Archive for the ‘Condiment’ Category

Bushmills Honey-Orange Vinaigrette…and Bischoff Guitars

October 31st, 2012 3 Comments

  Time for a little celebration. Last week was the unveiling of the collaboration between Justin Vernon of the band Bon Iver, Bushmills Whiskey, and Gordy Bischoff of Bischoff Guitars.  What collaboration?  Four acoustic-electric guitars made from…you guessed it…whiskey barrels! . We’ll get to the guitar photos in a moment, but since this is a food blog I’ll show you the cake first—-a local pastry chef made a cake in the shape of the “1608” whiskey-barrel guitar for the Preview Party

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Rosemary Sage Pesto

October 16th, 2012 5 Comments

  Here are a few bubbles to lighten your day. . Recently we visited friends in Minnesota who work with a large CSA and they graciously bestowed upon us piles and PILES of fresh rosemary—I felt like I had won the lottery!   I know people in North Carolina whose rosemary grows into giant shrubbery (small trees!) around their house…but it is rarely seen in that kind of abundance in these chilly wintered lands. My friend suggested making a rosemary sage pesto which made

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Romesco Roasted Pepper Dip

May 21st, 2012 2 Comments

  Zowee!  That’s what I have to say about this dip. I’m not sure why I should write more at this point, what more do you need to know other than “Zowee”?   Graduation parties, Memorial Day parties and weddings—tis the season of standing around outside and munching.   Apparently I like attention-grabbing flavors in my dips, and this definitely fits the bill.  But you may not want to wear white as you grab the bowl and lick it out…though

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Chermoula

May 8th, 2012 1 Comment

  Let us free ourselves from being too specific, and think in terms of techniques, categories, and tendencies. To use a phrase from food writer and teacher Greg Patent, I believe in “cooking empowerment“. When we learn the basics of ‘how things work’ we can shift and adapt, letting creative juices flow even when we were too intimidated to think we had such a thing as cooking creative juices.  This is what I mean by expanding our versatility in the

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Pickled Shiitakes and Chevre on Cucumbers

April 9th, 2012 No Comments

  In my opinion, shiitakes are never boring. My father tells this story: long ago one of us youngsters was sitting on his lap, attempting to get his attention.  He was reading or talking or had other tasks at hand so he wasn’t giving his full consideration to the tot.  Determined to get what they needed, this child placed both of their little hands on either side of his face and, with a triumphant smile, turned his head to face

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Three Chile Enchilada Sauce

January 9th, 2012 3 Comments

  Perhaps part of the purpose of a food blog is not just to give recipes that you have never tried before (which is getting more difficult to do), but to remind you of things you have not thought about in a while.  Maybe there is an unconscious appetite that we tap into, and the reason I was thinking of enchiladas is because you wanted them for dinner, but had not yet come to that realization. . . This is

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Curry Chutney Dip

December 26th, 2011 No Comments

As the Frost-Season parties continue, we search for yet another surprising flavor to serve that causes people to freeze in their tracks, forget whatever they were blathering about, and relish the moment whilst savoring the symphony on their tongues.  That isn’t too much to ask, is it? . .. I have used this dip at countless parties and weddings, both winter and summer, and even the anti-curry-ites cannot stop themselves from eating more! This can be made with a pre-made

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Roasted Tofu Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

December 5th, 2011 2 Comments

Chewy tasty tidbits on a stick….everyone loves them!  Perhaps it harkens back to our cave days, we do seem to love the food-delivery system that is a skewer.   Especially when it is accompanied by a flavor bomb of a dip.  For many people, Thanksgiving marked the beginning of The Indoor Party Season.  Whether you’re hosting or just bringing a dish, it’s handy to have something that is exciting to taste, yet can be done in advance and sit patiently.

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Pear Apple Chutney

November 29th, 2011 1 Comment

Chutneys—pungent enough to raise your eyebrows, but sweet and savory enough that you close your eyes and let out an involuntary groan of pleasure.  Eaten alone it should be almost too much flavor, and eaten as a condiment to chicken or beans or rice…it should make you glad to be alive.   There are SO many versions of a small side dish of ground-up-somethings, eaten in small amounts, to either complement or contrast the main dishes.  Salsas, relishes, chutneys, sambals,

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Apple Cider Syrup and Vinaigrette

November 16th, 2011 4 Comments

…or “How the North Got Its Own Balsamic Flavor” . . This is about those ideas, the little tidbits that you hear in passing, those half-overheard conversations on a bus, that can change your way of thinking.  A small suggestion riding the radio waves when you’re barely listening, lightly washes ashore, letting you see that it can become one of your mainstays, one of your staples.   Gotta love those sneaky little ideas.   I was driving home from work

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