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Eating by the Season

Truffled Chestnut Soup

Chris Vergara, Saint George / Photo by Christine Gritmon Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients For the soup: 1 ounce fresh black truffle 2 cups plus 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock

Cornmeal Currant Cookies

Craig Stafford, Flatiron Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients 3 1/2 ounces dry currants 1/4 cup dark rum 7 ounces sugar 7 ounces unsalted butter, room temp. 1 large egg yolk,

Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

Kathy Balis, Babette’s Kitchen Serves 8 Ingredients 1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons for the pan 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 cup plus

Thai Tomato Cocktail

Amy Goldman, “The Heirloom Tomato” Serves 8 Ingredients 4 pounds yellow or orange tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon salt 2 teaspoons sugar 4 strips lime zest, 2 to 3 inches

Roasted Beet Salad

Vincent Ricciardelli, Harvest / Photos by Margaret Rizzuto Serves 4-6 Ingredients Roasted Beets 3 cups kosher salt 5 to 6 medium sized beets 1/4 cup canola oil White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tomato Sauce 2 Ways

Nick Citera and Matthew Sherry, Cosimo’s / Photos by Ethan Harrison Ingredients Pomodoro Sauce 2 pounds plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, blanched and peeled (canned may be used in a

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

Robert Horton, An American Bistro / Photos by Margaret Rizzuto Ingredients 12 plum tomatoes salt extra-virgin olive oil fresh oregano, chopped Method Cut tomatoes lengthwise and season with salt. Place

Tomato-Olive-Caper Compote

Robert Horton, An American Bistro / Photos by Margaret Rizzuto Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 2 cups chopped plum tomatoes 1/4 cup dry white wine

Pan-fried Oysters with Champagne Butter

Greg McDowell, Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro / Photos by Simon Feldman 1 serving Ingredients 5 fresh oysters 1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour salt and pepper to taste

Apple Cider Sorbet & Oysters

Glenn Vogt, RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen / Photos by Simon Feldmanman Serves 1 or 2 Ingredients 1 quart Thompson’s Cider Mill apple cider juice from 2 freshly squeezed lemons 1/4 cinnamon

Fried Oysters

Don Clark, Frogmore Tavern / Photos by Jerry Novesky Serves 1 or 2 Ingredients Apple-Bacon Chutney 1 quart Thompson’s Cider Mill apple cider 1 pound bacon, small dice 2 tablespoons

Oysters Rockefeller

Hektor Dajo, Blu Pointe / Photos by Ann Stratton Makes 16 1-ounce servings Ingredients For Riesling Migonette 1 1/2 cups Brotherhood Riesling 1 cup Champagne vinegar 1/2 cup sliced shallots


THE LORE, LEGENDS AND LEGITIMACY surrounding the tomato are about as varied as the environments in which it is found. Used in Central American cooking since at least 500BC, it was