Lacinato Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto with Fusilli

Summer is many months away, but I find myself dreaming of the bunches of fresh basil I picked from the garden (yes, we have gardens in Brooklyn!) last summer. In an effort to bring a bit of summer sunshine to the kitchen, I made kale pesto instead of classic basil pesto – lacinato kale is [...]

Crock Pot Pulled Pork (or…I’m back!)

Pulled Pork

Hi everyone. I’ve missed you. I’ve been gone for a long time. A digital detox is what I’ve been on. Sometimes you have to step back in order to move forward. Right? But I’m back! And with my return I thought I’d share with you a very easy recipe for pulled pork made in a [...]

Christmas Stollen with Marzipan and Rum Frangipane Filling

Christmas Stollen with Marzipan

The title of this post is a bit of a mouthful, I know. But I didn’t want you to think this was just any old stollen. First, I baked this stollen in honor of the Bon Appetit holiday bake-off and party, which I was super thrilled to be asked to participate in. Second, I think [...]

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Here are some seasonal ideas culled from Brooklyn Farmhouse for your Thanksgiving meal – from starters to sides to dessert. I don’t include a turkey recipe because I always make Tom Colicchio’s Herb Butter Turkey – it’s the best. Happy Thanksgiving! Starters and Nibbles Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter – Serve with cheddar or brie (or [...]

Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter

My family’s farm, Fernwood Springs, in Westampton, New Jersey, has a lovely little apple orchard. The trees go mostly untended now because it’s just my grandma and my uncle working the farm (and my grandma is 87!), but the Red Delicious apples are still…well…delicious, even without much tending. I picked a boatload the other day [...]

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce with Rigatoni

“Bolognese” sauce is a funny thing. The sauce is not just found in Bologna – most towns in the Italian region (Emilia-Romagna) have their own version, some quite different from one another. Even in Bologna there is little agreement on ingredients or a standardization of the recipe – the old joke is that if you [...]

Easy Chicken Liver Mousse

Chicken Liver Mousse on a crunchy little piece of toast

There was a time not too long ago when I was intimidated at the prospect of cooking organ meats.  I have since recovered from my fear – but if you have a bit of an organ-meat-cooking phobia, an easy entree into the world of offal cookery can be had with the making of chicken liver [...]

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Wow, that was quite a long blogging break I took. I felt guilty every day for not blogging. (I was on vacation in North Carolina with my family. It was fun. I was too busy boogie-boarding to blog.)   I know a frittata isn’t the most super exciting foodstuff I could trot out after a bit [...]

Shishito Peppers Two Ways

Grilled Shishito Peppers

I’m not afraid to go out on a limb and say that shishito peppers are the most delicious peppers ever in the history of peppers. They are so good I had to cook them up two different ways. The first: a classic method for cooking shishito peppers – toss them in a bit of oil, [...]

Fresh Cranberry Bean and Arugula Salad

Fresh Cranberry Beans

It took me a while to catch on to the beauty and deliciousness of fresh shelling beans. I think I had always been unsure of the best way to cook them, my primary bean experiences having been with the dried and canned varieties. Then I found fresh cranberry beans at my local farmer’s market. I [...]

Gooseberry Margaritas with Cayenne-Salted Rims

Gooseberry Margarita with Cayenne-Salted Rim

I like margaritas. A lot. But I’ve come to detest commercial sweet and sour mix, because it is super high fructose corn syrupy. And that just doesn’t taste good. So, aside from making my own sweet and sour mix (easy to do, btw), I like to think about seasonal fruit that can be used in [...]

Muffin-Tin Cherry Pies

Muffin-Tin Cherry Pies

I wanted a pie version of the cupcake. That is to say, a portable, easy to eat in a couple of bites, cute-as-a-button version of a slice of pie. I didn’t think that little pie tins would allow easy release of said imaginary mini-pie, so I decided to use a muffin tin. Now, I’m not [...]

Easy Golden Beet Soup with Buttery Croutons

Golden Beet Soup with Buttery Croutons

Beets this time of year are so tender and sweet – I bought a bunch the other day at the farmer’s market and they cried out to me, “Please puree me into a velvety soup that tastes decadent but is really (gasp!) quite healthy.” Really, they said that. (And OK, maybe the buttery croutons aren’t [...]

