Monday, December 04

Maple-Glazed Goat’s Cheese, Caramelized Squash, Toasted Pepitas

Maple-Glazed Goat’s Cheese, Caramelized Squash, Toasted Pepitas

If you’re looking for an unexpected holiday appetizer, consider this Maple-Glazed Goat’s Cheese, Caramelized Squash, Toasted Pepitas. The slightly warmed cheese with its light gloss of maple syrup pairs well with the sweet flavors in the squash. See the recipe here or continue reading. In November, Jason Sobocinski introduced a group of us to some newer ways to entertain with French goat’s cheese. Jason, the owner of Caseus in New Haven, created a lovely spread

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Saturday, November 25

Holiday Recipes – Double Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Around this time of the year, I start auditioning sweet recipes to serve during the holidays. Family favorites usually win out but often there is room to add one or two new items. Spices appeal to me this season – ginger cake, sticky toffee pudding, pain d’epices, gingersnaps with a cream filling. Living in the Nutmeg State, I can’t find enough ways to use our potent moniker.  (Adding finely grated nutmeg to the icing I

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Wednesday, September 27

Onion Galette, Sesame Whole Meal Crust

Onion Galette, Wholemeal Sesame Crust

A simple galette, a flat sweet or savory tart, is a go-to dish I rely on for special occasions and everyday meals. For this Onion Galette, I’ve adapted my favorite dough recipe from Jacques Pepin’s Art of Cooking to feature stone ground whole wheat flour and sesame seeds. When rolled out thin and baked, it’s good enough to eat on its own as a savory cracker.  A layer of onions adds some sweetness and gives

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Butterhead, Apple, Beet and Almond Salad, Herb Buttermilk Dressing

Butterhead, Apple, Beet and Almond Salad, Herb Buttermilk Dressing

After a summer of eating greens that have become tough and bitter, I look forward to tender hothouse lettuce. This refreshing Butterhead, Apple, Beet and Almond Salad with Herb Buttermilk Dressing combines soft butterhead lettuce with contrasting textures and flavors.   Thinly sliced apples give it tartness and crunch. Sliced cooked beets add a soft sweetness and bright color. The herb buttermilk dressing ties the salad together. Because salad is all about texture, I finish it

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Mushroom Bolognese, Gemelli Pasta

Mushroom Bolognese, Gemelli Pasta

Like many, I am looking for ways to eat more plant foods. For the update of On Cooking: a Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals, we spend a good deal of time researching delicious vegetarian dishes we can teach our student readers.  Skip Hause, my coauthor and I developed a recipe for Mushroom Bolognese for the 6th edition of our book. It is a vegetarian riff on the classic Italian sauce. Here is how we present the dish

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Chicken Provencal Tray Bake

Chicken Provencal Tray Bake

Jump to Recipe On the Great British Baking Show, a tray bake is a homey cake baked in a rectangular pan. For me, it’s a catch-all for one pan meals cooked on a baking sheet. For this Provencal-inspired chicken tray bake, we coat flavorful chicken thighs with a light crust of herbes de Provence. Thighs withstand longer cooking than breasts so they are ideal for roasting with garlic and tomatoes.  The pan juice makes a

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Tuesday, August 08

Potato Bread for Rustic Sandwiches

Potato Bread baked in Emile Henry Potato Baker

This Potato Bread for Rustic Sandwiches is designed for slices of home cooked roast beef. It is both chewy and light with a subtle flavor from rye flour. The slices of potatoes on the outside give the bread, and any sandwich made on it, a built-in side dish. I’ve been trying to recapture the flavors of a mythic roast beef sandwich for many years* and finally found the bread on which to make it. When my

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Tuesday, April 18

Spring Awakening

Spring Sunset

We are calling this Spring Awakening, my students and I. Gone are the gray days of winter says Carolyn. As I travelled here today, says Annette, each side of the street in Cheshire was covered with snow-covered trees, the blossoms fooled me.  And the traffic picked up says Jose, a sign spring break is over. The security guards at Gateway Community College sport short sleeved shirts for the first time observes Joe.  The colors invigorate our

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Thursday, January 05

2017 Food Writing Class Starting at New Haven’s Gateway Community College

Pike Mousse Quenelles de Brochet

Nothing beats food as a catalyst to ignite a writer’s urge to tell a story.  Remind me of my last holiday meal and I’m off thinking of what we ate, how we cooked it, who shared the meal and who did the cleanup.  This Christmas the power went out for four hours as it did the Thanksgiving before.  In each instance, we came up with a way to salvage the meal and now I have solid tips on

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Thursday, December 29

Where food is heading in 2017

Kogi Short Rib Tacos + Kimchee Quesadilla, Intelegensia Coffee

  Time to polish my crystal ball and think about where food is heading in 2017.  Professional trendologists- yes it’s a career path– started months back, looking for threads in breakout snack foods and hot new restaurant concepts to identify what we’ll be craving in the New Year.  Flavor and the Menu Magazine, a foodservice trade publication I’ve written for, started looking at eating patterns back in the fall in preparation for the top 10

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"Let no man fancy he knows how to dine
Till he has learnt how taste and taste combine."

-Horace, Satires, 2.4

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