Fresh Golden Root Juice

A fresh juice, designed to soothe the body — earthy and sweet in flavor with a touch of the exotic, using mostly roots....

Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate and Fennel

Serves 6 | cooking time 2 hours, 30 minutes active time Sumptuous slow-braised lamb shanks are infused with fennel in two forms, seed and bulb, and cooked in stock and port. To finish, scarlet pomegranate juice is reduced to make a bright sauce, giving the lamb life and vibrancy. Serve this over a creamy polenta. 6 lamb shanks, 1 pound each salt and ground pepper 2 tablespoons oil 2 large onions, cut into wedges, or 2 pounds pearl onions (in the freezer section of your grocery store) 6 whole garlic cloves, peeled 2 large fennel bulbs 5 rosemary sprigs or 3 bay leaves One 750-milliliter bottle ruby port 3 cups chicken or beef stock 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns 1 teaspoon salt —— 2 cups pomegranate juice 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds   Preheat oven...

Spiced Pear, Pomegranate, and Butterscotch Upside-Down Cake

PHOTOS AND STORY BY PAOLA THOMAS If you’ve ever wondered what autumn on a plate might taste like, then you just might want to try this riff on a classic upside-down cake. Thick slices of juicy pear, poached in pomegranate juice to add a tart undertone, meld with a rich butterscotch glaze to form a fudgy-sweet topping for a soft, moist cake, fragrant with autumnal spices. Served warm from the oven with a sprinkling of crunchy pomegranate seeds and a scoop of creamy mascarpone, this cake is as cozy and comforting as a hand-knitted sweater and is the perfect treat to follow an afternoon of leaf raking, pumpkin carving, or just watching the raindrops race down the windowpane. Serves: 8| Active time: 35...

Bananas Foster

Recipe makes four servings. Preparation time is 15 minutes. Recipe 8 tablespoons salted butter 3/4 cup lightly packed light-brown sugar 1/4 cup crème de banana liquor 4 medium-size ripe bananas, sliced in half lengthwise 1.5 ounces of brandy to flame 4 to 8 scoops vanilla bean ice cream (frozen yogurt and non-dairy ice cream substitutes work, too. Try a berry sorbet for a twist on the traditional.) Four chilled serving bowls Instructions In a sauté pan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir until golden brown, add banana liqueur and sugar, and mix well. Lay bananas, flat side down, in pan. Heat for three minutes or until banana is tender. Add brandy around the edge of the pan. If cooking over gas, tip the pan into the flame to ignite the...

Creamy Parsnip Tart

Parsnips may be unexpected in the pastry kitchen, but their natural sweetness and creamy quality when cooked recommend them for the job. The inspiration for this elegant dessert came from a similar treatment of carrots, which got me thinking … if parsnips can stand in for carrots in a classic favorite like carrot cake, why not a tart? Makes one 10-inch tart, to serve 8 to 10 Start to finish: about 5 hours, including baking and chilling Recipe: 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 10 ounces parsnips, peeled and sliced in 1/4-inch thick coins (about 1 1/2 cups) 2/3 cup heavy cream 3 cloves 1...

Dark-Chocolate Panna Cotta with Candied Blood-Orange Slices

Serves 6 | 30 minutes active time, 6 hours to refrigerate A decadent finish to your holiday dinner, this creamy luscious dark-chocolate dessert is rich and satisfying, yet not overly sweet. Simple to make, this make-ahead dessert can be brought out right after dinner, already dished up, with no hassle (but with lots of applause). Panna Cotta 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 cup half-and-half 1/8–1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla or Kahlua liqueur generous pinch salt 1 cup quality bittersweet chocolate chips 1 package gelatin 1/4 cup fresh blood-orange juice (or regular orange works too) Candied Blood-Orange Slices 1 blood orange, thinly sliced (or use a regular orange) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water Steps In a medium pot, gently heat whipping cream and half-and-half over medium heat. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir often...

Winter Squash Ketchup

Makes 6 cups 35 minutes Ketchup is one condiment on the table that is nearly untouchable. Not at Park Kitchen. Scott and his team prove to Heinz adherents that ketchup can be made better – with anything. This seasonal recipe provides sweet and tart with the salty, earthy flavor of the chickpea fries. Recipe: 1 medium-size butternut squash, peeled, seeded, diced into large pieces (yields 5 1/2 cups) 1 diced head garlic 1 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed 1 teaspoon mustard seed 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1 pinch ground clove 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon sambal 1/2 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar Place all ingredients except olive oil and sherry vinegar into a small stainless steel pot. Simmer over medium-high heat for...