Antique Recipe: Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels come to you in honor of NYC’s Pollinator Week (this week!), which is coordinated by Just Food. Beekeeping is currently illegal in New York City (sign a petition to make it legal here), although there are quite a few rogue beekeepers in Brooklyn and in the rest of New York City. Read more [...]

Garlic Scape-Walnut-Basil Pesto

Garlic Scape-Basil-Walnut Pesto

Scapes are actually the stems of the garlic plant. And they’re green and taste like garlic. I use them on top of pizza, in pasta, and as a replacement for garlic in lots of other recipes. This is a super easy pesto recipe that uses raw garlic scapes. It’s pungent and oh-so delicious. Stir it [...]

Bourbon Milkshakes

Bourbon Milkshake

Brooklyn Farmhouse has had a sweet tooth lately, but I couldn’t resist sharing yet another dessert recipe with you – albeit a rather more grownup dessert. I totally stole this idea from a restaurant in Portland, Maine called Fore Street; after having my first bourbon milkshake there, I wondered why this idea had never crossed [...]

Buttermilk Shortcakes with Strawberry Sorbet and Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche Sauce

Buttermilk Shortcakes with Stawberry Sorbet and Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche Sauce

Whoa – two strawberry posts in a row! I should’ve planned this whole blogging thing out a little bit better. Because strawberries are so delightful and so in-season right now, I guess I don’t really care that I have two strawberry posts in a row. Really, I don’t. This is Thomas Keller’s recipe from the [...]

Pink Peppercorn-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

Pink Peppercorn-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

Pink peppercorns are fruity and floral – not at all spicy like black (or even white) peppercorns. That’s because they are actually a kind of rosehip (i.e., fruit from a type of rose bush). I’ve made this pink peppercorn ice cream a few times (it’s amazing with chocolate cake), but I thought that the delicate [...]

Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Spicy Onion Marmalade

Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Spicy Onion Marmalade

Lamb and cheddar and kale and mint and onion and spiciness! I feel like I don’t even have to write an introduction to this recipe. Except to say that I may like lamb burgers better than beef burgers. And that the lamb burgers would be good with a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of the [...]

Antique Recipe: Bacon Muffins

Bacon Muffins

The Bacon Muffin is brought to you as part of a series on Brooklyn Farmhouse that showcases ye olde recipes from antique cookbooks. Sometimes recipes in old cookbooks can be a bit tricky, with unclear measurements (“a teacup”) or instructions. I have solved that problem for you by culling through my soon-to-be-vast collection of antique [...]

Roasted Asparagus with Ramp Aioli

Roasted Asparagus with Ramp Aioli

Asparagus and egg-y sauces (think hollandaise) are a natural. In this recipe, I’ve paired roasted asparagus with a lemony ramp aioli. Ramps are wild leeks, and have gotten insanely popular in the last few years among chefs and eaters alike, probably due to their sheer deliciousness. They are a traditional food in the Appalachian mountains [...]

Earth Day at Brooklyn Farmhouse

Dairy Cow at Battenkill Creamery in New York State

I’m really not one for resolutions. I half-heartedly make them on New Year’s, only to promptly break them a day or two later. But I think the sentiment is a good one: think about things you want to accomplish in the coming year, and inch toward those goals. Don’t beat yourself up for not adhering [...]

Corn Shoots with Bacon and White Miso Butter

Corn Shoots with White Miso Butter and Bacon

This is a riff off of David Chang’s corn with bacon and miso butter recipe from Gourmet, which happens to be one of the best corn recipes ever. Sadly, corn isn’t in season yet. So, as a way around the lack of springtime corn, I found these amazing little corn shoots at the farmer’s market [...]

Rhubarb Mojito

Rhubarb Mojito

It’s Spring! Rhubarb is here! Yay Rhubarb! OK, sorry. Did I mention I love rhubarb? And have you ever noticed what a weird word “rhubarb” is? After a day of rhubarb experimentation in my kitchen that resulted in rhubarb pudding (my husband: “tastes like baby food”), I decided to drown my culinary sorrows with these [...]

