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Referenced in this episode Sam Seneviratne's WebsiteJoy of Baking Genius-Hunter Extra CreditCook and a Half - Sam's cooking show co-hosted with her son, ArtieBanana Bread Scones - A previous Genius recipe from Sam Seneviratne's Joy of BakingKristen's newest book, Simply GeniusHave a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
Join Chef Farokh Talati on our Play Me a Recipe Podcast as he cooks through Masala Oats, his go-to quick breakfast that brings warmth, tang, and everything else you need for the day ahead from his new cookbook Parsi: From Persia to Bombay: recipes & tales from the ancient culture.RecipeServes 4For Oats100g ghee or unsalted butter1 small red onion, finely diced1 celery stick, finely diced1 carrot, peeled and finely diced1 large tomato, finely chopped2 small green chillies, finely chopped1 tablespoon garam masala1 teaspoon salt100g rolled oats or porridge oats¼ teaspoon ground turmeric a pinch of hing (asafoetida)500ml chicken stock or water4 tablespoons tangy onions (see below)a small handful of well-chopped curlyleaf parsley freshly cracked black pepperFor Tangy Onions1 small red onion2 generous tablespoons apple cider vinegar1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon black pepperTo Make the OatsMelt the ghee or butter in a sturdy-bottomed pot over a low heat. When hot, add the onion, celery and carrot and cook for about 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent and the vegetables have softened, but none have taken on any colour.Add the tomato, chillies, garam masala and salt. Season with a few healthy grinds of black pepper and stir everything together. Increase the heat to medium and cook for 3 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to break down.Add the oats, turmeric, hing and stock or water. Bring the mixture back to a simmer, stirring continuously, for about 2–4 minutes, until the oats cook and thicken – you want the consistency of a well-formed but loose porridge, as this is the essence of what you’re creating.Place the hot masala oats in serving bowls and top each with a spoonful of tangy onions (see below) and a sprinkling of chopped parsley.To Make Tangy OnionsTo prepare the tangy onions, peel a small red onion, cut in half, then thinly slice using a mandolin or sharp knife.Sprinkle the salt and cracked black pepper.Sprinkle the apple cider vinegar over the onions and, using your fingers, massage together.
Whether its recreating the iconic moon pie cookie in bar form or using tahini to elevate your go-to recipes, Joy the Baker is chock full of incredible baking tips and tricks to bring into a new year of better baking. Referenced in this episode Joy's Plum and Lemon Curd CakeJoy's Moon Pie BarJoy's Dark Chocolate Tahini Skillet CookieGenius-Hunter Extra CreditJoy the Baker's WebsiteFind Joy on Instagram!Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
Rugelach is a beloved Jewish treasure originating from Eastern Europe. The cookie-pastry hybrid can be filled with anything from jam to chocolate and is the perfect two-bite treat fit for any holiday spread. This version, a classic chocolate rugelach bolstered with the flavors of creamy milk chocolate and malted milk powder, has a nostalgic flavor and tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture that will shine at any cookie swap.Recipe16 Rugelach Dough2 1/4 cups (288g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar1/4 cup (40g) malted milk powder1 teaspoon kosher salt1 cup (2 sticks/226g) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes8 ounces (226g) cold cream cheese, cut into ½-inch cubesMalted Milk Chocolate Filling4 ounces (about ⅔ cup/113g) milk chocolate chips or chopped milk chocolate1/3 cup (53g) malted milk powder1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (6g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon kosher salt1 large egg, for egg wash, plus more if neededsanding sugar, for sprinklingMake the dough: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, combine the flour, sugar, ¼ cup malted milk powder, and salt. Process until combined, 10 to 15 seconds. Add the butter and cream cheese and process until a rough, shaggy dough forms that just starts to pull away from the sides of the food processor, 30 to 45 seconds. (If you don’t have a food processor you can pinch and knead the butter and cream cheese into the dry ingredients using clean hands as if you are making pie dough.) Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, cut in half, and roughly form each half into a rectangle. (Wipe out the food processor, but don’t wash it.) Tightly cover in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.Make the filling: Place the chocolate chips, malted milk powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and process until the mixture is the texture of coarse sand, 25 to 35 seconds. (Alternatively, chop the chocolate into a fine dust and mix with the other ingredients.) Transfer into a bowl and set aside. In another small bowl, crack the egg for the egg wash and beat with a fork until no streaks of unincorporated yolk remain.Unwrap one of the chilled doughs, generously dust with flour, and roll into a 11- by 8-inch rectangle. (The dough can get sticky, so use a bit more flour