Friday, August 10

Homemade Almond, Cherry Coconut Granola

Homemade Almond, cherry coconut granola

A great batch of granola needs to be crispy and not too sweet.  It needs nuts, dried fruit and crunch. The idea for this homemade Almond, Cherry Coconut Granola comes from my internet friend Jeanette.  She emailed “consider creating a granola with almonds and almond butter. My grand kids would love that.” What a delicious request.  Eleven Madison Park’s granola recipe serves as my base. (They give it out to guests. I consumed my pint

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Tuesday, July 31

Emerite + Almonds: Summer Salad Combination

Emerite and Almonds

Harciots verts fines, the French call them, the thinnest, finest and earliest green beans of summer.  Today I picked the first green haricots from our Connecticut garden, a French variety called emerite.  Although green beans will dominate in a few weeks, right now we relish a plate of salad greens topped with emerite and almonds. The distinguishing characteristics of this pole bean variety are length and girth, or lack thereof.  These beans are straight, long

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Thursday, May 03

Jambon de Bayonne

Jambon de Bayonne Green Almonds

You adore prosciutto di Parma. You’ve tasted jamón Iberico.  But have you heard of French jambon de Bayonne? It makes up the third star in the trinity of exquisite single-origin dry-cured hams from Europe. Christine Chesanek, owner of Fromage Fine Foods in Old Saybrook, Connecticut brought some into her shop for me.  (She sliced the ham for the plate of jambon de Bayonne pictured here into translucent pieces.) It is made by Delpeyrat, which has been

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Tuesday, February 27

Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint

Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint

Persian cooking fascinates me. It’s a cuisine that mixes sour, sweet and savory. Persian flavors make me think of cooking lamb and fresh green almonds. This recipe for Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint is my take on a lamb koresht or stew. Jump to Recipe To prepare the stew, I use meaty lamb shoulder chops. This cut is both flavorful and lean. Don’t let the bones bother you. Cut what large chunks of

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Thursday, February 15

Olive Oil Poached Green Almonds with Ras el Hanout

Olive Oil Poached Green Almonds with Ras el Hanout

In early spring, in regions where almond trees grow – Turkey, Israel, Iran, North Africa and the Middle East – you’ll find green almonds on the menu. The fuzzy pods symbolize rebirth, a sour crunchy treat to welcome spring.  During the brief stage when immature almonds are tender and green, they are eaten whole dipped in salt.  Or sliced thin and scattered over salads and fish dishes. Green almonds can also be cooked as in

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Monday, December 18

Linzer Torte Cookies

Linzer Torte Cookie

One of the first desserts I made at Restaurant du Village was Linzer Torte. The blend of ground nuts and warm spices appealed to me then as is does now, the tart jam offset by the buttery crust. As a desert after a meal, its a little heavy for the way we eat today.  That’s why I make these Linzer Torte Cookies instead, whether for the holidays or for a special occasion. Fussing over cookies

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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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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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"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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