Fava and Pecorino Crostini with Mint and Pea Shoots

Fava and Pecorino Crostini with Mint and Pea Shoots

Fava beans, Pecorino-Romano cheese, and mint – a classic combination that’s just sooo delicious on toasty, garlicy bread. Top it with a handful of pea shoots, and you’ve just produced a crostini that screams “Spring”. Even the color is Spring-y – the fava beans and Pecorino become a beautiful spring green in the food processor. [...]

Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

Vegetable-dyed Easter Eggs

Put the last of the season’s root vegetables to good use for this Easter kitchen project! Vegetable dyes won’t give you vibrantly colored Easter eggs – the hues are much more subtle and natural looking, almost as if you raided the nests of different chicken breeds. Making your own vegetable dye is a little more [...]

Seared Scallops with Grilled Sweet Onion, Red Pepper Coulis, and Arugula Flowers

Seared Scallops with Sweet Onion, Red Pepper Coulis, and Arugula Flowers

It’s kind of a long title, but really, this is an elegant recipe that isn’t terribly difficult to make. It makes a really lovely first course for a fish dinner. I stumbled upon arugula flowers the other day at the farmer’s market and now I’m hooked – not only are they beautiful (but in a [...]

Panettone Ice Cream

Panettone Ice Cream

Panettone is a yeasted sweet bread that is usually made for Christmas and New Year’s in Italy. The bread is originally Milanese in origin, but it has spread to the far corners of the world – it’s just that delicious. I try to make at least one every Christmas season, but this year I failed [...]

Homemade Candied Ginger, Ginger Syrup, and Ginger Ale

Homemade Ginger Ale

A trifecta of ginger deliciousness! Actually, the candied ginger is a byproduct of the ginger syrup (or is ginger syrup the byproduct of candied ginger??): you can’t create one without the other.  I had a bit of a hankering for homemade ginger ale, because it’s so much spicier than store bought and I felt like [...]

Tomato Sauce Smackdown

Tomato Sauce Smackdown

With few exceptions, my general philosophy is that homemade food tastes better and is a lot cheaper than commercially-prepared food. While the “taste better” part of that philosophy is, admittedly, a bit subjective and hard to covey over the internets, the “a lot cheaper” part is subject to actual quantitative analysis and can be proven, [...]

Irish Soda Bread with Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Black Pepper

Irish Soda Bread with Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Black Pepper

Being a quarter Irish myself (I didn’t get the name “Megan Colleen” for nuttin’), this is my nod to the most American of Irish holidays, St. Patrick’s Day. Rather than a post on green beer and corned beef, I thought I’d keep it simple with a recipe that is surprisingly quick and easy. (And what’s [...]

Winter Vegetable Crostata with Goat Cheese and Thyme

Winter Vegetable Crostata with Goat Cheese and Thyme

March is so hard. Here in Brooklyn, the weather is starting to warm up, making me think about strawberries, asparagus, ramps, garlic scapes, peas, favas – argh!  Did I mention I’m sick of winter? I’m making lemonade out of lemons here by continuing to celebrate winter’s bounty – yams and winter squash and beets and [...]

Oyster Mushroom Risotto

Oyster Mushroom Risotto

I have a confession to make. The very first time I made risotto (which was 10 years ago now) it took about 2 hours.  What’s funny is that a basic risotto should be a quick and easy 20 minutes from start to finish. What happened? Looking back now I see that my problem was fear [...]

Whole Wheat Blueberry-Oat Scones

A pile of whole wheat blueberry-oat scones

This is a recipe that comes out of an effort to eat less white flour, combined with a craving for scones. Although they contain quite a bit of butter, the scones are still fairly healthy with the addition of whole wheat flour, oats, blueberries, and yogurt. A bit of powdered ginger doesn’t overwhelm the flavor [...]

Fairly Easy Chicken Soup with Homemade Pasta

Chicken Soup with Homemade Pasta

This is a dish borne out of necessity. I am feeling a little sickly with a sore throat, so I thought a bit of homemade chicken soup couldn’t hurt. But I wanted noodles in my soup, dammit! Because it’s approximately 2 degrees outside, I really, really didn’t want to go to the store to get [...]