than normal.) Trim the edges to create crisp lines, if desired. Sprinkle about half of the filling onto the dough in an even layer leaving a ½-inch border on the top and bottom, pressing it in with your hands so it sticks and compacts slightly. Brush the top and bottom border with the egg wash. Roll into a spiral shape, brushing the underside of the dough with egg wash each time you roll it over, and transfer onto a sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling and freeze both logs uncovered for 1 hour.As the cookie logs are chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F and set 2 racks at the upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Line 2 baking sheets (you can line the one in the freezer once the logs are done chilling) with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.Brush the chilled dough logs with the egg wash on all sides. (If your egg wash has a lot of chocolate in it, it’s best to make a new one.) Generously sprinkle the tops of the logs with the sanding sugar. Cut the logs into 1½-inch thick slices using a thin sharp knife and place onto the prepared baking sheets spacing at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until lightly browned, then let cool completely on the baking sheet before serving. (If any of the rugelach spread more than you would have liked, just use the back of a spoon to push them back together while still hot from the oven.)
A look back at some of our favorite genius recipes of the year with Food52 co-founder and CEO, Amanda HesserReferenced in this episode Julia Turshen's Fried Eggs Lindsay Maitland Hunt's Slow Roasted Chicken with Crispy Skin Yasmin Khan's Stunning Citrus CakeDorie Greenspan's French Yogurt CakeDorie Greenspan's Caramel-y Chocolate CookiesTara O'Brady's Chocolate Chip CookiesJessie Sheehn's Snickerdoodles (Ketchup optional)Ali Slagle's Chicken Caesar SaladMonifa Dayo's Potato Salad  Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
Cook along with Jesse Szewczyk to make these crunchy, perfectly spiced, and understated shortbread cookies that are as delicious dunked into hot coffee as they are eaten all on their own.RecipeMakes 24 bars Shortbread Base1 2/3 cups (214g) all-purpose flour1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar1/2 teaspoon kosher salt12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks/170g) unsalted butter, melted1 large egg yolk1 teaspoon vanilla extractSalted Speculoos Caramel3/4 cup (175 grams) packed light brown sugar4 tablespoons (1/2 stick/57g) unsalted butter1/4 cup (59 ml) light corn syrup1 14-ounce can (414 ml) sweetened condensed milk1/3 cup (90 grams) speculoos cookie butter (see Note)1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon kosher saltTopping1/2 cup (about 3 ounces/85 grams) semisweet chocolate chips1/2 cup (about 3 ounces/85 grams) white chocolate chips4 tablespoons (59 ml) whole milk, divided2 tablespoons (36 grams) speculoos cookie butter, dividedFlaky sea salt, for sprinklingMake the shortbread base: Heat the oven 325°F. Grease an 8- by 8-inch baking pan with nonstick pan spray and line with parchment paper, leaving overhang on all four sides. In a large bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Add the melted butter, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and stir together until a soft dough forms. Transfer the dough into the lined baking pan and press into an even layer. Prick the top several times with a fork and bake until the shortbread is slightly puffed and golden brown in the center, 33 to 38 minutes. Remove from the oven and use the bottom of a measuring cup or a metal spatula to press down on the shortbread to compact it slightly. (This will prevent the bars from crumbling when sliced.) Let the shortbread cool for 30 minutes.While the shortbread is cooling, make the caramel: In a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, speculoos cookie butter, vanilla, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often to prevent burning, until the mixture is smooth, glossy, and registers 240°F on the candy thermometer, about 8 to 11 mins. Pour over the shortbread base, spread into an even layer, and transfer into the fridge. Let cool for 1 hour.As the caramel is cooling, make the topping: Place both the white and semisweet chocolate chips in two separate medium, microwave-safe bowls. Add 2 tablespoons whole milk and 1 tablespoon cookie butter to each bowl. Microwave each bowl on high power in 10 second increments, stirring between each, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds total. Transfer the white chocolate ganache into a piping bag or zip-top baggie.Working quickly, pour the dark chocolate ganache over top of the caramel and spread into an even layer. Pipe thin, straight lines of the white chocolate ganache all going the same way. (You might not need all of the ganache.) Use a toothpick to drag it through the lines, alternating the direction you go each time to create a rough chevron pattern. Transfer the bars into the fridge and let set for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Sprinkle the top of the bars with flaky sea salt and cut into a 3 by 8 grid to make 24 bars. (For cleaner edges, feel free to trim off the border of the pan before slicing.) Serve chilled or at room temperature.
