Author Archives: Burnt My Fingers

Using a cake pan to steam baguettes in a home oven

I have previously written of my attempts to steam baguettes in a home oven. Steam produces nice “ears” and a glossy, caramelized crust similar to what you’d get from a professional bakery. You can closely replicate the effect for batards … Continue reading

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Healthy mail order meat from ButcherBox

I tried ButcherBox because of a special offer from ChefSteps (which may still be available… read on). I give them a thumbs up for shopping if you’re in an area where healthy meat (humanely raised and free from antibiotics and … Continue reading

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Wok-Fired Croutons!

Turns out the wok is the perfect vessel for making crispy, garlicky croutons. Who knew? The method and benefits: *Start by heating olive to the smoking point, turn down a bit, add chopped garlic and toss, away from the heat, … Continue reading

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New York Bakery Bites at Queens Day in Albany

Last Monday I attended the first ever Queens Day in Albany, sponsored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce and a number of Queens-located businesses. (Queens is one of the seven five boroughs of New York City.) A busload of Queens … Continue reading

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Recipe: German-Style Head Cheese (Souse)

A friend gifted me half a pig’s head so, naturally, I decided to make head cheese. It was already out of the freezer a couple of days when I picked it up so I had to move fast. I started … Continue reading

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Burger Boo

My blogging colleague Daniel B had an interesting idea: a tasting tour of seasonal burgers served at the food stands of upstate New York’s Capital District. Winterizing is expensive in this harsh climate, so many food places open only from … Continue reading

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Recipe: Cherry Hummus

I remembered the cherry hummus that was served at Michael Mina’s Middle’terranea and, when I got my mitts on some dried Rainier cherries from Bella Viva Orchards, I resolved to make my own. The result is a nice change of … Continue reading

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Bella Viva Orchards: the Steph Curry of dried fruit

The other day I was in San Francisco and stopped by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to, as is my custom, stock up on dried fruit from Bella Viva Orchards. Sadly, they were out of unsulfured white nectarines. This prompted … Continue reading

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Recipe: Short Ribs, your first Instant Pot meal

There is much love for Instant Pot, yet it’s hard to find straightforward newbie instructions for what to do with this rather imposing device (which reminds me of a North Korean missile canister) when you first pull it out of … Continue reading

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Amazon’s Prime Sweets Button

What if you could press a button and, two days later, a box of delicious ribs and brisket showed up at your door? And each box was from one of America’s finest pitmasters? Would that be something you could get … Continue reading

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