Ginger, Lemongrass, and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Ginger, Lemongrass, and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

It’s getting to the point in the winter where I’m longing – longing – for summer. Cabbage and kale, although I dearly love you, I would gladly give you up right now for a juicy peach, a purple plum, a red, ripe tomato straight from the fields…or a fresh, sweet ear of corn. How does [...]

Two Bean Chili with Grass-Fed Beef and Masa Harina

Easy Two Bean Chili with Masa Harina

This is my go-to chili recipe. It’s simple, easy to make, and lends itself to other vegetable additions (like zucchini), and to variations in the type of beans in it. I always use local grass-fed ground beef – its flavor is so much…beefier, and it’s a lot leaner, too. I ripped off the idea of [...]

King Cake

King Cake for Mardi Gras

One of my closest friends is from New Orleans, and last year we made King Cake together to celebrate Mardi Gras. She has since moved to Seattle, but I miss her and thought that I’d make King Cake again this year, in honor of her and of New Orleans. King Cake is basically a type [...]

Jasmine Madeleines

Jasmine Madelines

I love cooking Thai food at home, so one of my favorite stores in New York City is Bangkok Mart, a small Thai food store in Chinatown. It has just about every Thai product you could ever need, and the staff is super friendly and always willing to answer questions.  My most recent discovery there: [...]

Steak au Poivre

Strip steak au poivre

Steak au poivre is a classic French bistro dish that is perfect for a special occasion: the cream and brandy make the dish extremely rich, but also extremely delicious. Steak au poivre was part of my husband’s and my Valentine’s dinner, along with sauteed potatoes, an arugula salad, a great California wine (called “The Prisoner”) [...]

Blood Orange Sorbet with Candied Fennel and Kumquats

Blood Orange Sorbet with Candied Kumquats and Fennel

My husband and I don’t usually go out to eat on Valentine’s Day. We’ve decided over the years that restaurant food is just *meh* on V-day, mostly because restaurants here get so slammed with both tourists and New Yorkers alike. We’ve developed a tradition of cooking a nice meal together and enjoying a good bottle [...]

Homemade Ketchup

Uh, so it's not exactly 57 herbs and spices, just 6

I have tried as hard as I’ve been able to in the last few years to avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). I just don’t like the stuff. Recently, I felt pretty vindicated about my near-obsessional dislike for HFCS when a report surfaced about mercury being found (by FDA scientists, no less!) in some HFCS [...]

Pan-Fried Cabbage

Pan-Fried Cabbage

This is sort of a quick, warm sauerkraut but with pork. And chilies. The vinegar adds a bit of tang, the pork a bit of salt and savory, the chilies a bit of heat. I recommend using a Japanese mandoline/slicer, or a regular mandoline, to slice the cabbage and the shallot or onion. You could [...]

Broccoli Raab with Pecans

Broccoli Raab

I grew up mostly in the Southern U.S. (courtesy of the U.S. Army), while my husband is basically 100% Italian. This dish is inspired by our very different backgrounds: pecans are quintessentially Southern, and broccoli raab is a classic Italian vegetable. Broccoli raab (a.k.a., broccoli “rabe”) is a bitter green vegetable in season starting in [...]

Meyer Lemon and Orange Flower Yogurt Cake

Pretty Meyer Lemons

I know, the title of this post is a little over-descriptive. But how could I leave out the three most critical components of this cake? (Actually, what I really wanted to name it was Meyer Lemon, Orange Flower Water, and Vanilla Bean Yogurt Cake…but that’s a bit of a mouthful.)  Meyer lemons are in season [...]

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza with Fresh Basil

I know that there are some strong opinions out there about pizza – so pizza fanatics (you know who you are), don’t give me too much grief. I’m happy to hear what you have to say: just be gentle with me. I’m sensitive. As a preemptive defense I say, c’mon, give me a break – [...]

Spicy Braised Grass-Fed Brisket

Slices of Spicy Braised Brisket

I was lucky enough to stumble upon a beautiful piece of grass-fed brisket at the food co-op where I do a lot of my grocery shopping and I conveniently had a ton of the tomato-chipotle sauce from this post left over. I thought it would make a great braising liquid for my brisket, and boy, [...]

Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze and Watercress

Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze and Watercress

Sometimes cooking dinner is like going to the gym. I know I should just get off the couch and do it, and I’ll feel so much better afterward. This is the perfect dish for when you’re in a I-know-I-should-cook-dinner-but-I-kinda-don’t-feel-like-it mood. It takes slightly less than 10 minutes. I got my hot little hands on some [...]

Homemade Applesauce with Star Anise

Apples ready for applesauce

I actually timed how long it took me to prep to make applesauce – less than 10 minutes total. That includes peeling, coring, and chopping 5 apples. What’s my point? It really doesn’t take that long to make stuff from scratch. OK – I know there is a little bit of cooking involved, but once [...]

Antique Recipe: Sally Lunn

Sally Lunn

This recipe is part of a new series here on Brooklyn Farmhouse that showcases ye olde recipes from antique cookbooks. When I graduated culinary school, my husband bought me a boatload of antique cookbooks to add to my budding collection. The books range widely in age – from the turn of the (last) century to [...]

Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

Jerusalem artichokes, a.k.a., “sunchokes” are a fun little winter vegetable to work with. Actually the tuber of a type of sunflower, jerusalem artichokes can be eaten raw, baked, steamed, puréed, fried, and probably in other ways that I haven’t even thought of. They have a nutty, slightly artichoke-y flavor that is subtle-yet-memorable. Aside from puréeing [...]

Lentil Soup with Prosciutto

French Green Lentils

It’s cold out and it’s a new year – time for lentil soup! Lentils are traditionally served in Italy on New Year’s Day as good luck for the coming year. OK, it’s not quite New Year’s Day…but close enough. This lentil soup is one of my most favorite soups in the world. It’s a good [...]

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

A cup of pomegranate champagne punch

Pomegranates, mint, and lemon slices make this champagne punch super festive for the holidays. Pineapple juice adds a bit of sweetness, while rum and triple sec both add a bit of punch to the punch. I made an ice block using mint and pomegranate seeds; instructions are below. This recipe is adapted from Epicurious. Happy [...]

Homemade Corn Tortillas

A stack of homemade corn tortillas

I was always intimidated by the prospect of making my own corn tortillas. It seemed really complicated and difficult. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is actually quite easy: you just need the proper tools to do it. I highly recommend getting a tortilla press:  unless you’re a Mexican granny with awesome tortilla-rolling [...]

Spicy Tomato Soup

Spicy Tomato Soup

I loved, loved cream of tomato soup as a kid (the kind you get in a can) – but now that I’m all grown up, this homemade version really blows the canned stuff out of the water. I take the easy way out and usually use jarred tomato sauce to make the soup – if [...]

Salt Dough Ornaments

Dough ornaments in the shape of food

Technically you can’t eat salt dough ornaments, but they are made from edible things (flour, water, salt). My parents still hang ornaments that I made as a little kid (30 some-odd years ago) – that’s how durable they are. This is a fun kitchen project to do with kids – just keep in mind that [...]

Roast Chicken with Fresh Herbs and Lemon

Chicken with its feet

Sometimes I’m a little lazy in the kitchen. Roasting a chicken is a good lazy-day compromise – perfect for when you want to make a nice dinner, but you’re too tired or unmotivated to make anything remotely elaborate. The food co-op where I shop recently started carrying two types of chickens from a farm in [...]

Homemade Pita

Pita still puffy from the oven

These pita are thick and toothy – not like those puny pitas you get in the grocery store. I bake them on a pizza stone, but if you don’t have one, bake them directly on the oven rack. Serve with hummus or bean dip, or top with a salad and a few dollops of goat [...]

Butter Mochi

Koda Farms Sweet Rice Flour

I first learned of the deliciousness that is butter mochi while in Hawaii. I was driving around in the middle of nowhere by myself and I happened upon a little general store, which had basic convenience food, along with a couple of Hawaiian snacks, like poke (pronounced “poke-ee” or “poke-eh”, a mixture of chunks of [...]

