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Braising

  • Recipe

    Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

    Though eggplant is relatively delicate, it pulls in the flavor of whatever it’s cooked with, in this case garlic, fresh herbs, and tomatoes. Salting eggplant in advance is an optional…

  • Recipe

    Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Anchovy

    This rich mash works well as a side, but my favorite way to serve it is heaped on crostini for a robust nibble.

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    Braised Broccoli Raab with White Wine and Garlic

    Think of this as the Italian version of “potlikker” greens—broccoli raab, simmered on the stovetop with lots of garlic, wine, extra-virgin olive oil, and spicy pepper flakes. The dish actually…

  • Recipe

    Oven-Braised Celery Hearts with Pancetta

    Minced celery is an essential flavor base for many soups, stews, and sauces, but sometimes, this aromatic vegetable deserves to be the star of the show, as it is here,…

  • Recipe

    Slow-Cooked Swiss Chard and Potatoes

    This classic side dish hails from Abruzzo. I grew up eating it and still make it often because it’s so soothingly good. I love it as a side to roast…

  • Recipe

    Fennel Confit with Grilled Lamb

    Like caramelized onions, slowly cooked fennel becomes deep, rich, and sweet tasting. Paired with a lemony, gremolata-like herb garnish, it’s a great accompaniment to lamb chops coated in crushed fennel…

  • Recipe

    Sausage with Red Cabbage and Apples

    Fully cooked sausages are a great choice for speedy weeknight dinners. Pair them with red cabbage braised in beer plus vinegar, cloves, and red currant jelly for your own mini…

  • How-To

    How to Cook Octopus At Home

    When I eat out, part of the fun comes from ordering foods I don’t normally cook at home. Charred octopus is one such item. While it has always been a…

  • Recipe

    Charred Octopus

    Tender and ever-so-slightly smoky, with a hint of the sea , charred octopus makes a  great starter and a delicious addition to pasta and risotto. The octopus needs to braise for 2…

  • How-To

    Backward Braising

    Slow cooking followed by a blast in the oven creates tender meat with an appealing crust, all without searing.