Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/15-9/21

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Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/15-9/21

In case you missed them, here’s a wrap up of our favorite blog posts of the week. Read, get inspired, and start cooking! 

 

Steamed Tofu with Greens & Peanut SauceSteamed Tofu with Greens & Peanut Sauce
This is a virtuous vegetarian dinner, with nutrients from the cabbage and spinach, and protein from the tofu. The steaming technique is quick and lean, limiting the fat content to the healthy fats from coconut milk and peanut butter in the rich sauce.
Ingredient Spotlight: MushroomsIngredient Spotlight: Mushrooms
There’s no substitute for the rich, meaty flavor and delicate texture of mushrooms, from wide portobellos to aromatic porcini and prized morels. Learn how to choose, prep and cook with mushrooms, with new ideas straight from the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen.
Best of the Web: Summer SendoffBest of the Web: Summer Sendoff
As summer fades into fall, now is the time to savor the last of the season’s best flavors! Here are recipes from some of our favorite blogs that we’ll be cooking before the leaves change and temperatures cool down for good.
Q&A with Chef Thomas McNaughtonQ&A with Chef Thomas McNaughton

Meet Thomas McNaughton, chef at flour + water, central kitchen and salumeria in San Francisco and author of the new book Flour + Water: Pasta. Here, Thomas tells us what he loves about pasta — and how he devoted a whole room in the restaurant to making it! – and why his future plans include starting a goat farm. Read on!

Cooking with BeerCooking with Beer
Beer isn’t just for sipping — it can be an ingredient, too. Try using one of your favorite brews in these recipes (just in time for Oktoberfest!), and save the rest of the bottle for the chef.
Roasted Pears with Honey and YogurtRoasted Pears with Honey and Yogurt
In this recipe, fresh bay leaves lend aromas of pine and white pepper—flavors typically reserved for savory dishes—to a simple dessert of honeyed pears. Toasted almonds and amaretto round out the mix, and a dollop of tart Greek-style yogurt brings it all together.
What We’re Reading: Flour + Water: PastaWhat We’re Reading: Flour + Water: Pasta

Homemade pasta is a labor of love, but the result is a perfect marriage of texture and flavor. When you’re ready to master it at home, there’s no better teacher than Chef Thomas McNaughton, author of the new cookbook Flour + Water: Pasta. Try these autumnal recipes from the book, then pick up a copy to take your pasta skills to the next level.

Stuffed Pasta 101Stuffed Pasta 101
Here, Chef Thomas McNaughton shares a few guidelines for making stuffed pasta and answers our questions about how to pull it off at home.
Lamb Burgers With Red Onion–Cumin SauceLamb Burgers With Red Onion–Cumin Sauce
Lamb patties are as appealing as beef, particularly when seasoned with cumin and allspice. Spoon gently spiced creamy yogurt sauce on top, then add the last of the summer tomatoes. Serve with chips and a vegetable salad.
How to Cook PastaHow to Cook Pasta
When we partnered with Chef Thomas McNaughton this month upon the release of 
Flour + Water: Pasta, we started by asking him the basics: what’s really the best way to cook pasta? As it turns out, the answer is more nuanced than you’d think — and there are plenty of ways to improve on something you’ve been doing the same way for years.
Weekend Project: Make Your Own SauerkrautWeekend Project: Make Your Own Sauerkraut
There are plenty of reasons to make sauerkraut: it’s economical, long-lasting and packed with nutrition. But most importantly, homemade sauerkraut is infinitely more delicious than what you can buy in stores. Here’s a recipe to get you started!
Burrata with Grilled Bread and Heirloom TomatoesBurrata with Grilled Bread and Heirloom Tomatoes
Using burrata, a mozzarella-type Italian cheese with a creamy center, makes this appetizer particularly decadent, but you could also use buffalo mozzarella or a soft goat cheese if you prefer. In winter, substitute oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes for the heirlooms — but make the most of the fresh ones while they’re still in season.
Celebrate Oktoberfest!Celebrate Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest kicks off this weekend! No matter where you are, you can celebrate with steins of cold beer, sizzling sausages, and mounds of tangy sauerkraut. Invite friends over and enjoy a hearty menu — we have all the recipes you need.
Egg Sandwiches with Wilted SpinachEgg Sandwiches with Wilted Spinach
This egg sandwich is special enough for a weekend brunch, but quick enough to assemble for weekday mornings; baking the eggs instead of frying adds to the ease. If you don’t have Manchego cheese, try using a sharp white Cheddar.
Pulled Chicken Sliders with Apple-Jicama RelishPulled Chicken Sliders with Apple-Jicama Relish
Here, jicama is mixed with apples and red onions to form a slaw that adds a nice crunch to moist pulled chicken. The recipe calls for poaching a whole chicken, which is a method of cooking tender, delicious meat without the added fat.

 

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