When braised with wine, veal shoulder tenderizes and soaks up the aromatic liquid.
This magnificent roast, featured in “The Wonders of Ham” (SAVEUR, December 2009), is simmered in beer before it’s baked—a practice favored by cooks in Savannah, Georgia. As with any country ham, this preparation calls for soaking the ham (in this case, in both water and brewed black tea) before cooking it, to remove excess salt.
The New York City–based cookbook author Zarela Martinez gave us the recipe for this smoky, Coca-Cola-glazed ham (see "The Wonders of Ham" in SAVEUR's December 2009 issue). To cut slices of fresh pineapple into perfect circles, use a 3" round cookie cutter to trim the outer edges of the slices and a 1" round one to cut out the center.
If pheasant hunting and mushroom foraging aren't your thing, you can always order them by mail.
In Italy, this dish is made with live crabs, but live lobsters are easier to find in the U.S.