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Bake the Book: Home Made Summer

Unlike its sisters (the acclaimed Home Made and Home Made Winter), Home Made Summer was made to entertain. It's written as an homage to the summers van Boven and her husband have spent in Provence, surrounded by friends, family, and ludicrously fresh produce. More

Vol-au-Vent Filled with Creamy Celeriac & Wild Mushrooms from 'Home Made Winter'

I am firmly of the belief that a good pie crust improves just about any dish, be it savory or sweet. Flaky, crisp, and butter-rich, such a crust can transform many a ho-hum pile of fruit or bowl of stew into exciting new fare. Take the Vol-au-Vent from Yvette van Boven's Home Made Winter, for example. A simple stew of root vegetables, mushrooms, and crème fraîche is good enough on its own; but place it inside a buttery pastry shell, and it turns into an elegant vegetarian main dish. Brightened up with a smidgen of red onion compote, and you'll have a real winter winner on your hands. More

Vol-au-Vent Filled with Creamy Celeriac & Wild Mushrooms from 'Home Made Winter'

I am firmly of the belief that a good pie crust improves just about any dish, be it savory or sweet. Flaky, crisp, and butter-rich, such a crust can transform many a ho-hum pile of fruit or bowl of stew into exciting new fare. Take the Vol-au-Vent from Yvette van Boven's Home Made Winter, for example. A simple stew of root vegetables, mushrooms, and crème fraîche is good enough on its own; but place it inside a buttery pastry shell, and it turns into an elegant vegetarian main dish. Brightened up with a smidgen of red onion compote, and you'll have a real winter winner on your hands. More

Beet Blinis with Salmon Marinated in Star Anise Syrup from 'Home Made Winter'

Blinis make for an excellent nibble before dinner; the yeasty mini pancakes can cradle just about anything from cheeses to jams to luxe caviar. A sliver of smoked salmon and a dollop of mascarpone cheese may be at the very top of that list. Add roasted beets, star anise, and pomegranate seeds as Yvette van Boven does in Home Made Winter, and you'll have a gem of a dish on your table. More

Beet Blinis with Salmon Marinated in Star Anise Syrup from 'Home Made Winter'

Blinis make for an excellent nibble before dinner; the yeasty mini pancakes can cradle just about anything from cheeses to jams to luxe caviar. A sliver of smoked salmon and a dollop of mascarpone cheese may be at the very top of that list. Add roasted beets, star anise, and pomegranate seeds as Yvette van Boven does in Home Made Winter, and you'll have a gem of a dish on your table. More

Brousse Cheese from 'Home Made Winter'

Homemade cheese can sound like a daunting proposition--after all, most of the cheese we buy at the store has been aged, molded, or dried for months before it enters our mouths. Making a cheese like gouda or gorgonzola takes proper equipment, patience, and practice. Fresh cheeses like chevre and ricotta, however, are little more than drained curdled milk. Making these from scratch is easy, rewarding, and many times better than most of their store-bought kind. In Home Made Winter, Yvette van Boven offers a recipe for her own particular fresh cheese, called Brousse. More

Brousse Cheese from 'Home Made Winter'

Homemade cheese can sound like a daunting proposition--after all, most of the cheese we buy at the store has been aged, molded, or dried for months before it enters our mouths. Making a cheese like gouda or gorgonzola takes proper equipment, patience, and practice. Fresh cheeses like chevre and ricotta, however, are little more than drained curdled milk. Making these from scratch is easy, rewarding, and many times better than most of their store-bought kind. In Home Made Winter, Yvette van Boven offers a recipe for her own particular fresh cheese, called Brousse. More

Speckled Salad with Quinoa, Leek, Bacon, & Chervil from 'Home Made Winter'

Salads are a staple of many a resolution-conscious eater come January. And while eating more vegetables is always a healthy choice, meal after meal of barely-dressed plates of carrots and mixed greens will get old quickly. Yvette van Boven's Speckled Salad with Quinoa, Leek, Bacon, and Chervil in her new Home Made Winter hits many health points (Vegetables! Whole grains! Spinach!) while still including enough pleasurable bits (Bacon! Wine! Bacon!) to prevent boredom. More

