Welcome spring with Chef Ian Crandall’s hanger steak recipe

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From the April 2021 issue

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Longtime visitors to the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will recognize Ian Crandall, co-owner of Kindle and Half Full in downtown Lewes. The chef has participated in the market’s cooking demonstration program for more than 10 years. Crandall is also a market customer. “I love the people,” he says. “I go as often as I can.” 

The Gaithersburg, Md., native hunts for uncommon vegetables grown by “adventurous farmers.” Consider green garlic — garlic harvested early. 

“Green garlic can take many forms at the farmers market or at the store,” says Crandall, who was 15 when he started managing the salad bar at a Giant supermarket. “I recommend the type that looks more like scallions, with no true bulb formed yet.”

Shortbread treat can be easily matched to any holiday celebration

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From the Winter 2020 issue

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At this time of year, you’ll likely find JoAnne Morgan Grape in the kitchen of her Plantation Lakes home. The Millsboro resident makes about 50 cookie platters for friends, neighbors, small business owners and first responders. She also makes cookies for the dementia unit at Mercy Ridge in Lutherville, Md., where her mother-in-law is a patient.

The selection varies, but many are Italian, says Grape, who grew up in South Jersey. Consider pizzelles, wedding cookies, ricotta-butter cookies and biscotti.

Grape collects vintage cookbooks, and her go-to tomes spotlight two British institutions: Fortnum & Mason and Claridge’s. Her thumbprint cookies are filled with Fortnum & Mason Champagne-orange marmalade, Champagne-raspberry marmalade, and lemon curd.

Cioppino is this chef’s coastal comfort food favorite

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From the October 2020 issue

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When temperatures drop, Fred Warrington loves making pots of goulash, chili and soup for family and friends. At Off the Hook in Bethany Beach, where he is the executive chef, he’s known for the seafood-heavy cioppino, an Italian-American fish stew born in San Francisco.

The dish is a perfect fit for the Wilmington native, who moved to the beach about 20 years ago. “I always liked being near the ocean,” he says. In part, that’s because he likes to fish in his spare time.