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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 – [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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