Recipe Sketchbook: Duck, Beets, Heirloom Tomato, Melon

Duck Breast, Beet Ribbons, Pomegranate, Baby Beets, Arugula, Duck Jus
(inspired by chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns) Trimmed and seasoned duck breast the day before with salt, pepper, nutmeg, a thyme sprig and a bay leaf.  Wrapped and refrigerated.  Roasted baby beets in an aluminum foil pouch brushed in olive oil and [...]

In The Recipe Lab: Alton Brown’s ‘Hurry Curry Cauliflower’ Pickle

I have been on a pickle making jag lately.  French breakfast radishes.  Moroccan red carrots.  Anything that catches my eye at the farmer’s market that might look good in a jar.  So armed with a similarly procured head of cauliflower I recently tried out Alton Brown’s ‘Hurry Curry Cauliflower’ recipe.  Check it out here.  This pickle recipe had [...]

Ramps Bring Tidings of Great Joy

Tonight I made penne pasta with roasted ramps, pine nuts and pecorino romano. A ridiculously simple dish. Took about fifteen minutes. Very good, but simple. Though this lowley pasta stands out for me as a great marker in the unfolding timeline of this year. The fact that I was able to buy ramps, the delicate [...]