I once spent 48 hours making a sauce from scratch. It was a classic Sauce Robert that started with a tray full of bones and vegetables. The compound sauce required demi-glace, the rich reduction of beefy goodness that takes a lot of time and effort, and I was determined to use no pre-made ingredients. At the end, gallons of liquid and pounds of ingredients resulted in a pint of perfectly rich sauce poured over a medium rare pork tenderloin, part of a larger dinner party that took six hours to...
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This is an action-packed few weeks full of parties, dinners, and lots of celebration. And along with all the festivities come the desserts: cookies, cakes, pies, and lots more decadent treats....
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Christmas in Naples is truly worthy of the word abbondanza, or abundance, where preparations for feasting are readied weeks in advance. The kickoff is always Christmas Eve, traditionally known as...
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The best Indian food I ever had was when my friend Aman’s parents would visit from Ahmedabad and his mother would cook wonderful meals for us. Beautifully seasoned, all vegetarian, and all made with love in the traditional style of Gujarat.... Read more »
When it comes to keeping cocktails seasonal, most people think of summer as the season of greatest bounty. Fruit hitting the peak of ripeness, daiquiris clinking in coupe glasses and the refreshing sweet & tangy punch from a proper whisky sour. Read more »
The art of turning wine into sauce. Nothing uplifts a mundane meal more than a great sauce. Sauces make plain sautéed chicken pop, punches up grilled meats and make pasta an experience. Cooks often use wine instead of water to make sauce... Read more »
It's Halloween time once again—time for costumes, time for candy, and why not also make it time for a glass of wine? If you think a glass of vino with a candy bar is passé, think again. Vineyards all over the country are on board, hosting posh... Read more »
This is of course a bit biased, and I didn't even include three of my favorite wines, Bordeaux, Chianti, and Barbera, but the point here was to try and highlight what I think are the greatest wines made on earth, which are not necessarily the most... Read more »
Preparation: Combine egg and milk in 2-quart saucepan. Whisk to combine; add pudding mix; continue whisking until dissolved. Stir in rice, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.... Read more »
Preparation: Butter a 10-inch spring form pan. Combine crust ingredients and press in bottom and partially up sides of pan. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350o F. Using a food processor, purée cooked Arborio, sweetened... Read more »
Pumpkin, so emblematic of the end of the summer and entry into Autumn. It's among the last of the great harvests, just in time for Halloween and right through Thanksgiving pumpkins grace out stoops and our tables, but what can you really do with... Read more »