a recipe: italian red torpedo onion gratin with fresh herbs

Onion gratin with fresh herbs is one of those special indulgences: fragrant, rich with cream and herbs.  It’s an old-fashioned dish with no pretense.  It’s comfort food at its best: sweet and savory and salty all at once. Warm for the growing chill of mid-September, onion gratin, humble as it is, deserves a place on the… 

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nostalgia for summer: flaugnarde with roasted berries

Flaugnarde, a sort of rustic custard reminiscent of classic cherry clafoutis, sweetened our breakfast table this week. It’s a simple dessert, flaugnarde.  Fresh cream, wildflower honey, farm eggs and fruit.  There’s beauty in simplicity, in the charming humility of foods in their fresh and naked state, bewitching in its shy   luminescence.   It’s perhaps Curnonsky who… 

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a recipe for good luck: creamed collard greens

Looking for a collard greens recipe to bring a little luck to your new year?  In this traditional recipe for creamed collards, collard greens are gently simmered in fresh cream with caramelized onions and sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg.  Creamed collards speak to the essence of comfort food in a way few other dishes do.  There’s easy… 

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A Recipe: Fresh Herb Frittata

Herb Fritattas, fluffy and light, are remarkably versatile and when hens in the valley are producing at their height and the farmers market is chugging along, we often find four dozen (or more!) eggs in the kitchen each week.  And, as the season progresses, that number dwindles until the darkest days of winter when we’ve… 

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Sourdough French Toast with Maple and Cinnamon

This version of french toast makes use of sourdough bread with its wonderful and rich tartness, pairing it against a sweetness provided by maple syrup. I find that grade B maple syrup offers a more complex flavor for a better price than grade A maple syrup, and recommend it in this and in other recipes (mmm … sprouted spelt shortbread.) Of course, one could omit maple syrup entirely from this recipe and serve it unsweetened, perhaps paired only with fruit and fresh cream for an equally charming breakfast.

Recipe: Olive Oil Ice Cream with Blood Oranges

Olive oil ice cream with blood oranges, inspired by these olive oil recipes, recently found its way to our kitchen with our first bottles of fresh, raw milk for the year.  In this recipe for olive oil ice cream, the inclusion of a good quality unrefined, extra virgin olive oil is essential.  The flavor of… 

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Hachiya Persimmon & Mandarin Ice Cream

Sure, spring brings strawberries and summer brings peaches, but autumn with its bounty of turnips, rutabagas and curly kale is my favorite season.   It’s the season of under-loved and under-appreciated fruits and vegetables – the kind that rarely make it to the kitchen table for want of culinary know-how or for simple lack of… 

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