How many breakfast joints serve real Vermont maple syrup with their pancakes and French Toast — and tell you not to use your cellular phone? Well, we found one, and it was great. So great, in fact, that we had breakfast (late) or lunch (early) for four straight days. Why only four days? Well, we had to leave Continue reading “The Hatchery — Ludlow, Vermont”
This recipe was just sent to me by one of my many few readers. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks good, and a bit different. This is a rustic style that is very well suited to the bold flavors of duck.
PETIT SALÉ DE CANETTE
Brine-Cured Duck with French Green Lentils Continue reading “An Interesting Brined Duck Recipe”
One of the reasons why risotto is surprisingly expensive — sometimes the most expensive dish on the menu — is that it is quite labor-intensive. Most classic recipes require constant stirring for about 20-30 minutes, and that costs restaurants lots of money. Continue reading “Risotto: The Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong”
Wow. WOW. WOW!
Every once in a while, a wine is everything one expects. And, rarely, it is even more. Well, last night, Paul Draper made me a very happy man. He has been making Ridge wines for more than 40 years, and I have been drinking them for about 30 of those. He knows what he is doing, Continue reading “Ridge 2002 Zinfandel Paso Robles”
I got an e-mail recently from a friend who berated me for not writing about the excellent produce season. While I am not the biggest fan of fruits and vegetables as anything other than a supporting cast to the lead actor: meat, I love tomatoes. But not those silly ersatz tomatoes from the supermarket. I mean those glorious, sweet, juicy intensely flavored beasts that show up occasionally in farmers markets and vegetable stands. But this year, while certainly better than last year’s awfulness, was not noteworthy. We had some good, and a few excellent batches, but I haven’t had a truly great tomato in several years. What has happened?
I have to give her credit — she knows her stuff. How to cook a potato is not something that I have worried about in a very long time, but I noticed a different technique in one of Ina’s recipes for potato salad. Instead of boiling the little buggers Continue reading “Another Recipe Theft: From Ina Garten This Time”
I was bullied by another blogger into trying to make pizza in the privacy of my own kitchen. And…my lovely wife suggested it too, so I was stuck. And you know what? While it isn’t easy, it is certainly not difficult. Oh, I had a few missteps — among them a large quantity of melted mozzarella dripping onto the floor of my oven and a pizza stone that cracked in half after three uses. But the end result is that I can make a very nice pizza, with fresh ingredients I choose, without any trouble. I have no particular skill or special technique. For that you should do your research on-line or talk to someone who has done it before. In fact, it has become clear that this post is content free, other than the photo of my lunch!