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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Tuesday, August 02

Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Were I unable to digest wheat flour, I’d miss chocolate chip cookies as much as chewy bread and good pasta. That’s why I came up with this recipe for Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Inspired by Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours, I had already been experimenting with buckwheat and oat flour as well as ground nuts to make cookies and piecrust. As the title of her book suggests, Medrich’s looking for the flavor

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Friday, July 29

Summer Apricots, Baked with a Sweet Almond Filling

Summer Apricots, Baked with a Sweet Almond Filling

Baking summer apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums brings out their deep flavors and is a favorite way to prepare them in season. Split the ripe fruit, sprinkle with sugar and bake until the juices flow.  Here is a simple yet dressed up way to bake a ripe summer apricot or other stone fruit with a sweet almond filling. Start by Finding a Good Apricot It’s sheer luck to find a decent fresh apricot on the

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Wednesday, March 23

Asian Coleslaw with Cabbage, Carrots and Toasted Almonds

Asian Coleslaw with Cabbage, Carrots and Toasted Almonds

On NPR this week, Kathy Gunst spoke about transitional recipes to help us segue into spring. These are recipes that use the last of winter produce with a hint of what’s to come when our gardens recover. The same though has crossed my mind. Don’t we automatically look for fresher flavors when the days become longer and brighter? This Asian inspired coleslaw incorporates some of my favorite flavors, fresh ginger and creamy almond butter among

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Saturday, January 23

Rose Almond Butter Cake

Rose Almond Butter Cake on striped fabric with vinatge Valentines

This Rose Almond Butter Cake has a tight crumb and rich buttery flavor without being too sweet. Rose powder in the batter along with orange flower water and a garnish of freeze-dried raspberries give the cake its subtle floral notes. The batter includes blanched almond flour, one of my secret ingredients, as well as cake flour. When I open my next bakery, this will be my signature cake. Almond flour does not absorb liquid as

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Wednesday, January 13

Healthy Baking with Almonds

Orange Almond Chiffon Cake made with fine blanched almond flour, healthy baking with almonds

Almonds are the secret ingredient in classic and modern baked goods. And they are my go-to ingredient for making good-for-you treats. Healthy baking with almonds means, whether you are making a cake or cookie, a quick bread or tart, almonds add flavor and a healthy halo to anything baked. Here is my outline of the ways to use almonds—in all their forms — as a stand in for less healthful ingredients in baking and pastry. These tips for professional bakers apply to home

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Wednesday, August 12

Honey Almond Ice Cream

Almond Honey Ice Cream

The combination of an icy cream with the delicate scent of almonds, honey and lavender speaks to the summer season. Honey almond ice cream has a mellow sweetness that speaks to the close relationship between bees and almond growing. Almonds require bees for pollination. In the Mediterranean where almond trees once thrived, the bees might feed on the fragrant nectar of lavender after the almond trees bloom. This recipe is simple to make because there

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Monday, June 22

Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

Although they are a Lunar New Year specialty, Chinese American style almond cookies pair well with ice cream and summer berries. So I thought this would be a welcome recipe with the abundance of truly tasty local strawberries right now. And I am looking to catch some luck. Almond cookies were once a staple at Chinese restaurants in the US. But you rarely spot them now that fortune cookies have taken over. Growing up, I

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Wednesday, April 29

Digestivo Mandorlato – Priscilla’s Green Almond Liqueur

Priscilla's Green Almond Liqueur

The Mediterranean region provides inspiration for many of the things I make with almonds. In that almond-growing region, there is a tradition of eating immature fruits and nuts that we don’t hear too much about in the U.S. let alone the Northeast where I live. (Although Turkeywood Farms in Mystic, CT is distilling shagbark hickory to make a sweet syrup I love.) This is my signature spirit, Digestivo Mandorlato – Priscilla’s Green Almond Liqueur Think of

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-Horace, Satires, 2.4

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