Tuesday, August 31

Apple Almond Galette

This apple galette is my go-to, all-time favorite dessert to make for company. Super crisp crust with lots of flaky layers. Fruit that develops an intense flavor.  Leftovers taste as good for breakfast, if you don’t refrigerate the tart. (The crust gets soggy and there is no reheating technique I’ve discovered that revives it.) Jump to Recipe This wonderful crisp galette owes its success to many tricks I’ve learned over the years.  First the dough,

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Saturday, August 28

Glossary of Italian American Bakery Specialties

A box of Italian cookies from NY Old World Italian Bakery tour

Pignoli, amaretti, sfogliatelle.  Oh My! Are you as mad for Italian cookies and pastries as I am?   If so, you might enjoy this Glossary of Italian American Bakery Specialties that I put together for armchair or genuine travel. Growing up in New England, where a sizeable percent of the population claims Italian heritage, I was exposed to Italian sweets from a young age. My appetite for nutty things comes from eating Jordan almonds, biscotti and

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Tuesday, July 13

Watermelon Burrata Caprese

Watermelon Burrata Caprese

When a watermelon arrives in our kitchen, we get busy. Make room in the fridge. Dispatch the orb into manageable sections. Think of ways to use it. Cubes for snacking, fat slices for dessert and hot-weather salads. This Watermelon Burrata Caprese is a riff on the ubiquitous mozzarella, tomato and basil salad. Fresh basil brings out the delicate flavor of ripe sweet watermelon. Luscious burrata cheese balances the sweetness and peppery roasted almonds make the

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Thursday, May 13

Green Almond Relish

Green Almond Relish

During the brief season when green almonds are available, I look for as many ways to use them as I can. Most often they are eaten fresh as a snack in countries where almond trees grow. But I’ve rediscovered old ways of serving them (cooked in stews) and new ways to eat them raw. This Green Almond Relish adds a sour crunchy note to cooked vegetable salads such as the beet salad pictured here. Use

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Wednesday, May 12

Asparagus, Whipped Feta, Poached Egg with Green Almonds and Almond Crumble

Asparagus, Whipped Feta, Poached Egg with Green Almonds and Almond Crumble

Green almond season has me thinking of ways to use this symbolic food, the first fresh green thing to appear in many orchards. This Asparagus, Whipped Feta, Poached Egg with Green Almonds and Almond Crumble is exactly what we like to eat right now. Asparagus are plentiful. David Brown’s chickens are back to laying their fabulous eggs. And crisp sour green almonds add a nice fresh crunch. In early spring, in regions where almond trees

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Thursday, March 04

Mocha Marzipan Truffles

Mocha Marzipan Truffles

Thinking ahead about Easter and the treats to serve? I’m a lifelong fan of marzipan, which is made from blanched almonds, sugar and some liquid sugar to make it malleable. The combination of marzipan and dark chocolate in these Mocha Marzipan Truffles is a natural. (They look like Easter eggs from Mars, where we might fine new friends.) The rich toasted notes of good-quality bitter chocolate balance the sweet almond flavors.  When spiked with a

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Tuesday, December 01

Almond Spice Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Coffee Crumbs

Almond Spice Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Coffee Crumbs

Each season I audition cookies to make for the holidays. My palate prefers spicy, toasty notes over pure sugar.  Shortbread and these Almond Spice Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Coffee Crumbs appeal to me. A sugar cookie should be crisp, buttery and slightly sweet. Blanched almond flour adds a toasty note and warm baking spices suggest the winter holidays in these cut-out cookies. Although these cookies can be decorated with any sort of icing, the combination

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Tuesday, October 20

Almond Financiers

Almond Financiers

A patisserie staple, almond financiers are a favorite and a treat that is easily made at home. These buttery little cakes deceive. Their delicately crisp texture hides a melting crumb of deliciousness. Yes, I have my weaknesses, and these are among them.   Blanched almond flour softens the crumb in these tender cakes. Browned butter gives them their rich flavor and melt-in-the mouth quality. If you’ve never made browned butter before, give it a try. 

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Wednesday, July 22

Almond Romesco Sauce

Almond Romesco Sauce

Hot weather means cold food. We cook early in the day before our kitchen heats up. And we rely on a rotation of dishes to beat the heat including this Almond Romesco Sauce. Spanish romesco sauce is made from charred tomatoes and almonds or walnuts, which give it a dark undertone. Almonds in place of walnuts and roasted red peppers in place of tomatoes changes the flavor profile, lightening the sauce. There’s not much to

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Wednesday, June 17

Apricot Cherry Frangipane Tart

Apricot Cherry Frangipane Tart close up with fork

Anytime I see ripe fresh apricots I buy them.  Apricot growers have upped their game. New storing techniques help preserve their flavor.  Now they entice enough to inspire me to make desserts like this Apricot Cherry Frangipane Tart. Jump to Recipe To make this tart, I adapted the sweet tart dough recipe from On Baking, the textbook I co-author. Sweet tart dough bakes into a crisp shortbread-like crust. Use it when you are making a

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Till he has learnt how taste and taste combine."

-Horace, Satires, 2.4

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