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Tips & Timesavers4
Sherry enhances the flavor of the mushrooms, but a dry red wine is an acceptable substitute.
6 portobello mushrooms, gilled
1 pkg. button mushrooms (8 oz.)
Extra-virgin olive oil
6 oz. carrots, peeled and chopped
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped
1 pkg. dried shiitake mushrooms (.75 oz.)
10 sprigs fresh parsley
4 sprigs fresh thyme
3 garlic cloves, smashed
2 bay leaves
3⁄4 cup dry sherry
10 cups cold water
Preheat oven to 425°.
Toss portobello and button mushrooms with oil; roast in a roasting pan until browned, 30–45 minutes.
Transfer mushrooms from roasting pan to an 8-qt. stockpot; drain and discard any excess grease.
Add carrots, leeks, dried shiitakes, parsley, thyme, garlic, and bay leaves to stockpot.
Place roasting pan on the stove top over medium-high heat.
Deglaze roasting pan with sherry, scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Pour sherry and browned bits over mushrooms and vegetables in stockpot. Add cold water to cover contents of stockpot by 1 inch. Bring stock to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer stock 1 hour.
Using a fine mesh sieve, strain stock into a large bowl; discard vegetables. In an ice bath, cool bowl of stock to below 40°. Cover stock with plastic wrap; refrigerate.
Truffles are easy to make and simple to gift, but you may need to make two batches - one to give and one to keep.
Q & A8
How pimientos differ from roasted red peppers, scamorza cheese defined, and all the do's and don'ts of knife care with directions for keeping blades razor-sharp.
The flavor is in the name for this all-purpose winter squash - it's buttery and nutty.
Quick & healthful stir-fry12
Orange & Beef Stir-Fry over wilted spinach14
5 steps to a lighter stir-fry15
Cooking oil primer16
An overview of cooking oils and their health benefits.
Casseroles with class18
Cajun Tuna Casserole20
Worldwide chicken & rice22
Five-Jewel-Rice-Stuffed Chicken Breast24
Greek Egg-Lemon Soup with chicken & asparagus26
Peruvian Grilled Chicken with tomato rice27
Basics of Good Taste28
Use the four basic tastes - salty, sweet, sour, and bitter - to make everything from your kitchen taste better.
Tomato Bread Salad30
Sausage & Fennel Orzotto32
Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with garlic & lemon33
Chocolate Panna Cotta with espresso-hazelnut sauce34
Pot Roasts to Boast About36
Meltingly tender pot roast is only a few hours away. Use this straightforward technique to create spectacular meals with everyday, affordable ingredients.
Herb-Stuffed Yankee Pot Roast with root vegetables38
Apple-Braised Pork Pot Roast with parsnips & sweet potato40
Pretzel Pancakes 42
Breakfast Biscuit Pizza44
Tart, Tasty Sourdough50
These rustic rolls are equally delicious as a side for clam chowder or just by themselves with a pat of butter.