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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 10:43 pm
If you aren’t interested in gastronomy, you probably haven’t heard of Charlie Trotter. If you are, you know that Trotter exploded onto the dining scene 25 years ago. His Chicago restaurant...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 10:21 am
Rather than boiling beets, most cooks prefer baking them: it’s easier, there’s less mess and they retain more flavor and nutrition. Preheat the oven to 375.If the beets have stems and ...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 01:19 pm
The best chefs are always searching for new ingredients to expand their culinary creativity. Often those ingredients aren’t really new, but have only recently become available. It may be a Middl...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 01:55 am
Aside from pickling, the best-known beet preparation has long been borscht, a soup that originated in Eastern Europe and Russia. It’s particularly associated with Ashkenazi Jews (Jews who liv...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 03:57 pm
It’s time again to wrap up some of the things I wrote about during 2011. Though I usually do it chronologically, this time around I have to start with the overwhelming reader response to my Oct....
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 08:41 pm
“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” – Winston S. ChurchillMost New Year’s celebrations seem a bit awkward to me. The sil...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 01:00 pm

Burgundian cheese puffs

These cheese puffs hail from France’s Burgundy region. They’re a traditional accompaniment to red wine, but make an outstanding pairing with Champagne. tsp. kosher or sea sal...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:39 am
Champagne pairs deliciously with sweets, especially chocolate. 12 oz. good quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate 1 c. unsalted butter 9 large egg yolks 6 T. superfine sugar ...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 09:19 am
This seafood salad is associated with Christmas, but it’s delicious any time of year. 1 lb. raw, peeled and deveined shrimp, 26-30 count 1 lb. calamari (squid) cleaned and cut into ...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 07:49 am
This is bread pudding with an Italian twist. Panettone is a sweet yeast bread that usually contains candied citron and/or raisins. It’s widely available at Christmas in Italian specialty stor...

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