Cookbooks

Bitter Chocolate Truffles

January 4, 2012
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An elegant yet simple way to present a mignardise or accompany a light dessert is a dark, bitter chocolate truffle. We looked to one of our favorite cookbooks, The Cafe Cookbook by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, for a basic yet delicious accompaniment to serve with a tart, creamy, frozen lemon soufflé on New Year’s Eve. […]

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Blackberry Farm’s Carrot Souffle

December 1, 2011
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Thanksgiving is an overwhelmingly beige event. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie. Beige. Not that that is a bad thing. I love Thanksgiving and all the blandly colored foods that fill the buffet. However, even an old Thanksgiving hand like myself can sometimes get a hankering for a little splash of color. Enter The Blackberry Farm […]

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Cooking with Shelburne Farms

November 8, 2011
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It’s been a while since we have spotlighted a cookbook at Gourmet & Gourmand, but this past weekend brought a large crowd for Sunday dinner, for which we decided to pull an old favorite from the bookshelf; Cooking with Shelburne Farms by Melissa Pasanen with Rick Gencarelli. Shelburne, to quote their website, “is a 1400-acre working […]

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Onion Pie with Parmesan and Thyme

August 31, 2011
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If you reside on this side of the Atlantic (and haven’t watched New Scandinavian Cooking on PBS) you’ve probably never heard of Andreas Viestad. I know I hadn’t. Usually when it comes to food and food related things I have a lesson or two to teach Gourmand. This time around though, it was he introducing me […]

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The Summery Side of Risotto

July 12, 2011
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For many people Risotto is a food for the cold days of winter. Creamy, warm and rich, the rice dish is so very often served with mushrooms, butternut squash or as is, a heavy, satisfying main course. This doesn’t have to be the case. In the right hands risotto can be a bright side or […]

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Swedish Cheese Tart, Reimagined

June 8, 2011
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“Swedish Cheese Tart” is not the most exciting recipe I have ever come across. It is, for that matter, an incredibly dull version of the sexier, Gallic version; the Quiche. I was thrilled, then, when this red-headed stepchild of a quiche turned into a delicious and indulgent meal, easily thrown together in a few minutes and a […]

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Brunsviger

June 7, 2011
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I’m note sure I possess the wherewithal to cook traditional Norwegian food for two weeks straight. The traditional dishes can be quite heavy, fattening, and wintery. Not exactly where my head is currently, considering the sweltering temperatures outside and fresh vegetables filling the market. As I continue my two week Norwegian cooking extravaganza in honor of […]

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Kitchen Essentials: Pie Crust (Sweet)

April 19, 2011

My sister Alexandra is the true baker of the family. She loves it and is has an excellent talent for it. For some reason she doesn’t mind all the measuring and mixing. She makes anything and everything: from killer lemon squares to, on occasion, a full blown Bûche de Noël (including incredible marzapan bugs and mushrooms). It […]

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Ladies Who Lunch

April 9, 2011
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Gourmand and I have of late became parents to a scruffy, naughty little goldendoodle call Frankie. She chews everything but mercifully sleeps through the night. She’s my Sous Chef. This life altering event has so far led to two big changes: 1) waking up much earlier then either of us would like and 2) spending […]

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A Date With A Warm Fish or How Not To Be Scared In The Kitchen

April 8, 2011

“Try everything once except incest and folk dancing” – Sir Thomas Beecham Truer words were never spoken. Especially when it comes to food. Like many other things in life, cooking can be an intimidating experience. We tend to stick with what we know, what we are good at and what we are comfortable with. It’s […]

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