Tyler Florence’s NY Strip Steak with Brandied Mushrooms

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New York strip is a great cut of steak. If you can find a good meat purveyor who carries dry-aged steaks, it only takes sea salt and freshly ground pepper to really pull out the delicious flavor of the meat. The mushrooms are left who and sautéed in the residual beef drippings in the bottom of the skillet with lots of fresh thyme and garlic. Finished with brandy and cream, the flavors cook down and meld into a delicious mushroom sauce, poured over the top of the steak.


Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu

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Chef Way Andrew Carmellini serves fresh pappardelle with a ragù of house-ground lamb shoulder cooked in lamb stock. He finishes the dish with fresh ricotta and chopped mint. Easy Way Use store-bought pappardelle, ground lamb and chicken stock, then top the dish with fresh ricotta and mint.


Duck Ragù with Creamy Polenta

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1 (4 1/2-pound) whole duck, cut into pieces, skin scored

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

1 leek, white part only, sliced

4 cloves garlic, sliced

3 1/2 ounces smoked pancetta, chopped

10 sprigs thyme

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/3 cup malt vinegar

1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes

2 1/2 cups port

Amaranth leaves, to serve

Creamy Polenta:

1 liter milk

1 cup instant polenta

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, chopped

1/2 cup whipping cream

1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan, plus extra to serve

Sea salt and cracked black pepper


Whole Grilled Trout with Charred Corn and Black-Plum ChowChow

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Marked by the grill, the silver skin of a whole trout looks beautiful on the plate. If you don’t want to grill trout on the bone, it’s easy enough to find boneless butterflied trout at the fish counter. Stuff them, fold them over to look like whole fish, tie them up with twine, and then proceed to the grill. Chowchow is a Southern relish typically made with cabbage, corn, green tomatoes, and bell peppers and preserved in big batches by canning. My version is a sweet, tangy quick pickle of fresh summer corn, charred on the grill, and diced black plums.


Grilled Bratwurst Sandwiches with Tomato Jam and Sauerkraut

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Give those hot dogs and burgers the night off and grill up a sandwich with substance instead. Ripe tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and fresh thyme make a tangy, jam-like condiment for these hearty sandwiches. If you don’t have a grill or you’re rained out, cook the bratwurst on a grill pan on the stovetop, or broil them. They’ll taste just as good.


Crispy Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

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1/4 c. plus 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves

1 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs

10 whole peeled garlic cloves, ends trimmed

1 lb. brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and halved or quartered if large

2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan, for serving