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, then … Continue reading CtBF – eggplant caviar

CtBF – herbed fresh pasta

A theme for me is finding - "oh, I have that, but it's in storage... somewhere!". And my storage space is not accessible except during the weekdays, regular work hours. Which makes it safe, but not super handy. In said storage unit. Somewhere. Lies a cool pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid. I bought it when … Continue reading CtBF – herbed fresh pasta

CtBF Salted olive crisps (the dog ate my homework)

I've been wanting to make this recipe for a while and was excited to try what seemed like a savory biscotti, or one of those yummy crispy crackers that are so good.  I used some fabulous green olives that I love and some sliced almonds. The dough is simple to put together. I wasn't really … Continue reading CtBF Salted olive crisps (the dog ate my homework)

CtBF -green beans with snail butter

A day behind on this. But such is life. This was the "extra" recipe for the month. Essentially steamed green beans treated in the same way as escargot  - that is with butter and a lot of garlic. Ok, with a bit of parsley and some salt and pepper.  I knew that it could be … Continue reading CtBF -green beans with snail butter

CtBF – Caramel pork ribs (plus)

Like several others of the CtBF tribe, I have fallen behind on my cooking from the book, and my posts. But here I am - on a Friday no less - the actual Friday that it was supposed to be posted - with my thoughts on the Caramel pork ribs. Unfortunately, I didn't take process … Continue reading CtBF – Caramel pork ribs (plus)

A Bread-baking Experiment

At the end of the year, Bon Appetit published a list of great recipes for using a Dutch Oven. One included in the group was called BA's Best Bread.  I still had some time off from work and thought it would be fun to try. A classic 3-day bread starting with a poolish. In typical … Continue reading A Bread-baking Experiment