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Cook the Book: Asparagus with Butter and Soy

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Over the weekend I served this Asparagus with Butter and Soy from Andrea Reusing’s Cooking in the Moment as the first course of a little impromptu dinner. After a few bites everyone was dying to know what was in the sauce. Super savory and a little bit smokey, this was not the kind of plate that you’d ever imagine was made from such simple, almost pedestrian ingredients.

As is the case with nearly all of the recipes in Cooking in the Moment, the key to this magical sauce was in the recipe’s title—butter and soy. Add the creamy yolk of a gently poached egg to blanched and lightly charred young asparagus dressed in butter and soy—that’s it. Hearty and salty in the best way, the kind of plate that makes it easy to think about becoming a seasonal vegetarian because, really, who needs steak when you have perfect asparagus and runny poached eggs?

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Cooking in the Moment to give away this week.

Adapted from Cooking in the Moment by Andrea Reusing. Copyright © 2011. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • White vinegar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about ½ pound), tough ends snapped off
  • 2 teaspoons expeller-pressed vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Directions

  1. 1.

    Fill a medium pot halfway with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add enough kosher salt so that the water is as salty as seawater. Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan halfway with water, add a small splash of vinegar, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat so the water simmers gently. One at a time, crack each egg into a small teacup with a handle and then slowly and gently slide the egg into the simmering water—the rim of the cup should actually dip into the water so that the egg doesn’t have very far to fall. Adjust the heat so the water stays at a slow simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the white is just set and the yolk is still runny. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a plate.

  2. 2.

    Heat a 9-inch sauté pan over high heat. When the pan is very hot, drop the asparagus into the boiling water and cook for 25 to 30 seconds, less if the asparagus is very skinny.

  3. 3.

    Drain the asparagus and gently shake them dry. Add the oil to the hot pan and swirl. Immediately add the asparagus and toss constantly for about 30 seconds, until they become slightly blistered in spots. Do not lower the heat. Add the soy sauce and shake the pan to coat the asparagus; as soon as it evaporates, remove the pan from the heat, add 1 tablespoon water, and immediately follow with the butter. Continue to toss the asparagus until the butter is melted, creating a dark golden brown emulsified sauce.

  4. 4.

    If the sauce has broken, add up to a tablespoon of water and continue to toss until it comes back together. Divide the asparagus and the sauce between two plates, and top each with a warm poached egg. Sprinkle the eggs with a little sea salt.

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Lexington-Style Red Coleslaw Recipe

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Ketchup provides the “red” in this slaw, which has a tangy, sweet, and spicy barbecue flavor.

In the Lexington, NC tradition, this slaw replaces the traditional mayonnaise base with ketchup, which, when mixed with sugar and hot sauce, results in a slaw with a flavor similar to the region’s famous vinegary barbecue sauce.

Why this recipe works:

  • A sugar-and-salt mixture purges the cabbage of excess moisture, leaving it tender, but still crunchy and well-seasoned.
  • Using ketchup instead of mayonnaise gives this slaw its red color and Lexington roots.
  • Hot sauce adds a touch of heat that makes this slaw really stand out.

Ingredients

  • For the Dressing:
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, preferably Texas Pete
  • For the Slaw:
  • 1 large head green cabbage (about 3 1/2 pounds), finely shredded on a mandoline or by hand
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt

Directions

  1. 1.

    For the dressing: Whisk together vinegar, ketchup, sugar, black pepper, and hot sauce in small bowl.

  2. 2.

    For the Slaw: Combine cabbage and carrot in a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and salt and toss to combine. Let stand five minutes, then transfer to a large colander and rinse thoroughly under cold running water.

  3. 3.

    Transfer vegetables to a salad spinner and spin dry. Alternatively, transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet lined with a triple layer of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel and blot mixture dry with more towels. Return to large bowl.

  4. 4.

    Pour dressing over vegetables and toss to coat. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt, pepper, and/or sugar.

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Classic Cookbooks: Steamed Chicken in Casserole Recipe

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 Whenever you hear about how people don’t have time to cook because we’re all so busy with work and kids and the gym and eight hours per day of reality television and internet surfing and whatnot, don’t you think, “Hey, people used to find time to cook because they had no choice. What’s the matter with us?”

I’m not thinking of a mid-century family helmed by a mother whose job description was to help with the PTA and have dinner on the table when father walked through the door at 6 p.m. I’m thinking of pioneers and farmers, men and women, who did hard physical labor all day long and still had to face the dreaded problem: what’s for dinner? I’m not saying I want to return to the era when we all had to grow or make just about everything we ate and wore ourselves—there are definitely days when I’m grateful that I can cop out and order a burrito. But contemplating that time does make me think that most people today, even busy people, could forgo takeout and make dinner two or three times a week if they cared to.

