En papillote (literally “in parchment”) is a classic technique in which fish and other ingredients are steamed in the oven inside a parchment packet. Though the method originated in France, it can be used to highlight the flavors of just about any cuisine. Below you’ll find two recipes inspired by Mexican and Thai cooking. Try […] Read more »
Ten-year-old Colin Leggett says there’s one ingredient he says he would never, ever eat the orange tuber without: brown sugar. And no, he’s not just talking a spoonful or two of the sweet stuff. He says that he’d pour an entire cup over the split potato, still steaming after having been just pulled from the hot oven.
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Cozy Cran-Apple Cider 1 Ounce Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 8 Ounces Apple Cider 4 Ounces Spiced Rum 2 Dashes Cranberry Bitters Whole Nutmeg (for garnish) Fresh Cranberries (for garnish) 1 Apple (for garnish) Heat apple cider on low (do not boil.) While the cider heats, divide the lemon juice and rum between 2 glasses. Add […] Read more »
August in Italy: businesses are closed, cities have emptied out, towns are deserted—everyone is at the beach. Everyone, that is, except for tomato farmers in the Campania region, Italy’s tomato capital. Here, in late summer, trucks loaded with the vibrant, just-harvested fruits crowd tiny, one-lane streets. And at the center of it all is one third-generation farmer, wearing an easy smile and a straw hat to block out the sun—but nonetheless deeply tanned from hours in the fields—and covered from head to toe in tomato pulp. Meet Giuseppe. Read more »
The problem with being a fourth generation cranberry farmer from Cranberry Country, Massachusetts—the southeastern part of the state that is pretty much covered in bogs—is that you, unfortunately, get typecast.
“People know that if you’re having dinner at our house, it’s probably going to have cranberries in it,” says Patrick Rhodes. Patrick is the latest in a long line of cranberry-growing, and cranberry-loving Rhodes’ who have been raising the tart, acidic treats since the 1930s. Like most folks, sure, they use them at Thanksgiving table. But the Rhodes family is so enamored with the little red berries they grow, that they eat them at pretty much every meal. Read more »
With its miniature form and gorgeous violet-and-white skin, fairy tale eggplant is just as dreamy as it sounds. But there’s even more to this specialty variety than meets the eye. It’s also incredibly fruitful and resilient, two big wins for farmers (and we mean that quite literally: the seed has brought home an All-America Selections vegetable award). As for the cooks? Fairy tale offers a delicious, delicate flavor and delightfully creamy bite. Plus, this palm-sized eggplant is a breeze to prep for sautés, stir-fries, grilled dishes and more. Read more »
One of our favorite things about summer is cooking with delicious summer squash. Tender and versatile, summer squash comes in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes, from zucchini to green and yellow zephyr to round eight ball to pattypan (think adorable flying saucer). Like tomatoes, corn and eggplant, summer squash is a seasonal must. But growing it isn’t a simple proposition. It takes serious teamwork, and one of the the most important players isn’t human. Buzzing between squash blossoms, tiny bees perform an essential service: in exchange for sugary nectar, they transfer pollen, which allows the plant to fruit. Read more »
The sight of farmers’ market tables and roadside stands, laden with ripe produce—smooth-skinned squash in the winter giving way to bright, plump and deeply fragrant fruits in spring and early summer—is one of our favorite ways to mark the changing seasons. Now, as summer begins to heat up, we’ve set our sights on those characteristic green lattice baskets filled with soft, jewel-toned strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Read more »
Ben Jacobsen, founder of Jacobsen Salt Co. in Portland, Oregon, makes the best salt we’ve tried. He only turned his hobby into a profession in 2011, but already his salt is prefered in Michelin-starred restaurant kitchens across the country. It’s our choice, too, and we’re thrilled to make it the featured ingredient in our Black […] Read more »
A truly great wine not only impresses enophiles, it pairs well with dinner. And then there are rockstar wines—the kind that not only impress, but are versatile. These wines stand up to simple, straightforward dishes as well as more complex, intricate combinations of flavors on the plate. Our reds and whites made in collaboration with Pax Mahle and Ian Brand are most definitely in this rockstar category. Check out our pairing tips for L’Ptit Paysan Chardonnay, Pax Red and Pax White—and discover why rockstar wines make for a memorable dinner. If you want to try them for yourself, order here by June 17th!