By: Shannon O’Connor
At this uncertain time in our lives, it’s more important than ever to look out for each other. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have left many of us separated from our larger social circles. For Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s (ALSF) Great Chefs, this is no exception.
Chefs from all over the country have generously contributed their culinary skills to the ALSF Great Chefs events series, helping to raise millions of dollars for childhood cancer research. Now, many chefs are separated from their restaurants and their culinary team.
If you ask any one of them what can always bring people together, they’d all tell you the same thing: food.
In true social distancing fashion, our Great Chefs from across the nation have been taking to the internet to share their favorite recipes to get you through the isolated days ahead. The hospitality industry is taking a huge hit (and you can do something about it), but these chefs are choosing to infuse our lives with their passion – and reveal a few of their secrets along the way.
If you’re running out of ideas for mealtime or your culinary skills could use some sharpening, give these free lessons from the pros a whirl!
Check out what our Great Chefs are sharing:
1. Acorn Squash Soup
Just one of the many recipes Chef Franklin Becker is sharing from his cookbook Good Fat Cooking. Has a major ‘mmm’ factor.
It’s a good day for #soup. Try my acorn squash soup with pistachios, black bread, and apples. (Ingredient list in the second photo.) Preheat the oven to 400°F for 15 minutes place the squash have cut side down on a baking sheet don’t remove the seeds. Bake until the skin is blistered in the flesh is for tender about 35 to 40 minutes, set aside to cool. To make the garnish use a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the bread and cook stirring frequently until crispy about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the bread to medium bowl using a slotted spoon. Repeat with the Apple followed by the pistachio sautéing until golden brown. Transfer to the bowl and toss together... season with salt and pepper. Scoop the flesh and seeds from the squash and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the butter, sugar, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and water. Working in batches purée the mixture in a blender until smooth. Ladle into soup bowl and garnish with the bread mixture. Enjoy! #topchefmaster #soupweather #chefsofinstagram #squashcasserole
2. Eggs Over Easy with a Tamale
Start your morning with a little spice! Let Chef Jonathan Benno walk you through the perfect over-easy eggs.
Eggs over easy with a tamale! Tamales are so easy, cook the masa like polenta. Start with cold water and slowly whisk in the masa until it is thick like a syrup. Turn on the flame to medium-low. Whisk until thick like polenta. Next add schmaltz or pork fat until it has a shine. Season with salt and chicken bouillon. Set aside. Take your corn husks and soak in Luke warm water until they become pliable. Then take chicken or pork and shred. Then spoon in some tomatillo sauce until protein is fully coated. Lay out one corn husk and spoon some of the tamale (masa) mixture. Spread into a shape of a square. Then add chicken or pork in the middle of the masa mixture. Fold over the corn husk and tie. Steam tamales for 45 minutes and eat while hot! #tamales #breakfast #cookingathome
3. Chicken Quarantina
If the name isn’t enough to entice you, Chef Chris Bianco’s entertaining video lesson certainly will. And there’s more where that came from on his Pizzeria Bianco YouTube channel.
4. Easy Egg Drop Soup
Chef Tom Colicchio is sharing more than just his sourdough bread ventures. Watch a master lead you through a 4-minute lunch (we also love his video about using leftovers).
Today, making an easy egg drop soup. Make it with any green vegetables, or carrots, or any stock. #nothingmatters #cookingincrisis Makes 2 to 3 bowls of soup 1 bunch spring onions, chopped 1 bunch asparagus, chopped (or any other green vegetables or carrots) 3 eggs 1 pint broth (any kind would do) @brodo Salt & pepper to taste 1. Sweat the spring onions with olive oil in small saucepan. Slowly add asparagus. Season with salt & pepper. 2. Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl. 3. Add broth to the saucepan and allow to similar until vegetables are tender. 4. Once vegetables are tender, pour eggs into soup in a slow steam, whisking constantly with a fork. 5. Allow to come to simmer for a few more minutes. 6. Finish in a soup bowl with salt, pepper & parmesan.
5. A Unique Breakfast Spread
Get excited about breakfast tomorrow morning by preparing this delicious-looking (and deceptively easy) ensemble from Chef Michele Forgione.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or the same everyday. My breakfast this morning... lavash, 10 min egg , avocado, basterma , Lebanese cucumber, Armenian string cheese , labneh and a homemade red pepper spread . Finish it off with a very peppery , grassy evo and sumac ( for acidity and brightness) tear off pieces of lavash and scoop up the ingredients as you go...... and shove it in your face ‘cause you won’t be able to stop ! Textures , complex but sooo easy ! TRY IT !
6. Homemade Biscuits
Some baking always soothes the soul. And Chef Alex Guarnaschelli has a special biscuits recipe you can try at home – no butter or kneading necessary.
@avasimone_clark & BISCUITS: 3 cups flour, 1 tablespoon PLUS 11/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons sugar & about 2 cups heavy cream. Mix as little as possible. (Makes the dough tough if you do) Cut into about 8-10 round biscuits 11/2 inches high & bake 12-15 minutes at 375F. Wow. That’s right: NO BUTTER
7. Pork and Kraut Patty Melts
This is just one of the many recipes and video how-tos Chef Michael Symon is sharing more than daily. Make sure you peruse his Instagram stories for some extra tips too.
Ready to give these recipes a whirl? We want to see what you are cooking! ALSF has launched a social media campaign inspired by its founder, Alex Scott’s positive outlook in times of uncertainty. We want to know how you are making lemonade out of lemons during this time - whether by learning new skills, getting creative, connecting with family or friends through video chat or doing something else that puts a sweet smile on your faces! However you're making lemonade out of this situation, we want to know! Share your special moments with us on social media using the hashtag #MakeAlexsLemonade.
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