Before we set out on our two week crêpe making journey courtesy of Martha Holmberg's Crêpes, it's important that we begin with a foundation. These Versatile Crêpes are the brown buttery base for all of the recipes within the book.
For this week's installment of Bake the Book we'll be traveling to the rocky coast of Brittany, battering up with recipes from Crêpes, a collection of 50 recipes for all things crêpe-related from Martha Holmberg.
In the intro to this recipe for Potatoes with Porcini from The Country Cooking of Italy, author Colman Andrews tells us a little about the thrifty ways of the people of Liguria. When procini season rolls around, Ligurians stretch their pricy 'shrooms by bulking them up with inexpensive potatoes. Baked gratin style, the potatoes have a chance to take on all of lovely qualities of the porcinis.
Pairing sweet blueberries with punchy moonshine and a hit of lemon juice is a genius move, making these Blueberry Moonshine Pops one hell of a summer afternoon treat. The popsicle masterminds behind Brooklyn's People's Pops advise that these pops are best enjoyed on a hazy back porch in North Carolina with a bluegrass sound track but they also don't discount that they still taste pretty great in a steamy little apartment.
Sweet and nutty, briefly blanched and peeled favas are tossed with salty bits of crumbled young pecorino and drizzled with olive oil. Simple? Well sure, but this snack is really all about the simplicity and goodness of the ingredients.
Matching up tart rhubarb with delicate, floral jasmine tea makes for a transcendent popsicle experience.
These Frico or Friulano Cheese Crisps from The Country Cooking of Italy are the perfect little bite to go along with the pre-dinner drink. Savory and salty, crisp and cheesy, they have the munchability of a potato chip with an apertivo-level elegance.
When you combine Colman Andrews, Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, good things are bound to happen. The founder of Saveur magazine and the folks behind the cookbook series, Canal House Cooking have teamed up and put together an absolutely gorgeous new cookbook, The Country Cooking of Italy. Enter to win a copy here.
The recipe is simple enough, just masa harina and water mixed, pressed and toasted up in a cast iron pan. Once you make tortillas yourself you might not go back to the bagged version again.
Watermelon is one of those great summer fruits that works perfectly in both sweet and savory dishes. And it's this versatility that makes these Watermelon & Parsley Pops from People's Pops such a great combination of summery flavors.
Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry, has figured out a way to freeze summer tomatoes so that they retain their sweetness all year long. Her method involves snatching up pounds of gorgeous summer tomatoes and giving them a low and slow roast with garlic, herbs, and olive oil. This slow cooking method concentrates all of that great tomato flavor, making them perfect for freezing and breaking out during the cooler, tomato-less months for a bright taste of summer.
To make butter from the comfort of your home kitchen, all you need is a stand mixer, a pint of cream, and a pinch of salt. Over the course of just about 15 minutes, the cream whips, stiffens, then separates into butter and buttermilk.
The wonderful (and slightly dangerous) thing about Philly Beer Week is that there are beers being poured all over the city that you may never see again. We attended a few of the 717 events going on—here are a few highlights
Pairing Campari, a bittersweet Italian apéritif, with sugary cantaloupe makes for popsicles with a very grown up flavor profile.
The white plastic tubs of ricotta available in supermarkets are never remarkable. And if you've only experienced POLLY-O, then you need to taste the wonderful thing that is freshly homemade ricotta. This recipe for Ricotta Cheese adapted from Alana Chernila's The Homemade Pantry may very well have you forgoing the grocery store stuff for good.
These dark chocolate whoopie pies are just about as close to the original ones, and the marshmallow fluff in the filling ups the authentic factor infinitely.
Breakfast is a place where carbohydrates reign supreme. Bagels, toast, muffins, and doughnuts are the mainstays of the first meal of the day. And when you introduce a gluten allergy into the mix, breakfast becomes a bit more of a challenge. Our own Elizabeth Barbone has come up with a solution to this breakfast pastry challenge with her Powdered Sugar Doughnut Muffins from How to Cook Gluten-Free.
