The Splendid Table

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The Splendid Table is public radio's culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Every Saturday afternoon at 2:01pm you can also hear Food Cast, a weekly module about all things edible in Columbus created by Bethia Woolf, Andy Dehus, Johnny DiLoretto, Jim Ellison and Mike Beaumont. Visit Food Cast online at wcbefoodcast.org.

Serves 4

· Fine sea salt
· 2 cups Israeli couscous
· 1 cup frozen or shelled fresh green peas
· 3/4 cup roughly chopped raw pistachios
· 3 scallions, chopped
· 1 cup Kale Pesto (recipe follows)
· 2 cups chopped butter lettuce
· 6 teaspoons lemon juice
· 1 tablespoon olive oil
· Freshly ground black pepper
· Lemon wedges, for squeezing
· Shaved Parmesan, for garnish

Weeknight Kitchen: Spring Leek Soup with Sage

Apr 27, 2016

Serves 4

Weeknight Kitchen: Shanghai-Style Poached Salmon

Apr 18, 2016

Serves 4

Here, I am taking liberties with a classic Shanghai-style braised whole fish by using salmon fillet cut into individual portions. The salmon is first cooked in water that has been simmered with ginger and green onions. Before it is fully cooked, almost all the liquid is drained off and the fish is basted in a sweet vinegar sauce and cooked through. I like to serve this dish with steamed jasmine rice, spooning some of the sauce over the rice.

· 4 salmon fillets, about 6 oz [170 g] each, skin and pin bones removed

Sweet Vinegar Sauce

Serves 4

Lilli chatni, or cilantro chutney, will most likely be found on every Gujarati family’s kitchen table at dinner time. I make it regularly and always keep a jar of it in the fridge. I love eating it with samosas, on bread, with cheese, or whatever else is happy to sit underneath it while I carry it into my mouth. But when there’s some left over, it also makes for a magnificent curry when combined with chicken.

Weeknight Kitchen: Potato, Mushroom and Caraway Seed Soup

Mar 10, 2016

Serves 4 to 6

I am very fortunate to have some fabulous people working with me. This recipe comes from my assistant Voi, who grew up in Prague and is a great chef. His style of cooking fits in well with the Eastern European vibe we have going at Chriskitch—solid, hearty fare for folks who do not have time for a lot of fussing around in the kitchen. This is easily a meal in itself.

Makes 4 2-piece servings

I wish I could claim responsibility for coming up with the idea of drizzling maple on pizza. I first saw it on the menu of the local bakery of our little Vermont town. The syrup adds a lovely balance to the salty cheese. Trust me.

Serves 4

Baked butternut squash rubbed with balti spices and filled with salty feta, sweet sun-dried tomatoes and fresh mint. No wonder this is a great veggie dish that is filling and packs a lot of flavor. There is no recipe as such for “balti,” as it actually refers to the pot that the dish is cooked in rather than a particular spice mix. However, across the world you can find balti spice blends and they typically contain the spices I have used in this recipe, so I have called this dish a balti in terms of the particular spicing of the dish.

Weeknight Kitchen: Pork Stir-Fry

Feb 22, 2016

Loren Cordain 

Makes 4 servings

Weeknight Kitchen: Orange and Radish Salad

Feb 12, 2016

Serves 2

Narangi aur lal mooli ka salad

Here is another wonderful combination of fruit and raw vegetables that we often use to make our snack foods and salads. I find that it makes a light and delightful first course. This recipe may easily be doubled or tripled.

You can use different types of radishes here: thin white ones, known as mooli in India and the United Kingdom and as small daikon in the United States; red, pink, and white Chinese radishes; and the larger versions of plain red radishes.

Weeknight Kitchen: Raw Cacao Energy Balls

Feb 2, 2016

Makes 10 balls

Is chocolate your guilty pleasure? No need for the 'guilty' part any more. Chocolate fix sorted.

