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michael ruhlman
i write and i cook
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Illustration by Pierre Lamielle At a reader's request I'm reposting on how to make perfect stock, by slow cooking it in the oven. It's a very low-maintenance, easy way to make stock—just stick it in a low oven and forget... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2009 at
Illustration by Pierre Lamielle I'll never forget the way the words rang in my head, what, four or five years ago, Judy Rodgers, chef of Zuni Cafe in SF: why is this the beginning of the eating season, she asked,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at
Photo by Donna I wrote this very same thing last year: for delicious turkey gravy on Thursday, make a quart of rich turkey stock today or tomorrow. Here's what my plan is. I'm roasting a chicken for dinner and I'll... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2009 at
Photos by Donna How many of you thought that Brussels sprouts grew in the ground like little cabbages? Or like me, never really thought about how they grew until you were forced to consider it? Last Friday, Thomas Keller flew... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at
Photos by Donna I got really lucky when I fell in love with Donna in the wee hours of the new year 1988 Mary Frances's kitchen in Palm Beach. She'd been shooting that night, and would continue shooting, but little... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2009 at
Photo by Donna My obsession with pretzels began with olives and the lye, but I was only moved to actually figure pretzels out after a comically disastrous demo at the Fabulous Food Show on Saturday. (Before the demo, hanging out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2009 at
Photos by Deborah Jones Ad Hoc at Home, Thomas Keller and company's latest cookbook has just been published and it is his most accessible and warmest book in that it presents food that is quintessentially American, meatballs and noodles, fried... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at
hope to see you there!
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Yes! five towels per order! our mistake omitting this critical info.
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hmm, no, there are four or five towels in the order...will look into.
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great feedback, nancy, thanks!
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This summer I received an email from a company introducing itself as an e-commerce start up that wanted to return us to the way we used to shop: personally. Founded by John Caplan (who helped to start, then worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at
Photos by Donna Been so busy and so behind I've yet to make this announcement! Tuesday saw the publication of Michael Symon's debut cookbook—Michael's motto and M.O.—Live To Cook! He does indeed, and I'm thrilled to write about it here.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2009 at
Photo by Donna The time between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is one of the busiest of the year and in addition to a lot of work, I'll also have the opportunity to do several food and book related appearances. Hope... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at
Issue 2 would create an amendment to the state constitution, instituting a board with the legal authority to set and enforce the care of livestock throughout the state. Vote no. It's apparently a move to preempt national animal-rights groups from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2009 at
Photo by Donna A few weeks ago I ran a post on baked buttered corn, a popular dish that requires three-quarters of the corn to be more or less juiced. I use the above corn cutter, costs about ten bucks.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2009 at
Photo by DonnaDonna got these from the mushroom man at our farmers market because they entranced her. But what to do once she's had her way with them?! Much depends on the mushroom. Big meaty fat cepes and chanterelles are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at
Photo by Donna When I left the Hudson Valley last month, after shenanigans with Bourdain, I did have enough wits about me to grab a bagful of Chef Pardus's fresh olives to cure myself. I'd never cured olives. Olives straight... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at
Photo by Donna, Apples at North Union Farmers' Market UPDATE: THANK YOU FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSE! I'm told I have to conclude the survey otherwise starts charging me for each new survey taken. I didn't think that would happen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at
Photo by Donna The best tools are the simplest tools. The above spoon sat around among my stove-side utensils, lonely and forlorn, seldom used. Just a spoon, after all. A biggish spoon. Didn't fit in the silverware drawer, so it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at
Photo by Donna, from Live to Cook Yes, you can fry zucchini as fritters and anything fried trumps anything raw, but try this simple salad of raw zucchini with almonds and you'll be amazed by the power of zucchini. Now,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2009 at
Photo by Donna Summer bounty coming to an end but the growers markets here remain vibrant. I'll be out again tomorrow. Last week got all the above and so much more. Especially love the variety of peppers, fresh limas, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2009 at
When I was in the middle of Frank Bruni's Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, I quipped on Twitter that I thought the only eating disorder I was interested in reading about was vegetarianism. But the fact... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2009 at
In customary knuckle-headed fashion, I would sometimes glance at that little "Subscribe" box below my "About" box and wonder what is that thing. Seems to be a fairly common fixture on blogs. Hm. I think it's been up there for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2009 at
Photo by Donna A friend was coming by midday Thursday to introduce herself. She comments here often, runs a bakery in Homer, Alaska, and was in Cleveland to visit friends, another author and Alaskan native, whose books I know and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2009 at