries.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

PA Market Update Recipe: Pickled Blackberries

PA Market Update Recipe: Pickled Blackberries

PA Market Update Recipe: Pickled Blackberries

Want to learn how to make those pickled blackberries Chef Steph talked about yesterday on her live video? Check it out!

Zest from 1 lemon, peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
4 cups ripe blackberries
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons kosher salt

In a small saucepan, heat the apple cider vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, salt and 1 1/2 cups water over high, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let cool completely. 

Pour the brine over the berries, making sure they're completely submerged. Let stand at room temperature for at least 24 hours and enjoy! Berries can be kept in the refrigerator sitting in the pickling liquid up to 10 days.

Also, don't throw away the picking liquid! Use it with equal parts olive oil for a blackberry-spiked vinaigrette or marinade for beef or pork.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Frozen Corn Pops

Frozen Corn Pops

Frozen Corn Pops

 

This treat is totally unexpected and totally delicious because it emphasizes corn’s natural sweetness and presents it in a unique, beautiful, and fun way!

2 ears of corn

1 cup full-fat coconut milk

2 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch salt

Preheat oven to 400° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice corn kernels off ears and put on baking sheet. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft and starting to brown. Remove from oven and cool. Stir sugar and vanilla extract into coconut milk and microwave for about 30 seconds, to dissolve the sugar. Blitz corn and coconut milk in a blender. Strain, then pour liquid into pop molds. Discard corn pulp. Freeze overnight, and enjoy!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Carrots: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Carrots: This week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Carrots

I adore carrots. They aren’t just the workhorses of mirepoix and crudité they are sometimes knowns for, either (though I adore them for their utilitarianism too). Carrots can accommodate any cooking technique, spice, or herb you throw at them, and their inherent sweetness and earthiness make them perfect as centerpieces. Try grating carrots into latkes, springtime hashbrowns, and even chicken burgers to add moisture and texture contrast. I love throwing carrots whole into a smoker for an hour or so and then pureeing them into soups and sauces for body. It gives an immediate “meaty” quality to dishes that don’t contain any animal protein. Pickled and deeply marinated carrots have become a staple on many of my richer dishes because their brightness, texture, and acidity cuts through them so nicely. And don’t forget about carrot tops! These gorgeous greens can be used like any other fresh herb in pestos, salsa verdes, and as garnishes!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.