Spring Throwback: Risotto with Fiddlehead Ferns, Ramps and Morels

The farmers’ markets are filled with the first signs of spring.  Pungent ramps, tightly curled fiddlehead ferns and plump morel mushrooms should now be available.  Having eagerly awaited something fresh besides kale all winter, these ingredients are greedily scooped up by all the greenmarket shoppers I know.  Unfortunately, the prices reflect the short-growing season and…

Mediterranean Stuffed Veal Breast

Preparing less common cuts of meat can be intimidating.  These little known treasures typically require longer cooking times and benefit from braising.  They also tend to be inexpensive.  Consider veal breast.  At about $2.99/lb, it’s much cheaper than cutlets or chops. Easy to make and elegant, this recipe should please everyone (unless they have an…

An Updated Take On Coq Au Vin

Maybe it’s the cooler weather.  Maybe it’s the fact that chicken legs are $0.79/lb.  Whatever the reason, coq au vin seemed like a good idea.  But spending a full day making it did not. Traditional coq au vin uses a rooster or aging chicken.  Today, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a rooster unless you live…

Celebrating Spring: Ramp, Fiddlehead Fern and Morel Risotto

The farmers’ markets are filled with the first signs of spring.  Pungent ramps, tightly curled fiddlehead ferns and plump morel mushrooms should now be available.  Having eagerly awaited something fresh besides kale all winter, these ingredients are greedily scooped up by all the greenmarket shoppers I know.  Unfortunately, the prices reflect the short-growing season and…