There are so many recipes out there to make granola, but then there are recipes that are Simply Genius. Jenné Claiborne's recipe bakes up faster and easier than any recipe out there by thoughtfully omitting what you may have thought was a crucial ingredient.Referenced in this episode Why Jenné Claiborne's Tahini Granola is Genius (Article)Jenné Claiborne's book, Sweet Potato SoulGenius-Hunter Extra CreditGet a signed copy of Kristen's book, Simply Genius, to find this and so many other incredible and simply genius recipesHave a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
It's time we take stock of whats in our fridge and make some soul-filling stock for the winter with Food52's food editor, Emily Ziemski on this bonus episode featuring our sister-show Play Me a RecipeStock is endlessly versatile so we're not following a specific recipe for this episode, but here are a few to get you started if you need that extra boost! Beef StockChicken StockAnd here are a couple super useful tools to help you make the best stock possible. Hestan Roasting PanFive Two Roasting PanSouper Cubes for Stock Storage
There're enough stressors around the holidays to let your dessert be one of them, so we sat down with Erin Jeanne McDowell to get some tips on ways to bring flawless pies to the table. Referenced in this episode Savory Baking CookbookClover RollsPâte BriséeDouble crust chicken pot pieGenius-Hunter Extra CreditErin Jean McDowell's Bake It Up A Notch Youtube channelErin Jean McDowell's InstagramOrder Kristen's newest book, Simply Genius Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
Lemon Lumpies? Cuddle Cookies? It's rare to find treats who's names are as exciting as the confection themselves. Luckily on this episode we speak with Rose Levy Barenbaum, author of The Cookie Bible, about how she perfects her recipes and makes their names come to life.  Referenced in this episode The Cookie BibleSimply GeniusIce Cream BlissGenius-Hunter Extra CreditRose's website, Real Baking with RoseRose's Open-Faced Blueberry Pie (perfect for Thanksgiving)Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
This episode, Kristen Miglore sits with the incomparable Nigella Lawson to discuss her latest cookbook Cook, Eat, Repeat.Referenced in this episode Cook, Eat, RepeatWhere to See Nigella LiveGenius-Hunter Extra CreditNigella's InstagramNigella Lawson's No-Bake Nutella CheesecakeNigella Lawson’s Chicken & Pea TraybakeHave a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
Anna Sulan Masing, host of Whetstone Radio's Taste of Place podcast cooks her way through Mandy Yin's incredible Sarawak Chicken recipeRecipeMarinate 6 skinless chicken thighs, with the bone-in just with salt, leave for 1/2hour on the kitchen bench to get it to room temperatureBlitz up spice paste: 200g roughly chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves, 2.5cm of ginger root, 2 stalks of lemongrass also roughly choppedToast 1tsp of black peppercorns, and 1 tsp of white peppercorns - choose any good quality peppercorns. This is done on a very low heat, without oil until fragrant. Then, grind it into a fine powder ideally in a mortar & pestleIn a medium sized saucepan slowly get 3 tbsp of oil warm, then add in the pepper powder and the spice paste. Fry off until the oil splits - no longer than 10minsAdd in the chicken, 450g (1lb) of roughly chopped tomatoes, 300mls of water, 5 laksa leaves (or a bunch of mint) with stalks. Bring to boil then let simmer for 20min. Keep an eye on it and stirr at regular intervals.Add in 100mls of coconut milk, stir and cook for another 5minsServe with rice!Is there a recipe you'd like to hear us make? Tell us all about it at!Lobby Time Kevin MacLeod ( under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Every vegetable has infinite possibilities. Is it the main course, a side, a component, a snack? In Hetty McKinnon's upcoming book, Tenderheart, she explores not just how we can make the most out of the vegetables in our pantry but how using them can connect us to the people and the world around us.  Referenced in this episode Hetty's new book, Tenderheart pre-orderHetty's recent book, To Asia with Love Kristen's Simply Genius CookbookGenius-Hunter Extra CreditHetty's InstagramHave a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
