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I pledge allegiance

    The smart people over at the Times Food section have assembled 50 recipes (well, 52 with DC and Puerto Rico) that represent each state in the nation:   THE UNITED STATES OF THANKSGIVING   The Batalis do a regional Italian Christmas feast. This year, we’re doing a regional American Thanksgiving. No matter what…

A Chicken Flies Home

  Before “America: Farm to Table” was released, I was working on a mantra.   You don’t need to buy Alexander Weiser’s potatoes to make the potato recipes in the book work. You don’t specifically have to have Jim Bardenhagen’s apples or cherries, or Nathan Heath’s carrots.    The point is that you should find…

‘Tis the Season for Salsify

Salsify frittelle: an ambidextrous side, if you will. A vegetable recipe that tastes of the season but also embraces the themes of the holidays.   Salsify— also known as the “oyster plant,” for its somewhat oyster-like taste— is a root vegetable of the dandelion family. The plant looks like parsnip or horseradish but is longer…

’tis the season… for cooking!!

Yes, it’s still November. And, yes, we have not yet had our Thanksgiving feast. But we at Molto already have the holidays on the mind…   The holidays are a time for giving and for family. But they’re also a time for cooking. And eating. A lot.   Mario and the Chew crew are making their…

Watch This Cook This!

    WATCH THIS: HOW TO MAKE VINAIGRETTE   COOK THIS: BEETS WITH PISTACHIOS        

White Truffles Have Returned

This afternoon, Babbo is relaunching a white truffle tasting menu during lunchtime. It is, quite simply, the ultimate way to experience white truffles from Alba, the jewels of Piemonte…   Click here to reserve a table!   Duck Egg Sunny-Side Up with Guanciale, Fett’unta and White Truffles      Rabbit and Veal Agnolotti with Butter and…

La Festa di Tartufi

  White truffle season is upon us. And it’s one of the most epic seasons we’ve seen.   Join Mario at Del Posto on November 21st for the annual Festa di Tartufi, a celebration of the famed white truffles of Alba. The evening will feature a Piemontese-inspired menu from Executive Chef Mark Ladner paired with wines curated by…

#FOODDAY2014

Today (October 24th) is Food Day, a national event to promote healthier eating and better food systems. There will be events all over the country to raise awareness of diet-related issues, food justice, the environment, and food production.   So we at Molto asked Anthony Sasso (Casa Mono), David Almany (Osteria Mozza Singapore) and Liz Hong  (Pizzeria Mozza LA) to create…

AIN’T LIFE SWEET (POTATOES)

You may not recognize a sweet potato in its original form. The species is better known topped with marshmallows or boiled and drizzled with molasses. Sweet potatoes are a guest at the Thanksgiving table almost as reliable as the venerable turkey.   Sweet potatoes are long, starchy root vegetables that appear in two main varieties:…

A Kernel, and the Truth

Standing at the farmers market a couple of weeks ago, looking at a pile of corn, I was kind of sad.   Jim Crawford, the farmer at New Morning Farm in Hustontown, Pa., and the proprietor of this stand in Washington, D.C., had just told me that next week would be the last week for…

Watch This Cook This!

    WATCH THIS: HOW TO blanch COOK THIS: Broccoli with pecorino romano

From Texas to Tampa…

“The next culinary rock star isn’t going to be a chef, it’s going to be a farmer.” “Who’s going to be the next rock-star chef?”   The question, directed at Mario, came out at a late-night gab session after an event in Fort Worth, Texas. It was chilly outside, there were hot fires, cold beverages…