Weekend Cook and Tell: Handmade and Homemade Local Favorites

Welcome to the Weekend Cook and Tell. Every Wednesday we peruse the food sections of various national newspapers to create a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

This week in The New York Times Julia Moskin wrote a great piece about New Yorkers who have chosen to start their own small-scale food businesses. Here in New York we've got fermenters, picklers, and preservers galore, along with a slew of bakers, ice cream makers, home brewers, and even rice ball makers. These artisans have been selling their goods through local flea and farmers' markets, and in specialty shops and in the process making names from themselves and forming a grassroots community focusing on delicious homemade goods.

For this week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we want to hear all about your favorite local products. Is there a beekeeper in your town harvesting some of the best honey around? Or perhaps a goat farmer who makes the best local chevre? Maybe you're one of these artisans.

If it's small-scale, tasty, and preferably make in a teeny tiny kitchen, and not available outside of your immediate area we are dying to know all about it. And of course, we'd love to hear about how these artisans decided to start sharing their homemade goods.

Show us photos of your favorite local products on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title), and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. We'll post a round-up of your handmade goodies next Wednesday.


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