This week we're sharing an episode of another Food52 podcast, Play Me a Recipe featuring bartender and writer Harper Fendler mixing a Penicillin, and tracing its origins to the famed Manhattan cocktail bar Milk & Honey. RecipeServes 12 ounces blended Scotch whisky (Famous Grouse)1 ounce fresh lemon juice1/2 ounce ginger syrup1/2 ounce honey syrup1/4 ounce Islay ScotchTumbler, chilledLemon peel and (optional) candied ginger, for garnishShake first 4 ingredients with ice.Fine strain into tumbler over large rock.Float Islay Scotch over top of drink.Garnish with lemon twist and candied ginger, if desired.Is there a recipe you'd like to hear us make? Tell us all about it at!Lobby Time Kevin MacLeod ( under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Referenced in this episode First Generation: Recipes from My Taiwanese-American HomeFrankie's Website Frankie's Instagram Have a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
Referenced in this episode:Check out Katherine's podcast, Smart MouthThese are the cookiesGenius-Hunter Extra Credit:Oh and the mayo episodeFor more genius tips, tricks, or leads from Katherine, subscribe to Smart Mouth's accompanying newsletter
Referenced in this episode Simply Genius CookbookTara O'Brady's Genius Chocolate Chip CookiesTara O'Brady on SubstackGenius-Hunter Extra CreditTara O'Brady's WebsiteTara O'Brady's InstagramHave a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
Referenced in this episode Mi Cocina: CookbookSweet Heat: Rick's Video SeriesGenius-Hunter Extra CreditBorderline Salty: Rick's Podcast with Carla Lalli MusicHave a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
On Play Me a Recipe, your favorite cooks will walk you through their most treasured recipes, offering all the insider tips, stories, and tricks you won't get from a written recipe—and you'll be right alongside them, every step of the way. Feel free to pause, jump back, or navigate the steps via the podcast chapters (if you're in Apple Podcasts, swipe up on the episode player page—the podcast chapters will be at the bottom).  If you're cooking along, here's the recipe we're making today. Go ahead and grab the ingredients below (Harper starts listing them at 04:30) before starting the episode.RecipeServes 4 to 62.5 oz Hayman's Sloe Gin1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice0.5 oz Rich Simple Syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)Club SodaLemon PeelEgg White (optional)Chilled 7-8 oz tumblerNecessary toolsShaker TinsJiggerHawthorn StrainerFine StrainerCitrus JuicerReverse Dry Shake MethodAdd first 3 ingredients to shaker with ice, shake until tins are frosted Strain and dump ice, shake again Fine strain into chilled tumbler, top with 2-3 oz of soda Garnish with twist of lemon IF INCLUDING EGG WHITE (Traditional Dry Shake Method)Add first 3 ingredients and egg white to shaker, shake Add ice, shake again until shaker tins are cold to the touch Fine strain into chilled tumbler, top with 2-3 oz of soda Garnish with twist of lemon
Referenced in this episode Pre-Order Simply Genius CookbookHeidi Swanson's Genius 5-Minute Tomato SauceHave a genius recipe you'd like to share? Tell me all about it at Music by The Cabinetmaker on Blue Dot Sessions
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