Speckled Salad with Quinoa, Leek, Bacon, & Chervil from 'Home Made Winter'

Salads are a staple of many a resolution-conscious eater come January. And while eating more vegetables is always a healthy choice, meal after meal of barely-dressed plates of carrots and mixed greens will get old quickly. Yvette van Boven's Speckled Salad with Quinoa, Leek, Bacon, and Chervil in her new Home Made Winter hits many health points (Vegetables! Whole grains! Spinach!) while still including enough pleasurable bits (Bacon! Wine! Bacon!) to prevent boredom. More

Cardamom and Orange Scones from 'Home Made Winter'

Not much beats a warm scone slathered with butter and marmalade—flaky, rich, and sticky—for a breakfast treat. In Home Made Winter, Yvette van Boven takes this breakfast staple and adds her own funky twists. Instead of simply adding the orange marmalade to the hot scones at the table, she incorporates the preserve into the dough as well as a bright glaze and creamy mascarpone-orange cream. The marmalade's bittersweet flavor is complemented by the richness of the butter and cream, and its floral character is amplified by a generous dose of ground cardamom throughout. More

Cardamom and Orange Scones from 'Home Made Winter'

Not much beats a warm scone slathered with butter and marmalade—flaky, rich, and sticky—for a breakfast treat. In Home Made Winter, Yvette van Boven takes this breakfast staple and adds her own funky twists. Instead of simply adding the orange marmalade to the hot scones at the table, she incorporates the preserve into the dough as well as a bright glaze and creamy mascarpone-orange cream. The marmalade's bittersweet flavor is complemented by the richness of the butter and cream, and its floral character is amplified by a generous dose of ground cardamom throughout. More

Cook the Book: 'Home Made Winter'

Meals in early January are so often subject to the bane of good intentions: to eat more salads and whole grains, and to gobble down less meat and fewer cookies. Yet the problem with all of these light meals is that they go against the undisputed fact that January is a cold, dreary, and (often) snowy month—prime time for comfort food. This month, resolve to embrace rich braised dishes, lush breakfasts, and perhaps a salad or two while cooking out of Yvette van Boven's new Home Made Winter. More

Cook the Book: Duck Ham

Van Boven's take on Duck Ham is a quick salt cure, an almost effortless process that required barely any effort at all, especially when considering just how impressive homemade duck ham sounds. It's basically a matter of procuring a nicely fatty duck breast, scoring the layer of fat, sprinkling it it orange zest, and submerging the duck in a mountain of kosher salt. More

Cook the Book: Hangover Curing Pork Belly

Hearing about hangover cures from foreign lands never gets old, which is one of the reasons I decided to tackle this Hangover Curing Pork Belly from Home Made by Yvette van Boven. The other reason? Pork belly never gets old—for me at least. Van Boven describes how she serves this pork belly in her restaurant, sliced and presented on crusty bread with a side of potato salad and sinus-clearing horseradish-lemon sauce. Sounds like the kind of carby, fatty, spicy plate that can cure what ails you, right? More

Cook the Book: Black Olive Mini Blinis with Pink Mascarpone, Salmon, and Preserved Beet

Keeping with the DIY theme of Home Made these Black Olive Mini Blinis with Pink Mascarpone, Salmon, and Preserved Beet embrace two of van Boven's made from scratch techniques: preserving and working with yeasted doughs. Here thin slices of parboiled beets are quick preserved in honey and raspberry vinegar and the yeasted dough is for fantastically nutty little buckwheat blinis. More

Cook the Book: 'Home Made'

Yvette van Boven, the Dutch jane-of-all-trades behind Home Made is a recipe writer, illustrator, and restaurateur who wants to push our limits in the kitchen. She's a DIY-er in the kitchen who's culinary sensibilities are purely homemade at heart. The American version of her new cookbook is hot off the presses and full of exciting DIY projects ranging from cheese-making to preserving, bread baking, infusing your own liqueurs, and even baking up biscuits for your favorite four legged friends. Enter to win a copy here. More

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