· 105 g (3 1/2 oz/1 cup) 100 percent raw cacao powder
· 400 g (14 oz/4 cups) almond meal
· 100 g (3 1/2 oz/1 cup) protein powder
· 3 tablespoons honey
· 5 tablespoons coconut water
· 5 tablespoons desiccated coconut
· 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Put cacao powder, almond meal, and protein powder in a food processor and buzz until combined. Add the honey and coconut water and buzz until a firm paste forms.

Weeknight Kitchen: Mushrooms with Crispy Sage

Jan 20, 2016

Serves 2

If you’re a mushroom-lover looking for a recipe that’s loaded with them, this is a delicious and luxurious choice. The trick to spectacular mushrooms is making sure to cook them properly.

Nobody wants to bite down on a cold, squishy mushroom—it’s just weird. An overcooked mushroom is better than a wet, soggy one, so make sure your skillet is hot and that you cook your mushrooms down until they begin to brown (or, if you’re like me, really, really brown).

Weeknight Kitchen: Prosciutto Lemon Wrapped Chicken

Jan 14, 2016
Ryan Szulc / The Splendid Table

Makes 2 meals, enough for 4 each time

This amazing little dish will become legendary at your table. And when that’s the case, you can easily quadruple the recipe every once in a while. Fill your freezer with a month of ready-to-fly meals.

Today for Tomorrow: Stuff and roll the chicken breasts in advance (see Storage Tip). Fully cook this dish now and reheat anytime during the next several days.

For the Stuffed Chicken:

Weeknight Kitchen: Lemon Pound Cake

Dec 31, 2015

Feeds 14

My maternal grandparents had thirteen children. I have fond memories of most of them. I remember my great-aunt Lois ironing linen for the church’s communion table and baking her famous pound cake. She was a little lady with a quiet spirit. This recipe embodies the stillness of women who were unselfish givers inside and outside the home.

Lemon Glaze:

· 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons)
· 2 cups powdered sugar
· 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest (about 2 lemons)

Pound Cake:

Serves 4 to 6

A stripped-down dressing of lemon juice and olive oil is all that’s needed for this salad, where smoked fish is the featured player. This most basic combination of fat and acid carries the trout’s gentle smokiness to every corner of the dish. And when the acidic sting of grapefruit (at Gjelina, we’re fools for the ones from Shaner Farms), lush slices of avocado, and the peppery bite of arugula come into play, this simple salad rises to the level of a classic.

Kale, Apple, Walnut and Sumac Onion Tabbouleh

Dec 17, 2015

Serves 4 to 6

· 2 cups (packed) shredded stemmed kale leaves
· 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
· 1/2 cup diced apple
· 1/4 cup Simple Sumac Onions (recipe follows)
· 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
· 3 tablespoons lemon juice
· 3 tablespoons olive oil
· 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Toss to combine and serve.

Simple Sumac Onions

Makes about 1 cup

Serves 2, generously, or 4 in an emergency

This is a regular lunch or supper at casa mia, as anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram will recognize. I sometimes poach the salmon and keep it in the refrigerator (see Make Ahead Note), just so that I can make it even faster when the need hits. It’s quick work anyway, so this is more of an aside than a piece of advice. Although you can always swiftly make a salade tiède by flaking the salmon onto the leaves while it’s still warm.

Serves 4, with leftovers

The browned butter and roasted vegetables make this special, but roasting everything in the oven at once makes it easy to prepare.

Weeknight Kitchen: Hungarian Potato and Egg Casserole

Nov 25, 2015

Sarabeth Levine 

Makes 6 to 8 servings

This comforting casserole of potato and hard-boiled egg slices jumbled in a creamy sauce is one of the national dishes of Hungary. There it is usually eaten as a meatless main course, often for supper. It also makes a fine brunch or breakfast dish, accompanied by grilled sausages and a green salad.

Cook's Note: Be sure to choose potatoes of similar size so they cook evenly.

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