Wednesday, December 02

Stout Bread

Stout Bread

The name of this bread doesn’t refer to its size or shape, but rather to the heavy, strongly flavored brew that flavors this dark loaf.  This robust Stout Bread complements cheddar cheese, smoked fish and meats, stews and hearty vegetables. It’s perfect for wintertime baking. With a large percentage of wheat flour, the bread has a springy interior crumb.  The flavor of the dough improves with a long fermentation and oatmeal or cracked rye on

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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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Save Artisan Cheese: Host a Remote Cheese Tasting

How to Host a Cheese tasting sampler

We hosted a remote cheese tasting for a milestone anniversary recently. It was such fun.  Consider hosting your own as you plan a gathering with family or friends this holiday season. A remote cheese tasting can be simple or extravagant. You can do the work for your guests or let them take part in selecting and provisioning.  And you’re contributing to a worthy cause. Globally, artisan cheese makers are suffering along with myriad businesses that

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Friday, December 04

Field Report Holiday 2020 Edition

Priscillas Picks 2020

Like many, we support artisans of all types, never more so than this year and for the holidays. Here are some items on our radar right now, call these Priscilla’s picks: Narragansett Creamery Narragansett Creamery is a new discovery for me. It makes a silky ricotta to which I an now addicted.  Cannoli bakers take note. Finding Home Farms Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup Last year, a colleague introduced me to Finding Home Farms’ New York State

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Tuesday, December 01

Jacques Pépin Foundation Membership Video Cookbook

Jacques pepin Foundaton Membership Video Cookbook Galette de Perouges

When I was 14 years old on my first trip to France,  I visited Pérouges, a medieval walled city not far from Lyon and Jacques Pépin’s  home town. There, I ate the famed Galette de Pérouges, a sweet yeast dough coated with a crunchy sugar, butter and lemon topping.  Much later I learned to make it to serve with custard for dessert at our restaurant. You can watch me make it and get the recipe

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Monday, November 16

Oven BBQ Smoked Turkey

Oven BBQ Roast Turkey mashed potatoes gravy

Thanksgiving and the year-end holidays will look a little different this year. Like many other people across the country, we’ll host a small group, maybe even just the two of us. Here’s where this recipe for Oven BBQ Smoked Turkey comes in. It makes a juicy moist bird with the flavors of outdoor BBQ. Because the turkey is split before roasting, the recipe works for a half turkey, what we’ll probably be making. To make

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Friday, November 13

I ❤ San Marzano DOP Recipe Contest

I ❤ San Marzano DOP

The chilly weather arrived right on schedule. And the need for COMFORT FOOD is sure a priority right now.  I’m thinking rich casseroles and hearty pasta dishes. When the tomato season ends, I seek out canned tomatoes for Bolognese and Charlie’s Bright Tomato Sauce for pizza and pasta. It turns out that my favorite canned tomatoes, authentic San Marzano tomatoes grown in the region around Naples, are being celebrated this season. I’m very happy to

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Tuesday, November 10

Recipe Writing for Clarity and Content

Recipe Writing

Luscious photos and engaging stories sell cookbooks. But most people still buy cookbooks for the recipes. A recipe is a road map that takes the reader from point A to point B. Sometimes it’s a quick trip to the store, a no-frills recipe for roast chicken or mashed potatoes. Maybe it’s a long excursion, fermented kimchi, salami or a tower of cream puffs called Croquembouche. To continue the travel metaphor, there are many routes you

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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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Friday, October 09

Publishing Your Own Cookbook

Publishing Your Own Cookbook

Cookbooks sell. Entering 2020, cookbook sales increased by more than 15% from prior years.  Now, with so many people stuck cooking at home, they need tools to help make meal time fun.  If you have ever considered publishing you own cookbook, the time is right time to plan such a project. Self-publishing cookbooks is a time-honored way to build community and raise funds.  Have you ever wanted to write a keepsake cookbook?  Or write one

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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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