The main course

  • Recipe: Senator Danforth's chili

    Recipe: Senator Danforth's chili

    Total time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, plus overnight refrigeration Servings: 12 Note: Adapted from "How to Eat Like a Republican: Or, Hold the Mayo, Muffy -- I'm Feeling Miracle Whipped Tonight" by Susanne Grayson Townsend. 3 1/2 pounds top round, cut into 1/2 -inch cubes 5 tablespoons oil, divided...

  • Recipe: Naked ribs

    Recipe: Naked ribs

    Naked ribs Some people like barbecue for the sauce; purists like it for the pork. If you're one of the latter, you have to try these ribs, developed by Food editor Russ Parsons. You don't need a smoker to make them, a good old-fashioned kettle grill will work fine. The trick is concentrating the...

  • Recipe: Creamy mushroom ragout over sweet potato cakes

    Recipe: Creamy mushroom ragout over sweet potato cakes

      Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 8 to 12 Note: This dish makes a satisfying main course for the vegetarians at your holiday table. For a quicker version, omit the sweet potato cakes altogether and simply spoon the mushroom ragout over roasted and mashed sweet potatoes. This recipe can be prepared...

  • Recipe: Indian-spiced grilled lamb

    Recipe: Indian-spiced grilled lamb

    Total time: 45 minutes plus marinating time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: This marinade is loosely based on a recipe by Julie Sahni. 1 cup yogurt 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 4 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1 (2-inch) piece ginger, grated 1 serrano chile, sliced 1/2 teaspoon ground...

  • Recipe: Vegetable dumplings

    Recipe: Vegetable dumplings

      Total time: About 1 1/2 hours Servings: 8 (makes 32 dumplings) 6 dried shiitake mushrooms 1 large bunch fresh spinach, stems removed 2 large eggs Salt and pepper to taste 2 teaspoons hot sesame oil 1 cup finely diced firm tofu 6 green onions, white and green parts, finely chopped 1 tablespoon...

  • Recipe: Ingriyi (sweet and sour meat and eggplant)

    Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes Sevings: 8 or more Note: Adapted from "The Book of Jewish Food" by Claudia Roden. See the accompanying recipe for tamarind liquid. Or you can use canned "fresh tamarind concentrate" (use the same amount as of tamarind liquid). The C.T.F. brand is available at K.H....

  • Recipe: Bibimbap (Mixed rice)

    Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Kochujang, or Korean red-pepper paste, and thinly sliced beef can be found at Korean markets. 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon crushed...

  • Recipe: Eggplant stuffed with lamb and pine nuts

    Recipe: Eggplant stuffed with lamb and pine nuts

    Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Servings: 6 Note: Silky stuffed eggplant is a wonderfully satisfying dish for casual late summer and early fall entertaining. It can be made in advance and reheated just before serving. 3 (about 1 pound each) round dark purple eggplants 2 medium onions 1/4 cup plus...

  • Recipe: Eggplant stuffed with lamb and pine nuts

    Recipe: Eggplant stuffed with lamb and pine nuts

    In a 2003 story, Russ Parsons dismissed as lies the notion that eggplant are bitter. The recipe is Exhibit A.

  • Recipe: Pork dumplings

    Recipe: Pork dumplings

      Total time: About 2 hours Servings: 8 to 12 (makes 80 dumplings) 4 cups very finely chopped nappa cabbage (about 1 1/2 pounds) Kosher salt 10 dried shiitake mushrooms 1 1/2 pounds coarsely ground pork 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil 8 green onions, green and white parts, finely chopped 2 tablespoons...

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