Slightly Sideways…

Saint Emilion produces some of the world’s most expressive Merlot and Merlot based wines in the world.  In this environment in particular the grape takes on a unique structure and profile.   Now ten years old the 2006 Chateau Croix de Laurie was at first a bit hesitant.  Wait for it.  With time and air…

Paradise Chutney

This may be my go to recipe for cranberry sauce for the holiday season.  It is cranberry sauce 2.0. The combination of ingredients piqued my interest. There is a texture and depth of flavor that cranberries simmered alone in port with a bit of orange peel cannot achieve. Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s delicious How To Be…

Sweet Simplicity

It is easy to forget the sweet simplicity of poached pears in the easy days of berry flats and plump summer melons.     As the days cool the market offerings shift to heartier fare – apples, pears, and quince fill the baskets.  Poached pears make a versatile treat to have in the kitchen over…

Stateside

On a chilly clear October evening I was out on Capitol Hill to meet a friend in one of Seattle’s culinary quadrants.  Melrose Market, the Starbucks Roastery, Mamnoon, and Victrola all sit within a stones throw of Stateside.  It’s an easy albeit uphill walk from downtown. This was my second visit to Stateside.  I had…

The sweetest thing…

No shortage of pasta dinners here.   In this braised sauce carrots provide texture and sweetness.   Carrots Shallot Garlic Parsley Tomato Puree Ground pork Parmesan Shallots, garlic, and csaid arrots sweat it out until soft with roughly chopped parsley.  Then the tomato puree is added with chicken stock.  Give the sauce some time to…

Cozy cooking…

We spent much of the summer snacking on crispy crunchy cece .  Today’s method, braising the beans in olive oil,  seems an appropriate shift that better reflects the current mood.  It also took advantage of the last garden tomatoes. Adapted from @joythebaker  Garbanzo beans Olives (your choice) Feta, ricotta, or goats chees (all good options)…

An All-American day…

At the pumpkin patch resulted in mud up to our elbows and a pumpkin that could qualify as a planet.  NASA has yet to confirm.  Overall, a successful day out.   Now back home with monstrous appetites we had cider braised pork shoulder ready and waiting to save the day.  The finished pork shoulder was…

It’s not fall without it.

The heady mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla mingles with the smells of rain, dried leaves, and cider as the  October mists roll in off the Sound. Pumpkin’s high water content can make it difficult to produce cakes and bread with a delicate crumb.  This recipe, adapted after reading a ThymeToEat recipe on @Food52, produces an…

In my pantry there is…

a jar of Lentils du Puy.  The earthy legumes are a hold over from colder days in the early months of the year.  Now as summer’s heat wanes they are being called up from their relegation to the big leagues – winter cooking needs them.  They are a critical component of the team. Whether they…

No going back.

The transition to fall is complete.  Cooler, shorter days do not encourage lively growth from the tomatoes in the veg garden.  The days of Caprese Salad may be behind us.  There are a myriad of options for tomatoes regardless of their  shape, size and ripeness level.  Instead of separating what remained of the crop the entire…

After the fact…

Disparate bits and bobs from various nights cooking were brought together on a particularly nippy night to make a what is sure to be the first of many robust soups this season. Unified by the chicken stock lentils, chanterelles, brown rice, and roasted chicken breast steep together long enough to get things piping hot.  Then…

The Farmgate

  It was on a drizzly Saturday morning about half way though our vacation that we found an opportunity to get away to The Farmgate for a meal. Lunching any day of the week sounds extravagant.   If you are going to treat yourself this superb spot sits only a stones throw from the Midleton…