Friday, December 30, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Many of you told me how much you liked my 2010 list of gifts for foodies so here are my favorites for 2011!
Emile Henri Artisan Ruffled Pie Dish
I love the rustic look of this unique pie plate, and would definitely use it to create pies and tarts with deep, wavy sides. $44
Wms Sonoma Peppermint Bark
This peppermint bark is one of my favorite gifts to send friends and family. It comes in an attractive tin, and oh, did I mention that this chocolate-coated bark is addictive. $26.95 for a 1-pound box
Essential Pepin by Jacques Pepin
Chef, teacher, cookbook author extraordinaire, Jacques Pepin is known as the master of great technique. His latest book boasts more than 700 recipes, including his all-time favorites. It's a must for a serious foodie's library. $40.00
Two tea towels from Different Drummer's Kitchen
The Different Drummer's Kitchen, with stores in Northampton and Lenox, Massachusetts, and in Albany, New York, sells these adorable and very well made kitchen towels. One has a band of sheep (including a black one amongst the white) and another a row of cows. They're from Elias Classics. $15.95 each
J.K. Adams Artisan Bread Plank
I own one of these beautifully made bread planks, crafted by the J.K. Adams Company located in Vermont, and use it almost daily. I slice baguettes on it, arrange cheeses on it, and use it as an extra chopping board. The Different Drummer's Kitchen in Northampton sells them if you live in western Massachusetts. $44
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I asked if she’d share her recipe, and was stunned to discover how easy this toffee was to prepare. “Three easy steps,” she smiled and explained.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Hash, that old breakfast standby of sautéed corned beef and potatoes, is having a come back, but in the newest versions, corned beef is not always de rigeur. Sautéed apples and smoked sausage or a sweet potato, red onion, and bacon mélange are typical examples of today’s inventive selections. Recently, I created the recipe featured here for Smoked Salmon, Fennel, and Potato Hash— a colorful, fresh, and delicious alternative to traditional corned beef versions, and a perfect addition to holiday brunches.
This one pairs flaked hot-smoked salmon with sautéed bits of fennel, chopped onions, and diced potatoes. Crushed fennel seeds and chopped lacy fennel fronds add a mild anise flavor. You can use this delectable hash as a side to serve with scrambled eggs, or for a little more visual drama, simply slid a poached or fried egg on top of each serving.