Manchego Cheese, Quince, and Walnut Crostini

Manchego Cheese, Quince, and Walnut Crostini

Time to use up all that quince jam I made! (Um, I made a lot.) This simple, rustic little crostini is perfect with drinks (I’m thinking Amontillado sherry). I actually had a few of them for lunch today. If you can’t find manchego, a nice farmhouse cheddar would be good, or even ricotta. Ingredients: 1/2 [...]

Seared Tuna with Sesame Seeds

Sesame-Crusted Seared Tuna

I’ve been having an issue lately trying to figure out what seafood is good (i.e., sustainable) to eat, and what is not. There are the obvious baddies, like Chilean Sea Bass (a.k.a., the Patagonian Toothfish), which is: a) not even really bass, b) seriously over fished, and c) usually caught using bottom long lines, a [...]

Quince Jam

Organic quince ready to be made into jam

It’s the end of quince season here in Brooklyn – so here is a recipe for an easy quince jam. I didn’t bother with any canning stuff (i.e., sterilizing jars, etc.) because I figured the jam would get eaten pretty quickly. But if you want to give as a holiday gift, you should bother to [...]

Pasta e Fagioli (with Fregola)

Pasta e Fagioli

Don’t be worried about all of the Italian words being thrown around here -  the title of this recipe means “pasta and beans,” and nothing could be more simple than that. Pasta e fagioli (a.k.a. pasta fagioli) is easy to make, economical, and very filling. Oh, and did I mention delicious? It’s a little thicker [...]

Pork Tenderloin with Black Pepper

Sliced pork tenderloin

We don’t eat a lot of meat in our household – not because we don’t like it, but because good, sustainably raised meat is a touch expensive these days. We belong to a food co-op that gets most of its meat from local farms, and still we have trouble affording it with any regularity. But [...]

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Aside from turkey sandwiches (with homemade mayo?) on white bread, this might be the most delicious way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. If you have leftover greens, like kale (or even Brussels sprouts), you could also add them to the pie. You could even throw in roasted cauliflower or other leftover vegetables. Just [...]

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Cranberries for Cranberry Sauce

Below, a compendium of recipes you can use for Thanksgiving – focused on side dishes and other additions to your Thanksgiving party. And be sure to check out what my good friends at the Eat Well Guide are up to – they’ve partnered with Consumer’s Union (part of Consumer Reports) to create the Local, Organic [...]

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

I think that the world is divided into two types of people: those who prefer lumps in their mashed potatoes, and those that don’t. I fall into the later category. I like my mashed potatoes to be lump-free, skins off, not “smashed” potatoes, but “mashed” potatoes. And I’m going to share with you my trick [...]

Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower

Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower

You may have seen Romanesco cauliflower in your local market – it looks almost like vibrant, bright green coral. I like to roast cauliflower because it brings out a really delicious nutty-sweet flavor in them. And the little cauliflower florets get nice and brown and a bit crunchy. A little squeeze of lemon does the [...]

Cranberry Sauce with Bourbon

Cranberries before going in the oven

I think you can eat this cranberry sauce year ’round, not just on Thanksgiving. It’s nice on turkey sandwiches or on biscuits. The star anise adds a little something special, but if you can’t find it, you could use a bit of cinnamon, or maybe a few anise seeds tied together in cheesecloth. If you [...]

Ground Cherry Clafoutis

Unhusked Ground Cherries

Yes, I said “ground cherry” – not just plain old “cherry” (which aren’t in season now anyhow). Ground cherries are also known as “cape gooseberries” – not to be confused with real gooseberries, which are totally different.  Ground cherries look like little tiny tomatillos, complete with papery husks. From the research I’ve done, it seems [...]

Cheddar-Sage Biscuits

Cheddar-Sage Biscuits

I am on a lifelong quest to make the world’s best biscuit. I don’t think I’d even gotten close until I made these – with butter I made myself and the real buttermilk from the butter-making process. I don’t understand the chemistry behind it, but for some reason these biscuits rose higher and were way [...]

Homemade Butter

Homemade Butter

Yes, I know you can buy perfectly delicious butter in the grocery store. But really, making your own isn’t all that complicated, and it’s really fun to do. Making butter is a great project for kids, too – it’s an exercise in showing them where even our most elemental cooking products (e.g., butter) come from. [...]

