Recipe Sketchbook: Cassoulet

Obsessing about it for weeks now, I was determined to come up with the best dang recipe for cassoulet.  And then… make it.  In my search I came across a straight-forward cassoulet recipe that had been posted by The Amateur Gourmet which looked very good.  In it he follows a Daniel Boulud cookbook recipe (minus some rendered fat).  From his description and [...]

In The Recipe Lab: Thomas Keller’s Duck Confit

All of my cassoulet meditation recently provoked me to the point of tracking down pigs feet and making Fergus Henderson’s Trotter Gear.  Then, with a fridge full of the porcine pedal goo, I figured the only logical thing to do would be to put some of it to use and make the cassoulet that had [...]

In The Recipe Lab: Fergus Henderson’s ‘Trotter Gear’

These recent wintery days have had me thinking about great cold-weather meals that I have had.  One such memory is from Christmas 2006 when the boss and I spent the Holiday kicking around Paris.  We had no agenda (an no relatives to visit) other than to wander the city for a couple days with only an eye [...]

The Breslin At The Ace Hotel: Launch Night With Fergus Henderson

Tonight was a good night.  I realized earlier today that this weekend was FergusStock.  FergusStock is that special time of year when the owners of The Spotted Pig, Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield, host chef Fergus Henderson for a couple days of pork-based feasting.  In past years Fergus Henderson’s trips to New York from [...]

Roberta’s Pizza – Beauty in The Rough

Last Saturday we were to meet some friends from Queens and some friends from Carrol Gardens for dinner.  So after having read an article in the New York Times that piqued my interest, I decided to pick the hardest location for all of us to reach and suggested we go to Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  [...]