Halloween: The Aftermath (Part I)

November 3, 2011
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We don’t have kids, but our neighbors sure do. As in many neighborhoods across the country, when October 31st rolls around, it means baskets filled with candy and porches covered in pumpkins. It’s been years since I’ve carved a pumpkin and I wasn’t about to begin Monday night, but we did buy a few large […]

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Things We Love: Acetaia Cattani Balsamina

October 28, 2011
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Let me introduce you to Acetaia Cattani. Based in Modena, Italy they are makers of high quality aged balsamic vinegar. Recently they have produced Balsamina or Balsamic Jelly. We bough ours ages ago at Rubiner’s Cheesemonger  in Great Barrington, MA but you can also find it on a variety of online retailers. It’s a powerful, tangy jelly, rendered from aged […]

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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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Is That A Baguette In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

February 7, 2011

The Gourmet: An old friend of mine, let’s call him A, was recently given a three hour one on one cooking class with a local chef for his birthday. Before the class the Chef, Scott Pampuch of Corner Table Restaurant in Minneapolis, assessed my friends skill level and asked him to come up with five questions, techniques, anything really that he would […]

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A Better Bread

January 19, 2011

The Gourmet: Wonderbread is not food. Neither is a lot of the super starchy, sugar packed crap most of us eat in lieu of bread.  Gourmand grew up eating dense, whole wheat based breads. Filling and fortifying, and made from grains that last you for hours. We’ve tried to recreated this bread at home, but even […]

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