Jensen's Rosemary's Baby Cookies are buttery shortbread flecked with finely chopped—you guessed it—rosemary and tangerine zest. The rosemary lends a lovely herbaceousness and the zest comes through sharp and aromatic.
Just because gluten can't be a part of your life doesn't mean you have to live without pizza. Our own gluten-free guru Elizabeth Barbone has created a rice flour based Yeast-Raised Pizza Crust that can take on any topping combo without cracking or drying out, the way so many GF adaptations do.
It seems as though eliminating the gluten would be recipe for disaster with cornbread, but somehow our go-to gluten-free gal Elizabeth Barbone has created a bang-up recipe for Gluten-Free Cornbread in her latest, How to Cook Gluten-Free. Perfectly moist and springy, you'd never suspect that this cornbread was made with rice flour and xanthan gum in place of all-purpose wheat flour.
Cocktail enthusiasts Rob Corwin and Danny Jacobs have proposed a new kind of a seder to explore the story of Passover, with a cocktail to represent every symbolic element on the seder plate.
Instead of recreating some Disneyfied version of the speakeasy, the folks behind Franklin Mortgage aim to bring cocktails back to their past glory, not necessarily by making old drinks, but by making good drinks. They were recently included among the semifinalists for the James Beard award for Outstanding Bar Program. Here are 8 bartender-selected cocktails from their epic list.
We have a high-priest class in fine dining restaurants. They possess the mysteries, and while nearly all of them are remarkably affable and helpful, one's heart can quake when they approach the table. "I must be able to navigate this crucible if I want anyone to even like me, let alone get...lucky." So what does an otherwise capable person do in this delicate moment? How do you make it through with your aplomb intact, and furthermore, how do you get the most from your sommelier?
It wouldn't be a proper Tiki Week without drinks. Here are the recipes for nine of our favorites, including the Scorpion, the Mai Tai, the Test Pilot, and more.
At long last, we can call it the city of coffee-ly-love: Philadelphia, long lingering in that spot where a great food city waits for great coffee to chase its heels, has come into its foamy own. Here's a little tour of what's new and brewing.
This week we're going back into the hot dog test kitchen with some wieners from Hartmann's Old World Sausage in upstate NY. Their wieners are some of the best commercially available hot dogs.
Fork & Barrel is a beer-centric gastropub out in East Falls, a few miles from center city, from a team that have made a name for themselves with malt braised short ribs and hand pumped cask ales at Tap & Table in northeastern Pennsylvania. Looking over recent reviews gushing about Fork & Barrel's wild game menu and insane beer selection (on par with the best in the city), what really caught my attention was the brief mention of a separate hot dog menu.
How do all the kimchi brands compare? The only way to find out: taste them all, and risk infusing the SEHQ air with that unmistakable kimchi aroma. We tried five national cabbage kimchi brands and five brands that are locally produced in NYC. Find out how they all did!
Early March marks the beginning of sap season, and once the fields of maple trees are tapped, the province celebrates by opening the doors of the numerous family-owned cabanes à sucre, or sugar shacks. In 2009, chef Martin Picard—the owner of Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon —retreated from the frenzied pace of his city restaurant and built a cabane à sucre in the Mirabel countryside, nearly an hour's drive outside Montreal. Take a look at the maple-centric menu: from New Brunswick oysters to the tourtière meat pie, everything involves maple syrup.
Trader Vic's is Cheap Buzz with emphasis on the buzz. The drinks were powerful and—to my surprise—not too sweet. Of course, part of the fun is the presentation.
Last week on The Cider Press, we talked about the how cider gets from the branches of a tree to a bottle. But what if you don't have a few extra acres to plant an orchard? Here's a guide to the simplest and cheapest way to make cider at home.