Homemade Muesli

Homemade Muesli

Muesli is kind of like granola except without the crunchy cluster bits (and with a lot less fat and calories). It was originally invented by a Swiss doctor as a therapeutic food for his sick patients – but don’t let that historical tidbit put you off. It’s really delicious, it’s really good for you, and [...]

Swiss Chard with Cumin and Green Chilies

A Bunch of Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is so good – and happily it is in season right now! So go down to your local farmer’s market and pick up a couple of bunches. Please? I like the rainbow variety the best, but that’s just because I think rainbows are pretty. You can use red swiss chard or white swiss [...]

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

I had a can of pure pumpkin purée in the kitchen cabinet from last Thanksgiving, taunting me. (I don’t eat a lot of commercially canned fruits and vegetables, but I have to admit that I make an exception for pumpkin and for San Marzano tomatoes.)  And I wanted muffins!  So…my unused can of pumpkin and [...]

Apple Pie with Boiled Cider

Apple Pie with Boiled Cider

Is there anything better than apple pie with ice cream?  The answer might be apple pie made with boiled cider, a caramely, appley addition that adds a lot of depth of flavor to the American classic. I would like to eat this pie with caramel ice cream…or, I suppose, vanilla will do… For Crust: 2 [...]

Boiled Cider

Boiled Cider

I was doing a little culinary sleuthing for new apple pie recipes when I stumbled upon several that incorporated boiled cider. Having grown up mostly in the south, where apple cider is a little less common than here in the Empire State, I had absolutely no idea what the heck these recipes were talking about. [...]

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was walking through Union Square this morning. It had just rained, and I smelled…buckwheat. I know it sounds a little weird, but that mineral-y smell of wet concrete somehow triggered a sense memory of the smell and taste of buckwheat flour. Prior to today, my buckwheat cookery had been limited to buckwheat pancakes and [...]

Sweet and Sour Mix

Sweet and Sour Mix

Who really likes commercial sweet-and-sour mix, with it’s high fructose corn syrupy non-goodness? Knock the socks off of your cocktail party guests with margaritas made with a homemade version of the stuff. Or make a killer Tom Collins with it. You probably won’t ever want to go back to the pre-packaged mix. Sorry. Ingredients 1 [...]

Salade Nicoise

Salade Nicoise

This classic French salad is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. The real secret to this dish is dressing each component separately – this way, the potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, and eggs are all seasoned perfectly. Try to find Italian or Spanish jarred or canned tuna in olive oil – it’s a little expensive, [...]

Fromage Fort

Fromage Fort

Got a bunch of bits of leftover cheese in your fridge? This is an excellent way to use them up and serve them to guests. A bit like a fancier (Frencher) pimento cheese, fromage fort literally translates as “strong cheese” in French. You can control how “fort” you make it by using milder (or stronger) [...]

Concord Grape Gelato

Concord Grape Gelato

I think this might be one of the most delicious ice creams of all time. Am I overstating? It has no eggs or milk, and only a quarter cup of cream (seriously!) but it’s rich and creamy nonetheless. I probably don’t need to mention that the quality of the grapes and the cream is imperative [...]

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

Using local, grass-fed milk and cream makes a real difference in the taste of this homemade ricotta. Eat plain, topped with honey and pecans, or use it in homemade lasagna or top your heirloom tomato salad with dollops of it to really add a Farmhouse touch. This recipe is from Gourmet magazine. Special equipment: Unbleached [...]

Cardamom Sugar

Cardamom Sugar

Sprinkle this flavored sugar on pies, tarts, and cookies. It pairs especially nicely with berries – top blackberries or raspberries with cardamom sugar and use as a topping for vanilla ice cream. Or simply drop a spoonful in your coffee or tea for a new kind of sugar rush. Ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 10-15 green [...]

Farmhouse Salad with Purslane, Arugula, and Radishes

Farmhouse Salad with Purslane, Arugula, and Radishes

Purslane has a sweet-and-sour crunchiness that pairs well with the spicy arugula, watercress, and radishes. The salad is topped with thin slices of garlic scapes, the green portion of the garlic that grows above ground. It has a garlicy, vegetal flavor and is also good in tomato sauces and on pizza. The salad is dressed [...]

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