From the Recipe Box: Parmesan & Thyme Crackers

May 21, 2010

This is one of my favorite recipes. Whenever I bake these, my children come running from all corners of the house. This recipe comes from the Barefoot Contessa’s Back To Basics cookbook. Ina Garten wrote this book in addition to five other cookbooks.  I have had the pleasure of meeting her and she is truly […]

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Olives – The Making of a Great Oil

May 19, 2010

I love olives. They are a burst of salty, bitterness in my mouth that make me wince just a bit when I eat them. People have asked me if an olive is a fruit or a vegetable. Olives are actually a fruit. When plucked from the olive tree, they are quite bitter, almost inedible. Olives […]

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What is a Tagine?

May 8, 2010

The term tagine refers to both a cooking vessel used for Moroccan cooking as well as the food prepared in it. The tagine has two pieces: a shallow plate bottom with a conical shaped lid. The top nests inside the bottom piece creating a small clay oven. Tagines were traditionally used by nomads as portable […]

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Celebrating Mom and Good Food

May 7, 2010

With Mother’s Day arriving on Sunday, I find myself thinking about my Mom this week and reminiscing about my childhood. My mother is such an important part of who I am; she taught me how to cook. Not just to read a recipe, but to combine flavors and ingredients that transforms cooking from a household […]

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Eating Local

May 6, 2010

Sur la Table has just published another must-have cookbook, Eating Local, written in partnership with award winning author, Janet Fletcher. This book takes you on a culinary journey throughout America to ten different farms whose owners are committed to growing and providing sustainable food for their community. They are pioneers in the organic, locavore movement […]

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From the Recipe Box: Sweet & Salty Goat Cheese

May 5, 2010

This is such a great recipe. No cooking required, just assembling great ingredients is all that is necessary. 1 – 10 ounce log of goat cheese ½ cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds 1/3 – 1/2 cup of honey – I love to use fresh, local honey for this recipe Garnish – mint leaves and assorted […]

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Caring for Your Wood Cutting Board

May 4, 2010

Have you ever had your wood cutting board crack or split? Wood is a natural product that will shrink or expand as the moisture content changes. Extreme dryness may cause cracks. A little bit of care in the beginning along with periodic maintenance will ensure that your wood cutting board will last for years. Do […]

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Summer Herbs – Get Ready Now

May 2, 2010

There isn’t anything that tastes like summer to me more than caprese salad; fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella drizzled with a nice fragrant extra-virgin olive oil and then delicately sprinkled with a hint of sea salt. Mmmm…….. The simple flavors of summer layered with the essence of fresh herbs will awaken your food […]

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The Kitchenarian

April 29, 2010

If Webster had a listing in his big book that offered a brief description and explanation of the word kitchenarian it would go something like this: kitchenarian –   [kich-uhn air-ee-uhn] -noun a person trained in kitchen science of and all things pertaining to the kitchen a blog that examines all subject matter related to the […]

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