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For more information about the snowshoe and fondue trip as well as a couple other good spots near Mont Tremblant just visit the Culinary Compass Map For a simple way to make fondu at home see the two videos below. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Marc's Culinary Compass
JAMIE - How do they prep them?
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Come on Eric...you know as well as anyone that it doesn't take much to get people invested. Think back to your days in the classroom with the little ones. Miss ya much...give R a bit hug and kiss.
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My friend Jeanne wrote: "Curious about the fennel pesto Marc – share recipe? Were you happy with it? " ---------------- OK Jeanne - No formal recipe but basically any basic pesto recipe you like but replace the pine nuts with almonds. The add to taste: - Ground fennel seed. Probably a 1-2 tbs. per cup pesto - Finely chopped fennel bulb...I use A LOT. Maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup per cup already prepared pesto. - Fresh squeezed lemon to taste. I'm an acid freak so in my case about 1/2 squeezed lemon per cup prepared pesto. That assumes the ravioli has a filling that melds well with the acid.
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Fennel Ginger Granita (12 servings as a palate clenser) 1. Bring 6 cups of water, 1/4 cup of roughly chopped ginger, 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds and 3/4 cup of sugar to a boil. 2. Once it reaches a boil turn the heat off and let the mixture sit until it is at room temperature. 3. Pout the mixtured though a strainer into a shallow glass container and place in the freezer. 4. Watch Culinary Compass episodes 48 and 49 for details on what to do next. Fennel Themes Dinner Party Menu Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at Marc's Culinary Compass
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Usually I sow a row of lettuce seeds every 2 weeks between mid-May and late-June to assure a constant lettuce supply all summer into autumn. In episode 32 I detail how I do it. Also, below the photos are some tips on growing lettuce in the brutal summer heat. First please indulge my need to kvetch, wannabee poet style. Too darn hot to plant seeds but, heat breaks, crocs on and shovel sharpened. Bloodsucking skeeters drive me out but, still some seeds safely in the ground. Thunderstorms wash most seeds away but, some live and put down tender silky roots.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Marc's Culinary Compass
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This weekend in your local farmer's market there were lots of garlic scapes available. Depending on where you live you may have just another week or 2 before they are all gone. So this weekend did you come home with any? Have you used them before in your cooking? Did you shy away from buying them cause ya just didn't know what to do with them? If you have cooked with them are you looking for some new ways to enjoy da scapes? The video below may be helpful if you have or haven't spent time enjoying these bizarre, beautiful,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Marc's Culinary Compass
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This photo essay is dedicated Laura, Nora and Katherine, three women leading the effort to open the Amherst Community Market, a real worker and consumer owned food coop. 30+ years ago I joined a food coop in Ithaca, New York and it changed my life. I'll share more in episode 124 but in the meantime enjoy the photo essay. To view the photos in full screen click on the 'play' arrow. Then click on the 4 arrow full screen symbol on the bottom right of the photo viewer. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Marc's Culinary Compass
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It's a very simple equation that may not make sense based on the traditional use of the symbols! Think out of the box to figure out the meaning. / = + Food Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Marc's Culinary Compass
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Growing lettuce in the full heat of summer is a challenge here in the northeast United States. For me a great remedy to my summer lettuce blues is a look back at spring. So join me for a look back to May when things looked a lot more appealing than the picture to the right. Now the reality is that there are some secrets to success to growing lettuce in the heat of summer. I'll share these tips with you in episode 124 later this week. For now enjoy the photos below. Ciao4Now! Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2013 at Marc's Culinary Compass
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I'm a garden gear guy! For pleasure I sit with wholesale garden catalogues and put big circles with my sharpie around all the things I want to buy. The boss of me however has cut off my PayPal account. I'm also forbidden to enter any garden store with my credit card in hand. So I'm left having to rely on the tools I aleady have. Consequently I've focused in on the few tools that provide me with the most utility. This video gives you a snapshot. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at Marc's Culinary Compass
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CAN YOU ... Spend less money Support local farmers Capture time otherwise lost Get polluting trucks off the road Invest in local sustainability Use less gas Cut down on plastic use .. IF YOU BUY COMPOST IN BULK. YES! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at Marc's Culinary Compass
Thanks Eric. Lame poetry is so easy to come by when you have actual visual poetry right in front of you. Miss ya buddy!
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