Cool Stuff – Food + Drink
Game Bird Pie

Autumn has me thinking of flaky pie crusts and warm hearty meals that fill the soul. It also has me thinking of game meats and how much I love them when they are cooked just right. A pie is perfect for a medley of game bird scraps that wouldn’t necessarily make a meal on their own. After all, when you have worked so hard getting your meat you don’t want […]

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How to Make a Fruit Platter

The title of this post may seem simple, but there is a great difference between making a fruit platter and making a fruit platter. There is a bowl of strawberries and then there is a series of colors and layers and textures and shapes that provoke conversation and a gathering of people around it chattering and asking questions. I posted the making of this fruit platter on my Instagram stories over […]

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Fig and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I have been making all kinds of recipes with figs, from this lemony jam to this fontina fig pizza to these caramelized blistered figs with gorgonzola. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Fig and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. Have you ever had quinoa? Quinoa originated from the Andean region of South America about six thousand years ago. It is grown for its edible seeds but is actually not a […]

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Fresh Fig, Fontina and Thyme Pizza

On New Year’s Eve, my family multiplies this dough recipe and serves pizzas fresh out of the oven all night long. Because the crusts are thin and delicate, it is easy to eat a pie or two (or three!) all by yourself. Really good pizza dough is a canvas on which to drop your favorite ingredients and express your culinary creativity. It is also a good place to scatter fresh […]

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Lemony Fig Jam

I live for figs, and August is the peak of fig season. As I write this I’m on my way out the door to meet an urban farmer who has an oasis of figs for me to pick. I heard about him and knew I had to meet him. I’ve been looking through my fig recipes as a result and found my Lemony Fig Jam recipe that I’m going to […]

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Sage Sugar

When I talked to you a few months back about how to preserve your own herbs, I focused on the basics of drying, freezing and heating. But there are a few more glamorous ways to do it that turn the herbs into an instant culinary treat, for example this sage sugar. This makes a wonderful gift in an attractive jar and is versatile in the kitchen. Sprinkle it on hot […]

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Classic Raspberry Jam

When I was a child and well into my teenage years, I used to proclaim myself the wild raspberry queen, battling the birds every late July so that I’d have enough berries to make jam. Eventually my dad began growing domestic raspberry bushes as well as blueberry bushes so it became a berry wonderland at Tulipwood. Many of the commercial jams you buy have large quantities of sugar in them […]

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Panzanella Salad

In this recipe for panzanella salad also lies a recipe for homemade croutons, which you can either make in advance and store for a future salad, or blitz in the food processor and turn into bread crumbs. I love this salad on a hot summer’s day with freshly picked tomatoes. It is a great way to use up stale bread so don’t throw that old baguette out! I sometimes refer […]

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How to Make Tomato Water

Tomato water is a wonderful flavoring liquid to have in the kitchen. I used to make it all the time when I worked in professional kitchens, especially at the end of summer when tomatoes got ripe faster than we could eat them. Use it to dress salads, to drizzle over a toasted baguette or pasta, or toss into a room-temperature grain or bean salad. It is also wonderful in this […]

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Rose Petal Jelly

My third book “Modern Pioneering” was almost titled “How to Eat a Rose,” because I had a section full of recipes made from the various parts of roses. Did you know roses were edible? Many wild things are and we’ve just forgotten about them as generations have past. I think you will love my recipe for Rose Petal Jelly, it is very quick and easy and also beautiful. And it’s […]

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