Learn about the featured food of the month

Health4U nutritionist Peggy Crum and MSU Corporate Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski team up to choose a slate of seasonal produce and pantry items to feature, one each month, throughout the year. Find links to the Recipe for Health newsletter and Chef's recipe.

Recipes

This is not your ordinary barbecue sauce. Gochujang give this sauce an instant flavor boost! Bring the heat and amp up the flavor of salmon, pork chops and ribs, pulled pork, meatballs, chicken, lettuce wraps, and jackfruit. The possibilities are endless!

Want to expand your repertoire for serving butternut squash so abundant right now? Chef Kurt uses butternut squash two ways: to make a thick pasta sauce; and lightly pickled to top your dish with a pop of flavor from some of fall’s favorite spices.

Flaky pastry filled with raspberries and cheese makes a delightful dessert, snack, or breakfast.

Chef’s recipe has layers of flavor beginning with roasting the tomatoes, and then adding Indian spices. You can use any kind of tomato for this sauce but it may need to be reduced (cooked longer) if you use beefsteak tomatoes rather than paste tomatoes.

Muhammara is a classic Levantine dip made with roasted red peppers and walnuts. Usually thickened with bread, Chef Kurt uses cooked red lentils instead. Use a food processor if you want a smooth texture. For more texture, use a mortar and pestle.

These “meatballs” have just the right amount of spice. Treat these like traditional meatballs...serve with marinara sauce or pesto on a bed of pasta or make a meatball sub. Or change things up by making the mix into patties for delicious veggie burgers.

Since developing this brittle by accident, Chef Kurt has made it in American Culinary Federation competitions to garnish his desserts. Many chefs wanted the inside scoop—how did he take the sticky out of brittle? Now he’s sharing his technique with you!

It’s not often we feature an ingredient that’s usually washed down the drain! Aquafaba is a rapidly rising star for its uncanny ability to mimic egg whites. Chef’s version of chocolate mousse is creamy smooth without a hint of beaniness.

Za’atar enhances Chef’s recipe 3 times: 1) toasted with the vegetables to bring out its deep notes 2) added as the herbal ingredient in the finishing vinaigrette 3) a light dusting right before serving to preserve its lighter, more delicate flavors.

Save some fresh corn for this sweet summer soup! The fresher, the better.

Posset is an English dessert served chilled. Its texture is akin to mousse but the ingredient list is short and sweet—nothing more than sugar, cream, and lemon. The result of careful cooking, waiting, and straining is a light dessert with big flavor.

Pakora are delicious little Indian fritters often eaten for snacking or as an appetizer. Make sure your spices are fresh for maximum flavor.

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