This idea is usually in the back of my mind but lately has been at the forefront because I’ve been reading about the summertime activity in Freetown, Virginia, during Edna Lewis’s youth. Berry-picking, harvesting, canning, gardening, gathering eggs, hunting for nests, mid-season planting, tending livestock, and butchering kept everyone busy all summer long (she doesn’t even mention the laundry and other routine housework that must have been incredibly time-consuming in those days), and yet they were eating the most gorgeous-sounding meals. During busy times, she says, dinner would be started before breakfast, since nobody would be free to watch pots all afternoon.

Here is her steamed chicken in casserole for a prepared-ahead summer dinner; it is quick to get started, doesn’t require much tending, and comes out simple and tasty. Don’t let the “steamed” in the name put you off; at the end there are plenty of buttery juices, delicious on top of white rice.

Ingredients

  • A 2 1/2 pound chicken cut into 8 pieces, with a few extra wings
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. 1.

    Wash off the chicken pieces and dry with a clean cloth.

  2. 2.

    Into a heavy pot or saucepan put the butter and heat to the foaming stage. Add the onions. When the onions are quite heated through, add in the chicken. Raise the flame and brown the chicken and onions well, without burning.

  3. 3.

    When the chicken is well browned, turn the burner as low as possible, add the thyme, bay leaf, and carrots, cover with a closely fitting lid, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir by shaking the pot around. (The pot can be set into a preheated 250°F oven. Be sure it’s quite hot when set into the oven. Cook for 45 minutes.)

  4. 4.

    If you have fresh tarragon add 1/2 tablespoon about 15 minutes before the end of cooking, then salt and pepper to taste, and swish the pot around to blend in the herb. Adding the tarragon at the last gives a better flavor than if it is cooked in from the beginning. Don’t use dried tarragon; it is too strong.

  5. 5.

    The chicken wings can be removed if you like; they are added really to give thickness to the sauce, which comes from the two last wing joints.

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The Best Vegetarian Bean Chili Recipe

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A 100% vegan chili recipe that has all of the deep chili flavor, textural contrast, and rib-sticking richness that the best chili should have.

Ingredients

  • 3 whole sweet dried chilies like Costeño, New Mexico, or Choricero, stems and seeds removed
  • 2 small hot dried chilies like Arbol or Cascabel, stems and seeds removed (optional)
  • 3 whole rich fruity dried chilies like Ancho, Mulatto, Negro, or Pasilla, stems and seeds removed
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 whole chipotle chilies in adobo sauce with 2 tablespoons sauce from can
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans chickpeas
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes packed in juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane grater
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon marmite or vegemite
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained, liquid reserved separately
  • 2 tablespoons vodka or bourbon
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons masa

Directions

  1. 1.

    Add dried chiles to large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or stock pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until slightly darkened with intense, roasted aroma, 2 to 5 minutes. Do not allow to smoke. Remove chiles to small bowl and set aside. Alternatively, place dried chilies on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high power in 15-second increments until pliable and toasted-smelling, about 30 seconds total. Transfer to a 2-quart microwave-safe liquid measuring cup or bowl. Add water and chipotle chilies, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high power until gently simmering, about 5 minutes. Remove from microwave and set aside. Transfer chilies and liquid to blender and blend, starting on the lowest possible setting and gradually increasing speed to high (make sure to hold the lid down with a clean kitchen towel or a potholder to prevent it from blowing out). Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

  2. 2.

    Drain chickpeas, reserving liquid from can. Transfer chickpeas to a food processor and pulse until just roughly chopped, about three 1-second pulses. Set aside.

  3. 3.

    Roughly squeeze tomatoes trough your fingers into approximate 1/4-inch pieces. Add to chickpea water along with any juices.

  4. 4.

    Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and dried oregano and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pureed chilies, soy sauce, and marmite and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add reserved chickpea/tomato water mixture and stir to combine. Add chopped chickpeas and kidney beans. Stir to combine.

  5. 5.

    If beans are sticking out of the top, add reserved kidney bean liquid until just barely submerged. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a bare simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and rich, about 1 1/2 hours, adding more reserved kidney bean liquid as necessary if chili becomes too thick or sticks to the bottom of the pan.

  6. 6.

    When cooked, add vodka or bourbon and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and whisk in masa in a slow steady stream until desired thickness is reached. For best results, allow chili to cool and refrigerate for at least one night and up to a week. Reheat to serve.

  7. 7.

    Serve, garnished with cilantro, chopped onions, scallions, avocado, lime wedges, and warm tortillas as desired.

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