198. Currant Tea Scones p.598

198. Currant Tea Scones p.598

The recipe
Scones are serious business. Done right, they’re transcendent, rich, with just a hint of sweetness and a striated flaky texture. A scone should be substantial, but not dense. Unfortunately they’re often done very very poorly. Starbucks gets my vote for worst mass market scone. Their oversized scones are dense enough to sink, and so [...]

11 November 2008 | Breads and Crackers, The Book | 1 Comment
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69. Almond Cake with Kirsch Cream and Lingonberry Preserves p.710

69. Almond Cake with Kirsch Cream and Lingonberry Preserves p.710

The recipe
In the comments for yesterday’s cassoulet someone mentioned that many of the recipes I’ve posted are heart attacks waiting to happen. This cake is no exception. With 8 eggs, 2 sticks of butter, and a bunch of almond paste it is no where near anyones definition of a light finish to a meal. The [...]

1 August 2007 | Cakes, The Book | 7 Comments
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65. Chocolate Truffles p.696

65. Chocolate Truffles p.696

The recipe.
This recipe has three ingredients, chocolate, cream, and cocoa powder. Almost by definition the success of failure of the recipe is in the quality of those ingredients, and the method of combining them. I used the wrong ingredients, and ignored parts of the method. They still came out tasty, if a bit ugly. The [...]

28 July 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 1 Comment
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33. Creamed Turnips p.588

33. Creamed Turnips p.588

the recipe
Turnips are among the most maligned and under appreciated vegetables out there. They’re right up there with Lima beans and Brussels sprouts. Some day I’ll open a restaurant serving nothing but childhood nightmare vegetables, as far as I can tell I love them all.
Turnips have got a wonderful bite to them, and should be [...]

20 April 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | 7 Comments
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31. Pork Chops With Sautéed Apples and Cider Cream Sauce p.480

31. Pork Chops With Sautéed Apples and Cider Cream Sauce p.480

Sorry, no recipe this time
The sautéed apples and cider cream sauce were absolute stars, but the pork chops themselves were a pretty indifferent base for this recipe. It starts with the cream sauce (shallots softened in butter, cooked together with apple cider, cider vinegar, sage, chicken stock, and heavy cream), then the chops are cooked [...]

16 April 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 3 Comments
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