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The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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Sample Recipe from The Farm: Spicy Cilantro Chicken Wings
Serves 4 to 6
Everyone loves chicken wings, that fiery and buttery all-American snack that pairs perfectly with lots and lots of beer. I love adding unexpected flavors to familiar foods, and these wings are a perfect example of why it’s fun to think outside the bottle of Frank’s hot sauce. The chile, lime, garlic, cilantro, and Worcestershire provide a savory-acidic base for the sauce and add many new and wonderful layers of flavor, while the butter coats the wings with a luscious richness.
1/3 cup chopped cilantro stems
1-1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 hot green chile, such as habanero, serrano, or Thai, chopped
1 large garlic clove, chopped
1-3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
3 pounds chicken wings
About 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
Puree the cilantro stems, lime zest, juice, Worcestershire, chile, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper in a blender until smooth. With the motor running, add the butter, blending until it is incorporated. Transfer the sauce to a large bowl.
Pat the wings dry, then halve them at the joint and season them with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt.
Heat 1 inch of oil in a pot or deep heavy skillet to 400°F. Fry the wings in 2 or 3 batches, turning occasionally, until they are golden and cooked through, about 8 minutes per batch (return the oil to 400°F between batches). As they are cooked, transfer the wings to the bowl with the sauce, tossing them to coat, or serve the sauce on the side for dipping. With tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the wings to a serving plate and sprinkle with the cilantro leaves. Serve the wings with the remaining sauce on the side.
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In The Farm, Knauer brings his creations to your kitchen. From Cold-Spring-Night Asparagus Soup to Brick Chicken with Corn and Basil Salad, the 150 recipes in this book will help you make the most of your market, garden, or CSA. They are fresh, modern spins on American classics, with ingredients anyone can obtain. Each one is simple, distinctive, and satisfying, getting the best food to the table in the least amount of time. They are both homey and sophisticated.
You’ll find recipes that incorporate all parts of the vegetable, like Pasta with Radishes and Blue Cheese, which incorporates the radish leaves as well as the root, and spritely Swiss Chard Salad. You’ll learn how to make great food from simple ingredients you have on hand, like Potato Nachos. You’ll discover recipes for less-familiar produce from your market or your backyard, such as Chicken with Garlic Scape Pesto and Dandelion Green Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing.
Many of these recipes have been in Knauer’s family for generations, like Pennsylvania Dutch-Style Green Beans or Cloud Biscuits. You won’t want to miss his expertly tweaked renditions of his mother and grandmother’s desserts: Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie, Blueberry Belle Crunch, and Mary’s Lemon Sponge Pie.
Whether you want to learn how to roast a pig, make your own hot sauce, or brew hard cider, The Farm brings artisanal cooking home, even as Knauer’s vivid stories trace a year in the seasons of the farm.
Top customer reviews
To some extent, the recipe sensibility is rooted in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition but it shows the spreading of other flavors throughout American cuisine e.g. chiles. Examples of recipes: "Radishes with Bacon Butter, "Chilled Corn Soup with Red Pepper Relish", "Purslane Salad", "Potato-Cheddar Pancakes with Perfect Fried Eggs", "Swiss Chard and Fresh Ricotta Pizza", "Grandmom's Bread", "Pasta with Garlic-Scape Pesto", "Wheat Beer Chicken", "Roast Pork Chili", "Creamed Watercress", "Homemade Ketchup", "Magic Peach Cobbler", "Hard Cider" . . . As you can see, the recipes are wide-ranging, presented in seasonal sequence and frequently in reference to a full menu. Each recipe is introduced by a bit of personal memories, details of the origins of the dish, etc. The result is a cookbook worth reading as well as using its recipes.
The recipes are easy and delicious and very appealing.
If you want good food with simple ingredients try this book and be delighted.