CtBF – Baba Ganoush

I have to admit, this is such a fun name to say. Seriously! Like the Babalu Club with Ricky Ricardo and Luceeeee! While this recipe is for a dish that hails from a land far away from Cuba, Miami and LA, it is the kind of vegetable-ish dish you could find on the table in… Continue reading CtBF – Baba Ganoush

CtBF -Smoky barbecue-style pork

Sometimes I’m not overly excited about “French” versions of iconically American recipes. Sometimes they are amazing, and others? Well, I live in the US, so why bother with a dish that is too often defined by the ingredients that are not available? (I’ve stowed plenty of chiles and mass in my suitcase to be fair).… Continue reading CtBF -Smoky barbecue-style pork

CtBF Paris Paris

There are a few pastries with the name Paris…something. This time, these are supposed to be eclair shaped choux pastries with hazelnut praline pastry cream. Oh, and a little chocolate glaze. This is really 4 different (relatively simple) recipes combined to create something more than the sum of their parts. So. Hazelnuts. They are not… Continue reading CtBF Paris Paris

CtBF – White bean, sausage and duck confit casserole, aka Cassoulet

Cassoulet. I’ve always thought of this as a quintessential French dish – much too difficult, time consuming and complicated to make. To be fair, it really does take quite a long time to make, though not necessarily in active time, just duration of effort. Broken into its parts, there isn’t anything overly complicated. I’ve made hundreds if… Continue reading CtBF – White bean, sausage and duck confit casserole, aka Cassoulet

CtBF – Potatoes cooked in duck fat

For me, this is like going backwards, writing first about the last recipe in my duck trilogy completed over the past week. But to get duck fat, without buying it from the store, you have to cook some duck (confit). And then you must use said confit in something (like cassoulet). That has to be… Continue reading CtBF – Potatoes cooked in duck fat

CtBF – eggplant caviar

When I was planning on making this, I hoped that my favorite farm stand would have eggplant. At first glance, no. But when it was mentioned, the guy immediately went out and picked a bucketful. Doesn't get fresher than that!! When I read the recipe, I immediately thought use the grill! So I charred them,… Continue reading CtBF – eggplant caviar