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

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Que Baked Beans

Want homemade baked beans without a lot of fuss? Let Bush’s get your recipe started. Add a few flavorful extras. Bake until thick and bubbly and a little crusty around the edges for the look and taste of homemade. Enjoy the cookout!

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North African Spiced Lamb Meatballs

Meatballs in red sauce are classic all over the world. The spice defines the cuisine. For these lamb meatballs, a sauce might begin with tomatoes or red peppers; season with coriander and cinnamon; finish with fresh mint; then serve over couscous.

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Trout Tarragon

In this recipe Chef teaches us to make a simple pan sauce. Sauté to develop fond (incredibly flavorful stuff stuck to the pan) add some aromatics, loosen fond with wine, reduce liquid over heat, finish with butter and fresh herb. For this recipe—tarragon!

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Badamaash Pork Cutlet

Chef Kurt’s Badamaash Pork Cutlet, spiced with Indian flavors, won him 2018 Chef of the Year from Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association! He served it with dumpling and other tasty sides. He says it makes a great sandwich, simply served on a bun!

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Wild Rice Tomato Soup

Not your typical wild rice soup, Chef Kurt’s version is loaded with vegetables and grains. And deliciousness! Soups in general are flexible. Feel free to switch out the veggies to whatever suits you. Add this one to your repertoire of warm, cozy meals!

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Egg Foo Yung Maitake

Egg foo yung is best described as an Asian omelet containing a mixture of chopped foods and served with a flavorful sauce.

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Korean Barbecue Sauce

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!

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Pickled Butternut Squash with Squash Purée

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.

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Raspberry Turnover

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

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

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.

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Muhammara

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.

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Lentil Meatballs

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.

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Almond Brittle

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!

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Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse

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.

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Za'atar Roasted Vegetable Farro Bowl

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.

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