July 28, 2013 – August 3, 2013

Sicilian Olive and Smoked Almond Tapenade from 'Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese'

Tapenade is typically a briny mix of olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil, loosely bound and best eaten in small bites, smeared on toast or drizzled atop warm-from-the-vine tomatoes. I've made plenty of the spread in my own kitchen, but I've never strayed from the expected ingredient list. Tenaya Darlington's recipe in Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese takes a completely different approach. She laces her tapenade with nutty and sweet Foja de Noce, an Italian sheep's milk cheese wrapped in walnut leaves. More

Pickled Feta with Cerignola Olives and Strawberries from 'Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese'

Two things I always keep around are many types of pickles and feta cheese. Both of these ingredients perk up leftovers, salads, and the occasional lackluster recipe, but I had never thought to take these two kitchen stalwarts and combine them. Thank goodness Tenaya Darlington thought of it for me and told me how in her new cheese-centric cookbook, Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese. More

Limburger Mac and Cheese from 'Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese'

Limburger cheese carries with it many false assumptions and wrinkled noses. It is often avoided based on reputation alone. But Limburger fans know that if you're willing to get past its strong odor, you'll be greeted with a soft grassy cheese with background notes of funky mushrooms. Such fans will often be seen eating Limburger on sandwiches with onions or sardines, but a much better use is in Tenaya Darlington's Limburger mac and cheese from Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese. More

Indian Burrito with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Tomato

My wife has demanded politely suggested I create something like this, but I valiantly resisted for four months. Though the beloved oversized Mexican dish (or is it Californian?) shares certain similarities with the kati roll, it's not exactly the same thing. And if I couldn't track down the authentic paratha used in the original, I thought, then it wasn't worth making. Then I got over it. More

Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes from 'Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese'

Caprese salad is a summertime classic for good reason, but the trio of mozzarella, tomato, and basil can grow tired when it's featured on every restaurant menu in town. This twist from Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese perks up the staple with sensuous burrata and pungent garlic oil. Author Tenaya Darlington adds the requisite balsamic and basil in full force for bright sweetness and herbal bite. More

Raspberry Rose Jam

Raspberry and rose are a natural combination, and not just in grandma's yard. Dried petals from rose tea soften in the juice of red raspberries. The result is this jewel-toned jam, a balance of sweet, tart, and floral flavors perfectly suited to your next batch of scones or shortbread for afternoon tea. More