Cornmeal Crust

I first presented this crust way back in July, offering it as the topping for a Cuban meat loaf, that Picadillo Loaf you see in the picture above. It's fall now and time for heartier and warmer foods. You can use this recipe simply to make a lovely cornbread. But I...
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Braised Carrots with Lemon, Cilantro, and Chili from Simple Nature by Alain Ducasse

In his most enlightening new book, Simple Nature, Alain Ducasse offers Ten Principles for great cuisine. Among those are: Cook and Eat Seasonally and Eat More Vegetables and Less Meat. This is not a vegetarian cookbook but the role of vegetables and fruits dominates....
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Cookbook Review: Bowls of Goodness by Nina OIsson

Nina Olsson is a world-recognized food blogger. She’s a leader in a very prominent food wave: vegetarian/vegan/gluten‑free. In this just-published cookbook, she presents her crafted culinary approach with recipes from around the world. These are comfort food recipes,...
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Deep-Dish Blackberry Pie with Blackberry Sauce from Edna Lewis

Blackberries. I am always fascinated by the complex shape and colors of these berries. And that distinct, intense flavor. I see a blackberry and I think “pie.” And, if you want great pie, then the American South is the place to find a recipe. Edna Lewis was the master...
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Suzi’s Blog

Accelerated Grapefruit Grabber

I am a fan, a devoted fan, of Crème de Pamplemousse Rose from Combier. That’s grapefruit liqueur for here in America. This recipe comes from their website but I’ve changed the name to reflect the...

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Borek from Turkish Delights

Suzi and I continue our grand tour of Turkey thanks to the recipes of Turkish Delights by John Gregory-Smith. Around the world, there is common love for a particular comfort food: pastry pockets...

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Jordan Pond Popovers

Suzi and I told people of our impending vacation in Maine. “We’re starting the furthest way up,” we said. “We’ll go to Bar Harbor, do Acadia National Park, and then work our way south. We got the...

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Actually, this isn’t a book. It’s a magazine that six times a year comes into our mailbox with high expectation. Suzi and I own a small herd of cast iron pans. Some folks have none, some have...

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Skillet Pie from Ken Haedrich

Ken Haedrich has a fleet of wonderful cookbooks. His latest, Harvest Baker, is clearly the flagship, the best book he has ever written. And that, I assure you, is saying a great deal. This was the...

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On Summer Pies

In the summer, we take out Pie by Ken Haedrich, put it on the kitchen island, and check it out day by day. Ken has a recipe for All-Strawberry Pie calling for 4 cups of strawberries. The great thing...

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Brian’s End of Summer Gazpacho

Two weeks ago I saw the first red leaves. Now, on August 18th, there are red and gold dashes up and down the Hudson Valley. And many of those trees that were bright green in July have adopted...

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Best Possible Whisky Sour or L’Enfant

I know, people think of the Whisky Sour as a rather Old Fashioned beverage. Pun intended, thank you. And the classic recipe can be very simple, starkly simple. On the Crown Royal website, they...

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