A lot of cuisines have a way with tomatoes, and I soon became overwhelmed with options. But I settled on this winning recipe from Raghavan Iyer's 660 Curries. It's another perfect example of why I love vegetarian Indian cuisine so much. The complex curry powder helps balance the sweetness of the corn, and the tomatoes break down into a thick sauce. Serve this with some naan, and you'll have a simple meat-free meal.
How do you become a really big-deal celebrity chef? According to Titli Nihaan, you'll need cute egg timers, basic household kitchen appliances (i.e. a chainsaw), and Walkers Monster Munch. After watching this cooking show parody, you may both fall in love with Titli and want to speak like her the rest of the day.
The Dapper Dog cart comes out for lunch a few days a week, and every Friday and Saturday night on the bar-choked corner of 2nd and Poplar Street in the city's Northern Liberties section of Philly. The menu is total drunk food, the kind of thing I might try to make at home after 12 beers and maybe a funny-tasting cigarette: hot dogs topped with pepperoni, tomato sauce, asparagus, mac and cheese, fried eggs. They also do all sorts of specials, such as the mashed potato dog above or a "Greek hot dog" which is basically the contents of a Greek salad piled onto a hot dog.
Just because it's summer doesn't mean our obsession with Grenache has to end. We've told you about our favorite grenache-based wines under $25, those under $10, and now it's time for the Grenache rosés. Winemakers all over the world include Grenache in delicious dry and tangy rosé blends. Don't be put off by the pinkness: these are serious wines, full of flavor and regional character.
A simple combination of Mexican beer, lime juice and seasonings, a Michelada is immensely refreshing and easy to prepare individually or in big batches for a group. With as many versions of this drink as there are people drinking them, the Michelada is also quite flexible, making it a great choice for a Memorial Day weekend gathering.
If you are a cake-baker based in or around Scottsbluff, Nebraska, please read on. A serious eater in Scottsbluff wants to get his wife a Tom Selleck cake for her birthday. We realize it's quite a hairy challenge. Can anyone step up? Details ahead!
A lousy day calls for a good wine, and a Tre Bicchieri (Italian for "three glasses"—the highest rating bestowed upon Italian wines by Gambero Rosso)—fit the bill perfectly. The Super Tuscan I tried, a Il Bruciato Antinori 2007, had a subtle earthiness I loved.
The chapter devoted to all things porcine in My New Orleans by John Besh is called Boucherie, and has several delicious-sounding pork-based charcuterie projects including these Pork Shoulder Rillettes. This version slow cooks pork butt with chicken stock, lard, wine, and a few other aromatics until it's tender enough to shred into a million tasty little pieces.
We caught up with wine writer Alice Feiring, a James Beard Award-winning wine writer and author of the memoir, The Battle for Wine and Love or How I Saved the World From Parkerization.
"The Tuscan Tony is pure Philadelphia." [Photographs and original artwork: Hawk Krall] Past Weeks' Dogs Cincinnati Cheese Coney24th & Passyunk TruckTexas TommyPhilly Dirty Water DogChicago Dog This week's dog is a one-of-a-kind creation from Paesano's in Philadelphia, and a strong modern contender for the city's signature hot dog. Philadelphia has a rocky history with hot dogs. Although we've had some unique contributions to hot dog history, they're often passed over for cheesesteaks and hoagies. Anyone from the area might know the Philly Fish Cake Combo or Texas Tommy, both of which have been covered here before. Some might even remember the "Kosher Tommy," a Kosher hot dog wrapped in beef salami sold in delicatessens years ago, almost gone today save...
Anyone who hasn't spent time in SoCal usually responds to the concept of "fish tacos" with a baffled, maybe disgusted face. The tasty grab-and-go meal (piled with cabbage shreds and pico de gallo) is a staple for locals, especially surfers. Here's a roundup of SoCal fish taco chains.
Gifts for your favorite hot dog lover.
How to eat a steak if you're a cat: Get two other cats to hold the ends for you, and then munch away at the center. This method works pretty well until the other cats realize, "Wait, this blows," and try to take the steak away from you. Watch the video after the jump....