Sep 09

I haven’t made cake from a box mix in ages, and why would I start now? Well my curiosity was piqued when a fellow chef, whose cooking I have longed admired, was raving to me about the Ad Hoc fried chicken mix. Apparently it is the best she has tasted. So when I received a [...]

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Jul 14

I was introduced to Coach Farms several years ago when I worked for a Chef who routinely featured their cheeses on his menu.  Located in Hudson Valley, New York this cheesemaker produces award winning, artisanal goat cheeses that are reminiscent of those found in France. In addition to both fresh and aged cheese, they also [...]

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Jan 21

Hailing from Central Coast Wines in Paso Robles, California this Cabernet Franc is what is known at Trader Joe’s as a “binge buy”. While there were several cases stacked in a prominent corner one Saturday afternoon in December I am told that they are now completely sold out. This wine stuck out like a sore [...]

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Nov 11

Bacon pralines are as sinful as the city they hail from. Taking the traditional Louisiana recipe of butter, brown sugar and cream, this American style candy are the creation of chef Donald Link whose restaurant Couchon has earned numerous accolades in the last year. In keeping with the indulgent style of New Orleans, the recipe [...]

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May 28

Given its distance from metro DC, Fairfax Station is not an area you might typically venture out to in search of a good meal. One incentive to making the drive is that its picturesque country roads take you through the heart of Virginia horse country and drop you square in the center of the charming [...]

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Apr 23

If you have not had the pleasure of introducing a Vouvray into your repertoire of white wines in house, this sprightly version from Jean Claude Bougrier is the perfect opportunity.  Off-dry, with a touch of residual sugar, this wine exhibits the same honeyed, floral notes characteristic of the Vouvray region along with the nice balance [...]

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Feb 04

My collection of cookbooks has become so pervasive that I can no longer contain them all in the kitchen and still have room for the pots and pans.  I have resorted to shelving most of the books upstairs in our library, and keeping only a few on hand in the kitchen. There is enough space [...]

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Jan 28

Labeled as “marinated feta”, this supple Australian creation is best described as velvety cubes of goat cheese anointed with an herb-infused extra virgin olive oil. It is produced by Meredith Dairy, a family run farm in Meredith, Victoria that has received numerous awards for its sheep and goat’s milk cheese and yogurt. I stumbled upon [...]

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Jan 14

Michele Chiarlo Moscato D’asti Nivole 2008 This lovely sparkling Moscato D’asti from the Piedmonte region of Italy is on my tops list of all time best dessert wines for the price. Its delicate body, gentle sweetness on the palate, and touch of effervescence makes it compatible to such a wide range of flavors, yet it [...]

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Jan 07

I am always on the lookout for exceptional food products, equipment, restaurants and generally any gastronomical find that particularly inspires me on a given week. These Friday posts are a forum for me to share these discoveries with you. Feel free to email me your own finds! Michel Cluizel is a French chocolatier known for [...]

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